Monday, October 31, 2011

Alphabeast #3 Chudail

A chudail is a female ghost out of Hindu folklore. The spirit is said to be of a low-caste woman who died either in childbirth or during her menstruating.

Legend says that they hold young men captive until they are elderly, or else make love to them until they become so weak that they die to join the spirit.

She appears either as a hideous creature with long sagging breasts and unkempt hair, or as a beautiful young woman who can charm any man.

I chose to show her as both.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Alphabeasts # 2 Bluecap

A bluecap or blue cap is a mythical fairy or ghost in English folklore. They inhabit mines and appear as small blue flames. If miners treat them with respect, the bluecaps lead them to rich deposits of minerals. Bluecaps can also forewarn miners of cave-ins.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

AlphaBeasts! #1: Ammit

In ancient Egyptian religion, Ammit (also spelled Ammut and Ahemait, meaning Devourer or Soul Eater) was a female demon with a body that was part lion, hippopotamus and crocodile>— the three largest "man-eating" animals known to ancient Egyptians.