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Fantastic Beasts
A PowerPoint Presentation by Liz, Mary, Carmen, Jonathan, Amber, Yasmeen, Katy, and Steph
Origin: Egypt or EthiopiaIt is a female monster with the body of a lion, the breast and head of a woman,eagle's wings, and sometimes a serpent tail
Egyptian Sphinx
Greek Sphinx
Incorporated into Greek mythDaughter ofOrthusand Chimaera,Typhonand Echidna , orTyphonandChimaeraFond of riddles, i.e. “What goes on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs at night?”Answer: a human (number of legs describes place in life cycle: baby adult  old person with cane)
Origin: GreeceMan-shaped torso, twocoiled vipersinstead of legs, fifty serpents per arm instead of hands, winged,dirtymatted hair and beard, pointed ears, and eyes flashing fire.Said to be big enough for his head to brush the starsVolcano-daimon: could hurlred-hot rocks at the sky and storms of fire boiled from his mouth.
Son of Earth or Hera, depending on mythMate of Echidna, a half-snake half-woman creatureFather ofOrthos, a two-headeddog;Cerberus, a three-headeddog;LernaeaHydra, achtonic, serpent-like creature with numerousheads;andChimair, a creaturewith the body of a goat, the tail of a snake ordragon,and the head of alion
Went on rampaging murder/destruction spree, destroyed cities, killed a lot of peopleWas defeated in battle by Zeus who imprisoned him under Mt. Etna, a stratovolcano on the coast of Sicily
Origin: GreeceGoddess of Festivity and Banquets, Muse of ComedyA young woman crowned with ivy and carrying a comedy mask, bugle, or shepherd’s staff
One of three Graces, minorgoddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity, andfertility and daughters of ZeusEighth born of nine Muses, goddesses of inspiration
Origin: GreeceDaughter of PoseidonWife of HeliosSea-nymph of Aegean island of Rhodes, convinced Zeus to allot island to Helios after it rose from the sea
Origin: GreeceTwelvedanglingfeet,six long necks and grisly heads lined with a triple row of sharpteethHervoice was likened to the yelping ofdogsClassically depicted as fish-tailed sea goddess
Often mentioned with Charybdis, a giant whirlpool monster that both sucks down and spews out seawater to drown ships, because theylive on opposite sides of the Straits of Messenia between Italy andSicilySkyllais a six-headed, snakelike monster that will swoop down and snatch sailors from the decks of passingshipsThere are two towering rocks called the Rovers which clash together to destroy passing ships andSkyllamakes her home in the most lofty of the two peaks. Her rocky habitat is always shrouded in clouds … no sunlight ever reaches the summit and no mortal man can climb the sheer rock-face or even shoot an arrow to such a height.
Origin: GreeceFish-tailed sea god, sometimes depicted withtwin fish or dolphintails, crab-claw"horns,”green-tinged skin,and/or apair of equine forelegs.Carrieda wingedbowand conch-shell trumpetHas some power over the ocean
Son of Poseidon and AmphitriteFather of sea-nymphsPallas,Kalliste,Triteia,andTritonidesPatron god of salt lakeTritonisHelped Argonauts escape when they became trapped in the desert
Origin: GreeceHalf-nymph humanoid, son ofPilammon,a mortal singer, andArgiope, a nymphTalented singer who was punished by Hades for his hubris either by blindness or the removal of his voice
Origin: GreeceBirds with the heads and faces of beautiful human womenSit on crags of a rocky coast and lure sailors to their deaths by singing in such enchanted voices that sailors crash their ships on the rocks to get closer to them and, ultimately, drownFeatured in “The Odyssey” and “TheArgonautica,” defeated respectively by Odysseus and Orpheus
Will o’ Wisp
Origin: EuropeAppear as glowing balls of light that lead travelers astray at nightIrish myth states that they can lead a person to treasureAlso depicted in literature as a metaphor for an unreachable goalBased on real-life environmental phenomena known as “marsh gas” or “swamp gas,” where gas reserves in marshy environments briefly spontaneously ignite
Origin: Scandinavia and Northern EuropeBeautiful female warrior spirits aboard flying horsesAssisted Odin by flying into battle and escorting the souls of the most worthy slain warriors to Valhalla (essentially Viking warrior Heaven)
Origin: GreecePhokianGiantSon ofElaraand Zeus, though carried to term by Gaia after his mother was buried in the Earth to hide her from HeraAssaulted the goddessLeto, was slain in punishment by Artemis and Apollo, further (eternally) punished in the Underworld by being staked to the ground and having two vultures pluck out his liver every night after it regenerates during the day
One of nineMusesChoral song, and danceDepicted with lyreTerpsichore and her sisters were believed to reside above the golden clouds that coveredthe sacred Greekmountain peaksof Mount OlympusSaid to be mother ofSirens, byAchelous
Origin: GreeceUsually depicted as humanoids or human/fish hybridsOriginal inhabitants of Rhodes, children of Pontus or GaiaTalented smiths- created trident for Poseidon and sickle for CronusRaised PoseidonSlain by Poseidon, Zeus, or Apollo for developing evil magic
Origin: GreeceDemonofJealousyA monstroushagwith a wrinkled, shrunken body, black teeth,andbreastscovered in greenvenomCommonlyreferred to as NemesisInvidia, which is Latin forenvyAppearancereveals the ugliness of her soul and hercrooked,squinting eyes neversleepFeedsoff serpents and thriving off their venomProvokedby the spite and resentment towards seeing others fortune and success. The Zelus herself is her own torture, competitive by nature and fueling her fire with the bitterness she so frequently encounters.
Origin: Northern and Central EuropeHumanoid human man whose purpose is to sprinkle dust or sand into the eyes of children to make them sleep and dream.If you wake up and you have sandy gunk in your eye, he visited you in the nightOccasionally portrayed as a more sinister character who would steal the eyes of children who refused to sleep after throwing sand in them
Origin: Scotland, Ireland, Faroe IslandGorgeous young men and women that live as seals in the sea but can turn into humanoids on land by removing their seal skinBecome bound to a human that steals their seal skin and will remain homesick for the sea until they have their skin returned
Origin: JapanA tall, beautiful woman with white skin, black hair, and blue lipsAppears to mountain travelers in snowstorms and has powers over snow, ice, and cold (usually kills them)Most famous story describes a man who encounters ayuki-onnaand is spared by her, as long as he doesn’t speak of her again. Years later, he tells the story to his wife who turns out to be theyuki-onna. She spares him again on behalf of their children but melts away and disappears
Yasmeen: Sphinx andTyphoeusCarmen:TitonandThamyrisJonathan: Sirens, Will o’ Wisps, and ValkyriesKaty:Tityusand TerpsichoreSteph:TelchinesAmber: ZelusLiz: Sandman,Selkie, Yuki-onna





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