Terrifying Monsters from Mythology and Folklore Around the World


Kelly Macquire
published on 24 October 2021

Monsters as forces of chaos are popular figures in world mythology so stick around for a glimpse of the terrifying monsters from mythology and folklore from around the world. Monsters and creatures from legend and mythology are understood as personifications of the unknown, explanations for natural events or misfortune, or serve to encourage cultural values or prevent unwanted or dangerous behaviour. Any legend or myth, from any culture, always serves some purpose even if, on the surface, it seems to be just an entertaining tale.

In this video, we are going to introduce a number of terrifying monsters including the Pazuzu, and Assyrian and Babylonian demon best known from the film 'The Exorcist,' and the Al, from Ancient Persia, was a nocturnal spirit who entered the house invisibly and then assumed the form of an old woman with long stringy hair, sharp teeth, and talons who preyed on pregnant women and newborns. Some of these monsters you'll be familiar with, like Scylla and Charybdis from Greek mythology, but some you may not.

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The music used in this recording is the intellectual copyright of Michael Levy, a prolific composer for the recreated lyres of antiquity, and used with the creator's permission. Michael Levy's music is available to stream at all the major digital music platforms. Find out more on:

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Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2021, October 24). Terrifying Monsters from Mythology and Folklore Around the World. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2671/terrifying-monsters-from-mythology-and-folklore-ar/

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Macquire, Kelly. "Terrifying Monsters from Mythology and Folklore Around the World." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 24, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2671/terrifying-monsters-from-mythology-and-folklore-ar/.

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Macquire, Kelly. "Terrifying Monsters from Mythology and Folklore Around the World." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 24 Oct 2021. Web. 13 Jun 2024.