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As a child, Zayden Stone watched his friends play with action figurines, while he was swallowed up by the world of mythology. He let the stories of ancient cultures transport him to an imaginary world where magical beasts roamed the planet freely. It has been a life long dream of Zayden’s to combine all the creatures that he has grown up reading about, into a comprehensive illustrated guide for others. The second book is an ode to his own childhood and dedicated to all those fascinated by ancient tales, and the creatures that dwell within.
The book is divided into six sections based on themes. This includes:
arthropods, aviary beasts, canines, serpents, ungulates and aquatic creatures!
This crawling apparition of Japan's folklore was named after a derogatory term often used for local tribes folk. But where do these shapeshifters dwell?
Learn about arthropods across different world cultures like the Tsuchigumo!
Anansi is a mischievous spider from West Africa and features in many stories that explain moral values and good behavior, such as sharing wisdom.
Check out other African mythical beings in this book!
Bound in chains by the Gods, do you know which famous Norse God of mischief, Fenrir is the son of?
Find out about all sorts of canine creatures from around the world!
Scylla had six heads on long serpentine necks that would dart out of the cave and snatch sailors to devour. Each mouth had three rows of shark-like teeth.
...and that is just the beginning of her tall tale. Find out more in the book!
You can get a physical hardcover version of this bundle book!
Each chapter starts with a fictional anecdote involving the mythological beast! Imagine it to be like a short short story.
The chapters continue with a non-fiction based re-telling of the beasts' origins and symbolism in mythology and folklore.
Thank you for your interest in this book! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it. I have many other books planned for the Legendary Lores series, so make sure to stay tuned!
This series is dedicated to all those wide-eyed and ever curious souls. I hope I can provide you an addition to your love for lore., and I hope this book brings you the same joy that other books in my childhood brought me. I hope your piqued interest allows these timeless tales to live on forever.
- Zayden Stone
We have all been exposed to a mythological beast in one form or another. Whether it is the three headed guard dog Fluffy in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, or even the story of Smaug in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth in The Hobbit, all these pop culture mythical creatures have a deep connection to ancient mythologies. Whether it is Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson playing an oversized scorpion man in The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King, or the character of Anansi in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, these magical creatures have a deep connection to the folktales of ancient cultures.
Where did they come from? What relevance do they serve in mythology? Why are some so obscure, while others become pop-culture enigmas? Get the answer to these questions, and learn about beasts from different world cultures.
In this special edition combination volume of the previous Mythical Creatures and Mythological Beasts books, the illustrated guide takes you through six themes that have been specifically chosen since they are consistent across cultures. The categories include:
Presenting the creatures in categories makes it easier to see what the beasts have in common. You will find some overlapping themes across ancient cultures that point to universal ideas in how humans perceive the world.
If you have a love for the myths and want to learn about the unique beasts that dwell within them, this book is a great way to do it. Not only will you learn about ones you may have never heard of, but you will also be able to draw parallels between cultures and see how they interpreted their surroundings through stories of mythical creatures and magical beasts.
This book is a special edition which combines Zayden Stone's previous volumes into one book: Mythical Creatures and Mythological Beasts.