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Tale Weaver # 5 – Mythical creatures

Yara-ma-yha-who

In most societies there are mythical creatures who exist often through peoples imaginations.

Below is an example:

The Yara-ma-yha-who.

Measuring in at four feet tall and sporting bright red skin, the yara-ma-yha-who may not look like much.  But in reality it is one of the most fascinating creatures in all of legendary Australia.  The yara-ma-yha-who is a carnivorous creature that lives in the trees and feeds on those unfortunate enough to pass below them.  The difference is that the yara-ma-yha-who has one of the strangest methods of consuming its prey in all of folk lore.  When a yara-ma-yha-who spots its prey, it will jump down on top of them and suck most of its blood.  It uses octopus-like suckers on the ends if its fingers and toes to hold on while it feeds.  After the victim is sufficiently weakened, but still alive, from blood loss, the yara-ma-yha-who will swallow them whole.  After falling asleep, the yara-ma-yha-who will then regurgitate its victim.  Upon waking, they will swallow the victim again.  The process of eat-and-regurgitate will continue over and over again until the victim, who is usually alive throughout the entire process, becomes a new yara-ma-yha-who.

Weave a tale about a mythical creature that lives in your backyard/neighbourhood/district.

Describe the creature.

What practices either bizarre or not mark this creature as unique.

Your creature does not have to be malicious; it could be a gift to humanity if you choose.

Your tale can be in short story format, a dialogue, a letter or diary.

Whatever direction you go in enjoy the writing and when complete link it back to Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie by using the linky below.

 

Linky doesn’t appear to be working this week so please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

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32 comments on “Tale Weaver # 5 – Mythical creatures

  1. Bastet
    March 19, 2015

    !!! Wow … this looks like fun!

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  3. summerstommy2
    March 19, 2015

    Sorry about Linky this week but it could be a ‘monster’ got in my way.
    Here is my contribution:
    http://summerstommy.com/2015/03/19/tale-weaver-5-mythical-creatures-the-dur/

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    • summerstommy2
      March 19, 2015

      Thanks lady lee I shall go and have a look.

      • ladyleemanila
        March 19, 2015

        Hi Michael, I’m back from the coronation (their time is faster than the land time). It was fun! The gilly weeds gave me some gills and web feet and hands so I could swim faster and deeper. It had a weird taste, slimy! Here’s the link of my adventure: https://ladyleemanila.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/carpe-diem-687-deep-silence/ As you can see, the first photo was Sirena with her blue and white gown, her golden yellow crown was part of her body. The second photo was Nemo and his band providing the music. The third photo was the party in full swing and the last one was me and Him Indoors. He was my plus-one. By the way, it was only me who could really see the real them…..sshhhh!… secret from the sea….

  5. Jen
    March 19, 2015

    This looks like a lot of fun Michael — 😀

  6. afairymind
    March 19, 2015

    What a fascinating creature. I know very little Australian mythology so thank you for a very informative post! 🙂

    • summerstommy2
      March 19, 2015

      My pleasure. It’s a country with its own unique myths.

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  8. phylor
    March 19, 2015

    Here’s a tale about my upstairs neighbours, the Griswolds.

    https://phylor.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/the-griswolds/

    Imaginative and whimsical prompt.

  9. hitandrun1964
    March 19, 2015

    THE HAND OF JUSTICE

    we could always tell who the bad men were
    we could see them
    red marks on their foreheads
    deep cuts in their arms
    once they had been marked
    they left the area
    there was no way they could stay
    they were shunned
    backs were turned as they walked by
    growls and curses thrown at them
    from those on the street

    the Hand of Justice never failed
    to do Her job
    a man striking out at
    a women
    child
    animal
    could not escape Her Hand
    there was no place to hide
    once marked
    men were forced to live
    with others
    who were just like them
    no longer welcome among peaceful people
    they had only each other to look at
    for the rest of their lives
    their ugliness staining everything they touched
    their violence and hatefulness lodging in their
    throats
    choking them
    forcing them to gasp for air
    as they turned on each other
    blood and death
    their only landscape

    once the marked men were gone
    peace became a possibility

    No one knows exactly what the Hand of Justice looks like, but it is believed that She looks like EVERY woman and changes her appearance as she deems fit.

    • summerstommy2
      March 20, 2015

      Thanks for contributing to this prompt. Yours is a fascinating take on this challenge. I like that the Hand Of Justice is a woman. Well done.

    • phylor
      March 20, 2015

      I especially feel connected with “She looks like EVERY woman and changes her appearance as she deems fit.”

    • mindlovemisery
      March 22, 2015

      I love that you have personified the hand of justice in this way very clever. You may not get this reference but it makes think of the Lady of Pain
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_of_Pain

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  12. julespaige
    March 20, 2015

    A passing glance at the hippogriff also used this prompt for Fairy Tales.
    The link is there.

  13. I just found this prompt. I too wrote a Hippogriff poem, here: https://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/hippogriff/ I’ll come back and read after lunch (tummy rumbling set my priority)

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  15. babso2you
    March 25, 2015

    You should have a track back…In case this did not work, here it the link to my piece…

    https://salmonfishingqueen.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/the-gnome-mind-loves-miserys-menagerie/

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