Mythical Wednesday: Cryptozoology

I first heard the word cryptozoology on a forum called ENCHANTED ELEMENT. The admin had a whole board dedicated to strange and mythological creatures, and at first, I thought the word was a joke, but in recent years this word has come up all over the place. There are people who call themselves cryptozoolgist. How they can study their subjects is beyond me.

In case you don’t know, cryptozoology is the study/search for animals that may have exited. This includes creatures that are sometimes considered myths. A good definition of the term can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptozoology

In ancient times, these incredible animals were thought to exist and held great meanings for ancient man. While some are known to have never lived, their myth of existence is as strong now as it was thousands of years ago. Knowing what these animals are can give us a good insight into how our ancient relatives thought. I like learning about these animals, because even though they may not have exited in real life, they can in works of literature. There, they can live forever.

I want to introduce you to an Ahool.

Reported by the Sundnese people of western Java is a giant bat known as the Ahool, after it’s triple call.

Described as having a monkey-like head with large dark eyes, grey furry body, and around the size of a one year old child. Perhaps it’s most impressive feature is it’s massive wing span of nearly 12 feet. This is nearly twice as long as the worlds largest bat the common flying fox.

 

Read more here:

http://www.cryptozoology.com/glossary/glossary_topic.php?id=29

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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