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.
The Bible actually describes a few interesting creatures including dragons (dinosaur), a leviathan (sea serpent that breathes fire), and a behemoth (a brontosaur-type creature). The sea creature known as the tannin is also in the Old Testament.
Tannin was a sea creature that was extremely powerful and almost impossible to kill. Many point out in Exodus that "tannin" is some kind of serpent, however, throughout the Old Testament, it's referred to as some kind of sea serpent like a leviathan.
Is a tannin a sea dragon? A dinosaur? A jackal? A giant whale?
Scholars continue to debate this, as the issue is with translation.
I'd rather think of the tannin as a typical sea dragon because that's WAY cooler than imagining it as a cobra.
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I am the author of The Mechanica Wars series. The first book, Dragonfly Warrior, will be published in January, 2014 by 4 Wing Press.
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