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Manticore

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Manticore

  1. 1. MANTICORE A Mythical creature By: •Dimitris Papaioannou, •Marios Vrinios, •Thodoris Mousoulis, •Maria Koutoulia
  2. 2.  In the depths of the Indian jungles, a creature lurks, hungry for prey. Its head is that of a man with a long beard, but its body is that of a mighty lion. The mighty beast has a magnificent tail that stretches out behind it. The tail resembles that of a scorpion and has many stings which it uses like arrows to render its prey defenseless. This terrible beast lurks in the reeds and appears to its victims as an old man until it is too late. When it strikes, no evidence is left behind. It is …….. The Mighty MANTICORE.
  3. 3. What is a Manticore  A manticore is a mythological creature that was said to be unconquerable. The mighty beast is best known for its strange but magnificent features. It is often said that the beast had the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a scorpion. It was one of the mightiest of all beasts and capable of devouring every animal in the jungle except for elephants because elephants seemed to be able to evade even the most powerful of the manticores.
  4. 4. The Manticore According to Legend  The word manticore itself is an adaption of the Persian name for the beast – martichoras. This means ‘man eater.’ According to Persian myth, the creature was able to devour any beast (except elephants of course) without leaving any remains behind. However, despite its dominance in the jungle, the manticore had an especially intense hunger for human flesh. It was rumored that the manticore was able to kill three men at once without issue and devour them all if the opportunity presented itself.
  5. 5.  The manticore was seen as a predator that couldn’t be matched by man. It was known to have incredible speed that not even the fastest man could compete with in a chase. The body of a manticore was similar to a lion so it had long, sharp claws that could use to tear apart its victims. It was capable of ripping a man apart with one swipe of its mighty paws.
  6. 6.  The tail of the beast resembled that of a scorpion and had several large ‘stings’ and one sting that was at the tip of the tail. These stings were poisonous and could be used to prick a victim. Distance, however, didn’t bring much more safety to a potential victim of the manticore. It was said that the mighty beast had the ability to shoot these stings from its tail like arrows. When one sting had been shot, it was replaced by another . These stings would inject the victim with poison and cause them to become paralyzed. The beast was then free to devour the victim without a struggle.
  7. 7.  In addition to eating all of its victims remains, it also ate their clothing, money, and other possessions. Because of this, there was often little evidence that the manticore had struck aside from trace amounts of blood. This is also part of the reason the beast was feared by so many. Whenever a person went missing and searches failed to return any trace of their body or possessions, it was blamed on a manticore attack.  It was claimed that the manticore lured people in by laying in tall grass or reeds. This would hide its magnificent body and show only the head of what appeared to be a bearded man. Many victims were said to have ventured too close to the beast, only to be devoured by its three rows of sharp teeth.
  8. 8. Can a Manticore be Overpowered or Killed?  There were measures that could be taken to ensure that these beasts were not able to grow into predators. It was believed a manticore could be hunted while it was young in order to prevent the development of one of its most fearsome attributes – its tail. Skilled hunters were able to track down the young manticore cub because its tail hadn’t yet developed the deadly stings, capture it and stomp on its tail hard enough to deform it.  Other than this, fighting the manticore was thought to be futile. It was believed that the fur of the manticore was impenetrable and any weapon used against the body of the beast would be hopeless. The only place a manticore was vulnerable was in its mouth. However, even if a manticore were able to be killed with a fatal blow to the mouth, it is thought that the creature would simply resurrect as it is thought to have mythical powers.
  9. 9. Other than this, fighting the manticore was thought to be futile. It was believed that the fur of the manticore was impenetrable and any weapon used against the body of the beast would be hopeless. The only place a manticore was vulnerable was in its mouth. However, even if a manticore were able to be killed with a fatal blow to the mouth, it is thought that the creature would simply resurrect as it is thought to have mythical powers.
  10. 10. Explanation of the Myth Many who study the story of the manticore compare the beast to a tiger. It is thought that the story was used to describe the biggest and mightiest of the tigers that inhabited the jungles of India. It is likely that the story also originated to explain the many missing persons who entered the jungle and never returned. It was easier to write off the disappearance of loved ones as being at the hands of an unconquerable beast instead of a vicious forest animal. These stories helped to save part of the population by preventing too many inexperienced travelers or hunters from going too far into the woods alone, as well as curbing the curiosity of young children.
  11. 11. THE END • Dimitris Papaioannou • Thodoris Mousoulis • Marios Vrinios • Maria Koutoulia

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