You didn’t think that I would name a website and not show what it means. Well, I did already do that, but to illustrate my love for both the paranormal and ducks, let’s jump into the pond of creatures in history that were ducks, or appeared to be.
You know the saying, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be an ancient legendary creature that starts the construction of the world.
There are paranormal ducks out there. While much of mythology delves into other birds like owls, swans, and geese, ducks somehow latched on to their own. Now, you may be wondering if ducks are so popular nowadays, why weren’t they prominent in folklore? Well, that answer is because ducks aren’t really from many places.
A quick history of duck domestication
There are similar domestications of chickens and ducks. They did take different paths along the way to get there, though, as ducks are not as popular as chickens. It is theorized that ducks first started their time on the farm over 3,000 years ago, starting in Southeastern Asia. They were used to eat bugs from rice fields and since ducks love water and bugs, it makes sense.
Egypt and Europe were right behind China on duck domestication, and they all used the animal in the same way. The most common breed is the meat bird, the Pekin duck. I have 4 of these ducks and I can say they get massive, but not as big as my Muscovy drake. The Pekin duck is what I used to model my own logo after. Speaking of the Muscovy breed, it was domesticated in Central and South America.
Like the chicken, the ducks were bred for eggs and meat, nowadays looking much different from their ancestors. The Mallard duck is the most common in looks with its historical counterparts. The Pekin duck arrived in the United States in 1873 on a Yankee Clipper ship, a ship with 3 masts that transported cargo. It was the first duck breed of the new world.
The almost ducks
While this creature has been seen as other fowl, they have been presented to also be a form of duck. Found in southwest Germany, the creature does not have too much on it. It does what ducks do, like lay eggs and have the appeal of being goblin-like.
If you have ever seen a duck after a rainstorm and they’ve found a mud hole, you’ll understand.
Also from Germany, this hybrid that hails primarily from Bavaria. I say hybrid lightly, as it looks like a hare, but with antlers of a deer, wings, and feet of a duck. They only hang around the most beautiful of people.
This immortal Chinese “King of Birds” is primarily known as a type of phoenix. It is said to be the symbol of prosperity and righteousness. The bird is used as a symbol by royalty, primarily female royalty. If you see one, it could be an omen for world peace.
This phoenix is barely a phoenix, with the neck of a snake, tail of a fish, the down of a duck (the feathers), the back of a tortoise, the face of a swallow, and the beak of a chicken. The fenghuang is no more phoenix than I am.
Ducks in mythology
Ducks are primarily used in aiding in creation, escape, and survival. They are not seen as much as their cousins, the swans, but they are still present. In some cases, the duck is swapped for another creature because of language barriers or the bird in myths itself is just unknown at the present time.
Native American Mythology
You will see many ducks in Native American mythology as duck creatures were just more popular. In one legend from the Eastern Algonquians, there is a merganser duck that helps with creation by bringing earth from the ocean floor so that land could be made above.
There is also the k’uik’ui, which is either a duck god, or also resembles the same story. This duck comes from the Yokut. Along with these, there is also the Pawik Kachina. It is also called the Duck Kachina. It is a duck-like doll that is a request for rain.
There is one story from Greek Mythology dealing with a duck and it comes from The Odyssey. The story involves Odesseus’ wife, Penelope, who really personifies the duck. In the story, she is the daughter of Icarus and a Naiad. She was thrown into the sea by Icarus with no known reason. Miraculously, she was saved by a flock of ducks.
The goddess Sequana is a river goddess from France. For this myth, there isn’t much, but the goddess herself has a totem where she rides in a boat, which contains the head of a duck at the prow. She looks over the Seine River. She is also seen in Roman mythology as the two have merged from time to time in history.
A Sumerian goddess named Inanna is one that has some semblance to ducks from a vase. She was one of the most popular goddesses of 2,300 B.C. Her name could also be Ishtar, as she was associated with that Assyrian goddess.
The vase itself is from around 3,200 B.C. It shows the goddess with a plethora of creatures: fish, turtles, and, of course, ducks.
You can’t look at a duck and not think they can’t be monsters. I have a Muscovy drake and I can concur they can get pretty feisty during mating season. If you’ve never been attacked by an angry male duck for getting too close to his hens, I don’t recommend it.
A Chinese monster associated with the duck is not one of nightmares. It is honestly very tame. The Manman is essentially half of a duck. It has one eye and one wing. It can only fly when two join. One bird is blue, and another is red. It could be the omen of floods, which seems to be a recurring event with ducks.
On the other hand, the nightmarish Native American Roperite is one I never want to meet. Located near Nevada, this creature is the size of a pony with fins, duck-like feet, and a rope beak. It lassos its prey like an ancient cowboy. It also has a rattler tale. Not much can outrun it as its small wings aid in moving quickly.
I wonder if it waddles like a duck when it runs.
Paranormal ducks are bizarre
Unlike the other birds, ducks have some strange history in the mythological world. Chickens, swans, and geese get some fascinating stories while ducks get rain, love, and foolishness. I honestly don’t blame them as that is how I would describe my own ducks.
As time goes on, I will probably update this list as the world is always making new discoveries on ancient duck culture and figurines.