M is for Manticore and Mare
Today, I have two mythical creatures to talk about. There were too many to choose from for this letter, but I reduced it to two.
First up is Manticore. The reason I picked this one, is that when I was writing my fantasy/ paranormal romance series Legends of Oblivion, I had a few beta readers ask what a Manticore was. Obviously, it wasn’t as well know as I had thought.
A Manticore is from Persian myth. It is made up of different animal parts – like the Sphinx – it has the body of a lion. The head of a human, with the tail of a scorpion or sometimes a dragon. Some legends say it can paralyze or kill it’s victims. One common theme though, is that “It devours its prey whole and leaves no clothes, bones, or possessions of the prey behind.”1
It’s fur/skin is imperturbable.2
However, it’s mouth is unprotected if you get close enough to it (without it stinging or eating you) to find out 😉
Mare or Mara
“Mare is from German, Old English and Norse legends. From it’s name: Mare we get the word nightmare. It was considered a demon or goblin who sits on people’s chests, riding them, as they sleep and bringing horrid dreams. In Norwegian and Danish, the words for “nightmare” are mareritt and mareridt respectively, which can be directly translated as “mare-ride”. The mare was also believed to “ride” horses, which left them exhausted and covered in sweat by the morning. She could also entangle the hair of the sleeping man or beast, resulting in “marelocks”, called “mare-braids” or “mare-tangles”. 3
In my research, I couldn’t find out how to stop a Mare/Mara except for video game manuals 🙂
My guess would be to try lucid dreaming and imagining getting out of the nightmare on your own. Then, when dreaming, try and stop/change the dream. Remember before going to bed, that you are in control of your dreams. I’ve also heard a dream catcher helps 🙂