New Bestiary, the encyclopedia of imaginary beings

New Bestiary

Welcome to New Bestiary, the encyclopedia of imaginary beings. The word ‘bestiary’ itself comes from Middle Ages. Bestiaries were compendiums of beasts many of which never really existed.

Today there are many modern bestiaries such as Jorge Luis Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings and many others. Our goal is to create online encyclopedia of ancient and modern imaginary beings based on reliable sources. The major part of New Bestiary is Russian only for the time being. The list of articles in English can be found here.

We are fully aware that such ultimate mission is impossible but we’re trying our best and welcome you to join our journey.

Map of imaginary beings

Map for bestiary tourists, indicating places where we can meet mythological creatures, or at least monuments to them :)

Recent articles

In Polish Folklore is a soul of unbaptized child
Article by: KOT; 09-11-2014 / 01-31-2023 at 08:28
Visits: 58661; comments: 9, last — korg, 05-04-2017 at 05:30
Seasonal demons in Bulgarian and Serbian folklore which come out from underworld at first week of Great Lent
Article by: KOT, linyok; 08-04-2014 / 01-31-2023 at 08:20
Visits: 11653; comments: 1, last — korg, 08-05-2014 at 12:25
A river creature from Gironian local folklore, a nun turned into a crocodile with butterfly wings
Article by: KOT; 01-27-2023 / 01-27-2023 at 06:35
Visits: 275; without comments
A very tall and skinny, fish-smelling ghostly humanoid from the folklore of the East Indian state of Assam
Article by: Алкэ; 12-20-2022 / 12-21-2022 at 12:17
Visits: 1082; without comments
Are kind of Rusalka in folklore of Belarus most commonly associated with lake Svityaz'
Article by: KOT; 05-06-2010 / 12-07-2022 at 10:58
Visits: 36604; comments: 8, last — korg, 05-31-2017 at 03:51
a Vampire from Bolivia who hunts its human prey by appearing to them as a kindly old man who is lost and in need of assistance
Article by: Алкэ; 10-15-2019 / 12-02-2022 at 03:12
Visits: 7878; comments: 3, last — korg, 06-23-2022 at 04:27

Latest Stuff

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ImageОроолон. Постер монгольского фильма "Ороолон" (2016) 005.02.2023
Страница существаОроолон 005.02.2023
ИсточникЗельницкий А.Д. "Популярные верования и социально-политическое взаимодействие в имперском Китае" // Общество и государство в Китае. 2012, №1 — с.322-328 (1619) 005.02.2023
ПерсоналииЗельницкий, Александр Дмитриевич 005.02.2023
Страница существаҮхэр боохолдой 005.02.2023
Страница существаҺүүдэри боохолдой 005.02.2023
Страница существаБоохолдой 005.02.2023
Страница существаЛантухи 305.02.2023
ImageМаупун и мавки. Иллюстрация Анастасии Панковой 005.02.2023
ИсточникНеклюдов С.Ю. "Фольклорный ландшафт Монголии. Миф и обряд" — М.: Индрик, 2019 (1618) 004.02.2023
ПерсоналииНеклюдов, Сергей Юрьевич 004.02.2023
Страница существаЭзыхэ 004.02.2023
ИсточникБурятские шаманистические и дошаманистические термины / Манжигеев И.А. — М.: Наука, 1978 (1617) 004.02.2023
ПерсоналииМанжигеев, Иван Алексеевич 004.02.2023
Страница существаХаршангууд 004.02.2023
Страница существаХалуун үбшэн 004.02.2023
Страница существаХалуунай 004.02.2023
Страница существаТуйт 004.02.2023
Страница существаЗэтхыр 004.02.2023
Страница существаЖэгшэмээр боохолдой 004.02.2023
Страница существаДахуул 004.02.2023
Страница существаДахабари 004.02.2023
Страница существаАнахай 004.02.2023
Страница существаАжарай 004.02.2023
Страница существаАда 004.02.2023

Our site chronology

02-06-2023 — Your appearance on the site

25.10.2012 — the new bestiary took its rightful place on the main domain

04.01.2008 — the first stone was laid in the construction of a new bestiary

07.11.2005 — new address is

22.09.2004 — new address is

22.03.2004 — we started the forum

07.03.2004 — "Encyclopedia Of Mythical Creatures" moved to

27.07.2003 — "Encyclopedia Of Mythical Creatures" first appeared online at

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