Thursday, April 23, 2015

T is for Tannin


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.

36 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And I'm not sure cobras are very fond of the ocean.

Melanie Schulz said...

Yeah, I agree, a sea monster is much more frightening.

Pat Hatt said...

Maybe it was really Godzilla?

Chrys Fey said...

Tannin is an interesting creature. He looks like a dragon to me, so I vote sea dragon. :)

jaybird said...

I always pictured it to be a type of dinosaur in the water, which is pretty much a sea dragon, right?

Pat Dilloway said...

It was probably just a log that someone imagined was a snake.

Patricia Lynne said...

Maybe the Tannin is Nessie???? Or am I being too silly? =D

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cleemckenzie said...

I agree. A cobra is a turn off for me. I like my monsters with legs.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'm with you. Sea dragon is way cooler.

I met a guy who didn't believe in dinosaurs because they didn't fit the Bible timeline. I had to tell him dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible. Do people ever read the Bible?

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The sea serpent is an interesting mention. The whole translation thing with the Bible is why I don't understand why some people think it has to taken literally. How many translations has it gone through? Words change meanings or have no exact word match in different languages.

Sarah Foster said...

Yeah, a sea dragon would be way cooler.

Fee said...

Interesting. I've only ever heard of tannin being associate with tea :)

Haneen I. Adam said...

hmm! never heard of it, don't even see a big difference between the many forms mentioned, except for the giant whale that is, that I get :D

Haneen I. Adam said...

hmm! never heard of this one, can't even see the difference between the many forms, except for the giant whale of course, that I get :D

cube said...

First of, tanin to me is the dark color of a body of water because of the discoloration of leaves that fall into the water. Could that have something to do with the color of the creature that looks like a huge wave of brown water? Dunno.

I'm just glad I missed the 'S" part ... I didn't know if you'd bring up Samus. That whole incident still haunts me and I feel it cost me some nice blog buddies... not you, thankfully.

Intangible Hearts said...

I like that interpretation.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

never heard this one either! It's rather terrifying!

Melissa said...

I agree with you, Jay. :)

Robin said...

I agree. A sea dragon is way cooler than a cobra!

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