Monday, November 28, 2011

Alphabeast #7 Ganas

Servants of Shiva in Hindu folklore.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Alphabeast # 6 Futakuchi-onna

A futakuchi-onna is a type of yōkai or Japanese monster. They are characterized by their two mouths – a normal one located on her face and second one on the back of the head beneath the hair. There, the woman's skull splits apart, forming lips, teeth and a tongue, creating an entirely functional second mouth.

The soon-to-be futakuchi-onna is usually a wife of a miser and rarely eats. To counteract this, a second mouth mysteriously appears on the back of the woman's head. The second mouth often mumbles spiteful and threatening things to the woman and demands food. If it is not fed, it can screech obscenely and cause the woman tremendous pain. Eventually, the woman's hair begins to move like a pair of serpents, allowing the mouth to help itself to the woman's meals.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Alphabeast # 5 Enfield

The enfield is a creature sometimes used in heraldry, having the head of a fox, forelegs like an eagle's talons, the chest of a greyhound, the body of a lion, the hindquarters and tail of a wolf.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Alphabeasts #4 Drakaina Delphyne

In Greek mythology, a drakaina is a female dragon, sometimes with human-like features. Delphyne is the drakaina who was appointed by her mother, Gaea, to guard the oracle of Delphi.