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Mythical Human Races by humon Mythical Human Races by humon
I didn't make these up. Back in the day people came up with all sorts of weird human races and claimed they lived in far away countries. Most of them were said to live in African and the east (expecially India), but some were believed to live up north.

The difference between these human races and, say, nymphs or trolls, was that nobody doubted their existence and they didn't use magic. They were just people who looked or acted funny.

Panots lived from the most northern part of Germany all the way up though Denmark and Scania (Skåne). They had huge ears which they draped around themselves when they went to sleep or when it was cold.

Alongside them lived the hippopodes, a people that looked human except for having horse feet.

Less widespread were the Oeonaes who only lived in northern Germany and Netherlands, and up the west coast of Denmark. They looked perfectly human, but only ate grain and swamp-bird eggs.

These races were all peaceful and lived in harmony with the humans, but further up in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia lived the vicuous kynokefals. They had normal human bodies but the heads of dogs. They understood the languages of the people living there but could only talk in a language made of dog sounds, and were well known for eating humans.

Further east in Russia lived the arimaspus people with only one eye. They were different from cyclops in that they were the size of regular humans and for the most part peaceful. They were a proud race that only ate carnivore meat and fought the griffins that were believed to live in Russia.

I took the liberty of putting them in the clothes of the people living in those countries. Should be noted that kynokefals have never been associated with the sami people. I just gave it sami clothes because they lived in that area. :)
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Nutrea Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014   Traditional Artist
Kynokefals sound a lot like greek cynocephali, which were described as humasn with dogs head who barked and breathed fire
Felixcani Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Now I know where furries came from
Mindkiller1989 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
If the people of ancient Europe didn't doubt the existence of these races and didn't associate magic with them, do you think it's possible that they were actually now-forgotten tribes with misinterpreted descriptions? For example, could the Kynokefals have been a tribe that wore wolf-skins and partook in cannibalism?
Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me a lot of the the Fomoire, Nemedians, Fir Bolg, and Tuatha Dé Danann of Irish mythology.
Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
…look up cyclops syndrome.
genericfandom Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay, the Panots are just TOO adorable.
Tianithen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw some creatures like this in a book once, there was one with no head and it's facial features on it's head and another one with just one big leg and foot that hopped everywhere. 
The word 'Kynokefals' might well come from the greek/latin cynocephalus which means dog-head (according to early Christians St Christopher was a cynocephalus himself).
ReDelta88 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's cool. Actually there are plenty of made-up human races in Chinese mythology too. There are people who have a hole in their bodies, people that are hairy like apes and much more. :D
ImmotalisRex Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This gives me an idea for my story.
utriv Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
This is so Kewl!
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