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

One of the many Korean dragons, the rooster-dragon, often called as Korean basilisk or Korean cockatrice
Article by: KOT; 11-24-2021 / 11-24-2021 at 01:26
Visits: 273; without comments
Small black beast from Harry Potter world, has a predilection for anything glittery
Article by: Ezik; 11-17-2021 / 11-17-2021 at 12:22
Visits: 535; without comments
According to local legend, the ghost of an ash-smeared panda living in the Lubcha Castle near Novogrudok, in the north-west of Belarus
Article by: Артур Басак, KOT; 11-01-2021 / 11-05-2021 at 12:53
Visits: 484; comments: 2, last — KOT, 11-01-2021 at 11:22
According to slavists Alexander Afanasyev and Pavel Spilevskiy is shape-shifting cat from Belarusian folklore
Article by: KOT, Артур Басак; 06-11-2009 / 11-04-2021 at 11:50
Visits: 17342; comments: 10, last — KOT, 08-29-2017 at 04:14
According to Belarusian folklore, a female nocturnal forest demon with red eyes, a large mouth to ears, a flat nose, tail and cow's hair
Article by: Артур Басак, KOT; 10-20-2021 / 10-25-2021 at 10:26
Visits: 1555; without comments
According to Japanese folklore, a broad term referring to spirits of the dead which possess and harm the living
Article by: Matthew Meyer (en), Алкэ (ru); 10-10-2021 / 10-14-2021 at 06:25
Visits: 1561; without comments

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ImageНюхлер. Иллюстрация Томислава Томича 017.11.2021
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ImageТанифа. Иллюстрация Чейс Кабебе 003.11.2021
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Our site chronology

11-30-2021 — 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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