It’s that time of the year when soothing smiles take a backseat and spooky stories come to the fore instead. On Halloween 2020, add to these tales of horror and spine-chilling fun by learning about some of the world’s most mythical creatures from every country, including India. By Bayar Jain
For this mammoth task, the team first compiled a long list of mythical creatures from sources like Heather Frigiola’s Monsters and Mythical Creatures from Around the World and articles on Wikipedia and independent sites.
Next, permutations and combinations were used on Google search to ascertain the most famous mythical creature from each country, followed by noting the different identification markers should a common name rise in the country-specific searches. The result? A spooky list of horrific creatures from every country, mapped!
Based on the findings, the USA’s most popular mythical creature is the Sasquatch, a hairy forest-dwelling humanoid. On the flip-side, South America is spooked by La Tunda, a shapeshifting cryptid that sucks blood. Paraguay boasts a lizard with seven dog heads, while mermen-like Adaro haunts the waters around the Solomon Islands.
Dragons feature as a common monster between England, and parts of the Middle Eastern region. However, the Turkish dragon emerges on the top spot in the latter parts of the world. Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Dragon is the most searched in Asia and Oceania, followed by an ape-like Orang Pendek in Indonesia.
In Africa, the Namibian Flying Snake with its 25 feet length, 30-foot wide wingspan, and bioluminescent crest and horns emerges victorious. In India, too, the snake (or the Sheshanaga) leads the race for the most searched mythical creature.