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.
I guess I'm on a monster/creature roll with this mythology stuff!
On this lovely Tuesday, I'd like to introduce you to Roc, the legendary HUGE bird. Interestingly, many cultures all around the world have monstrous bird myths. Here in the St. Louis area, for example, the myth of the Piasa Bird is quite famous.
But Roc is from Arabia. And this giant bird has been known to carry off elephants for dinner. Marco Polo, while traveling along the African island near Madagascar, reported: "This It was for all the world like an eagle, but one indeed of enormous size; so big in fact that its quills were twelve paces long and thick in proportion. And it is so strong that it will seize an elephant in its talons and carry him high into the air and drop him so that he is smashed to pieces; having so killed him, the bird swoops down on him and eats him at leisure."
They brought the Roc's feather to Kublai Kahn, which was probably a tropical tree palm. Oops.
In the world of stories and myth, the Roc was most famous for having grabbed Sinbad up to the mountains.
Theories trying to explain the countless reports throughout the Middle East and Asian of a giant winged bird have varied between it being just a giant eagle to maybe some sort of African ostrich.