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8 mythical things that really existed

Modern people are very skeptical by nature and do not believe that fantasy could very well once have been a reality. Monsters do not exist. There is no magic. And Santa Claus, the Easter rabbit and the tooth fairy are ordinary fairy tales. Let’s throw aside skepticism and consider the mythical things and objects that really existed in the past.

1. Dragons

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If we have at least some evidence of the existence of dragons, then it’s only the bones of ancient crocodiles and dinosaurs. But we can not call them dragons: we did not catch dinosaurs, and crocodiles are too small for dragons. But here appears the creature Megalania – an ancient relative of the dragon Komodo – which terrorized the aborigines of Australia. It grew to 8 m and weighed up to 2 tons. His poisonous saliva possessed an anti-coagulant property, causing the victims to bleed very quickly.

2. Hobbits

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During the excavations in the limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, a skeleton was found that was 90 cm tall and had a skull three times smaller than the human skeleton. The remains of the hobbit? Further, nine more skeletons were dug out, whose age is 12 thousand years, and next to them are tools and other signs of civilization. It is possible that these hobbits are people of the time with microcephaly, although some scientists tend to think that this is a separate kind of homo sapiens.

3. Kraken

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Kraken is believed to be a giant squid. However, we are accustomed to modern squid and do not find them so monstrous. At least enough to be able to break the ship in half and lead him into the abyss. By the way, not so long ago in the Southern Ocean was discovered a giant squid. According to preliminary calculations and observations, its length is up to 14 m, and the eyes and tentacles are very huge and frightening. What distinguishes him from ordinary squid? His limbs-suckers are equipped with sharp rounded hooks. And this is much more terrible!

4. Amazon

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Ancient Greek historian Herodotus wrote about their future fate: the Amazons were defeated, captured, but some of them fled to the Eurasian steppes, where they later assimilated with the Scythians. Excavations of ancient burial grounds in the Eurasian steppes, by the way, indicate that most Scythian women had bone injuries, clearly received in battles, and the ladies were buried with swords, bows, daggers and other military ammunition.

5. Scylla and Charybdis

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On his journey Odysseus once had to lead a ship through a narrow strait, where monsters waited on both sides of the travelers. The multi-headed monster Scylla abducted the sailors from the ship, and the monster of Charybdis carried the ship into a whirlpool. Odysseus went to Scylla, believing that it was better to lose several crew members than the whole ship. The modern strait of Messina lies between mainland Italy and the island of Sicily – it was here where Scylla and Charybdis lived. Charybdis – this is a very real whirlpool, only without a monster, and on the side of Scylla there are rocks that look like the numerous heads of a monster.

6. Berserkers

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Berserkers are not just fictitious characters from Skyrim, they are mentioned in the ancient Scandinavian sagas as very brutal and invincible warriors. Nevertheless, how did they manage to be invulnerable and have supernatural power and endurance? Most likely, berserkers took some natural hallucinogens before the battle and as a result lost a sense of fear, and also became immune to pain. For example, the substance bufotenin is quite capable of leading a person into a state of fierce hatred and aggression.

7. The Tower of Babel

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There are quite real archaeological evidence about the existence of the Tower of Babel, once built by the king Nebuchadnezzar II. However, it is unlikely that the Lord mixed the languages of people so that they could not complete the construction. In reality, this building was Ziggurat Etemenanki or the temple of the god Marduk, later destroyed by Alexander the Great. Many rulers later wanted to rebuild the building, but no one had ever finished it, but only began to rebuild it. This eternal building has remained for the edification of us, the descendants, as if to say that everything that has begun must be completed.

8. Imugi

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Korean legends tell of Imuji – giant pythons, who supposedly were baby dragons and lived in ponds and caves. After death (and their life was 1,000 years), they fell into the sky and became real dragons. Though not in Korea, but in South America there was a python of such sizes that could easily be mistaken for a young dragon. Titanoboa was 12 m long and weighed about a ton, and it could easily swallow a person. Pythons Titanoboa died out a long time ago, so it is possible that they have already become dragons in heaven.

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