What, according to legend, arises from the ashes of a phoenix's
2. Although mermaids were said to possess great
beauty, it is also said they lacked a soul.
3. What legendary creature has been on the Royal
Arms of Great Britain since 1603?
4. According to the Maoris of New Zealand, the taniwha,
a man eating monster, could take the form of what creature?
*All of these are correct
5. What was a Myndie (or Mindi)?
*Fire breathing dragon
*Gigantic half-man, half-crocodile
6. In South Africa, a fabulous legendary diamond
mine in Richtersveld is guarded by the Grootslang? What
*40 ft. serpent
*Fanged, two-headed, giant lizard
*Giant vampire bat
7. Which one of these is not a legendary hairy,
large, humanoid type of creature?
8. Which of these lengendary creatures, if you can
out-smart it, will give you a pot of gold?
9. Japanese legend has it that people who suddenly
start to overeat, talk gibberish, and fret about whether
their faces are getting longer, are said to be possessed
by which of the following?
*Spirits of evil ancestors
10. What makes the Moravian vampires so different
from other blood-suckers of legend?
*They always wear high-heels.
*They attack in the nude.
*They only attack during full moons.
*They can't shape change.
As legend has it, no two phoenix birds could live at the
same time. Hesiod, a Greek poet of the eighth century BC,
said that a phoenix could live as long as nine life spans
of a raven. Other legends say that a phoenix could live
up to 97,200 years. At the end of its life, as death approached,
it built itself a pyre of wild cinnamon and then perished
in the flames. However fine its ashes, a new phoenix always
arose. The new phoenix encased its parent's ashes in an
egg of myrrh and then flew the egg to the Egyptian city
of Heliopolis and placed the egg on the Altar of the Sun.
According to legend, although mermaids possessed great beauty,
long flowing tresses, and the tail of a fish, they lacked
a soul. The only way that a mermaid could gain a soul was
to renounce the sea.
Since England and Scotland were united under King James
I in 1603, the lion and unicorn have been together on the
royal arms of Great Britain. Before this time, the English
shield was supported by a lion and a dragon.
4. All of these are correct.
These giant man-eating beasts could take the form of a lizard,
snake, or fish. They lived everywhere: in mountains, rivers,
lakes, and even in caves. This legend seems to have come
from actual man-eating crocodiles in the western Pacific.
5. Monstrous Snake
The Aborigines of Australia believed that the Mindi or Myndie
was a snake of monstrous proportions that could extend its
length length up to ten miles long. It supposedly ate those
who broke tribal laws or intruded into totem boundaries,
which were tribal areas protected by their gods.
6. 40 ft. serpent
Anybody who ever discovers the legendary diamond mine in
Richtersveld will have to defeat the Great Snake of the
Orange River, or Grootslang, who defends the glittering
The Skunk Ape supposedly resides in the Everglades of Florida.
Momo is also known as Momo the Missouri Monster. Sasquatch
is said to have set up residence in the Pacific Northwest
of the United States. All three have been described as large,
hairy, humanoid creatures. Ogopogo is a large, snake-like
creature that supposedly lives in the waters of Okanagan
Lake in British Columbia.
The Irish Leprechauns are shoemakers for the fairies and
possess a pot of gold. If you can capture a leprechaun,
you could supposedly force it to give you a pot of gold
for its freedom. No one has ever tricked the wiley leprechaun
out of its gold, yet. Brownies and kobolds finish household
jobs while a family sleeps. Pixies lead travelers astray
and are mischievous creatures.
9. Goblin foxes
Goblin foxes are thought to be culprits that cause people
to suddenly start pigging-out, talking gibberish, and make
them fret about whether their faces are getting longer.
Stories of goblin foxes are very popular in Japan. Now you
know what to blame if you start to pig-out and stop making
10. They attack in the nude.
Strangely, if anything can be stranger than rising from
the dead and blood sucking, Moravian vampires tore off their
shrouds before attacking their victims in the nude. I hope
you had as much fun taking this quiz as I had making it.
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