Female Mythical Creatures list
Today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten terrifying female mythical creatures. For this list, we will only be looking at mythological creatures that give us nightmares, not scary goddesses like Hecate. We’re also not looking at ghosts or folklore today, as those creatures will be getting their own list.
Gello in Greco – byzantine mythology.
This bloodthirsty demon mythical creatures jealously attacks women who have what she never will, children. Gello is very particular about who she feeds on, preferring virgins, pregnant women, or women with babies. And when she’s found an appropriate girl, she is merciless. Similar to a vampire, Gello sinks her nails into them and then sucks their blood. The female demon causes infertility, miscarriage, or the death of infant children. Perhaps even worse, she can possess women and force them to murder children. She doesn’t attack only women but sometimes goes after the children, especially children who’ve been left unattended.
Rusalki in Slavic mythology.
These pale, beautiful creatures are the spirits of women who died by drowning. Either by their own hand or someone else’s. Largely an aquatic people, Rusalki are known to come crawling out at night to climb trees and comb their long wet hair. That would be creepy enough on their own, but they also have a dangerous habit of luring men into the water and drowning them. To make matters worse, they like to laugh and tickle people. Sure that probably doesn’t sound so bad, but most tickle sessions are fatal
Scylla in Greek mythology.
Scylla was a monster. Immortal with a six-pack of dog heads around her belt line, plus the cattail and 12 tentacles Scylla isn’t exactly something you’d want to see when you’re kayaking. Dog heads aside, she has quite the living arrangement. Scylla lives in a cave on one side of the narrow strait of Messina directly across from her partner in crime, Charybdis. And each is prone to eating any sailor who gets too close, giving birth to the phrase between Scylla and Charybdis. Which basically means between a rock and a hard place. If you do manage to kill Scylla, don’t stick around too long to celebrate. Because her old man’s the sea-god Phorcys will come and bring her back to life.
Dziwożona in Slavic mythology.
These supernatural kidnappers live in the trees and bushes near water and take the form of Red Hat wearing old women. They are stealing newborn babies and replacing them with their own children that call changelings. Fortunately, there are very specific ways to protect infants from being snatched. For one, it’s important to never wash your baby’s diapers at nighttime. Otherwise, the swamp demon might pull the old switcheroo.
Additionally, keep your child safe by keeping them out of the moonlight. Having them wear a red hat and tying a red ribbon around their hand. Some versions of the myth say that Dziwożonais more than just kidnappers, though. Supposedly they can also shape-shift into beautiful young nibs. To, you guessed it, seduce and kill young men.
Lamia in Greek mythology.
Lamia wasn’t always a monster. She was once the queen of Libya in a blissful affair with Zeus, the king of the Gods. Zeus’s wife Hera found out and as she wants to do, exact its revenge by killing Lumia’s children, and in an ironic twist, turning Lamia into a child-killing savage. Usually depicted as having snake-like features, Lamia has the ability to remove her eyes from her face and then put them back again. Although some say, this trick was a gift from a pitying Zeus, since Hera cursor to never close them.
Harpies in Greek and Roman mythology.
These mythical creatures are the spirits of the wind. Have the face of a beautiful woman but the body of a fierce bird. Their main goal in life is to steal food from people and leave them to starve. In other cases, they swoop down and carry evildoers off to be tortured. Vicious and sadistic, they live on the Strofades Islands. Wait for the chance to snatch something up, harpies have been known to fill very its terrifying roles in myth. On the Greek side at Zeus is the command they kept king Phineas captive on an island and never allowed him to eat. Whereas the Romans described them as stealing an entire feast from the Trojans. Prophesying that the group would starve.
Banshees in Irish mythology.
The name Banshee comes from the Gaelic for women of the mounds. Referring to the preferred living quarters on the piles of the Irish terrain. Recognized by their long messy hair and fondness for green or red attire, the Banshee can go from one end of the Beauty spectrum to the other at will. Legends claim they are the ghosts of women who either died while giving birth or were murdered. And have a piercing voiced warned of imminent death. Though the Banshee has identified an Irish myth, both Scottish and Welsh folklore of similar figures as well with wonderful names like the hag of the mist.
Furies aka Erinyes in Greek mythology.
Also known as Furies or Eumenides in Roman myth, Erinyes are demons out to exact revenge. Living in Erebus part of the underworld, Erinyes are a jumble of all things scary. They’ve got hair made of snakes, the wings of a bat, and a dog’s head with bloodshot and raving eyes. As terrifying as they may be to look at, they’d be even worse to be around. Since they have a reputation for lashing people to death with brass studded whips. In the set of Greek tragedies, the Oresteia, the goddess Athena makes them guardians of righteousness rather than retribution. But rest assured that they defend justice with just as much fury.
Qarinah in Arabian mythology.
These astoundingly beautiful demons appear in dreams in order to have sex with human men. That might not sound terrifying, but the men have no choice in the matter. And a Qarinah sustains herself by sucking energy from her victims. In other words, they literally feed on sex. Qarinah can drain her victims to exhaustion or even death.
To make matters worse, they’re invisible. So you can never see them coming unless you’re blessed with clairvoyance. Even then, you won’t see a Qarinah as a monster. Instead, she’ll appear in the form of a domestic animal like a cat or a dog
Medusa in Greek mythology.
When it comes to, Medusa looks really can kill. With snakes for hair and a gaze that turns mortals to stone. She is the most famous three wing sisters called the Gorgons. Eventually, the hero Perseus beheaded her with the help of four of the Greek gods. But she was so powerful that even after she was killed, she had the power to turn anyone to stone with just one look into her dead eyes. Her head was eventually given to Athena, who put it on her shield to ward off evil. It shows that even in death, Medusa remains one of the most dangerous mythical creatures in Greek mythology.