10 Legends Of Aquatic Humanoid Creatures

10 Legends Of Aquatic Humanoid Creatures Everyone has heard of mermaids, but they aren’t
the only aquatic humanoid creature around. For centuries, legends from around the world
have told of other watery beasts that resemble human beings. Indeed, such stories seem to have been a common
thread across various cultures.These ten creatures aren’t cute enough to end up as the star
of their own Disney movie, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less interesting. Most are decidedly more nefarious, while a
few are benevolent. One or two may even have had some basis in
reality. 10 Adaro
The ocean can be an unforgiving place. If sailors were gone for too long, they would
sometimes go insane. Children who disobeyed their parents would
slip into the water without ever struggling or splashing before they drowned. It was almost as if something had captured
their will to live. In the Solomon Islands, they blamed this on
a creature called the adaro. This creature’s face and upper body looked
like a man without hair on his head and black eyes. It was all gray with a shark-like tail and
breathed underwater through gills behind its ears. According to legend, the adaro would wait
for people to fall into the water. If someone had sinned a lot, the adaro would
suck out all of the good parts of his personality, or “shade,” only leaving behind the darkest
side of humanity. Christians in the Solomon Islands transformed
this traditional legend to fit in with the Bible, saying that the adaro are really fallen
angels or demons.[1] 9 Rusalki
According to Russian mythology, the rusalki (singular: rusalka) were beautiful, young,
naked women who emerged from the water in order to spread moisture to the fields and
give life to the Earth. These were not mermaids but female spirits
who were once living human beings. In early legends, it was told that these were
the ghosts of women who drowned from committing suicide due to grief from the death of a child
or husband. Rusalki were once depicted as beautiful, helpful
female spirits who would sometimes even sing as they worked, giggle, and brush their hair
by the edge of the water.In later years, stories and artwork about rusalki transformed them
into zombies emerging from their watery graves. The later legends focused more on women who
were murdered and dumped in lakes and rivers. The zombie rusalki would emerge from the water
to walk on land and take revenge on the men who killed them.[2]
8 Yacuruna The indigenous people living in the Amazon
rain forest believed in aquatic creatures called yacuruna. These were people that lived in underwater
cities which were like reflections of life on land, so everything was upside down. Their palaces were made of crystal, and they
were decorated with shining pearls and fish scales. The yacuruna rode on the backs of snakes,
crocodiles, and turtles for transportation.A yacuruna resembled a human, except that the
head, hands, and feet were on backward. Others claimed that these humanoids simply
had webbed hands, feet, and green skin. Legend said that if a human was ever captured
by a yacuruna, they would begin to transform into one, starting with their eyes rolling
backward. A shaman would have to reverse the curse before
it was too late. Some believed that the yacuruna were an advanced
civilization and that they were the source of a shaman’s medical knowledge. In one story, a man named Don Juan Flores
Salazar witnessed his little sister drown when they were children. Later in life, he had a vision of her an adult,
standing by the water’s edge. She told him that she was alive and had married
a yacuruna man. She returned to give him knowledge of healing. Salazar went on to have a career as a shaman.[3]
7 Finfolk In Scotland and Ireland, stories of the finfolk
were a big part of local folklore. During the winter, the finfolk lived in a
city at the bottom of the ocean called Finfolkaheem. In the summer, they lived on an island called
Hildaland, which could appear and disappear at will, making it impossible for humans to
find.It was believed that the finfolk could take on the form of a beautiful men and women
in order to lure humans into the water. They were shape-shifters who could transform
from full fish to full human or somewhere in between, like a mermaid. It was believed that the finfolk wanted to
have sex with humans because it was like their elixir for a long life. Whenever a boat never returned home from a
voyage or someone drowned, it was always blamed on the finfolk. After the rise of Christianity, priests began
to claim that so long as a village practiced the Bible and spoke the world of God, finfolk
could not step on dry land.[4] 6 Umibozu
Sailing at sea during the night can be frightening experience, even when conditions are calm. During a storm, large waves can easily capsize
a boat. According to Japanese legend, sailors would
sometimes glance over calm waters at night and see a giant black shadow in the shape
of a bald man.

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