The Ziz is as monstrous of size as Leviathan himself. His ankles rest on the earth, and his head reaches to the very sky.
Was told to draw Ziz and so t’was done. Description from Wikipedia.
The Alkonost is, according to Russian mythology and folklore, a creature with the body of a bird but the head of a beautiful woman. They make sounds that are amazingly beautiful, and those who hear these sounds forget everything they know and want nothing more ever again.
She lives in the underworld, but the Alkonost will lay her eggs on a beach and then roll them into the sea. When the eggs hatch, a thunderstorm sets and the sea becomes unmanageable.
Oddity of the Week: Acheri Demon
In the Native American lore of some North American tribes, the ghost of a little girl who brings disease, especially to children. The ghost lives on mountaintops and comes into valleys during the night for revelry and to spread disease by casting its shadow over victims. Children are protected from the Acheri with amulets of red thread tied around their necks. Similarly, in European lore, red charms protect against bewitchment and harm from evil spirits and witches.
This spirit can be found in Hindu mythology, as well as North American Indian folklore. In both cases, the Acheri takes the form of little frail girl, with a pale, gray complexion, that enjoys human misery. It is believed, that the Acheri was once herself an ill child that died in pain and suffering.
The Acheri appears to be indestructible, however, there is a Native American (Chippewa) tradition that says that wrapping the red cloth of a medicine woman around its neck will put it to rest. In Hindu mythology, in order for the Acheri to remove her sickness, she had to be appeased.
Illustration from here
Featured Artist #18: Ramsés Meléndez
The main theme in the illustrations of Ramsés Meléndez is dark fantasy. Given his skill in depicting horror characters that include monsters, grim reapers and demons, you might appreciate the irony that Ramses lives in the Vatican City…