A man-eating beast originally from India, themanticorehas three rows of teeth, like ashark, and ascorpion’stail.
Depending on the description, themanticorehas either the head of a man or of alion. It has the body of atiger, the tail of a scorpion and it may or may not have wings.
It passed into European folklore first through a remark by Ctesias, a Greek physician in the fourth century BC, in his book Indica (“India”). It has survived only in fragments, or references by those other writers.
The Greek geographer Pausanias, in one of his books, said he thoughtmanticoreswere just exaggerations oftigers.
“But that it has three rows of teeth along each jaw and spikes at the tip of its tail with which it defends itself at close quarters, while it hurls them like an archer's arrows at more distant enemies; all this is, I think, a false story that the Indians pass on from one to another owing to their excessive dread of the beast,” he said.
But because Aristotle included the manticore in his natural history, many people accepted the beast’s existence as fact well into the Medieval Period.
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