To kick off Inktober I’m starting with the Persian mythological hybrid called the Manticore.
The Manticore has a human head on the body of a lion who has a scorpion tail that can shoot barbs out of it.
So the Manticore is not something you want to run into whilst you’re out and about doing the shopping. Its name means “man-eater” and is known for having a fondness for gorging on human flesh.
I love that in early texts they’re entirely taking this creature seriously and there are stories of the locals in India hunting baby Manticore because they don’t yet have their stings.
It feels like at some stage someone just really didn’t want someone going to India.
“I’m going to India.”
“Oh you don’t want to do that.”
“Beeeeecause they’ve got ummm Manticores running around.”
“What is that?”
“Horrible creature, ah has the body of a lion and the head of a dude.”
“Well that sounds weird, I’ve got to go see one of these!”
“Don’t forget theeeee ahhhh scorpion tails!”
“Yup! Scorpion tails that shoot poison darts.”
“Geebus, well I not going there then.”