Creature Compendium

Creature Compendium: Bunyip

The Bunyip

The Bunyip by Allen Douglas Studio

Descriptions of this creature do not agree, though it is well known throughout Australia. The contemporary translation of bunyip by aboriginal Australians is ‘evil spirit’. Though physical descriptions disagree, the bunyip is said to dwell by lakes, rivers, and pools of water, and is hostile to humans.

There are several theories about the origin of the bunyip. It may have originated in aboriginal mythology, or be associated with the diprotodon (giant wombat) which is now extinct. Other theories say it may be a seal that wandered inland, or a crocodile. The myth may have been propagated during the depression, when tramps and vagrants took to the road, and may have lived around swamps and rivers.

Bunyip is sometimes used interchangeably with yowie which is similar to a yeti/bigfoot/sasquatch type creature.

Further Reading

Related Creatures: Yowie/Yeti, lake cryptid

Region of Origin: Australia

Ahh this is our first creature from Australia! Any suggestions for what country I should peruse next?


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