History InterspeciesRomance / MythologyAndReligion

21st Jan '18 7:02:58 PM Everdream
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** The most bizarre one listed has to be the [[http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast160.htm Leucrota,]] the offspring of a ''lioness'' and a ''hyena,'' {[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocotta or dog and wolf]]) that randomly has a horse (or badger) head, a deer's hind quarters and cloven hooves, and is most known for it's CheshireCatGrin that spans from ear to ear with it's single ridge of bone (it lacks separated teeth). This...thing... [[NightmareFuel is supposedly the fastest thing alive, is the size of a donkey, and can mimic human speech to lure you to your death.]] One wonders what fantasy fiction would be like if this myth had survived to become a staple of fantasy, like unicorns and dragons did.

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** The most bizarre one listed has to be the [[http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast160.htm Leucrota,]] the offspring of a ''lioness'' and a ''hyena,'' {[[https://en.([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocotta or dog and wolf]]) that randomly has a horse (or badger) head, a deer's hind quarters and cloven hooves, and is most known for it's CheshireCatGrin that spans from ear to ear with it's single ridge of bone (it lacks separated teeth). This...thing... [[NightmareFuel is supposedly the fastest thing alive, is the size of a donkey, and can mimic human speech to lure you to your death.]] One wonders what fantasy fiction would be like if this myth had survived to become a staple of fantasy, like unicorns and dragons did.
21st Jan '18 6:59:18 PM Everdream
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* Medieval bestiaries described the leopard as the result of a lion mating with a "pard": a mythical big cat resembling (and possibly based on shoddy accounts of) a cheetah.

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* Medieval bestiaries described the leopard as the result of a lion mating with a "pard": a mythical big cat resembling (and possibly based on shoddy accounts of) a cheetah. This idea is where it's name came from, as "leo" is Latin for lion.
21st Jan '18 6:54:10 PM Everdream
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** The most bizarre one listed has to be the [[http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast160.htm Leucrota,]] the offspring of a ''lioness'' and a ''hyena,'' {[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocotta or dog and wolf]]) that randomly has a horse (or badger) head, a deer's hind quarters and cloven hooves, and is most known for it's CheshireCatGrin that spans from ear to ear with it's single ridge of bone (it lacks separated teeth). This...thing... [[NightmareFuel is supposedly the fastest thing alive, is the size of a donkey, and can mimic human speech to lure you to your death.]] One wonders what fantasy fiction would be like if this myth had survived to become a staple of fantasy, like unicorns and dragons did.
26th Jul '17 8:02:37 PM Ardashir
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** They also describe camelopards/cameleopards (giraffes) as being the result of a camel and a leopard mating. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Make of that what you will.]]

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** They also describe camelopards/cameleopards (giraffes) as being the result of a camel and a leopard mating. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Make of that what you will.]]]]
* The Turkish origin myth had their forefathers being born from sex between a young warrior whose feet had been chopped off and a she-wolf that nursed him back to health.
9th Jul '17 3:49:50 PM nombretomado
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* One Chief of the Macleod clan according to legend fell in love with a Fey. After twenty years she grew lonely for FairyLand. She left him with a half-fey child. Later she heard the child crying and came back to lay a magic blanket on him. This magic blanket became the Fairy Flag that could give the Macleods fey-help three times when called upon (as might be expected, this was in [[ProudWarriorRace Highlanders Favorite Sport]]). Photos of it were taken into battle by Macleods in WorldWarII. As the allies won maybe the [[FridgeLogic Wee Folk were doing their job right]].

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* One Chief of the Macleod clan according to legend fell in love with a Fey. After twenty years she grew lonely for FairyLand. She left him with a half-fey child. Later she heard the child crying and came back to lay a magic blanket on him. This magic blanket became the Fairy Flag that could give the Macleods fey-help three times when called upon (as might be expected, this was in [[ProudWarriorRace Highlanders Favorite Sport]]). Photos of it were taken into battle by Macleods in WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. As the allies won maybe the [[FridgeLogic Wee Folk were doing their job right]].
16th Apr '17 7:19:01 AM superjerk28
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* Medieval bestiaries described the leopard as the result of a lion mating with a "pard": a mythical big cat resembling (and possibly based on shoddy accounts of) a cheetah.

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* Medieval bestiaries described the leopard as the result of a lion mating with a "pard": a mythical big cat resembling (and possibly based on shoddy accounts of) a cheetah.cheetah.
**They also describe camelopards/cameleopards (giraffes) as being the result of a camel and a leopard mating. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Make of that what you will.]]
9th Mar '17 4:05:15 PM Sharlee
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*** The real life phenomenon "hybrid vigor" gives this an element of FridgeLogic.

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*** The real life phenomenon "hybrid vigor" gives this an element of FridgeLogic.FridgeLogic.
* Medieval bestiaries described the leopard as the result of a lion mating with a "pard": a mythical big cat resembling (and possibly based on shoddy accounts of) a cheetah.
4th May '15 2:35:24 PM nombretomado
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* OlderThanFeudalism: A special mention to Zeus/Jupiter in [[GreekMythology Greek]] and Roman mythology: not only is he an unfaithful god who seduces human women, he takes the appearance of various animals (swan, bull (!), a [[HaveAGayOldTime shower of gold]], etc.) to do so.

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* OlderThanFeudalism: A special mention to Zeus/Jupiter in [[GreekMythology [[Myth/GreekMythology Greek]] and Roman mythology: not only is he an unfaithful god who seduces human women, he takes the appearance of various animals (swan, bull (!), a [[HaveAGayOldTime shower of gold]], etc.) to do so.



* To avoid paying for the construction of [[NorseMythology Asgard]] (by triggering a late completion clause), Loki [[VoluntaryShapeshifting turned into]] [[GenderBender a mare]] in heat so the builder's horse would run off. He gave birth to Sleipnir, the eight-legged horse of Odin, who carries the honored dead to Valhalla. Loki's ''other'' animal children include the great wolf Fenrir and the Midgard Serpent, destined to kill Odin and Thor respectively.

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* To avoid paying for the construction of [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Asgard]] (by triggering a late completion clause), Loki [[VoluntaryShapeshifting turned into]] [[GenderBender a mare]] in heat so the builder's horse would run off. He gave birth to Sleipnir, the eight-legged horse of Odin, who carries the honored dead to Valhalla. Loki's ''other'' animal children include the great wolf Fenrir and the Midgard Serpent, destined to kill Odin and Thor respectively.
23rd Apr '14 5:13:16 PM gekolvr0734
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** It should be noted that in just all stories, the children of these pairings are always noted to be superior to normal human children - more intelligent, physically perfect, prodigies, magic abilities inherited from parents etc. Unlike many other religions, interspecies pairings were considered far more beneficial than stigmatizing.

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** It should be noted that in just all stories, the children of these pairings are always noted to be superior to normal human children - more intelligent, physically perfect, prodigies, magic abilities inherited from parents etc. Unlike many other religions, interspecies pairings were considered far more beneficial than stigmatizing.stigmatizing.
***The real life phenomenon "hybrid vigor" gives this an element of FridgeLogic.
23rd Nov '13 11:17:18 PM Elementroar
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* Some interpretations of Genesis 6:4, which reads- "The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when God's sons came in to men's daughters. They bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown." Some suggest the "sons of God" imply possibly fallen angels. Others suggest it refers to irresponsible attitude of the human leadership.

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* Some interpretations of Genesis 6:4, which reads- "The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when God's sons came in to men's daughters. They bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown." Some suggest the "sons of God" imply possibly fallen angels. Others suggest it refers to irresponsible attitude of the human leadership.leadership.
* There are many famous Chinese myths and stories that involve Interspecies Romance. In fact they're probably more common than 'normal' human and human romance stories.
**The story of Madam White Snake involves a snake spirit taking the form of a beautiful woman who then falls in love and marries a human man. The human man eventually betrays her to a priest (who is himself a toad spirit), but not before they have a human son. Madam White Snake is imprisoned beneath a tower, but her son grows up and finally manages to free her, and she ascends to heaven.
**Another story tells of a poor scholar who nearly dies of starvation near a temple. In his dream he meet with a bunch of crow spirits who give him a special coat to be like them, and he is able to hunt with them for food, and eventually meets a nice female crow. When he wakes up, he thinks it was all a dream and the locals give him enough money to make the trip back home. Eventually he manages to pass his imperial examinations, and on the way back to his village he provides an offering to the temple and to the crows, asking for his crow-wife to remain if she was there. She later meets him and reveals she has ascended to the role of the guardian spirit of a nearby river, and he builds a home near the river. They also eventually have a son.
**In Journey to the West, the Bull Demon King is married to Princess '''Iron Fan''', who may or may not be a humanoid and sentient literal 'iron fan' (her name could refer to her weapon of choice). They have a son, the Red Boy.
**One origin story/myth is that of PanHu, the Dog King/God. The story goes that there was a king who was fighting a war with another. He gave an offer to anyone who could bring the head of his rival, in exchange for the hand of his daughter. His personal pet dog heard this and managed to kill and retrieve the rival king's head. With no choice but to fulfill his promise, the king gave his daughter's hand in marriage to the dog. The dog took the princess into the mountains, and told her to wait for him as he meditated in a cave blocked by a boulder (in some tales, a giant bell) in order to attain human form. The princess however, became worried after several days with no food and water or communication from her dog-husband, and opened the cave/bell prematurely, leading to her husband having the body of a man but the head of a dog. In some tales, he never attained human form but always had sentience. The two would eventually produce many children, who would then form the various tribes that live in those mountains and trace their heritage back to PanHu.
**It should be noted that in just all stories, the children of these pairings are always noted to be superior to normal human children - more intelligent, physically perfect, prodigies, magic abilities inherited from parents etc. Unlike many other religions, interspecies pairings were considered far more beneficial than stigmatizing.
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