Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.
Daidarabotchi was a creature from Japanese mythology that was said to be so huge, it looked like a mountain when it was sleeping. The creature was actually a "yokai," or a phatom-like spirit that roamed the earth.
This mythological spirit would create ponds and lakes from its footprints. It even took Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tsukuba in each of his hands to see which one was heavier. It accidentally dropped Mt. Tsukuba, which is why it consists of twin peaks today.
I'm not sure if the ancient Japanese people created the Daidarabotchi myth to explain mountains, lakes, and ponds, or if they threatened to send their kids off to this colossal beast if the children didn't behave.
Creatures like Daidarabotchi are still evident today. For example, in the animated movie Princess Mononoke, a Daidarabotchi-like creature is featured. And you also can't forget Godzilla and all the other kaiju monsters in Japanese entertainment.