Monday, December 26, 2011

Alphabeast #11 Kiyohime


Kiyohime is a spurned woman whose rage turned her into a serpent as she pursued the priest who tried to escape from her. He tried to hide under a bell, but she found him...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Alphabeast #10 Jorogumo



A ghost or goblin of Japanese folklore. According to some stories, a JorĊgumo is a spider that can change its appearance into that of a seductive woman. The name can be translated as "binding lady" or "whore spider". It also names an actual spider species, black with yellow stripes, that spins a web with a golden tint.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Alphabeast #9 Inkanyamba


The Inkanyamba is a legendary serpent said to be living in a waterfall lake area in the northern forests near Pietermaritzburg most commonly in the base of Howick Falls, South Africa. The Zulu tribes of the area believe it to be a large serpent with a horse like head. Most active in the summer months, it is believed that the Inkanyamba's anger causes the seasonal storms.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Alphabeast #8 Hesperides



In Greek mythology, the Hesperides are nymphs who tend a blissful garden in a far western corner of the world, located near the Atlas mountains in North Africa at the edge of the encircling Oceanus, the world-ocean.