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

According to folk beliefs of Punjabi (region of Pakistan and India), a whirlwind or dust devil
Article by: KOT; 08-27-2021 / 08-27-2021 at 10:04
Visits: 1021; without comments
Acording to Congo folklore, a hairless humanoid overgrown with grass, within mouth up wide enough to swallow its prey whole
Article by: KOT; 08-27-2021 / 08-27-2021 at 06:46
Visits: 1044; without comments
According to the folklore of the American colonists, an amazing creature with two contractile telescopic legs, a kangaroo tail and the 4-power ’scope, the rifled, gun-like beak
Article by: KOT, Алкэ; 08-05-2021 / 08-05-2021 at 02:43
Visits: 1619; without comments
According to Japanese folklore, prophetic aquatic yōkai with bulbous shiny bodies and long necks stick straight up out of the center of their bodies
Article by: Matthew Meyer (en), Алкэ (ru); 07-24-2021 / 07-24-2021 at 05:17
Visits: 2287; without comments
According to Philippine folklore, a large snake, with prominent red crest, long tongue with thorn-like hairs, sharp tusks and forked tail
Article by: KOT; 07-21-2021 / 07-21-2021 at 05:18
Visits: 626; without comments
According to Zimbabwean folklore, pale-skinned needle toothed mermaids that enjoy pulling fishermen and swimmers under the waves
Article by: KOT; 07-20-2021 / 07-20-2021 at 07:32
Visits: 1459; without comments

Latest Stuff

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СказкаОгонь (O fogo). Сказка индейцев апинайе (Бразилия) 022.09.2021
ImageТапир несет горящее полено. Иллюстрация Н.Альтмана к сказке "Огонь" 022.09.2021
ИсточникЛегенды и сказки индейцев Латинской Америки — М.-Л.: Гос.изд. художественной литературы, 1962 (1551) 022.09.2021
Страница существаМе-Гало-Камдуре 022.09.2021
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Страница существаПикси 1828.08.2021
Страница существаБарола 027.08.2021
ImageНага. Иллюстрация Юхана Эгеркранса 027.08.2021
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ImageВервольф. Иллюстрация Стива Эбдона 027.08.2021
СказкаЭлоко, или Никогда не оставляйте свою жену одну (The Eloko, or Never Leave Your Wife Alone). Сказка народа монго-нкундо из группы банту (ДР Конго) 027.08.2021
ImageЭлоко. Иллюстрация Виктора Переса Корбеллы 027.08.2021
ImageВендиго. Иллюстрация Стива Эбдона 027.08.2021
ImageБубак. Иллюстрация Стива Эбдона 027.08.2021
ImageДженни Зеленые Зубы. Иллюстрация Стива Эбдона 027.08.2021
ImageБанши. Иллюстрация Стива Эбдона 027.08.2021
ImageДзёро-гумо. Иллюстрация Стива Эбдона 027.08.2021
ИсточникKnappert Jan "African mythology: an encyclopedia of myth and legend" — London: Diamond Books, 1995 (1550) 027.08.2021
Страница существаБилоко 027.08.2021
ImageБатибат. Иллюстрация Стива Эбдона 027.08.2021
ImageЧерная Аннис. Иллюстрация Стива Эбдона 027.08.2021
ImageЭлоко. Иллюстрация Стива Эбдона 027.08.2021
ImageКадук. Рисунок Артура Басака 023.08.2021

Our site chronology

09-23-2021 — 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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