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Deep within the shifting sands of the Gobi Desert lies the elusive Olgoi-Khorkhoi, the Mongolian Death Worm – or so legend has it.

The Mongolian Death Worm is a bright red worm, a mysterious cryptid said to inhabit the southern Gobi Desert. Local Mongolian tribesmen claim to have seen the creature in their travels but the stories have never been confirmed, even after many attempts by multiple research expeditions over the years.

Artist’s representation of the Mongolian Death Worm. ( Cryptid Wiki )

The Lethal Skills of a Mongolian Death Worm

Olgoi-Khorkhoi is Mongolian for ‘large intestine worm’, and the stories describe a 1 meter (3 feet) long, bulging worm. It is red, like an intestine filled with blood. Artistic illustrations depict the worm with a gaping round mouth filled with inward-pointing teeth.

Some describe it as having a spiky, pointed end, and gift it with the ability to spray deadly burning acid at a target. There are also claims it can discharge electricity from its body. The death worms will reportedly shoot up from beneath the sand without warning to kill its food – camels and rodents - but unwary humans can be prey as well.

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Mongolian Death Worm by Belgian painter Pieter Dirkx. (Pieter0024/ CC BY SA 1.0 )

The legend says that the Olgoi-Khorkhoi originally laid its eggs in the intestines of a camel and thus acquired its blood red color.

Searching for the Mongolian Death Worm

Many locals are convinced of the existence of the mysterious creature . Even the Mongolian Prime Minister Damdinbazar described the death worm to a western explorer in 1922.

Skeptics largely suspect the tales of the killer worm are folklore only. Second-hand reports are very descriptive and uniform, but as of yet none of the accounts have ever been confirmed.

Many independent researchers, adventurers, and zoologists have searched the farthest reaches of the Gobi Desert to spot the infamous death worm, but none have succeeded in seeing it, let alone photographing it.

The history of the death worm has been passed down in Mongolia for generations, but only came to the attention of the western world in the 1920s after paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrew’s book described the lore in detail. Andrew himself remained skeptical of its existence.

The supposed home of the Mongolian Death Worm, the Gobi Desert. ( Anton Petrus /Adobe Stock)

Czech cryptozoologist Ivan Mackerle is credited as being the foremost investigator of the death worm. He learned of the worm from a student and made the trip to southern Mongolia in 1990 to uncover more. His investigations were difficult, as he found many Mongolians were loath to speak of the legendary beast. Making it more complicated was an order by the Mongolian government outlawing searches for the death worm. Eventually the ban fell and Mackerle was able to search for answers.

In his book "Mongolské záhady" (Mongolian Mystery), Mackerle chronicled the worm from second-hand reports. The creature is described as a:

"sausage-like worm over half a meter (20 inches) long, and thick as a man's arm, resembling the intestine of cattle. Its skin serves as an exoskeleton, molting whenever hurt. Its tail is short, as if it were cut off, but not tapered. It is difficult to tell its head from its tail because it has no visible eyes, nostrils or mouth.”

He never witnessed it himself, but Ivan Mackerle eventually determined the Olgoi-Khorkhoi could be real.

If it’s Real, What Could the Mongolian Death Worm Be?

LiveScience quotes British biologist Dr. Karl Shuker, author of the book " The Unexplained ". Shuker describes the legendary beasts as “one of the world's most sensational creatures […] concealed amid the sands of the southern Gobi Desert. ... It spends much of its time hidden beneath the desert sands, but whenever one is spotted lying on the surface it is scrupulously avoided by the locals."

Although the creature is believed to remain mostly below ground, sightings are said to be more common in June and July. Some say it will only come out when the ground surface is wet.

Shuker himself never reported witnessing the Mongolian Death Worm, but hypothesizes that the worm might be the carnivorous amphisbaenid, a limbless, burrowing lizard that lives in warm climates.

Amphisbaena alba. (Diogo B. Provete/ CC BY SA 2.5 )

Other researchers suggest the descriptions loosely match the death adder, a member of the cobra snake family. The death adder, found in Australia and New Guinea, is physically similar to the death worm, and is able to spit venom several feet.

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A Death Adder, Acanthophis antarcticus. (CSIRO/ CC BY 3.0 )

Its reputation for being a clearly unpleasant animal hasn’t deterred expeditions into the desert by journalists, entertainment reporters, and reality-television programs as recently as 2009.

All searches, including a National Geographic Channel series on the worm, have come up empty-handed and have drawn no definitive conclusions . Could the Mongolian Death Worm be nothing but legend?

This elusive cryptid has never revealed itself to outside investigations, but to the local population it is very real, and is yet another danger to avoid in the treacherous Gobi Desert.

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At first glance, this cryptid appears to be a fanciful creation indeed. In fact, its appearance is so striking that I myself once used one as a character for a comic book I wrote in my teens. However, many Mongolian people are convinced of its existence, it is a belief which is spurring many cryptozoologists onward in their search for tangible evidence of this strange creature. Living in the most remote regions of the Gobi desert, the Mongolian death worm (or €˜allghoi khorkhoi€™ to locals) is said to be able to spit venom and even give off powerful jolts of electricity to anybody unfortunate enough to go near one. Local folklore surrounding this fearsome beast even suggests that it can actually kill a person merely by looking at them. They are also said to infest the intestines of cattle and lay their eggs inside them (nice). Described as being bright red, between 2 and 5 feet long, about the same width as a man€™s arm and usually sausage shaped, the worm could easily go unseen in such a remote part of the world. When one factors in that the creature is said to be largely subterranean, the possibility of ever seeing one becomes even more remote. In 1926, Roy Chapman Andrews, an American palaeontologist, published the book On the Trail of Ancient Man. He interviewed various Mongolian officials, all of whom were absolutely sure that the creature existed. For Westerners, this was the first mention of the worm. Various teams have gone in search of the death worm, but none have found any evidence beyond local folktales. However, a similar species, the Minhocao (said to be a gigantic earthworm) has been reported in South America. Behaviourally, it is said to be similar to the death worm, although it is imagined to be much bigger. Once again, if the creature seems absurd to you, it is worth noting that similar creatures have a strong place within many cultures around the world. The early dragon tales of Europe tend to describe serpentine creatures that are oddly similar to the death worm (even called wyrms in English folklore, a good example is found in the story of John Lambton and the wyrm of the River Wear) and some cryptozoologists (in particular Karl Shuker, who originally put forward the following theory) have speculated that the MDW is actually a gargantuan reptile of the family amphisbaenidae, or €˜worm lizards€™. Worm lizards are burrowing reptiles that are generally carnivorous, they have severely reduced eyes (the death worm is usually reported without eyes) and they are extremely water retentive. They tend to break the surface only rarely, after the fall of rain, exactly as the Mongolian death worm is said to do. Although they are not known to live in the Gobi and are generally not dangerous, there is a long history of Human beings believing worm lizards to be venomous even when they are not. We Humans, regardless of our respective cultures, seem to have an uncanny knack for ascribing deadly supernatural powers to living animals. The aye aye, a type of lemur native to Madagascar, is thought to be supremely unlucky by some native peoples of the area. Apparently, if one points its outstretched finger at a person, that person will surely die. Closer to home, it was long believed that a bird looking in your window was an omen of death, as was four crows flying over a house. Getting back to the worm, a new species of nematode, nicknamed the €˜Worm From Hell€™ was discovered a few years ago living 1.8 miles under the earth€™s surface, making it the world€™s deepest-living multi-cellular life form (that we know about). If allghoi khorkoi isn€™t a lizard, then a giant worm (that is somehow water retentive), is not entirely out of the question. Remember, some worms can indeed squirt fluid.

Down the Chupacabra Hole

Landlocked between Russian and Chinese borders sits the picturesque country of Mongolia. Most associate this part of the world with Genghis Kahn, Tuvan throat singing or delicious cuisine. Encompassing the southern region is the Gobi, one of Earth’s largest deserts. The barren East Asian tundra spans across over half a million square miles. Temperatures here are extreme and range from 120 degrees Fahrenheit to well below freezing. Other perils include poisonous scorpions, seasonal flooding and fierce sandstorms. Despite extremely harsh conditions, many animals thrive here. Gazelle, bear, marbled polecats, jerboa, and highly endangered snow leopards inhabit the inhospitable terrain. Some say there is an unknown species also residing in the Gobi- a killer cryptid known as the Mongolian death worm.

Locals call the creature olgoi-khorkhoi, which translates to “intestine worm”, a name derived from its visceral appearance. Based on eyewitness testimonies, death worms are said to reach five feet in length with large spikes protruding from both ends. Indigenous people claim the invertebrates lay eggs inside of a camel’s stomach. Upon hatching, they absorb the color of their host’s blood and results in brightly saturated red-hued bodies. Simply brushing against the parasite results in excruciating pain and a near instantaneous demise. Reportedly, the soil-inhabitant can also kill prey from a distance, through shooting an electrical discharge or by spitting lethal venom. Those who are stricken by the deadly spray turn a sickening shade of yellow before perishing.

Death worms live underground and create distinctive waves of sand upon the surface whilst roaming. For ten months of the year, they hibernate and then become active in June and July. Native Mongolians report seeing the creatures surface after heavy rainfall. If larger food sources are unavailable they will consume rodents and other types of vermin. It is believed the appendage-lacking brutes are exoskeletal and shed their skin when in danger. Researchers speculate it may be an amphisbaenidae, a carnivorous reptile better known as worm lizards. These burrowing saurians reside throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South America, and several Caribbean islands.

Westerners first heard of death worms in 1926 following the release of On the Trail of Ancient Man , a book written by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews. Four years prior to his publication, Andrews joined the American Museum of Natural History’s Central Asiatic Expedition . Government officials had alerted the United States institution of a terrifying legless serpent wreaking havoc in rural areas. Even Mongolia’s leader wholeheartedly believed in its existence. Prime Minister Damdinbazar publicly stated: “It is shaped like a sausage about two feet long, has no head nor legs and it is so poisonous that merely touching it means an instant death.” Such a prominent and highly respected figure speaking openly about a supposedly mythical breed greatly piqued the museum’s interest.

Prior to the group’s historic embarkment, a mandatory cabinet meeting was required. Professor Andrews and foundation representatives met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as the Mongolian Premier himself. Permission for their extensive undertaking was only granted on the condition they would obtain a specimen of Allergorhai horhai. Upon both party’s agreement, the journey commenced. Throughout the 1920s a team scholars combed the Central Asian plateau in its entirety. While hunting for the enigmatic wriggler, Andrews became the first person to discover fossilized dinosaur eggs. Regardless of being unable to find evidence during their search, the archeologist stated every person gave a nearly identical description, down to the most “minute detail”.

Andrews was not the only explorer to seek the elusive ground-dweller. Ivan Mackerle, esteemed cryptozoologist and a leading expert on the Loch Ness Monster, traveled to Mongolia in pursuit of olgoi-khorkhoi. Mackerle visited the territory in 1990, 1992 and 2004 to interview nomads. An elderly woman shared several encounters she heard from local fishermen. When stalking prey, the creature will move half its body above the sand. Then their upper half begins to inflate and a toxin-filled bubble forms and is used to spew venom at unsuspecting victims. Although the questioned senior citizen appeared incredibly sincere, she admitted her information was based on others’ experiences.

One particularly intriguing account involved a small boy who was playing with his bright yellow ball, which unfortunately caught the limb-lacker’s attention. Gobi residents claim this particular color attracts the slithering beast. When the curious youngster approached it, he reached out and gently stroked the flesh. Within mere seconds the unsuspecting child was deceased. His parents soon discovered their son’s corpse and immediately recognized the post-mortem symptoms. Furious and grief-stricken, they decided to hunt for the slug-like perpetrator. Neither parent ever made it back to the village alive. Townspeople suspected they had been killed by the vengeful fiend.

During his final voyage, Mackerle became familiar with another layer of the centuries-old enigma. While visiting a Buddhist monastery he was warned of writhing executioners’ supernatural abilities. Monks believed the ferocious annelids were filled with evil energy. Stranger yet, they advised the investigator that a firsthand encounter would destroy him. In spite of brushing off their ominous words, Mackerle suffered from terrifying nightmares about wriggling crimson carnivores the same evening. Upon waking, he felt a burning sensation on his back. Covering his flesh were dozens of inflamed boils. None of these painful wounds were present hours earlier and could not have been inflicted by any known insects. Mackerle was convinced his affliction was caused by the wicked one’s spirit. In fact, the researcher was so traumatized by this incident that he never returned to Mongolia.

Zoological director, Richard Freeman, was captivated by tales of the massive oriental grub. In 2005 his organization, Centre for Fortean Zoology, ventured to the eastern sector. Freeman soon learned the cryptid is very much real to nomadic tribesmen. His interpreter informed him of an entire village shifting positions after local inhabitants set eyes upon the terrifying scarlet monster. Over 1,000 miles of the Gobi were scoured by investigators in hopes of unearthing proof of death worms. Excursion members came up empty-handed but Freeman firmly believes verification has not come forward for strictly political reasons. From 1945 through 1990, Mongolia was under communist rule. Throughout the decades-long reign, authorities criminalized searching for the leech-entity. Those in power insisted aforementioned endeavors were a waste of resources since the animal “did not exist”.

Nearly a century after the initial quest for Mongolia’s murderous maggot, more questions than answers still remain. Countless individuals have embarked on nearly identical crusades only to return empty-handed. Scientists argue the geographic environment rules out any possibility of annelid or nematode presence. High temperatures and an arid setting do not support the theory of such lifeforms’ existence. If an unknown species is inhabiting the Gobi it’s more likely a class of burrowing lizard. Cryptozoology enthusiasts remain open-minded citing complications have hindered any discoveries. Given the desert’s precarious surroundings, a lack of human population and restrictions to the area, it’s entirely plausible an unidentified living organism has simply avoided detection. However, until conclusive evidence comes forward, olgoi-khorkhoi will remain a mystery.

4. Jorah Goomer – Yokai

It would be extremely hard to complete this list of that mentioned in any creatures from Japan so at number four we have the Jorah Goomer the Spider Woman. The Jorah Goomer is a Yokai that takes the form of a spider its name either translates to entangling burden or horse spider as it is capable of transforming itself into a beautiful woman and Lauren men back to its lair. Where it in tangles them in its web until it’s ready to devour them if the dragon won’t live by the muscles and often make their nests in caves forests and even abandoned houses in cities the diet primarily consists of young handsome men which sail or back to their home trapping them in their silk thread which is said to be so strong that even a grown man is incapable of escape and once entangled. the men are then injected with a venom making them weaker day by day until they are ready to feast on them. The jaraguá Hamas for deceivers no one expects the beautiful girl-next-door to be a man-eating spider.

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Beware of the Mongolian Death Worm!

Known and feared by those that call the Gobi Desert their home, the Mongolian Death Worm is a beast that has become legendary in monster-hunting circles. That, at least, is its westernized title. For the people of Mongolia, it’s Allergorhai horhai, which translates into English as “intestine worm.”

Its monstrous moniker is derived directly from eyewitness to the creature, who say that in terms of its physical appearance it very much resembles the stomach of a cow and is nothing less than blood red in color. The Mongolian Death Worm can grow to lengths of up to five feet, is as thick as a man’s arm, and is best avoided at all costs. Indeed, it didn’t get its memorable name without a good reason. In addition, it predominantly lives underground.

The creature has two ways in which it brings down its prey – which, on occasion, has reportedly included people. It has the ability to spit, over distances of up to around twelve feet, an acid-like venom that can burn through clothing, skin, muscle, and right down to the bone something which causes the victim to turn a sickly, jaundice-like yellow. The coiling terror can also emit a powerful electric shock that – in a fashion not unlike an electric eel – stuns or kills its prey, thus allowing it to quickly move in and partake of a good, hearty meal.

It was not until the mid-1920s that word of this hideous thing reached the west. Prior to that time it was a case of what happens in the Gobi Desert stays in the Gobi Desert. The news that Mongolia was possibly home to a terrifying monster came from one Professor Roy Chapman Andrews, who was the author of the 1926 book On the Trail of Ancient Man. It was while seeking evidence of the presence of early humans in Mongolia that Andrews heard some very weird tales about a certain deadly beast rumored to live below the sands.

Professor Roy Chapman Andrews

In his book, Andrews said: “This is probably an entirely mythical animal, but it may have some little basis in fact, for every northern Mongol firmly believes in it and gives essentially the same description. It is said to be about two feet long, the body shaped like a sausage, and to have no head or legs it is so poisonous that even to touch it means instant death. It is reported to live in the most arid, sandy regions of the western Gobi. What reptile could have furnished the basis for the description is a mystery!”

A great deal more was learned about the Mongolian Death Worm in the summer of 1990. That was when a cryptozoologist named Ivan Mackerle traveled to one particular part of Mongolia: an area of desert southwest of Dalanzadgad. One of the U.K.’s most respected cryptozoologists, Richard Freeman, says of a particularly intriguing account that Mackerle uncovered during his expedition:

“The expedition’s interpreter, Sugi, told them of a dramatic incident from his childhood. A party of geologists had been visiting Sugi’s home region. One of them was poking into the sand with an iron rod when he suddenly collapsed as it poleaxed. His colleagues rushed to his aid only to find him dead. As they examined the ground into which he had shoved, they saw the sand begin to churn violently. Out of the dune came a huge bloated death-worm.”

Reports of the Mongolian Death Worm continue to surface periodically, suggesting that one should be very careful when crossing the Gobi Desert, lest one has some warped desire to end up as the meal of a monster. You have been warned!

[Video] Misteri Kewujudan Mongolian Death Worm

Dunia fana yang kita huni ini mengandungi pelbagai misteri yang belum terjawab termasuk makhluk-makhluk kriptozoologi. Tanyalah sesiapa, mesti ada tertanya-tanya perihal makhluk sebegini seperti Bigfoot , Yeti, raksasa Tasik Loch Ness atau cacing kematian Mongolia. Dalam kes cacing yang dikatakan heboh dalam kalangan warga tempatan ini, ia terus mengundang misteri sehingga hari ini.

Mengikut gambaran penduduk nomad Mongolia, cacing ini dikatakan bersaiz besar sekitar satu meter, berwarna merah terang dan menghuni kawasan selatan Gurun Gobi. Bagaimanapun, di sebalik keterangan ramai saksi, cubaan ramai pakar mengesahkan kewujudan makhluk ini sentiasa berakhir dengan kegagalan.

Selain itu, sesetengah keterangan saksi menggambarkan cacing ini mempunyai mulut terbuka dengan gigi taring menghala ke dalam. Ada juga menggambarkan cacing kematian ini mempunyai tanduk yang tajam, berupaya menyembur asid dan mengeluarkan cas elektrik daripada badan. Cacing ini boleh keluar daripada pasir secara mengejut untuk mendapatkan makanan seperti rodensia dan unta serta manusia!

Jadi, bagaimana Olgoi-Khorkhoi (nama panggilan orang tempatan) mendapat penampilan warna merah berdarah sebegitu rupa? Menurut legenda, penampilan sebegitu diraih selepas cacing ini meninggalkan telurnya dalam perut unta-unta yang dimakannya. Justeru, tidak hairanlah maksud sebenar Olgoi-Khorkhoi ialah cacing usus besar.

Minat pengkaji antarabangsa terhadap spesies kriptozoologi ini timbul selepas ia disebut dalam buku yang dikarang ahli paleontologi Roy Chapman Andrew pada tahun 20-an. Walau bagaimanapun, tidak ramai tahu Andrew sendiri meragui kewujudan cacing bersaiz sebegitu rupa di Gurun Gobi dan menganggap ia sekadar mitos penduduk tempatan.

Bagaimanapun, itu tidak menghalang ramai pakar dari mencuba. Pakar kriptozoologi Czech Ivan Mackerle menganggap cacing tersebut sebagai wujud dan memberi gambaran lebih terperinci dalam bukunya Mongolské záhady (Misteri Mongolia) walaupun mengakui tidak pernah melihatnya secara nyata:

“Cacing seperti sosej dengan panjang separuh meter, tebal seperti lengan manusia dan menyerupai usus lembu. Kulitnya bertindak seperti rangka luar, mencairkan sesiapa yang cuba menyakitinya. Ekornya pendek seperti dipotong tetapi tidak runcing. Sukar nak membezakan mana satu kepala, mana satu ekor kerana ia tidak mempunyai mata, hidung dan mulut yang nyata,”

Bagi pakar biologi British Dr Karl Shuker, beliau mempunyai beberapa teori tentang makhluk di sebalik cacing kematian Mongolia itu. Walaupun tidak pernah melihat cacing tersebut, beliau merasakan cacing itu mirip kepada seekor cicak tanpa anggota badan bernama amphisbaenid yang tinggal di negara-negara beriklim panas.

Dr Karl Shuker Amphisbaenid

Ada pula yang mengatakan cacing sebegini lebih mirip kepada ular Death Adder yang tinggal di Australia dan New Guinea. Ini kerana ciri fizikal cacing itu hampir sama dengan ular sebegini dan Death Adder berupaya menyembur bisa dalam jarak beberapa kaki.

Death adder

Walaupun dianggap mitos oleh pengkaji dan komuniti saintifik, bagi penduduk nomad Mongolia yang tinggal di Gurun Dobi, ancaman cacing sebegini tetap tidak dipandang remeh. Justeru, bagi para pengembara dan pengkaji yang bekerja di situ, mereka seharusnya tahu walaupun ia masih dianggap misteri, ia masih lagi satu lagi haiwan berbahaya yang menghuni gurun berkenaan.

An Explorer/Adventurer and One of the Creepiest Creatures of All

Known and feared by those that call the Gobi Desert their home, the Mongolian Death Worm is a beast that has become legendary in monster-hunting circles. At Cryptid Wiki we learn the following: “The Mongolian Death Worm’s native name, Olgoi-Khorkhoi, means ‘intestine worm’, due to its red blood-like color, and size, which is the size of an intestine. It has been described by many to be from 2-7ft long, have the ability to spit out a corrosive yellow saliva and to generate blasts of electricity. However this latter power is thought of as being folkloric by the nomads of the Gobi. Western culture has come to call this monster the ‘Mongolian Death Worm.’ Mongolian nomads believe the giant worm covers its prey with an acidic substance that turns everything a corroded yellow color.”

It was not until the mid-1920s that word of this hideous thing reached the west. Prior to that time it was a case of what happens in the Gobi Desert stays in the Gobi Desert. The news that Mongolia was home to one of the most terrifying of all monsters came from Roy Chapman Andrews, who was not only the author of the 1926 book On the Trail of Ancient Man. He was rumored to have been one of the inspirations for one of Hollywood’s most famous characters of the gung-ho kind, Indiana Jones. It should be stressed, however, this has never been definitively confirmed. It was while seeking evidence of the presence of ancient man in Mongolia that Andrews heard some very weird tales about a certain deadly beast that lived below the sands. Skeptoid’s Brian Dunning wrote: “In the summer of 1919, Andrews and his party were in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, then called Urga. They were to meet the Premier, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other officials in the Mongolian cabinet to finalize the details of their expedition permits.” Andrews wrote:

“Then the Premier asked that, if it were possible, I should capture for the Mongolian government a specimen of the allergorhai-horhai. I doubt whether any of my scientific readers can identify this animal. I could, because I had heard of it often. None of those present ever had seen the creature, but they all firmly believed in its existence and described it minutely. It is shaped like a sausage about two feet long, has no head nor legs and is so poisonous that merely to touch it means instant death. It lives in the most desolate parts of the Gobi Desert, whither we were going. To the Mongols it seems to be what the dragon is to the Chinese. The Premier said that, although he had never seen it himself, he knew a man who had and had lived to tell the tale. Then a Cabinet Minister stated that ‘the cousin of his late wife’s sister’ had also seen it. I promised to produce the allergorhai-horhai if we chanced to cross its path, and explained how it could be seized by means of long steel collecting forceps moreover, I could wear dark glasses, so that the disastrous effects of even looking at so poisonous a creature would be neutralized. The meeting adjourned with the best of feeling for we had a common interest in capturing the allergorhai-horhai. I was especially happy because now the doors of Outer Mongolia were open to the expedition.

A depiction of a Mongolian death worm

“Ten years later,” said Skeptoid’s Brian Dunning, “Andrews co-authored an account of further expeditions in the 1932 book The New Conquest of Central Asia, in which he repeated this brief tale.” Andrews stated: “I have never yet found a Mongol who was willing to admit that he had actually seen it himself, although dozens say they know men who have. Moreover, whenever we went to a region which was said to be a favorite habitat of the beast, the Mongols at that particular spot said that it could be found in abundance a few miles away. Were not the belief in its existence so firm and general, I would dismiss it as a myth. I report it here with the hope that future explorers of the Gobi may have better success than we had in running to earth the Allergorhai horhai.”

In his book, Andrews said: “This is probably an entirely mythical animal, but it may have some little basis in fact, for every northern Mongol firmly believes in it and gives essentially the same description. It is said to be about two feet long, the body shaped like a sausage, and to have no head or legs it is so poisonous that even to touch it means instant death. It is reported to live in the most arid, sandy regions of the western Gobi. What reptile could have furnished the basis for the description is a mystery!”

The Mongolian Death Worm

According to legend, the dreaded Mongolian Death Worm — which local people call olgoi-khorkhoi or loosely translated, “large intestine worm” has lived up to its name. It can kill in several fearsome ways, including spitting a stream of corrosive venom that is lethal to anything it hits, and if that doesn’t do the trick it is said to be able to electrocute its victims from a distance. Rarely seen and never photographed, it was mentioned in a 1926 book by paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who didn’t believe in the animal’s existence but noted that stories of it circulated in Mongolia.

According to British biologist Karl Shuker in his book “The Unexplained: An Illustrated Guide to the World’s Paranormal Mysteries” (2002, Metro Books) “One of the world’s most sensational creatures may be concealed amid the sands of the southern Gobi desert. … It is said to resemble a large fat worm, up to 1 meter (3 feet) long and dark red in color, with spike-like projections at both ends. It spends much of its time hidden beneath the desert sands, but whenever one is spotted lying on the surface it is scrupulously avoided by the locals.”

The Gobi Desert

Searching for The Death Worm

Explorers have set out into the Gobi desert seeking the beast. Numerous organized expeditions and searches have been made over the years, by both independent researchers and in conjunction with television shows. Despite extensive searches, eyewitness interviews, and even setting traps for the beast, all have come back empty handed. Subsequent expeditions to hunt down the sand beast continue today.

Legend has it these terrifying creatures spend most of their time hidden underneath the sandy dunes of the Gobi Desert but that they often surface during the wetter months of June and July. If a local should happen upon this creature, they know to steer clear.

The Gobi Desert is a vast region that spans a territory of 500,000 square miles of rough terrain, making the existence of undiscovered animal species very likely.

Additionally, there are worm species that have been known to live in sand instead of soil, like the giant beach worm (Australonuphis teres) in Australia.

In worms the circulatory system functions by absorbing oxygen through their skin and carrying it through their body, which would allow them to grow up to large sizes like the death worm’s purported five-foot length.

Consider also that no live or dead ones have been found. Every other creature known to exist has left behind a dead body or skeleton. In fact, the Gobi would likely preserve carcasses of the animal, due to the relative lack of predators and hot desert winds that slow decomposition. Inhabitants of the Gobi are aware of the global interest in their mystery monster, as well as offers of rich rewards for one of the creatures, live or dead, and if one was found it would surely come to light.

It is of course possible that the Mongolian Death Worms exist (of course there would have to be more than one of them to sustain what biologists call a breeding population, likely tens or hundreds of thousands of them). Perhaps next week, next month, or next year such a bizarre creature will be found and examined by scientists.

10 Lesser-Known Terrifying Monsters

Every culture has its monsters. Whether it&rsquos vampires, werewolves or demons, people have always been at their most creative when dreaming up ways to terrify each other. But what about the lesser-known monsters&mdashthe Casey Affleck&rsquos and Stephen Baldwin&rsquos of folklore? Turns out they&rsquore just as horrifying as their mainstream siblings.

Of all the remote and forbidding places on Earth, the Gobi Desert is perhaps the remotest and forbidding. Temperatures swing between Death Valley hot and Antarctica-cold, 90mph winds blast across the landscape, and giant acid-spitting murder worms lurk in wait for unwary travelers. Wait, what?

According to cryptozoologists, the Gobi is home to the Mongolian Death Worm&mdasha 5 foot monster that can spit face-corroding acid and fire electricity. It&rsquos said their venom can eat through metal and just touching their skin is enough to kill you. In 1922 the Mongolian Prime Minister claimed to have seen one, describing it as &ldquoa sausage, about two feet long,&rdquo&mdashthe only time in history those words haven&rsquot been followed by a wink and a leering smile.

The Hairy Hands are a site-specific monster from Dartmoor in the UK that only haunts one stretch of road. As you may have guessed, they&rsquore a pair of disembodied hands that kills motorists and strangles pensioners. The classic tale has them grabbing the wheel of your old 1920s&rsquo car and forcing it off the road, but the far scarier one involves them turning up at night and tapping on your caravan window like that really creepy scene in Salem&rsquos Lot. Unlike other ghost stories, they don&rsquot even have a reason for trying to murder you&mdashthey simply want you dead. You and everyone you love.

Ahuizotl was an Aztec monster&mdashwhich means it terrified people who routinely tore each other&rsquos hearts out to make the sun come up. The Florentine Codex describes it as looking like a small dog with a monkey&rsquos hand on the end of its tail and a penchant for water. The story goes that it hangs out in the shallow parts of rivers, waiting for you to just come cruising by&mdashbefore grabbing you with its murder hand and pulling you under. Then it eats your eyeballs, teeth and nails and then it drowns the life out of you. Some cryptozoologists, like the author of this book claim it may just be an undiscovered species of otter, which suggests they&rsquove either got no idea what they&rsquore talking about, or South America has some terrifying otters.

A fish from Arabic cosmography may not sound like the stuff of nightmares, but Bahamut wasn&rsquot just any fish. Ancient historian Ibn al-Wardi claimed it sat at the bottom of a gigantic pyramid of bulls, angels, mountains and rubies on top of which perched the entire Earth. So big was this giant super-fish that pouring the whole sea into one of its nostrils would be like dropping a mustard seed in the desert. Basically, it was the prototype for everything H.P. Lovecraft used to scream about on restless nights&mdasha blind, indifferent monster carrying us all through eternal darkness beside a billion other meaningless universes. If the thought of that doesn&rsquot strike existential dread into your soul, then you&rsquore just not thinking about it hard enough.

On the face of it, Preta are just a bit pathetic. Featured in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism, they&rsquore basically dead and hungry but unable to eat, like the lamest zombie ever. But take one look at their backstory and you begin to feel a creeping dread. Preta are just dead people with a massive deficit of Karma. As punishment for being the scum of the earth in a previous life they&rsquore brought back to roam the planet with a desperate hankering for food and no way to eat it. Sometimes the first bite bursts into flames in their mouth, sometimes the food just disappears others they chew it but find they can&rsquot swallow. And did I mention the food they crave is human waste? For not helping enough old ladies cross the road, they&rsquore stuck crawling through sewers, desperately craving feces they can&rsquot even eat. Oh, and apparently the moon and sun conspire together to alternately burn and freeze them like a vindictive Gobi Desert.

If you grew up in a small town, chances are you remember that trailer park-dwelling guy who never put his dog on a leash, no matter how many kids it attacked. The Barghest is that guy&rsquos dog on steroids. An old British legend, it supposedly comes out at night, appearing as an omen to those destined to die, which you may recognize as an entire subplot from Harry Potter. Some versions, such as the one said to haunt the streets of York, are less omens of death than direct causes&mdashtradition says it waits in narrow alleyways after dark to devour anyone out alone.

Sometime in the twelfth century an Irish knight fell ill, took to his bed for three days and there had the most horrifying vision ever. In his dream, angels appeared to give him a whirlwind tour of Hell, and what he saw was worse than anything your Sunday school teacher could dream up. In his account, Hell is contained inside a giant monster called Acheron, who has three mouths each capable of swallowing nine thousand men. Sinners are cast into his stomach, where they lie in darkness for all eternity, being digested while millions of mad and scared animals bite and scratch and kick. As if that wasn&rsquot enough, each prisoner in turn becomes a prison&mdashwith condemned priest&rsquos stomachs swarming with mice and female sinners having their privates eaten from the inside.

As told in The Book of Imaginary Beings by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, the story of the Fauna of Mirrors is less terrifying than it is all shades of awesome. The basic Chinese legend holds that mirrors used to be gateways to an alternate universe. For reasons too complex to go into, the mirror people one day attacked our world, leading to a battle so epic it can only be measured in Peter Jacksons. After a long, bloody war the Yellow Emperor chucked the mirror people back into their own world, sealed the gateway and punished them by making them repeat our actions for all eternity. According to Borges:

&ldquoOne day, however, they (the mirror people) will throw off their magical lethargy.
The first to awaken shall be the Fish. In the depths of the mirror, we shall perceive a faint, faint line, and the color of that line will not resemble any other. Then, other forms will begin to awaken. Gradually they will become different from us gradually they will no longer imitate us they will break through the barriers of glass or metal, and this time they will not be conquered.&rdquo

Thus ending the most amazing sci-fi tale ever told.

Of all the demons in Christian mythology, Abaddon may be the most heinous. The Book of Apocalypse (Revelations to some) names him as the falling star that opens the bottomless pit, spewing a plague of horse-locust hybrids across the Earth. Because there&rsquos no point unleashing a Biblical plague unless you do it Old Testament style, these locust monsters also come with lion&rsquos teeth and scorpion&rsquos tails and spend five months tormenting anyone who isn&rsquot baptized. Given the general lunacy of The Apocalypse , this might not sound such a big deal, but Abaddon&rsquos powers go even beyond summoning terror-insects. Some theologians claim he held power over Satan himself, while others name him as a creature so powerful all angels and demons feared him. Then you have his nicknames: &ldquoThe Destroyer&rdquo, &ldquoLord of the Pit&rdquo, &ldquoKing of the locusts&rdquo&mdashtopped off by his giant throne of maggots. What could possibly be scarier than a demon with a throne of maggots? Well, I&rsquom glad you asked&hellip

The scariest monsters prey on our primal fears. In the case of the Jorogumo, it&rsquos the fear of being seduced then eaten by a giant lute-playing spider woman. Translated, Jorogumo literally means whore spider and it lives up to its billing. By transforming itself into a lute-playing woman, this nightmare spawn lures unsuspecting men back to its lair, before tying them up in web and later devouring them. Given that spiders generally keep their prey alive, injecting them with a venom that liquidates their insides, allowing the horror-beast to suck them dry, that&rsquos likely the most terrifying death imaginable.

Aboriginal animal symbols

During her free time, she likes to study various mythologies, folklore, and religious beliefs of current and past civilizations as she. Read More. Animal Symbols - MeaningsThere were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the Animal Symbols or pattern. Much of this is now being reinterpreted into ceremonial acts, songs, and other traditions through painstaking study and careful analysis. Although the word ‘Mandala’ simply means “circle” or “discoid object” in Sanskrit, the significance is far more complex. backgrounds have become the hallmark of the acrylic movement. It is amazing and most fascinating that an entire narrative can be told through a painting with unique symbols , and this can surely make you fall in love with this mesmerizing art form.

There is no written language for Australian Aboriginal People so in order to convey their important cultural stories through the generations it is portrayed by symbols/icons through their artwork.

Lizards and snakes are frequently shown Searching for the Terrifying Mongolian Death Worm, The Legendary Emerald Tablet and its Secrets of the Universe.

as they reached the mountain-side, A wondrous portal opened wide, As if a cavern was suddenly hollowed And the Piper advanced and the children followed, And when all were in to the very last, The door in the mountain-side shut fast. From the beginning of time, the Yorta Yorta have told Dreamtime stories to each generation in order to keep the stories in our culture alive and to educate our people about our place on earth. Then, to make their artwork the Nest students cut…, aboriginal symbols for kids - Google Search.

Much of the art available and discovered by archaeologists uses an aerial perspective. Animal Symbols - The Coyote, the Butterfly, the Snake and the Fish symbolsPower Animals. The pictures show the clothing, war paint, weapons and decorations of various Native Indian tribes that can be used as a really useful educational history resource for kids and children of all ages.

The Raccoon symbol symbolized curiosity, adaptability and resourcefulness.

Long and elongated lines are used to represent the symbol of sandhills in many Aboriginal paintings. According to a recent study published by Creative Spirits, the highest price that an Aboriginal painting could fetch in 1990 was around $10,000. The Spider Symbol symbolized creativity and was the weaver of the fabric of life. context. Many of these included mythical ancestral spirits who were labeled as creators of both the land and the sky.

The deer was important to many Indian tribes as it provided a good means of sustenance providing food and clothing for the tribe and the Deer Track symbol was to signify that hunting in the area was plentiful. However, there are several distinct styles that can be identified that differ from one region to another. as one would see them from above. The Animal Symbols - Mythology of the Avanyu, Serpents and Panther Animal symbols, myths and legends: The Avanyu symbol is one of the many snake-like reptile deities that figure in the mythology of some Native American tribes, notably the Pueblo and represented a storm bringer and was connected with lightning, thunderstorms and the guardian of water. How do we properly use art materials?

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Ph: 1300 76 33 11 or +61 2 6359 3911 These are the questions that the Nest (grade K) discussed at the beginning of the school year.

Here at Artlandish we have a wide variety of paintings that use contemporary and customary icons.

They can be further used with other symbols to represent actions, relationships, status in society, and even ceremonial activities. Were Other Humans the First Victims of the Sixth Mass Extinction? Use symbols as ideas and designs for American Indian Tattoos. That is why you would hear the term ‘ Dreamtime’ whenever this art form is mentioned as it is attributed to the Aboriginal understanding of the world, how it was created, and various other stories.

Buy paintings by Aboriginal artist Rex Winston Walford. It is widely believed that the oldest of all ancestors of the Aborigine people migrated from Asia during the Pleistocene era. Clan symbols usually comprise of the following elements: Combining these two features together signifies which clan the owner of the painting or artwork comes from and moreover, it can be further studied to link the person’s identity closely.

In Aboriginal Art, animals are typically represented by the tracks they leave behind.

Many critics out there consider Aboriginal Art form as the oldest form of art.

She has a B.A. Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to the History of Native Americans and illustrate many symbols used by American Indians. It is therefore ironic that the technique of using dots, that many Western people regard as characteristic of contemporary Central and Western Desert art was in fact to obscure certain revered knowledge.

(Graeme Churchard / CC BY 2.0 ). Another bird which is commonly mentioned in Aboriginal Art is the budgerigar. Straight lines may be indicative of travelling & when these lines join concentric circles it may show the pathway travelled by the ancestors.

For example, an emu leaves a three pointed V track as its footprint, a dingo (Australian native dog) leave a set a paw prints, kangaroos leave a set of tick shapes from its back paws with a long line between where its tail drags, and a possum or other small marsupial leaves an E shape, which … Meaning of the Animal Symbols - The Insect Symbols: Butterfly, Dragonfly & SpiderThe meaning of the Butterfly symbol signifies transformation as the ugly caterpillar changes into the beautiful butterfly.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

The timeworn relationship between humans and animals has been found depicted on 570 ancient paintings discovered within 87 rock shelters in Western Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory. Meaning of the Animal SymbolsNative American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through Symbols and Signs such as the Animal Symbols. This is an increase of more than 3,243% in 27 years.

Straight lines Not only was their meat considered to be the staple source of protein, but even their pelts were used to make clothing items as well as rugs and skin crafted water bags. Symbols for Various Animals.

Examples of some of the many symbols of Australian aboriginal art. as the base of an Aboriginal painting is the organisation of the earth and the ancestral connection with it. Windmill Corroboree, Aboriginal Dance, North Queensland - very early 1900s. google_ad_slot = "3230999220" Just like the vivid wildflowers that fill the local ochre terrain in the middle of winter, their art was a rare juxtaposition adapted from the Australian landscape. The Indian Sage who developed Atomic Theory 2,600 years ago, The Strange History of the Toothpick: Neanderthal Tool, Deadly Weapon, and Luxury Possession, How A Handful of Yamnaya Culture Nomads Became the Fathers of Europe, Gravensteen Castle: Site of Gruesome Torture and Revolting Students. The ceremonial use of certain clan patterns within this art form is used to link people to a particular clan. Indian Tribes also used their own Colors for Symbols and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American Paint.

Aboriginal rock art on the Barnett River, Mount Elizabeth Station. Called ‘Yankirri Jukurrpa, (emu Dreaming)’ The ‘yankirri’ (emu) travelled to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. Animal symbols are very special to the Native Americans.

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