MERMAID - a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a human girl & the tail of a fish - They appear folklore worldwide (Near East, Europe, Africa & Asia) - The 1st stories appeared in ancient Assyria, when the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover - They are sometimes associated with perilous events like floods, storms, shipwrecks, etc. - In other folk traditions, they can be benevolent or beneficent
Lamia was once the beautiful queue of Libya but was later transformed into a man eating demon with a serpent tail. The reason for this transformation has been the subject of much interpretation. One story told how this was caused by Hera forcing Lamia to eat her own children. Others said that Hera directly gave Lamia the monster appearance. Whatever the origin, Lamia has been used extensively in many folktales and stories.
The Hydra, an ancient serpent-like chthonic water beast that possessed many heads , the poets mention more heads than the vase-painters could paint, and for each head cut off it grew two more, it's poisonous breath and blood were so potent, even its tracks were deadly. The Hydra of Lerna was killed by Hercules as the second of his Twelve Tasks
The Wendigo: malevolent and cannibalistic creatures. Human beings will transform into Wendigos if they perform cannibalism. Once transformed, the individual will become violent and obsessed with eating human flesh. These monsters are the embodiments of gluttony, greed, and excess. They have been classified as giants and upon transformation the human will grow considerably in size. They populate rural and highly forested, mountainous regions.