The Most Popular Myths Around the World Decoded

The world is filled with various myths, some that have been around for centuries and others just being created.

We hope you enjoy reading about these exciting stories! This article will discuss the top 10 most popular myths from different parts of the world.

What is a Myth?

A myth is an imaginative presentation of a belief, typically involving supernatural beings or forces.

Myths are usually false, but that may not always be the case. Many legends are built around beliefs once held by ancient cultures who used mythology to explain how the world came to be.

Some myths can seem like confusing explanations for natural phenomena such as earthquakes and weather changes (sometimes explained through stories about gods and monsters). In contrast, others involve lessons on morality or studies on history.

The Most Famous Myths in the World

The Myth of Atlantis

This story has been told for hundreds of years and is still a popular topic today. It reveals how earthquakes and floods destroyed a powerful civilization before disappearing beneath the waves.

Paul Bunyan

A giant lumberjack who traveled across America chopping down trees as he went. He had an enormous blue ox named Babe to help him out.


An expert swordsman who fought against injustice in California during the 1800s, dressing up as a masked man to hide his identity

The Legend of King Arthur

One of England’s most famous tales about how Camelot came to be built by Merlin after Uther Pendragon died at nearby Salisbury Plain

Santa Claus

This Christmas favorite has become one of society’s greatest myths over time. We all love hearing stories about him flying through the night on his sleigh pulled by reindeer delivering presents everywhere!


This famous monster story has spawned several movies and books. Today, many people think of Dr. Frankenstein as a scientist who created a man from various body parts.

Loch Ness Monster

A large creature is said to live in Scotland’s Loch Ness lake. Sightings have been reported for years, but no one has ever seen him close up.

The Myth of Dracula

Another famous monster story was initially written by author Bram Stoker back in 1897. This vampire classic tells how Count Dracula terrorizes England with his dark powers

The Myth of King Midas

King Midas could turn anything he touched into gold in Greek mythology using his magic touch.

The Myth of Prometheus

Prometheus was a Titan who Zeus punished for giving fire to man. He has created humans out of clay and brought them the gift of knowledge while trapped in a mountain with an eagle devouring his liver.

Famous Norse Myths

The Vikings were one of the most feared civilizations many years ago, and they have stuck in our minds as bloodthirsty invaders raping and pillaging without mercy. Still, apart from depicting them only in this way, perhaps we should know more about these people to understand why they are so famous even today.

Viking Valhalla

Many people think Vikings have been pagans who believed in many gods and worshipped them all. Still, they had adopted some elements from Christianity and created interesting stories to fit their needs.

One such thing was Valhalla: the place where brave and heroic men (and sometimes women) traveled after death if they died in battle while defending their honor or Odin’s treasure (the famous ring).

The Viking God of Thunder

Angered by Loki’s strange pranks and actions (he even cut off Sif’s golden hair when she was sleeping once), Thor decided to teach him a lesson he would never forget. He transformed himself into a snake and slid down to Loki’s place to bite and poison him.

However, Loki understood that someone had come for him, so he put a basin full of water under his armpit, which helped him resist the venom from the snake.

Vikings And Ragnarok

Is Ragnarok the end of the world as we know it? This ancient Norse prophecy predicts that one day a monstrous wolf will appear and start eating everything in its path.

Fights will take place on many fronts: gods against giants, gods against other gods, and humans against each other.

  • Eventually, Fenrir will receive an injury that will kill him shortly after.

Viking Dragons

Norsemen have always believed in monsters who lived somewhere hidden away from curious eyes.

These creatures were so powerful that even Thor himself couldn’t defeat them alone.

One terrifying example is Jörmungandr, who lies beneath the ocean surrounding all of Midgard with his body.


Valhalla was the perfect place where warriors could eat to their hearts’ content until Ragnarök took place – when all of the nine worlds would be destroyed by fire.

However, to get there, they needed to go through a separate path called Valgrindr (which means “the path of the fallen”).

It was guarded by beautiful young women clad in armor known as Valkyries who took spirits of dead warriors to the Viking heaven.


Giants were enormous creatures with supernatural strength and power. Still, they weren’t as evil as most people think they were – just like humans, giants wanted to become more powerful than they already were and establish dominance over weaker races.

Immortal Vikings

For some reason, Vikings wanted to live forever! That’s why they tried to contact spirits of the dead who could offer them wisdom which helped humans understand what was happening around them.

Famous Chinese Myths

Many stories regarding China’s history have conquered the hearts of many generations. These myths have been told so often over the centuries that people seem to be unable to separate truth from fiction. Even if they know what is real and what is not, some of these myths are interesting and seem worth looking at them in detail.

The Myth About Meng Jiangnv

It talks about a woman that got married to a farmer. The farmer felt he had to travel to build the Great Wall of China and Meng Jiangnv stayed at home. The wall was built very quickly, but when the husband came back, he found out his wife was buried alive near where they were building the wall.

Meng Jiangnv’s story has become famous because it symbolizes eternal love among the Chinese.

The Tiger and the Dragon

During the war between the dragon kings of the four seas, one tiger was called upon to destroy all of them.

The sea god Gong Gong tried to stop him with a flood but failed. He began attacking Xi Wangmu on Kunlun Mountain, but she retreated immediately. He went after Zhuanxu, who fled to Penglai Shan with his son Helü. Everyone ran, so he turned himself into an island in the southern ocean.

The Rat and the Jewel

During the Shang Dynasty, a starving rat once found half of an ancient jade charm in Dongting Lake. He thought it would be fortunate, so he brought it to his hole on top of a sandhill.

One day when returning from work, he saw water everywhere around him, and the sand had turned into an island! Puzzled by this disaster, he realized that the jade must have been some magic charm indeed.


We’ve detailed the most popular myths about the world with this post. We hope you found these to be interesting and educational!


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