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Alright, time to flex your crypto-literary muscles. If you know of any humanoid species in mythology, post 'em along with where they typically appear in the same.

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(I'm taking the word "humanoid" liberally here...)

Centaurs- Greco-Roman mythos.
Thessaly

Satyrs- "
Mediterranean Isles

Cyclopes- "
Tartarus/Olympus

Sirens- "
Mediterranean Sea

Goblins- Germanic mythos.

Dwarves- "
Nidavellir

Gnomes- French mythos.
Tunnels

Angels- Christian mythos.
(Ubiquitous)

Demons- "
(Ubiquitous)

Nephilim- "
(Unknown, presumably Israel)

Rakshasi- Hindu mythos.
India

Homunculi- Western European mythos.
Semen

Youkai- Shinto mythos.
Forests, Japan

Tengu- "
Forests, Japan

Titans- Greco-Roman and Buddhist mythos.
(Progenitors of the gods and residents of a realm on the sphere of life respectively)
Olympus/Tartarus
Realm of the Titans

Gods- Greco-Roman, Hindu and Buddhist mythos.
(Immortal beings in the former two and residents of a realm on the sphere of life respectively)
Olympus
Realm of the Gods

Gremlins- British mythos.
Aircraft

Leprechaums- Irish mythos.
Ireland

Mind Flayers- D&D
(Unknown, underground)

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Ahem, query was a bit ambiguous - I was looking for both source and geographical location (an example of the two being separate being the Norse, who put all sorts of nasty humanoids around the Baltic states).

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Mermaids

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"Irish say that they are old pagan women transformed to mermaid shape and banished by St. Patrick. Folktales say that mermaids are the Pharoh's children drowned in the Red Sea. Babylonians worshiped Oannes or Ea (sea gods). These sea gods were depicted in ancient art as men with a fish tail as legs."
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kikimoras-
russian mythology
a woman like water beast

as appearing in the russian game "konung 2" where they are displayed looking nothing like a woman, but can talk

i asked my dad they were from some kind of folk tales or something

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Chupacabra- South America

Boggart- Scotland

Deep One-- Innsmouth (H.P. Lovecraft)

Tailypo-- Georgia

Mothman-- Brooklyn

Vargr-- German werewolf

Yeti-- Tibet

Bigfoot-- Southern United States

Wendigo-- Canada

Siren-- Greece

Mermaid-- Greece

Banshee-- Ireland

Sidhe-- Ireland

Hyena Man-- more of a strange guy who feeds raw meat to wild hyenas at night.

Crocodile headed man--
Bird Headed man--
Dog Headed Man--
all of the various egyptian gods

Gumby-- childrens animated show.

Just a few odd ones to add.

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Sasquatch- West Coast Canada, B.C. Washington state etc

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Gnorri--> Cerenarian Sea. (close to Ilek-Vad)

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The Hyperboreans--> In Hyperborea, though through wars, conquers and migrations they lived in diferent places.

The Lords of Venus--> (though from Venus were said to live here during the Hyperborea era.) aka The Serpent People. Some say their degenerate descendants (sometimes through coitus with humans) were inspiration for the myths of faeries.

Lizard Men of S'lithik Hhai--> S'lithik Hhai (capital of the kingdom of the Serpent People, Hyperborea))

Lemurian Men--> Lemuria (perhaps around where Madagascar is today) Somewhere in the Indian Ocean?

Byakhee--> Live near Aldebaran, but have often been summoned throughout the aeons (perhaps more of a servant race, spacially of Hastur.)

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Trolls
from Scandanavia
inhabits caves, hills and similar places

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Elves
Germanic
inhabit forests, the sea, the air
quote:
Originally written by Doom Toaster:


Deep One-- Innsmouth (H.P. Lovecraft)

These are actually supposed to inhabit most of the bottom of the ocean-just read The shadow Over Innsmouth recently.

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Imp
probably Germanic
inhabit no specific place

Brownie
England and Scotland
houses

Domovoi
Slavic
houses

Minotaur
Greek
labyrinth

Vampire
European
coffins

Genie
Muslim
no specific location

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Has Bad-Ass Mother Custer followed up on this?

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the Amazon
- 7 feet of pure woman

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From Japanese old tales and pictures
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Oni

Kappa
- monster living in water

Tengu

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When people believed that the earth is flat, they believed also that Skiapodes would live in the antipodes (south of Africa). Skiapodes were one-legged men, running very fast by doing big leaps with their big feet.

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Jersy Devil
(America, presumably in the forests of New Jersy. How "Humanoid" it is depends on the interpretation)

Damond
(Greeko, possibly (or even more likely) pagan idea where the term "demon" is said to have originated from. Originally a benign entity I belive)

Selkie
(Celtic, Human with typhically gray eyes/hair who metamorphs into a seal in water and back when on land.)

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Yowie-
Australian version of Sasquatch and similar creatures
For some reason had a childrens chocalte treat thingy named after it.

Dryads-Celtic i think.

I was going to say the Loch ness monster, but it might not look like a person. On the other hand, it might just be a kid with a shark fin strapped to his back.

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It was either Michael Jackson or Yowie that took that Daniel Morcombe fella.

For all those who don't know, which would be all, if that of you, he's some kid that went missing around here, and his parent have been lloking for him for over a year now. Lots of kids go missing, so why should this could get all this attention?

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I have some too.

Ogres --

Shining Ones -- David Eddings fiction

Satyrs -- greece

Naga -- Asia (india, I think)

Werewolves -- ??

I could have more soon.

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Several Popular Mythical Humanoids Who I Hate:

Michael Jackson

Paris Hilton

Menudo

McCauley Culkin

Several Popular Mythical People Who I Like, Who Can Never Die

Elvis (He has to show up in a scenario just once)

Houdini

Lady In Red

The Sum Of All Your Fears:

Men In Black-- United States

The Axe Murderer-- United States

Man with the Hook-- United States

Shark mouthed man-- the brain eater-- United States

The Candy Man-- United States

Monster In The Closet (everywhere)

Monster Under the Bed (everywhere)

The Living Human Shadow

The animated hand

Patchwork Man or Raggedy Man

Killer Hillbilly or Backwoodsman

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Jack Vance's Ska from Scandinavia. They can be read in his brilliant Lyonesse trilogy.

(actually, many books by him showcase fantastic humanoids.)

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Dryads-Celtic i think.
Dryads were wood nymphs in greek myth. They were beautiful minor goddesses and lived a very long time, though they were not immortal.

Hamadryads, also from greek myth, were dryads whose lives were tied with their trees. A hamadryad's life ended when her tree died.

There were also other types of nymphs such as the oceanids, or sea nymphs.

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Originally written by JadeWolf:

I have some too.

Naga -- Asia (india, I think)

Werewolves -- ??

I could have more soon.

Nagas are from South America primarily, though they do have a close Asian variant, whose name I forget.

Werewolves have at least two known origins, Animistic Native North Americans believed it to be a blessing, and some German and French legends have werewolves as demon/wolf offspring.

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Chupacabra- South America

actually, crytozooologists believe they have found la chupacabra, whose legends originated in southern Mexico in teh early '90s. A coyote with a variant of mange desease seems to have been to culprit, and more such coyotes have been foudn since. This matches with the earliest descriptions of la chupacabra, which were a dog with the skin of a fish. The first sighting a herder caught it eating a goat, and scared it off to find that only his goats stomach had been eaten, which gave lead to the stories of it sucking the animals blood, or eating only their guts, the two main variants.

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