Jody has been fascinated by myths, folklore, and ancient history from around the world since she was young.
Could mythological creatures have existed on this world at some point in time? This is a question that has been rattling around in my brain for years. Why would I ask such a question? I ask because there are so many similar myths, from so many different civilizations. All of which, supposedly, never communicated with each other.
Where Do These Myths Come From?
I know many professionals say that myths are the way early peoples created associations to deal with things and events in their lives they had no other way to relate to, or something similar to that. I’m not sure I agree. There are myths of dragons, vampires, shape shifters (such as werewolves), and others in every group of people or civilization that has ever existed. Most of these myths are so similar that it is scary, especially when you consider that most of these people had no contact with each other.
Did You Know…
In almost all myths of dragons around the world, they all have four legs and two wings and most breathe fire. In the Western world they are considered horrible creatures that steal livestock and destroy villages, but in the Eastern world they are revered.
What If They Did, Or Still Do, Exist?
With all of these different peoples having the same or similar myths there has to be some grain of truth to them. After all, most people believe in angels and demons. What makes dragons, vampires, shape shifters, and other supposedly mythical creatures so different? How do we know that they aren’t here and are just hiding in plain sight to avoid persecution? We have made huge strides in science in the last 50 years. Things that would have gotten you check into a mental ward or burned at the stake 100-200 years ago are now common place. What’s to say that they didn’t have that kind of technology, or more advanced, back then and humans didn’t?
A Look At The Past…
Let’s take a look at some things that scientist can’t figure out. The pyramids and Stonehenge are just two well-known examples of things that we supposedly didn’t have the technology to make. Not so well know is a temple off the coast of Japan. It is believed that the last time it would have been above water to have been able to be built is before the last ice age. If humans didn’t have the technology to build it back then, who did? There are ruins in Central and South America that would have required the same type of advanced technology.
Now The Present…
We watch, read, or listen to the news every day. How much of that is negative? Now look at myths and legends of “mythical” creatures. They really have a lot in common, except back then they didn’t write most of it down. A lot of these myths all have to do with humans being attacked and killed. How much of that do we see in the news today? I think that these myths are actually a lot more like our news today, it’s just older. If someone screwed up, everyone heard about it. It got passed from person to person. The more often it happened or the bigger the event, the more newsworthy it became. As we became more “civilized” we started to believe that our ancestors didn’t know what they were talking about. They were just stories, not true events. If you have kids you know that happens, they think they know everything and people older than them know nothing.
People Just Like Everyone Else.
If these people did, or do, exist I’m guessing that they would have their good and bad just like we do. No matter what group you look at (humans, wolves, lions, primates, etc.) they all have their good ones and bad ones, but most are in between. Most follow the laws of their group and just want to be left alone to live their lives. But those who don’t go with the flow are the ones we hear about.
Things, Or People, That Are Different…
Looking at human history, I can’t say I would blame anyone for hiding their existence if they are different from others. We have a very bad habit of destroying things, or people, that are different and asking questions later. How many conquering civilizations destroyed the religions and objects and even languages of those they conquered? Almost all of them did. Some even tried to “breed out” “undesirable” traits, which most of the time constituted rape. How many groups of people have been persecuted for being different, whether just physically or because of beliefs or anything else? That is a very long list. Sadly we don’t seem to have learned anything from that. We still have a major war like that going on today. Why can’t we accept that everybody is different and just get over it? What a boring world it would be if everyone was the same. Unfortunately old prejudices don’t seem to die; they just sometimes sleep for a while.
How Would We React If They Are Real?
If we found out tomorrow that mythical creatures were in fact real and are still here, how would we react? I would like to think that we would be open-minded and accept them as they are. Unfortunately, looking back at history, I just don’t see that happening. There are still too many close-minded people out there. If we can’t even tolerate each other without fighting over stupid stuff, they don’t stand a snowball’s chance in a volcano of “coming out” without a bloodbath happening. And those who accepted and/or helped them would be tossed in the same pot. What do you think would happen? How would you react?
© 2012 Jody Cope
Jody Cope (author) from Missoula, MT on August 25, 2012:
Thank you both. I'm glad you liked it.
parwatisingari from India on August 22, 2012:
great one, pinned it promptly will use it my work.
emraldwolf on August 22, 2012:
This is awesome!!! I think they could be real...there is soooo much about our own world that we don't quiet know yet. I wrote a story on hubpages called the Legend of the Pooka. Maybe you could read it if you are interested in mythical animals like me!