Often when people think of mythology, they think of the gods and goddesses. However, there is a wide variety of mythological creatures. There are many different types of creatures in mythology including monsters, animals, giants, dragons, and automatons. Many mythological creatures are used in movies and books today. That is why knowledge of these creatures may be useful. The many types of creatures and the movies and books that they can be seen in today are what make mythological creatures an incredibly in depth topic. To begin with, most people are unfamiliar with the automatons in mythology because many people tend to focus on the monsters and animals. In addition, “Automatons were statues made out of metal of humans, animals, and
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The types of giants include Cyclops, the Gegenees, the Hecatoncheires, The Laestrygonians, and Typhon. Cyclops are cannibalistic giants with one eye. The Gegenees are six armed giants. The hecatoncheires are giants of violent storms and hurricanes with a hundred hands. The Laestrygonians are man eating giants. Lastly, Typhon is an immortal storm giant.
As previously stated, “Dragons are mythical creatures typically depicted as a gigantic and powerful serpent or other reptile with magical or spiritual qualities” (“Dragon”, n.d.). They types of dragons include Hydras, Drakons, Cetea, and Ladon. Hydras are dragons with multiple heads that grow two back when one is cut off. Drakons are giant, serpent like dragons sometimes with multiple heads or venom. Cetea are just dragons of the sea. Finally, Ladon is a serpent-like dragon that guarded the golden apples of immortality. These are just the most well known giants and dragons but there are most likely many more. In addition, automatons, giants, and dragons only make up a small part of the wide variety of mythological creatures. Most mythological creatures are monsters and animals. Types of monsters and animals include Centaurs, Chimeras, Empousas, Harpies, Hippalektryons, Hippocampi, Kobaloi, Manticores, Minotaurs, Mormo, Lamia, Ophiotaurus, Sirens, Taraxippi, Telekhines, Griffins, Pegasus,