People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Early maps had voids of knowledge marked with warnings that “Here be Dragons,”sasquatches are believed to be prowling the thick forests, and legends tell of strange creatures that might be concealed beneath the surface of our lakes. Here we present our map of American lake monsters (view it large here), showing the spread of cryptids that might be lurking in the depths of the waters of the United States.
You’ll see a good share of serpent-like animals of the Loch Ness Monsters variety, such as Isabella of Bear Lake in Idaho who was spotted by a Mormon pioneer in the 19th century and even had Brigham Young himself send a hunting party after the possible plesiosaur. There’s also the famed Champ of Lake Champlain, possibly the most famous of American lake monsters, and the Lake Dillon monster in Wyoming that some think is being suppressed by a secret society. However, that’s just where the fun of this fauna folklore begins, as there are also legends of monolithic turtles, webbed hominids, a goat man, a winged alligator snake, a horse-headed alligator, a giant killer octopus, and an eel with a pig head. Just for kicks, we’ve included some illustrations of the more curious entities on our Lake Monsters of America map.
Death Cuts the Life-Thread - Asamkirche, Munich, Germany
Death is often depicted as a reaper of souls, harvesting lives by slicing them down with a scythe. In Munich, there’s an incredibly detailed and curious sculpture of death doing the job with scissors, the blades poised just before the final cut to the thread of life.
Death with the life-thread scissors is poised near the entrance portal, with intricate details on the bones and even teeth, although the skeleton ends just after the torso, making it appear as if it’s emerging suddenly from some hidden realm. The idea is similar to the Greek Fates, where Atropos was depicted as the one who severed the threads of life with shears.