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

An animal with the body of lion and the head of a bird which is thought to be found in Scythia
Article by: linyok; 07-24-2008 / 08-04-2020 at 11:59
Visits: 104188; comments: 98, last — korg, 05-25-2017 at 05:59
According to Japanese and Ainu beliefs, an enormous sea cucumber which lives deep in Uchiura Bay in Hokkaido
Article by: Matthew Meyer (en), Алкэ (ru); 07-24-2020 / 07-24-2020 at 08:49
Visits: 430; without comments
A fictional fearsome critter of North America, described as a mouthless alligator extremely dangerous for lumberjacks
Article by: Алкэ; 07-10-2020 / 07-16-2020 at 10:15
Visits: 505; without comments
Chinese mythical creature from ancient text of Shan-hai Ching, a rat with a turtle’s head
Article by: KOT; 07-14-2020 / 07-14-2020 at 01:35
Visits: 469; without comments
A fictional fearsome critter of North America described as a short, stubby, rather small animal resembling a Woodchuck, scaring people
Article by: Алкэ; 07-27-2019 / 07-10-2020 at 10:56
Visits: 726; without comments
A perfect but localized form of a bogy or bogey-beast from County Durham in North East England
Article by: KOT; 12-29-2008 / 06-26-2020 at 12:09
Visits: 14116; comments: 1, last — korg, 05-05-2017 at 11:58

Latest Stuff

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Запись в блогеДомашняя библиотека 11407.08.2020
ImageМатробит. Иллюстрация Романа Папсуева 004.08.2020
ИсточникАрхангельский А.С. "К истории древнерусского Луцидариуса (сличение славяно-русских и древне-немецких текстов)" — Казань, 1899 (1473) 004.08.2020
ПерсоналииАрхангельский, Александр Семёнович 004.08.2020
ИсточникПорфирьев И.Я. Луцидариус // "Апокрифические сказания о новозаветных лицах и событиях по рукописям Соловецкой библиотеки" — СПб., 1890 (1472) 004.08.2020
ПерсоналииПорфирьев, Иван Яковлевич 004.08.2020
Страница существаМакробии 004.08.2020
Страница существаЛаннан-ши 302.08.2020
Forum topicОлень, который ходит и одевается как человек 101.08.2020
Forum topicМиньокао 101.08.2020
Forum topicТунситунь 101.08.2020
ПерсоналииМороз, Андрей Борисович 031.07.2020
ИсточникМежду мифом и историей. Мифология пространства в фольклоре Русского Севера / Сост. А.Б.Мороз, Н.В.Петров — М.: Форум, Неолит, 2016 (1471) 031.07.2020
ImageЛовидух (Łapiduch). Иллюстрация Павла Зыха (Paweł Zych) 030.07.2020
ImageЛовидух (Łapiduch). Иллюстрация Марии Козловой 030.07.2020
Страница существаЛовидух 130.07.2020
Страница существаАтуйкакура 024.07.2020
ImageАтуйкакура. Иллюстрация Мэтью Мэйера 024.07.2020
ПерсоналииМорони, Элиза (Elisa Moroni) 021.07.2020
ПерсоналииАрхипова, Александра Сергеевна (Alexandra Arkhipova) 021.07.2020
ИсточникПетров Н.В., Архипова А.С., Морони Э. "Едет Иисус Христос на карете: из итальянского фольклора" // Живая старина. 2019, №1 — с.14-15 (1470) 021.07.2020
ПерсоналииПетров, Никита Викторович 021.07.2020
Страница существаЧудовище из Шо 020.07.2020
Forum topicДревняя Греция 1816.07.2020
Страница существаЕминеж 014.07.2020

Our site chronology

08-12-2020 — 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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