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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 (Skne). 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
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AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you know early myths said that St. Christopher was actually a cynocephali(Dog Head).
werewolves.monstrous.com/st_ch…
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Nutrea Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
I did! It's fascinating how greek/roman myths intertwined with early christian myths. For example, many of the circles of hell are taken from greek underworld myths. Pluto (hades) guards the fourth circle of hell (where the greedy go)while cerberus guards the third (where the greedy go), the fifth circle has the river styx in it, etc. C:
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AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you read Maccabees where the Jews and The Spartans claim to be of the same people?
archive.worldhistoria.com/were…
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Nutrea Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
I have not heard that.
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Felixcani Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I know where furries came from
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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?
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me a lot of the the Fomoire, Nemedians, Fir Bolg, and Tuatha D Danann of Irish mythology.
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Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
…look up cyclops syndrome.
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genericfandom Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay, the Panots are just TOO adorable.
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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).
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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
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ImmotalisRex Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This gives me an idea for my story.
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utriv Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
This is so Kewl!
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Shadowulf1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love how these creatures are finally coming into modern knowledge! Now, since I studied about them before they started becoming popular, I feel all like a hipster. 8-)

Cool stuff, really. Well done. :D
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oosick Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
i know have a mythical reason to go to scandinavia
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french-farcie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
And i thought I was a wingnut!
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Pandor17 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Artist
:O Maybe that's where the fairy tale The Little Red Riding Hood came from!
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oosick Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
there are actually a few stories that sound like modern fairytales, most of them from Germany but i read a norwegian veriation of billy goat gruff a long time ago.
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
*Ahem* The "Norwegian variation" of Three Billy Goats Gruff is the original variation, it's a Norwegian fairytale so it's not a new take on it. Just saying.
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oosick Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
the more you know
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justwhatIdraw Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so, Lovely!
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Peregrina123 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
this sounds too weird XD
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MagickFire Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*looks at the panot* dooo your ears hang low do they wobble to and fro ....
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BlackberryFinn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Can you do a map of Asia and populate it with the crazy races described by Marco Polo?
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DarthGojira Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I believe the Greeks also put Cynocephali in India and Ethiopia.
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Chikouu Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
*Sees the Panot* Human!Dumbo! :D
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Julesworld99 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Writer
i like the kynokefals the most
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HiekkaMyrsky Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'd like to know your sources on this info. I've been studying world mythologies for years and beside kynokefali, I hav never encountered these others in any folk tales or myths so far.
O.O
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JetableAnge Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so are the panots the inspirations for the american childrens rhyme do you ears hang low? i wonder, lol
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PuddelMonster Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
xD hahaha! it looks like the kynokefals are wearing kofte (google image search it ;))
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PuddelMonster Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
xD hahaha! it looks like the kynokefals are wearing kofte (google image search it ;))
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Akutabai Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
man I love Mythology, were did you find out about these guys
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eppoif1 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Where'd you find this information?
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Interesting, not to mention amusing! *hugs*
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Onlynameleft2pick Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Never heard of any of these guys. Thanks!
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Glitterboy2098 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
never heard of the kynokefal.. any good online sites with info on them?
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bloodsuckingmonster3 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The one-eyed one could very well have existed, after all, there is such a thing as one-eyed cats, though they usually don't live very long... :no:
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nsanelilmunky Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So, in other words, the Oeonaes were vegetarians? They seem like the ones what would be most likely to exist.
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Bat-Snake Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm...I see more possibilities for my fantasy story.

And I am fairly tempted to add some kynokefal influence to my design for Grendel and his mother (with a bit of Slattenpatte for Mama XD )
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HunterBeingHunted Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg i didnt know about kynokefals and im finnish D8 xD he is the coolest pf em all ;D he is wearing sami type of clothes? 8O
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Captain-Sweden Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If they existed, city folks would keep trying to pet kynokefals. :p
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catiche Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Faved! Thanks for this interesting information =)
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BellaSylph Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard that in china, women cram their feet into tiny shoes. So small that they would appear to any other person like hoved feet. (to me anyways) At least they used to, maybe in some areas still do.
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Pandadrake Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
That's called foot-binding, and it's not so much cramming your feet into tiny shoes, but deforming the foot by crushing it while the girl grows up. It's one of those weird "standards of beauty" things.

Yeh, some people still do it, but it's not so popular anymore since they realized that women kind of need to be able to walk.
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Captain-Sweden Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Chairman Mao, vicious bastard as he was, opposed it and other types of ill treatment of women.
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Bonnie-Furry Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
I am descended from Sami people, so thank you for making the Kynokefals wear their clothes that is neat :) i like that. Also i had heard of them but had forgotten about them until now :D
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Kathalaura Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Ohhh, those are Canocephalus, or Cynocephalus. It means dog headed. I love the idea of dog headed people.
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XenaTheAlienChick Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
WEREWOLVES :D
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humon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
No, humans with dog heads.
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