- Mythical Number: #1118
- Culture: North American
- Attribute: Flying
- Behaviour: Deadly
These were sinister creatures from the myths of Iroquois Native Americans. They were huge human heads with straggling hair, fiery eyes and gigantic sharp teeth that locked like a prison door. Instead of ears they had wings of a bat. They fly through the skies on stormy nights in search for humans and cattle to eat. Once they bit they did not let go. Anyone trapped in their jaws could not escape. One lady was able to outwit and trick the creatures. One evening she lit a fire in her own hut with hot coals to roast some chestnuts. She roasted one, broke off the outer shell and ate it loudly with approval of its delicious taste. Tempted at this sight, a Flying Head came in her house and went straight towards the fire to eat the chestnuts. It swallowed the hot coals along with the chestnuts and since its teeth had slammed shut, it could not open its mouth and thus burnt to death.
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Did you find Flying Heads interesting? If you are skilled in art, then why not draw a scary or actioned-packed drawing of the Deadly Flying Heads and send it to this website. Native American myth have been wonderfully collated in this book American Indian Trickster Tales and also in Creative Kids: Native American Tales and Activities. One famous North American creature made it into its own horror film Wendigo (2001) is about a couple and their child who encounter this horrible monster.
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