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Mythical Creatures P3

  1. 1. Mythical Creatures
  2. 2. Mythical Creatures The world is full of stories about brave heroes, magical events, and fantastic beings. For thousands of years, humans everywhere —sometimes inspired by living animals or even fossils—have brought mythic creatures to life in stories, songs, and works of art. Today these creatures, from the powerful dragon to the soaring phoenix, continue to thrill, terrify, entertain, and inspire us. We seem to catch glimpses of these creatures all around us: hiding beneath the ocean waves, running silently through the forest, and soaring among the clouds. Some symbolize danger. Others, we think, can bring us luck or joy. Together mythic creatures give shape to human's greatest hopes, fears, and most passionate dreams.
  3. 3. Dragons Of all mythic creatures that rise from the water, prowl across land, or fly through the air, the dragon is the most famed. Stories of serpent like beasts with fabulous powers inspire awe in almost every part of the world. Rain-bringing dragons in Asian tales can shrink so small that they fit in a teacup--or grow so large that they fill the sky. Dragons in Europe can slaughter people with their putrid breath, or spit fire and set cities ablaze. The earliest dragon legends go back thousands of years ago, and the amazing creature is still alive and bright in our imagination today.
  4. 4. Unicorns The unicorn is a legendary animal that is described to be a snow-white horse with a large spiraling horn sticking out of its forehead. In the Middle Ages the and Renaissance, it was was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by someone who can overcome evil. In the encyclopedias, its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness. In medieval and Renaissance times, the horn of the narwhal was sometimes sold as unicorn horn. Capturing a unicorn was worth a lot of money back then. A unicorn would bow to someone if that person is special or loyal.
  5. 5. Fairies A fairy is a type of mythical being or legendary creature or a form of spirit. Although in modern culture they are often depicted as young, sometimes winged, they originally were depicted quite differently: tall, radiant, angelic beings or short, wizened. Fairies were also noted for their mischief and malice. Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers. They are less clear in the folklore, being variously dead, or some form of demon or a species completely completely of humans or angels. Some fairies have been described as ranging in size from very tiny up to the size of a human child. Even with these small fairies, however, their small size may be magically assumed rather than constant. Wings are very rare in the folklore; even very small fairies flew with magic, sometimes flying on ragwort stems or the backs of birds. Nowadays, fairies are often depicted with ordinary insect wings or butterfly wings.
  6. 6. Fairies (Continued) In some folklore, fairies have green eyes and often bite. Though they can confuse one with their words, fairies cannot lie. They hate being told 'thank you', as they see it as a sign of one forgetting the good deed done, and, instead, want something that will guarantee remembrance. A belief held that they were a class of "demoted" angels. One popular story held that when the angels revolted, God ordered the gates shut; those still in heaven remained angels, those in hell became devils, and those caught in between became fairies. Others held that they had been thrown out of heaven, not being good enough,
  7. 7. Mermaids A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. In some stories, people thought that Mermaids are sometimes responsible with events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. Mermaids are usually quite vain creatures, and are usually snobs. They can lure sailors to their deaths by singing songs. Nighttime is their most dangerous songs. Mermaids love playing musical instruments too.
  8. 8. Phoenix The phoenix is a bird of fire. In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix is a long-lived bird that is regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. While the phoenix typically dies by fire in most versions of the legend, there are less popular versions of the phoenix dying and decomposes itself to live again.
  9. 9. Griffins The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and the king of all creatures. Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions.
  10. 10. Self Refection I think I did alright in this project because mythical creatures are some of the things I want to learn more about. Although I don't have many slides, I put a lot of information on each slide. I think I was an explorer, because I tried to find as many wellknown mythical creatures to research on. I should have been more balanced because I mostly did the work two days before the due date. I should have balanced the amount of work to the amount I have free time. I really enjoyed this subject, but some of it confused me because of all the different religious opinions about each mythical creature. I think I got a Meeting/fully meeting, since this presentation is not one of my best work. I should have tried much harder and added more pictures. I have learned more than I expected, and I hope to learn more about this subject soon!
  11. 11. Works Cited "Fairy." Wikipedia. 2014. N. pag. Print. This site was also about one subject, and that subject was the fairy. The site was also quite hard for a Grade Seven level, but again, we will understand it well enough to fully understand fairies. Some of the information about fairies were based on other religions and cultures, stating that fairies were "demoted angels" or "demons" It was a bit complicated to understand fully. "Griffin." Wikipedia. 2014. N. pag. Print. This article on Griffins had a lot of information. Although this website had information only on the Griffin, it still helped me as much as other websites would. I could have found another website that would be easier for me to understand. (Ar a Grade Seven Level) Other than complicated words, this article had plenty of information. "Legendary Creature." Wikipedia. 2013. Wikipedia. Web. 9 Dec. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legendary_creature>. This site helped me find a few of the examples of the creatures I was looking for. It had the links to the other creatures such as dragons and griffins. This site isn't really at a grade seven level, but it allows us to understand most of the words written on the site.
  12. 12. Works Cited Continued "Mermaid." Wikipedia. 2014. N. pag. Print. This article of Wikipedia is all about mermaids and about other cultures ideas about them. This article was alright for a grade seven level and I learned a lot about the subject of mermaids. One thing I found interesting about mermaids was that people pretended to be a mermaid on shows. They would preform in a large see-through glass tank and preform dances while wearing mermaid tails and holding their breaths. After the show, children would sometimes ask if the mermaids are real, but like Santa Claus or the tooth fairy, they would always say yes. I thought this was strange. "Phoenix (Mythology)." Wikipedia. 2014. N. pag. Print. This article of Wikipedia was all about the phoenix, which is one of the mythical creatures that I am doing research on. This website was very complicated for a Grade Seven level, although I think we can understand most of the information written on this site. This website gave me plenty of information about the phoenix, which is a bird of fire.

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