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Mariana Soffer Tue, Mar 16, 2010
This reminds me of a book from J. L. Borges called The book of imaginary beings. It was written and edited in 1957 as the original Spanish Handbook of Fantastic Zoology. It contains descriptions of 120 mythical beasts from folklore and literature. It contains stories about creatures like:

1. The Ass with Three Legs - This massive creature is said to stand in the middle of the ocean. It has three legs, six eyes, nine mouths, and one golden horn.
2.Eater of the Dead - Most commonly associated with Egyptian myth, the Eater attends to the "wicked". It is described as having the head of a crocodile, the midsection of a lion, and the hindquarters of a hippo.
3. Barometz - This "animal" is actually a plant in the shape of a lamb with golden fleece.