Guardian of the Sky, Guardian of the Sea
It’s common knowledge that Ho-Oh is based on the mythical “phoenix”, while Lugia is based on the legend of the… uh… ”whale-dragon-bird-thing-that-has-wings-but-not-real-wings-they-are-like-hand-wings”.
Thanks to ShadeofShinon for this beautiful fan art!
I think you meant Fenghuang. That is Ho-Oh’s. It’s common knowledge that it’s based of a CHINESE phoenix. Not just any typical phoenix. A chinese one.
Lugia is mixed with a Plesiosaur and the JAPANESE Ryujin. A japanese dragon that symbolizes the power of the ocean. That is the common knowledge or maybe it isn’t, since it ain’t so common it seems. Ryujin is of shinto.
It’s easy to look this up too. So many pokemon based off myths from everywhere. Bakeneko is one, Baku, Futakuchi-onna and more.