Creature Compendium

There have been reported sightings of the Mongolian Death Worm in modern history. Is it a mythical creature, or has this mystery been solved by science? dun dun dun

The Mongolian Death Worm

Mongolian Death Worm by LornEmilee

The Mongolian death worm (olgoi khorkoi) is a creature that inhabits the Gobi desert. They’re described as being as thick as a human arm and around five feet in length, and sometimes adorned with spikes.  They can spit poison, and are so toxic that touching one is enough to kill you. Death worms live underground, but come up to the surface when it rains. If you’re looking for one, you may encounter a death worm around a water hole.

Some people believe that the death worm is a misidentified species of reptile, such as the sand boa or worm-lizard,  which may be found in the same places that the death worm supposedly inhabits.

Further Reading:

Related Creatures: Snake, Cobra

Region of Origin: Asia, Mongolia, Gobi Desert

There have been multiple expeditions to find the death worm, because you know: “He who controls the spice controls the universe” …. Sorry…I couldn’t resist…


Creature Compendium

A few weeks ago, we featured the Naga. This week, lets take a look at its enemy the Garuda.


Garuda and Naga BW by ~yurionna

The garuda is a bird-like creature that appears in Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. Just as eagles frequently eats snakes, the garuda is considered the enemy of the serpentine naga. It is commonly represented as having a man’s arms and torso, but a bird’s head, wings, and legs. Variations of garuda imagery can be found throughout southeast Asia.

In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata, the garuda is said to have hatched from an egg that incubated for 500 years. The garuda burst from the egg with a burning light. The god Vishnu gave the garuda immortality in exchange for being his mount.

In Buddhist mythology, the garuda are a group of intelligent predatory birds who are ruled by four garuda kings. They live in silk-cotton trees, and can take on human form if they choose. They guard Mt. Sumeru (the world mountain) and the Trāyastriṃśa heaven

Traditional Representations of the garuda:

garuda mania!
Garuda Mania by K Nicol CC (Thailand) – Holding the snake/Naga
garuda at the vishnu temple
Garuda at the Vishnu Temple by Harini Calamur CC (India)
Vishnu sur Garuda (Thommanon, Angkor)
Vishnu sur Garuda by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra CC (Cambodia)

Further reading:

Region of origin: Asia, India

Related creatures: pheonix, naga (commonly depicted holding a serpent)

So neither the garuda and naga (though enemies) is evil, which I find interesting. The emnity between the garuda and naga is due to a disagreement between them, but both are revered, guardian, creatures.