Throughout history, there have been tales of large, winged creatures that appear humanoid. One of the most famous of these tales is that of The Mothman. In the 1960s, sightings came to light of a large, winged “man” with red, glowing eyes and who flew faster than a car traveling at about 100 miles an hour. Not only did this creature become one of the United States’ most famous modern myths, it also put the little town of Point Pleasant, VA on the map.
According to the legend, Mothman was thought to reside in an abandoned munitions factory leftover from the 2nd world war. This factory helped with the manufacturing of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. Once the bomb was dropped, the factory closed its doors. Rumors began to circulate that the creature living within was a mutation created by the radioactive materials still in the factory.
For over a year, sightings of this winged beast filled the townsfolk with fear. Then, on December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge collapsed. The nearly half-mile-long suspension bridge, that connected Point Pleasant with Gallipolis, OH, collapsed in the middle of rush-hour traffic. 46 people lost their lives, 2 of which were never found. Sighting of the Mothman dropped to almost nothing after this event. Some say the beast was the cause of the collapse, others say it was trying to send a warning. Which could be correct?
There are several modern stories about humanoid creatures with wings flying around before great catastrophes. In 1926, the Xiaon Te Dam gave way and flooded the area. More than 15,000 people died in the disaster. Many claimed that they had sighted a “man-dragon” flying through the air in the days before the event. Was this the creature we’ve come to call Mothman?
In more recent years, sightings have continued. In 1986, Chernobyl Power Plant in Ukraine failed. It created one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Witnesses say they noticed a large, winged creature with red eyes, flying through the skies before the disaster took place. And as recently as 2011, stories circulated about a winged creature in the skies above Japan. In March of that year, an earthquake hit the region, causing an explosion at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
Though all these tales have come about within the past 100 years, the idea of winged humans goes back thousands of years. The ancient Sumerians believed their gods to have wings. There are hundreds of depictions of these deities throughout the Middle East. In Hindu tradition, creatures called Kinnara were said to be half-man and half-bird. They were thought to watch over the well-being of humans. However, they weren’t seen as an evil omen. They were very much revered.
Angels have long been depicted as beings with wings. They were the messengers who came to the aid of man on behalf of God himself. Their counterparts, demons or fallen angels, were often depicted as dark, winged creatures whose main goal was the destruction of man. We also see hundreds of churches around the world with Gargoyles upon their turrets. These stony creatures have a strange resemblance to the stories of the Mothman and other flying beasts.
Is the Mothman and such creatures evil or messengers of doom? Is there a connection between their sightings and coming devastation? And is the fact that many of the modern stories are centered around radiated facilities something to consider?