Although it's to be expected considering how long such tales have been told and manipulated, I find it super interesting how the descriptions and beliefs of these beings vary from culture to culture. How something you've maybe grown up hearing about or believing in, can have been told drastically differently in another country; and someone of the same age on the other side of the world will know the same tales but have their own experiences and understanding of them.
Edit: Ar the risk of deviating from the thread topic, take dragon for example:
As you most likely already know, Western dragons are so much different to their Eastern counterparts, not only appearance but in symbolism too.
In Western mythology dragons have wings and four limbs and were bad omens often associated with destruction and evil. Tales were spun of these these beasts being hunted down and slayed-often to save a princess or a kingdom-by a brave man who, in doing so, becomes a hero.
On the other hand, in Eastern culture these magnificent creatures were often serpentine and regal, with descriptions varying from no legs to maybe even more than four. They were revered and seen as symbols of protection, strength and (at the very least in China) as paragons of imperial power.
I'm sure the idea of killing one would have completely different connotations compared to their Western counterparts.
ANYway, I'm hardly an expert, so I'm most likely not entirely right. But yeah....it's just super interesting