Weird Paranormal Creatures of Europe

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In the 6th installment of continental paranormal creatures, we head to a place that is full of them. Paranormal creatures of Europe stand the test of time because it, like Asia and Africa, hold some very old monsters. Of course, you’ll see some of the original influences of other creatures, like the one that I always post about.

Loch Ness, Scotland

You know it was going to be the first creature on this list. The Loch Ness has been seen in almost every continent around the world. So, come sit with me and tell you the origins of this legendary creature. The Loch Ness Monster was first sighted in 1933 via an article in Inverness Courier. It tells of a couple that saw a massive creature in a lake. In the same year, another couple spotted a creature of massive size as well.

The elusive Loch Ness Monster in paranormal creatures of Europe
The elusive Loch Ness Monster.

If you want to go back even farther, though, you’ll have to look at the Picts of Scotland. This group of people had some accounts in the year 565 by St. Columba, an abbot and missionary. That story states a monster bit a swimmer, but St. Columba told the fish to “go back” and it did. The image we all know, and love of the Loch Ness was taken in 1934 by Robert Wilson, an English physician, but it was debunked many years later.

Demogorgon, Greece

I have written about many mythical creatures in my time and had to choose one that I haven’t before, so this guy gets a mention. Besides becoming incredibly popular because of the show Stranger Things, the Demogorgon in real life is just as terrifying. The history of the monster, though, is not what you would like to think. It has been notated as a ruler of hell, a supreme deity, and the oldest of any of the divine.

Unfortunately, this creature is probably a misprint from around 2,000 years ago. His stature now is most likely from 1590, just being a monster of some divine, acting mysterious.

Sack Man, Spain

Whether you’ve heard of him or not, you are familiar with the Boogeyman. Also seen in Portugal and Italy, the Sack Man has other reaches, such as in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The Sack Man is an old man, carrying a sack which he uses to kidnap children.

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There is a real story behind this one of a crime that happened in 1910. It is of Francisco Ortega, who was looking for a cure for his Tuberculosis. Apparently, for the time, drinking a child’s blood could help cure it as well as using the child’s fat to cover their own body. Well, this did happen, but the body of the kid was recovered after a falling out between helpers of the murder.

Pricolici, Romania

While it isn’t the vampire you want in Romania, it is the one you get. This monster is a hybrid, a werewolf and vampire hybrid. This monster is a werewolf when they are alive but become a vampire when they die. This does beg the question if they still are a werewolf then, too. They can shapeshift into other creatures such as owls and cats in their vampire form.

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In fact, most of the creatures in Romanian mythology depend more heavily on werewolves and shapeshifters than those of vampires. The Pricolici is close to the varcolac, an undead monster from Greece.

Banshee, Ireland

The banshee is a screaming mythical creature. Banshees stand by those are about to die and, at times, are considered to be a witch or a fairy. The name itself derived from Old Irish, meaning ‘woman of the fairy mound’. Since the idea of the witch is much older than the fairy, you can safely assume the banshee has a malleable history.

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You might never see her coming, but you’ll definitely hear her. The banshee is known for wailing and screaming at the near coming presence of death. Some put the banshee’s first sighting in the 1300’s, but historians trace her stories back to the 8th century. This might make sense in calling her a fairy as they also started around that time.

Keiju, Finland

Even though fairies are all over Europe in some form or another, you’ll see there is a focus on the ones in Finland. It is of the pixie variety, being small and with wings. They were represented in two colors: black and white. Unlike those who make fairy circles and steal babies, these fairies were ones of death. They hang around cemeteries and might be those who have already passed.

Fairy

There is also tales of them being in the woods. Finland’s fairies have another term, the “keijungainen”, which refers to the dead and “luonnotars”, which are in the forests. It all means fairy to a point. They are humanoid in nature and are primarily seen as women, at least those in the forests are.

Mavka, Ukraine

The mavka is from Old Slavic, meaning ‘the dead’. This creature is typically a tall female figure or a child, but with the distinction of having incredibly long hair. They are nymphs from the souls of women who died too early, or those of unchristianed babies. The mavka live in mountains and forests and their homesteads are decorated with rugs.

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They do not cast a shadow and have no skin on their back. If they were to turn around, you’d see their insides through their long hair. While they were seen as nymphs, they also were considered mermaids, having the ability to lure and kill as they see fit. On top of this, they might ask for a comb. If one was produced, they would comb their hair and leave. If not, they might just kill you.

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