Top 10 Legends Of Aquatic Humanoid Creatures

10 Legends Of Aquatic Humanoid Creatures 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. 10. Adaro 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. 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 zombiesemerging 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. 8. Yacuruna The indigenous people living in the Amazon
rain forest believed in aquatic creatures called yacuruna. These were people that lived in underwater
citieswhich 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. 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. 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. They called this the umibozu, which literally
translates to “sea monk.” They took this as an omen that even though
the waters looked calm at the moment, there was a storm coming, and it was best not to
sail. Other accounts of the umibozu tell stories
of ships on calm seas that were suddenly dragged down, and they witnessed this black figure
from the shore. Modern theorists believe that the legend might
have originated from the real-life phenomenon of rogue waves. Sometimes, the wind can create a giant wave
out of nowhere, even if conditions appear calm. At night, from a distance, this can resemble
the outline of a person. This only happens when a storm is on its way,
so this story is actually true. 5. Monk Fish And Bishop Fish In Denmark and Poland, sailors and fisherman
would report sightings of a fish with a human face. The top of its head was shaped like a bishop’s
hat, and its body looked like it was wearing a cloak. Most of the accounts date back to the 1500s,
when there was so much still unknown of marine biology that even stories of large whales
were considered to be folklore. The creatures known as “monk fish” and
“bishop fish” both have very similar features. According to one story, fishermen captured
a monk fish, and they were so convinced that it was a holy man of the sea that they took
it to a church, hoping to get some reaction out of it. Of course, it never spoke a word. The monk fish became a cryptozoological creature,
and illustrations made it out to be very humanlike. In modern times, there is a genus of fish,
Lophius, which is still nicknamed “monkfish.” Monkfish have large mouths with a pink inside
that resembles a human tongue. They also have eyes in the front of their
heads, similar to a human face. 4. The Ipupiara The Ipupiara is legendary a South American
sea monster that was covered in hair and had a very bushy mustache. It was said to kill sailors off the coast
of Brazilby choking them to death with its hands. Then, it would eat their eyeballs as well
as the tips of their fingers, toes, and even genitals. During the 1500s, explorers claimed to have
killed the Ipupiara by thrusting a sword into its belly. They sold the corpse to a rich Danish physician
named Thomas Bartholin. He examined the body and confirmed that the
creature had the head and torso of a very hairy man, but the bottom extremities were
like a fish. The corpse was put on display in his cabinet
of curiosities. Modern-day theorists believe that the Ipupiara
may have been a man with a deformity called sirenomelia, where a person’s legs are fused
together to resemble a fishtail. At that time, it was not uncommon for parents
of disabled children to leave them for dead. It’s possible that the child had become
feral. Or, it was all an elaborate hoax. Note that babies with sirenomelia rarely survive
more than a day or two. 3. Vodyanoy In Slavic legends, Vodyanoy was the guardian
spirit of water. He is described as a wise old man who has
control over every aquatic creature. If humans treated the water with respect,
they would be rewarded with fish to eat and valuable pearls. Vodyanoy rode around a “water horse” that
was actually a catfish. In illustrations of Vodyanoy, his body is
humanlike with webbed hands, but he has the head of a frog with a human nose. His beard drips with algae and slime. Stories say that he could shape-shift into
a man if he wanted to. In fact, he was said to enjoy human food so
much that ancient people gave him meals as an offering. As a shape-shifter, he could leave the water
in order to satisfy his cravings. However, anyone could pick Vodyanoy out of
a crowd of people because his left butt cheek was constantly dripping water. 2. Oannes In ancient Babylonian mythology, Oannes was
an amphibious god that was like a merman with a long beard, except that he wore a fish hood
on his head. In fact, it looked like a naked guy hollowed
out a giant fish carcass, climbed inside, and decided to hop around land while standing
upright. In other illustrations, he even has human
feet sticking out of the bottom, which makes him look less like a mythical creature and
more like a crazy person. According to the ancient legend, mankind needed
to rebuild civilization, so they were looking to the gods for guidance. Oannes emerged from the water to explain the
arts and sciences to people, and they listened intently to his advice. At the end of the day, he would jump back
in the water and swim away. In the Hebrew version of this story, Noah
built the ark after the Great Flood, and God taught him how to rebuild civilization. 1. The Man Fish In 1679, sailors off the coast of Spain pulled
a naked man out of the water. They scrambled to give him food and wine and
asked him if he was in a shipwreck, but he could not speak. They brought him on land, where he immediately
became sick, so he jumped back into the sea. In another version of this story, the “fish
man” was a teenage boy who was ordered to dive for treasure in the ocean and never emerged,
so everyone assumed he drowned. Five years later, sailors rescued him from
the sea. The people in the town recognized him, so
they brought him home to his mother’s house. He had such a difficult time adjusting back
to life on land that he left to live in the water again. Writers at the time used this story to theorize
that humans were able to adapt to any environment, even if it meant growing gills to live in
the water. A statue was created to look like the fish
man in the town of Lierganes, Cantabria, Spain. Of course, in today’s world, these stories
are considered to be fairy tales.

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