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

Monkey-like river-dwelling hairy kappa type yōkai found throughout the Shikoku and Chūgoku regions of Japan
Article by: Matthew Meyer (en), Алкэ (ru); 03-09-2016 / 12-04-2023 at 07:37
Visits: 8171; comments: 3, last — Алкэ, 11-12-2018 at 07:07
According to local legends of central England, a cannibal hag with a blue face and iron claws supposed to live in a cave in Leicestershire
Article by: KOT; 03-19-2016 / 11-30-2023 at 05:36
Visits: 24363; comments: 1, last — korg, 08-14-2017 at 01:44
According to folklore of the Hottentots from the Kalahari (Namibia), terrible cannibalistic creatures with eyes on their feet
Article by: KOT; 12-09-2017 / 11-23-2023 at 10:41
Visits: 14134; comments: 1, last — korg, 06-23-2022 at 07:36
A greyish-colored animal with the head of a cat and the body of a lizard, from the folklore of Lagrand in the Hautes-Alpes region of France
Article by: KOT; 11-18-2019 / 11-23-2023 at 12:31
Visits: 13021; without comments
In the folklore of the Portuguese island of Madeira, a ghostly creature that leads an invisible flock of sheep through the mountains, and with its cry foreshadows rain
Article by: KOT (ru); 09-18-2023 / 11-21-2023 at 05:25
Visits: 655; comments: 3, last — KOT, 09-19-2023 at 11:23
In Portuguese folklore, the creature that becomes from the seventh daughter is a big-headed skinny girl who turns into a snake
Article by: KOT; 11-21-2023 / 11-21-2023 at 12:46
Visits: 378; without comments

Latest Stuff

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Страница существаБаба Яга 3004.12.2023
Страница существаМытъыл 003.12.2023
Страница существаКафхъуындар 003.12.2023
Страница существаПилтхор 003.12.2023
ИсточникОсетинский мифологический словарь / сост. Ф.Т.Найфонова — Владикавказ: Проект-Пресс, 2020 (1655) 002.12.2023
ПерсоналииНайфонова, Фатима Тасолтановна 002.12.2023
Страница существаИран 021.11.2023
ИсточникJosé Leite de Vasconcelos "Tradições populares de Portugal" / Biblioteca Ethnografica portuguesa — Porto: Livraria Portuense de Lopes & C.ª, 1882 (1654) 021.11.2023
ПерсоналииЛейте де Вашконселуш, Жозе (José Leite de Vasconcelos) 021.11.2023
Страница существаЧеловек-мотылёк 118.11.2023
ИсточникКо, Сон Бэ "Большая книга корейских монстров. От девятихвостой лисицы Кумихо до феникса Понхван" — М.: МИФ, 2024 (1653) 017.11.2023
ПерсоналииКо Сон Бэ (고성배) 017.11.2023
ImageКиллмулис. Иллюстрация Ричарда Уиттерса для игрового бестиария D&D "Mordenkainen's Fiend Folio" 014.11.2023
ImageБрегди. Иллюстрация из игрового бестиария сеттинга Pathfinder 013.11.2023
Страница существаНопэрапон 1210.11.2023
ИсточникМудрые еврейские сказки / Сост. Э.Г.Иоффе, Г.С.Релес — Мн.: Ураджай, 1999 (1652) 008.11.2023
СказкаВолшебный шамир. Еврейская сказка 008.11.2023
ImageЦарь Соломон в преклонных летах. Гравюра Густава Доре (1866) 008.11.2023
Страница существаЧугайстер 801.11.2023
ImageЧугайстер сражается против пана, обернувшегося филином. Кадр из мультфильма "Сказка про Чугайстра" (Киевнаучфильм, 1978) 001.11.2023
ImageЧугайстер. Кадр из мультфильма "Сказка про Чугайстра" (Киевнаучфильм, 1978) 001.11.2023
ImageАбухуку. Иллюстрация Брен Родри 027.10.2023
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Our site chronology

12-07-2023 — 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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