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Rompo is a mythological beast with the head of a hare, arms like a badger, legs like a bear, a skeletal torso and human ears. According to a description in the book "Beasts and Monsters" by Anthony Horowitz, it is hungry for human flesh and sings a sonorous tune to itself as it feasts. The legend of the Rompo is known in a number of African countries including Zimbabwe, Uganda South Africa and DR Congo. Tales of a similarly dastardly creature can also be found across India as well.

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

Mother goddess - Wikipedia

Mother goddess - Wikipedia

The Abada is a creature that bears more than a striking resemblance to the mythical unicorn popularized in various forms of Western folklore. Rather than the iconic single horn of the unicorn, the Abada has two horns upon its crown. Like the unicorn, however, the sharp prongs of the Abada are believed to contain cures for diseases and antidotes to poisons. The Abada legend primarily hails from what is modern-day Democratic Republic of Congo but reports of similar creatures passed down from…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

A one-eyed batwing monster that smells of sulfur, Popo Bawa is a shapeshifter that can disguise itself as either animals or humans during the night hours. It has a vicious reputation for both physically and sexually assaulting its male and female victims. Legend has it that Popo Bawa forces its casualties to tell their friends and neighbors of their experience lest it will return to attack again. The BBC reported in 2007 that residents of Zanzibar became so worried about attacks from Popo…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

A giant serpent-like creature with the head of a horse or, in some other descriptions a zebra, Inkanyamba is said to live in the deep pools beneath Howick Falls in the north of South Africa. The Zulu tribe of the surrounding region once believed the Inkanyamba's anger was the cause of seasonal violent storms. Those who awoke it from its slumber, invited its wrath in the form of tornadoes, heavy rains and floods. According to a reference in the "Encyclopedia of Religion and nature," the…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

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Bultungin, The Werehyena

In the Kanuri language of the Bornu Empire in the Lake Chad region, Werehyenas were called ‘Bultungin’ (“I change myself into a hyena”). It was traditionally believed that o…

Africa: Abada

The Impundulu is a vampire-like creature that can be found in the folklore of many South African tribes. It takes the form of a black and white bird, often as big as a human being, and is said to to have "forked lightning in its droppings and thunder (in) the beating of its wings," according to one legend reported in the book "Sorcery and sovereignty" by Sean Redding. Its vampiric nature -- the 2010 book "Vampire Legends and Myths" describe the Impundulu as having an insatiable appetite for…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

A Jengu is "a beautiful mermaid like creature" with "wooly hair and a gap-toothed smile" that inhabits rivers and seas, according to "The Mythical Creatures Bible" book by Brenda Rosen. Said to have the power to cure illness and bring good fortune to those who worship them, a Jengu (or Miengu, when mentioned in plural) is most commonly associated with the Sawa ethnic groups of coastal Cameroon. In some Sawa tribes like the Duala peoples, the Miengu were once afforded a cult-like status due…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

The Ninki Nanka is said to be a giant swamp-dwelling creature found in West African countries such as Senegal and Gambia. Descriptions vary from town to town and tribe to to tribe but most agree that it is a type of reptile. Some say it is similar in appearance to a crocodile while others contend it is more like a dragon with reflective scales and the ability to spit fire. Legend has it that few who see the Ninki Nanka live to to tell the tale. Most people who see it will die within a few…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

The Adze is a vampiric being from Ewe folklore in Togo and Ghana. It normally looks like a firefly, but it will transform into human shape when captured. In its human form, the Adze has the power to...

AFRICAN MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES: ADZE, THE VAMPIRE

AFRICAN MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES: ADZE, THE VAMPIRE http://theillustrationist.com/2013/03/15/african-mythological-creatures-adze-the-vampire/ The Adze is a vampiric being from Ewe folklore in Togo and...

Africa: Ninki Nanka

Africa: Yumboes (Fairies)

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In African mythology, the Eloko are spirits of ancestors of people living in the forest. Legend also states that the Eloko have small bells, which cast a spell to passers-by, to entice them and end up eaten by the Eloko.

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Ndzoodzoo- South African myth: the body and coloration similar to a quagga. It had one long thin horn that could curl up when not in use so it wouldn't get in the way. The horn, unlike other unicorns, did not cure disease.

Ndzoodzoo- South African myth: the body and coloration similar to a quagga. It had one long thin horn that could curl up when not in use so it wouldn't get in the way. The horn, unlike other unicorns, did not cure disease.

African Mythical Creatures: Tokoloshe, the Goblin ©Ken Wilson-Max

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Camphor- Ethiopian myth: a single horned amphibious bovid that had webbed feet.

Camphor- Ethiopian myth: a single horned amphibious bovid that had webbed feet.

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Rompo is a mythological beast with the head of a hare, arms like a badger, legs like a bear, a skeletal torso and human ears. According to a description in the book "Beasts and Monsters" by Anthony Horowitz, it is hungry for human flesh and sings a sonorous tune to itself as it feasts. The legend of the Rompo is known in a number of African countries including Zimbabwe, Uganda South Africa and DR Congo. Tales of a similarly dastardly creature can also be found across India as well.

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

Mother goddess - Wikipedia

Mother goddess - Wikipedia

The Abada is a creature that bears more than a striking resemblance to the mythical unicorn popularized in various forms of Western folklore. Rather than the iconic single horn of the unicorn, the Abada has two horns upon its crown. Like the unicorn, however, the sharp prongs of the Abada are believed to contain cures for diseases and antidotes to poisons. The Abada legend primarily hails from what is modern-day Democratic Republic of Congo but reports of similar creatures passed down from…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

A one-eyed batwing monster that smells of sulfur, Popo Bawa is a shapeshifter that can disguise itself as either animals or humans during the night hours. It has a vicious reputation for both physically and sexually assaulting its male and female victims. Legend has it that Popo Bawa forces its casualties to tell their friends and neighbors of their experience lest it will return to attack again. The BBC reported in 2007 that residents of Zanzibar became so worried about attacks from Popo…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

A giant serpent-like creature with the head of a horse or, in some other descriptions a zebra, Inkanyamba is said to live in the deep pools beneath Howick Falls in the north of South Africa. The Zulu tribe of the surrounding region once believed the Inkanyamba's anger was the cause of seasonal violent storms. Those who awoke it from its slumber, invited its wrath in the form of tornadoes, heavy rains and floods. According to a reference in the "Encyclopedia of Religion and nature," the…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

bultungin

Bultungin, The Werehyena

In the Kanuri language of the Bornu Empire in the Lake Chad region, Werehyenas were called ‘Bultungin’ (“I change myself into a hyena”). It was traditionally believed that o…

Africa: Abada

The Impundulu is a vampire-like creature that can be found in the folklore of many South African tribes. It takes the form of a black and white bird, often as big as a human being, and is said to to have "forked lightning in its droppings and thunder (in) the beating of its wings," according to one legend reported in the book "Sorcery and sovereignty" by Sean Redding. Its vampiric nature -- the 2010 book "Vampire Legends and Myths" describe the Impundulu as having an insatiable appetite for…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

A Jengu is "a beautiful mermaid like creature" with "wooly hair and a gap-toothed smile" that inhabits rivers and seas, according to "The Mythical Creatures Bible" book by Brenda Rosen. Said to have the power to cure illness and bring good fortune to those who worship them, a Jengu (or Miengu, when mentioned in plural) is most commonly associated with the Sawa ethnic groups of coastal Cameroon. In some Sawa tribes like the Duala peoples, the Miengu were once afforded a cult-like status due…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

The Ninki Nanka is said to be a giant swamp-dwelling creature found in West African countries such as Senegal and Gambia. Descriptions vary from town to town and tribe to to tribe but most agree that it is a type of reptile. Some say it is similar in appearance to a crocodile while others contend it is more like a dragon with reflective scales and the ability to spit fire. Legend has it that few who see the Ninki Nanka live to to tell the tale. Most people who see it will die within a few…

Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts

The Adze is a vampiric being from Ewe folklore in Togo and Ghana. It normally looks like a firefly, but it will transform into human shape when captured. In its human form, the Adze has the power to...

AFRICAN MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES: ADZE, THE VAMPIRE

AFRICAN MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES: ADZE, THE VAMPIRE http://theillustrationist.com/2013/03/15/african-mythological-creatures-adze-the-vampire/ The Adze is a vampiric being from Ewe folklore in Togo and...

Africa: Ninki Nanka