In our day and age, the vast majority of people seem to think that much of what we are pursuing through science is new. When we start digging into our past, we find lots of very strange stories, told by many cultures all over the world. The pages of history contain endless references to hybrids, and yet many people do not consider how they might tie into our modern time. Most of these references have come to be referred to as mythology, but is there any truth to those myths? In this chapter we are going to look at several different cultures in which hybrids were believed to have existed and interacted with mankind.
The Babylonian culture is one of the oldest cultures on the planet. Even though our modern society is separated from theirs by thousands of years, they seemed to have a very advanced knowledge of hybrids and how they came to exist. Many of the hybrids that appear in their culture had the body of a human and the head of an animal or vice versa. These beings were not abstract concepts to the Babylonians, but were said to live among them and interacted with them. Let’s take a look at some of these hybrids.
In the above picture, we see a humanoid being with the head and wings of a bird. These beings were worshiped as gods by the Sumerians. The detail with which they were carved also provides us with evidence that other cultures, besides the Hebrews, may have had contact with the Cherubim or a creature created to resemble one of the cherubim mentioned in the Bible.
“And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle… Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.” – Ezekiel 10:14 & 21
While the Babylonian gods lacked multiple faces on each body, the rest of the description is almost exact, right down to the four wings and human hands. In Isaiah 14:14, we learn that Lucifer wants to be exactly like the Most High. If this is true, it makes perfect sense that he would try to genetically alter certain life forms in order to create something similar to the Cherubim under God’s command. While this is just speculation, it does seem to fit Satan’s M.O. Satan cannot create anything out of nothing like God can, but he is a deceiver and a manipulator that can work with and possibly alter what already exists.
The Epic Of Gilgamesh
Some historians believe that the Gilgamesh story is based on an actual king that lived around 2,700 B.C. If that is true, it would place his life about 200 years after the flood of Noah, and 86 years before the birth of Abraham. If the above is true, it also lends some credibility to the tale of his search for a flood survivor. According to the Bible, Noah lived for another 350 years after the flood, and Shem lived for another 502 years after the flood. Both Noah and Shem would have still been alive during Gilgamesh’s supposed search. This is not proof that Gilgamesh existed, but evidence that the story is placed in the correct Biblical timeframe, but why exactly is Gilgamesh important to our research?
Gilgamesh was considered to be 2/3 god and 1/3 human, or in other words, he was a hybrid. Already we find that his origin is very similar to that of the Nephilim in the Bible. Much of the story revolves around his search for immortality after his best friend Enkidu dies. Before Enkidu dies, he encourages Gilgamesh to set off on a journey to establish his own renown by slaying Humbaba The Terrible, an evil giant. Again, the Bible confirms that these hybrids were “men of renown”, and establishing a legendary name becomes Gilgamesh’s goal. Humbaba was the guardian of the Cedar Forest, where the Sumerian gods (Annunaki) lived. Enlil assigns the giant Humbaba to be a terror to human beings, just as we observe in the Biblical story of the giants in the Promised Land. These Babylonian “gods” seem to be nothing more than fallen angels posing as gods. The important point here is the hybrid king Gilgamesh. If he really existed, after being considered a myth for so long, what about the rest of the story that mentions the “gods” living on earth and creating hybrids?
The Greeks hybrids are among the most famous hybrids in all of history. Almost everyone on the planet is familiar with Hercules, Achilles, Perseus, and Theseus. Our modern culture has turned these hybrids into heroes, even though they were feared by many. Achilles was famous for killing massive amounts of people, Perseus was famous for killing both men and monsters, Theseus was famous for killing the hybrid minotaur, and Hercules only performed good deeds as a punishment for murdering his wife and children. However, these were not the only hybrids found in Greek mythology. Let’s take a look at a few lesser known hybrids.
The Chimera was a strange, hybrid, creature that tormented mankind. It was believed to be a female capable of breathing fire. The origin of the chimera is interesting as well. It was believed to have been created by the gods, which were likely fallen angels.
“The Chimera was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing female creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of multiple animals: upon the body of a lioness with a tail that ended in a snake’s head, the head of a goat arose on her back at the center of her spine. The Chimera was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra. The term chimera has also come to describe any mythical animal with parts taken from various animals and, more generally, an impossible or foolish fantasy.”
The story surrounding the chimera is interesting because it is lumped in with other hybrid creatures, all believed to have originated with the Greek gods.
According to the Greek’s there was a hybrid creature known as the Minotaur (Minos’ Bull), which was a bull/human hybrid that had a taste for human flesh. In order to keep the creature appeased, they would sacrifice humans to it. The question we have to ask is, “is there any truth to this story?” Many people believe this story is just another myth among many, but it has several things in common with scripture:
- This creature came about as a result of the “gods” tampering/experimenting with humans and animals.
- Human sacrifices were made to this creature.
- This creature was being worshiped out of fear.
Although it is not well known among the general population, the Minotaur actually had a name. The name given to the hybrid at birth was Asterion, which means “ruler of the stars”. This was also the name of Minos’ father. The story of the Minotaur provides an interesting reference to the gods’ involvement in the creation of animal human hybrids as well. My book, Beyond Flesh and Blood: The Ultimate Guide To Angels and Demons, goes into greater detail about the Minotaur and the Biblical equivalents, Molech and Chemosh.
The Legend of Heracles
Heracles, which means “glory of Hera”, is the Greek name for the hero we know by the Roman name Hercules. According to legend, he was the famous son of the god Zeus and Alcmene, a mortal woman. He was also the half brother of Perseus, another legendary hybrid hero that was portrayed in Clash of The Titans. Perseus was conceived when Zeus transformed himself into golden rain to deceive Perseus’ mother into having sex with him. Heracles was known for his strength, courage, ingenuity, and sexual prowess among both males and females. Another strange association we find among these hybrids is homosexuality. While homosexuality is not present in every story about giants, it does surface on occasion.
Hercules was conceived after Zeus shapeshifted himself into the husband of Alcmene and tricked her into having sex with him. Although Heracles is viewed as a hero, he was very violent. One story from his youth has him killing his music teacher Linus with a lyre. When he grew up, married, and had children, he killed them and his wife in a fit of rage, which led to his servitude to king Eurystheus. Heracles is most famous for completing twelve legendary tasks, each supernatural in nature. One of these tasks involved Heracles killing the giant Antaeus by picking him up off the ground in a bear hug. Heracles may have been very huge himself if he was able to bear hug a giant and pick him up off of the ground. Finally as Heracles is dying, he throws the innocent Lichas into the sea, thinking him to be responsible for poisoning him. Once again we find a very violent, legendary, hybrid that still lives on through stories.
The Invincible Achilles
Achilles is the central character in the blockbuster movie Troy. He was also the central character and hero of Homer’s Iliad from where the movie Troy adapted most of its script. It’s not emphasized in the movie, but Achilles is also what we call a demigod (like Heracles), which is the Greek version of the Hebrew Nephilim. He is the result of a mortal man and a goddess mixing. The supernatural power associated with him was being invincible everywhere except the heel of his foot, which is where we get the phrase “Achilles’ Heel”.
Here we have another story that is usually passed on as mythology, but as technology progresses, our understanding of mythology has changed. Starting in the late 1800s, explorers began seriously searching for the city of Troy. Between 1892-1938 it was discovered that at least nine cities had been built on the ancient site of Troy. There are four men credited with moving the city of troy from mythology to reality:
- Heinrich Schliemann
- Wilhelm Dörpfeld
- Carl Blegen
- Manfred Korfmann
If Troy was indeed a real city as Homer claimed, is it possible that a hybrid named Achilles fought in the legendary battle? If the cities of Uruk and Troy have been discovered, and a once mythological king is now considered to be real, how many more of these mythological cities and individuals may also be real?
Other Greek Hybrids
- Centaurs (Man/Horse)
- Harpies (Woman/Bird)
- Satyrs (Man/Goat)
- Echidna (Woman/Snake)
- Minotaur (Man/Bull)
We could probably go on and on listing all of the hybrids mentioned by the Greeks, but the main point is that the Greeks seemed to be obsessed with the concept. Let’s continue looking into some of the other cultures that had an obsession with hybrids as well.
Although not as well known as the Greeks, there are hybrids that appear in Asian cultures as well. Here are a few that seem to stand out from the crowd.
China – Penghou
“In the time of the First Ruler of Wu, Lu Ching-shu was Grand Protector of Chien-an Commandery. Once he dispatched a man to cut down a great camphor tree. Few strokes of the axe had fallen before blood suddenly flowed from the trunk. When it was finally felled, a creature with the face of a man and the body of a dog came forth. Ching-shu explained, “This is what is known as the p’eng-hou.” He had it steamed forthwith and ate it. Its flavor was the same as dog-meat. The Pai-tse T’u* says: “The spirit of trees is called p’eng-hou. It appears much like a black dog with no tail and can be steamed and eaten.” – Soushenji
While this story probably has very little truth to it, if any, once again we find a different culture, with different political and religious beliefs, connecting a hybrid to the supernatural.
Japan – Kutabe
“The common Japanese image generally depicts the hakutaku as a “bovine or monstrous felid creature with nine eyes and six horns, arranged in sets of three and two on both its flanks and its man-like face. It is also commonly depicted as having the body of a lion and eight eyes, known for having a horn or multiple horns on their heads.” However, the number of extra eyes actually varies depending on interpretation, and sometimes the creature is pictured with only one in the center of its head. It is considered to be “intelligent, and well read with the ability to understand human speech.”
While it is likely that many of these cultures influenced each other with their stories, which explains why so many of the hybrids were similar, they each had their own unique stories as well. There is one last culture that we will look at because the hybrid found in that legend might sound familiar to those that have read Revelation.
One of the most interesting hybrids in all of mythology, comes from Persia. It was a creature known as the “man eater”. What makes it interesting is that it is very similar to a hybrid creature described in the book of Revelation.
“The manticore (Early Middle Persian Martyaxwar) is a persian legendary creature similar to the Egyptian sphinx. It has the body of a red lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), and a trumpet-like voice. Other aspects of the creature vary from story to story. It may be horned, winged, or both. The tail is that of either a dragon or a scorpion, and it may shoot poisonous spines to either paralyze or kill its victims. It devours its prey whole and leaves no clothes, bones, or possessions of the prey behind.”
The concept of a lion-human hybrid appears in many cultures. In my book, As The Days of Noah Were, there is a much deeper study on the Lion Men of and other hybrid lion creatures, so in this section we are going to focus on the locusts from the pit, which seem to resemble the Manticore. According to Revelation, the locusts from the pit are described as follows:
“And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.” – Revelation 9:7-10
The picture of the Manticore is a very close match to the description in Revelation 9, with the exception of the missing crown. It was called the Manticore (man eater) because it only attacked humans, just like the locusts in Revelation 9. This same creature also appears in the legends of India and Greece, but why? Now that we have a brief understanding of the history of hybrids, in the next chapter we will look at how they tie into modern times.
The inevitable question that we must all ask is, “Were any of these creatures real?” If they were real, that means we need to take a serious look at the past to find out what was going on. If they were not real, why is modern science attempting to bring them to life? If history really does repeat itself, and there is nothing new under the sun, then why is it that so many Christians refuse to look at what is going on in the world today, and how it compares with history? It is possible that we are about to repeat many of the same mistakes that happened in the past, concerning these hybrids. In almost every story we read, there seems to be an urgent need to kill these creatures, in order to stop them from terrorizing mankind.