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Fab Figmentals

Tantallon Media

Each week on Fab Figmentals, we look at a different legendary creature by exploring its history and folklore. Each episode begins with a story, and then we take a look at the creature’s origins and how it’s been portrayed throughout the ages.

17:41 | Jul 24th

Said to resemble an eagle, but much larger and stronger, the Rukh is believed to hail from the island of Madagscar, and is said to feast on elephants, giant snakes, and— sometimes— even men. It has a forked, snake-like tongue, and a sharp, pointy bea...Show More

18:24 | Aug 21st

In today’s episode, we’re peeking into the caves of Northern India to visit U Thlen, an evil spirt that exists in the form of a giant, man-eating snake. Under normal circumstances, I think it’s safe to say that most people would do their darnedest to...Show More
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16:56 | Aug 14th

Smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, at the southern tip of the Italian peninsula, the toe of the Italian boot very nearly meets the island of Sicily. These two land masses are separated by a narrow section of water called the Strait of ...Show More

18:50 | Aug 7th

In this episode, we look at one of the most famous legendary creatures of all time— the unicorn. Unicorns are an interesting study, because pretty much everyone knows what they look like and *thinks* they know a thing or two about them. But, I can as...Show More

16:38 | Jul 31st

In today’s episode, we look at Rakshasas, man-eating goblins from India. Rakshasas have long, curling fangs that protrude from the corners of their lips, wickedly long claws, and- sometimes- sharp horns. The strongest and most powerful might even hav...Show More

18:58 | Jul 17th

Legend has it that baku were created from leftover parts when the gods were finished making all the other animals. As you might suspect, this means baku are quite a sight to behold. A mishmash of species, baku are said to have a bear’s body, an eleph...Show More

19:43 | Jul 10th

Baba Yaga is a supernatural, wicked witch-type character who is most often depicted as a deformed old hag. She lives deep in the forest in a hut that stands on chicken legs, and she can fly around using a broom or a mortar and pestle. This week’s st...Show More

19:28 | Jul 10th

This week, we look at the bunyip, a large mythical creature from the Australian Aboriginal tradition, believed to reside in Australia’s swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. This week’s story: “The Bunyip” by Andrew Lang This episo...Show More

18:23 | Jul 10th

In our inaugural episode, we look at the kelpie, a malevolent, shape-shifting water spirit that haunts Scotland’s lochs, rivers, and streams. This week’s story: “The Kelpie and the 10 Children” by Lindsey Morse & Niall Cooper This episode also incl...Show More

01:38 | Jun 30th

Each week on the show, we’ll meet a new legendary creature and explore its history and folklore. Every episode begins with a story, and then we take a look at the creature’s background and how its been portrayed throughout the ages. The show will fea...Show More