A blog for the United States branch of the global Centre for Fortean Zoology
At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.
Monday, 5 October 2015
The serpent lore of Greece speaks of some strange creatures and I don't mean the ones from early Greek mythology. In 1835 the port of Fonia was in trouble. Water gushed down from the mountains and flooded the town. It was then that certain serpents with heads like those of oxen were espied. This is not the only time such creatures have been seen in the land of Homer and Hesiod. Two hunters in the forest of Rapsani heard the approach of an animal. Ere long they discerned a large ox-headed serpent. So ox-headed (or bucephalic) was it that it actually had a brace of small horns. The hunters did not linger. Whether due to the beast's size or its strangeness, they do not seem to have thought to open fire on it. If you go to Naxos, a Greek island, you will find it has a cryptid called a laphiate. This is a serpent with two heads. Some lusus naturae may lie behind belief in this creature.