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

Are kind of Rusalka in folklore of Belarus most commonly associated with lake Svityaz'
Article by: KOT; 05-06-2010 / 11-13-2019 at 05:42
Visits: 16414; comments: 8, last — korg, 05-31-2017 at 03:51
According to local legends from Vileyka District of Belarus, the forest spirit in the form of a naked long-haired girl, luring into the thicket
Article by: korg, KOT; 09-23-2014 / 11-06-2019 at 07:27
Visits: 8402; comments: 1, last — korg, 04-21-2017 at 04:54
A creature in the Seminole Indians mythology, looks like a human, but at night it vomits up all its internal organs so that it can shape-shift into a great horned owl to fly out in search of a sleeping person to prey upon
Article by: linyok, Алкэ; 07-11-2015 / 10-29-2019 at 01:26
Visits: 3685; without comments
An ancient vampiric demon from Hasidic lore, looks like a beautiful woman with a face suggesting nothing but pure innocence
Article by: Алкэ; 10-15-2019 / 10-15-2019 at 10:19
Visits: 355; without comments
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 / 10-15-2019 at 09:30
Visits: 259; comments: 2, last — KOT, 10-15-2019 at 09:27
Persian vampire, which attacks its victims at night while they are asleep by licking the soles of their feet until they bleed
Article by: Алкэ; 10-09-2019 / 10-09-2019 at 01:15
Visits: 350; without comments

Latest Stuff

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ImageПринцесса Адда. Иллюстрация Лоренцо Мастроянни к ККИ "Gwent: The Witcher Card Game" 014.11.2019
СказкаКоролевна-упырь (Królewna strzyga). Польская народная сказка 114.11.2019
ИсточникПольские народные легенды и сказки — М., Л.: Художественная литература, 1965 (1405) 114.11.2019
ИсточникПольские народные сказки — Л.: Художественная литература, 1980 (1404) 114.11.2019
СказкаЯрошек (Jaroszek). Польская народная сказка 014.11.2019
СказкаОзеро Свитязь (Возера Свіцязь). Белорусская легенда 013.11.2019
СказкаСвитязь (Свіцязь). Белорусская легенда 013.11.2019
СказкаПро озеро Свитязь (Пра возера Свіцязь). Белорусская легенда 013.11.2019
Запись в блогеSCP-096, Рейк (человек-грабли) 112.11.2019
СказкаДевушка и оборотень. Сказка народа эве (Гана, Того, Бенин) 011.11.2019
ImageБильвиз. Рисунок Афины Ноктуа (Athena Noctua) 010.11.2019
ImageВоуви. Иллюстрация Роберта Ингпена 010.11.2019
ImageКоробокуру. Рисунок Шигеру Мизуки 009.11.2019
ImageБильвиз. Рисунок Шигеру Мизуки 009.11.2019
ИсточникShigeru Mizuki 《世界妖怪大全―世界はゲゲゲ》(World Yokai Encyclopedia: The World is GeGeGe) — Shueisha Inc., 1994 (1403) 009.11.2019
Страница существаЛудмурт 003.11.2019
Страница существаНюлэсмурт 003.11.2019
ИсточникЭскизы преданий и быта инородцев Глазовского уезда [эскизы 1-5] / Составил Н.Первухин — Вятка: Губ.тип., 1888-1890 (1402) 003.11.2019
ПерсоналииПервухин, Николай Григорьевич 003.11.2019
ИсточникВ.Е.Владыкин "Религиозно-мифологическая картина мира удмуртов" — Ижевск: "Удмуртия", 1994 (1401) 003.11.2019
ПерсоналииВладыкин, Владимир Емельянович 003.11.2019
ИсточникД.А.Яшин "Удмуртская народная сказка" — Ижевск: "Удмуртия", 1965 (1400) 003.11.2019
ПерсоналииЯшин, Даниил Александрович 003.11.2019
ИсточникУдмуртские народные сказки — Ижевск: "Удмуртия", 1976 (1396) 103.11.2019
Запись в блогеДомашняя библиотека 10903.11.2019

Our site chronology

11-15-2019 — 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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