Basilisk

Also known as Basilcoc, Basilcok, Basili-Coc, Basilc.

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  • Multiple Cultures Multiple Cultures (culture)
  • Flying Flying (attribute)
  • Reptilian Reptilian (attribute)
  • Deadly Deadly (behaviour)
  • Dragons Dragons (common type)

Originally this was a winged serpent with a crest on its head whose neck never touched the ground. Everything about the Basilisk was poisonous and it would spit out poison to kill flying birds. It could also kill people with its stare. One way to defeat the Basilisk was to carry a cockerel with you, a creature that changes shape according to medieval legend. Gnostics used the image of a Basilisk to ward off evil. Later Christians saw it as the Devil in one of its forms. The appearance of the Basilisk changed overtime as it then had the head, neck and legs of a cockerel. Some show it as having the face of a human on the head of a cockerel. The Basilisk can also be found in European and Middle Eastern myth. It is believed that it created the deserts of Libya. Its name derives form the Greek ‘Basileus’ which means ‘king’ referring to the beast being the King of snakes.

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