“Blemmyes (legendary creatures)” redirects here. For the non-legendary tribe, see Blemmyes.
One of the Blemmyes, from a map by Guillaume Le Testu
Various species of mythical headless men were rumored, in antiquity and later, to inhabit remote parts of the world. They are variously known as akephaloi (Greek ἀκέφαλοι, “headless ones”) or Blemmyes (Latin: Blemmyae; Greek: βλέμμυες) and described as