Creature Compendium

Creature Compendium: Inkanyamba

It’s been a while since I posted one of these. This is a creature straight out of Zulu legend. Thanks to Chris for suggesting I check out African mythology 😉

Inkanyamba

Inkanyamba
I is for Inkanyamba by Jayar-Jonnz

The inkanyamba is a monster specific to a single place: Howick Falls, South Africa. It appears only during the summer months, and causes rain storms, waterspouts, and tornadoes when it is angry. It is said to look like an eel with a flat horse head, and is carnivorous. It may have wings or fins.

There is speculation that the legend of the inkanyamba may be reality fused with myth, as eels are found naturally in Howick Falls. The summer appearance of the inkanyamba also suggest a migration pattern.

Aboriginal cave drawings depict the inkanyamba as a ‘rain animal’ associated with the summer storms.

Further Reading:

Related Creatures: sea serpent, lake cryptid

Region of Origin: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Howick Falls

Also, Wiswell gives us a glimpse of what the Inkanyamba does the rest of the year. It’s dedicated to all you homesick eels out there. 

10 Comments

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      You know, that’s true *scratching head* what if elves were migratory, going from summer season to summer season… or dragons, or.. hrm! What if whole fantasy societies were migratory…

  1. Tommy

    Growing up in Ventersdorp, we were told that that typical ‘creature’ inhabits the nearby Schoonspruit stream. There are people who claim to have seen it, apparently bearing a flashlight in its forehead. It is believed to drown people and suck out their brains. Being naturally curios, I do not buy this and am waiting eargerly for further info to arise

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