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List of one-eyed creatures in mythology and fiction

This page lists one-eyed creatures in mythology and fiction.

In mythology, this trait was generally associated with fearsome creatures.[1] In modern fiction, some one-eyed creatures are likewise frightening enemies, but others are friendly.

The list includes peoples and mutants born with only one eye, but not one-eyed humans who are understood to have lost an eye.

In mythology and religion

  • Arimaspi or Arimaspoi, legendary people of northern Scythia, "always at war with their neighbours" and stealing gold from griffins. They had a single eye in the centre of the forehead.
  • Balor, figure from Irish mythology. Known for his evil eye, he could kill by looking at you. Prophesied that he would be killed by his grandson, so he attempted to have his grandchildren killed. One survived, Lugh, who killed him at the second battle of Magh Tuiredh.
  • Cyclops (plural: cyclopes or cyclopses), a race of giants in Greek and Roman mythology, including Polyphemus. They likewise had a single eye in the centre of the forehead.
  • The Graeae, the three witches (or sisters) that shared one eye and one tooth between them. Often depicted as clairvoyant. Were forced by Perseus, by stealing their eye, into revealing the location of Medusa.
  • Hagen or Högni, a Burgundian warrior in German and Norse legend, depicted as one-eyed in some accounts
  • Hitotsume-kozō, monsters (obake) in Japanese folklore. They had a single giant eye in the center of the face.
  • Jian (bird), a bird in Chinese mythology with only one eye and one wing. A pair of such birds were dependent on each other and inseparable.
  • Kabandha, a demon with no head or neck with one large eye on the breast and a mouth on the stomach. Kabandha appears in Hindu mythology as a character of Ramayana.
  • Likho, a embodiment of evil fate and misfortune in Slavic mythology.
  • Ojáncanu, one-eyed giant with long beard and red hair of Cantabrian mythology who embodies evil, cruelty and brutality.
  • Psoglav, one-eyed dog-headed monster in Serbian mythology.
  • Tepegoz, one-eyed ogre in Oghuz Turkish epic Book of Dede Korkut
  • Dajjal, in Islamic religion the anti-christ has one eye.

In fiction

See also

References

  1. ^ Cyclops at Greek-Gods.info
  2. ^ The Curse of Peladon, BBC
  3. ^ One-Eyed Monster at the Internet Movie Database


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