Im attending to Polymanga 2013 this weekend in Montreux, Switzerland. If you are arround, catch me at the event. I will bring prints and I will do workshops at the event
PSCS/bambo/5 hours/Music: Close up the streams - Therion
Charybdis or Kharybdis (pron.: /kəˈrɪbdɨs/; Greek: Χάρυβδις) was a sea monster, later rationalised as a whirlpool and considered a shipping hazard in the Strait of Messina.
In Greek mythology, Charybdis (or Kharybdis) was once a beautiful naiad and the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia. She assumes the form of a huge bladder of a creature whose face is all mouth and whose arms and legs are flippers. She swallows a huge amount of water three times a day, before belching it back out again, creating large whirlpools capable of dragging a ship underwater. In some variations of the story, Charybdis is simply a large whirlpool instead of a sea monster. Once a lovely maiden, Charybdis was loyal to her father in his endless feud with Zeus. She rode the hungry tides after Poseidon stirred up a storm, directing them onto beaches, destroying entire villages, submerging fields and drowning forests, claiming all in her path for the sea. She claimed so much land for her father's kingdom that Zeus became enraged and changed her into a monster.
In mythology Charybdis lies on one side of a narrow channel. Opposite her is Scylla, another sea-monster. The sides of the strait are within an arrow shot of each other, and sailors attempting to avoid one of them will come in reach of the other. 'Between Scylla and Charybdis' thus means to having to choose between two dangers, either of which brings harm.
The theoretical size of Charybdis remains unknown, yet in order to consume Greek ships the whirlpool can be estimated to about 75 feet across. Charybdis has been associated with the Strait of Messina, off the coast of Sicily and opposite a rock on the mainland identified with Scylla. Were Charybdis to be located in the Strait of Messina it would in fact have the size to accommodate the whirlpool. A whirlpool does exist there, caused by currents meeting, but it is seldom dangerous.
Throughout the poem, Odysseus is hindered by the efforts of Poseidon and the sea monsters throughout the ocean. Odysseus faced both Charybdis and Scylla in Homer's Odyssey while rowing through a narrow channel. He ordered his men to avoid Charybdis thus forcing them to pass near Scylla, which resulted in the death of six of his men.
Later, stranded on a raft, Odysseus was swept back through the strait to face Scylla and Charybdis once more. This time, Odysseus passed near Charybdis. His raft was sucked into Charybdis' maw, but he survived by clinging to a fig tree growing on a rock over her lair. On the next outflow of water, his raft was expelled. Odysseus recovered it and paddled away safely.
Creating an alien that’s essentially Charybdis, which eats its prey by swallowing them whole by opening its mouth wide and fast enough to create a vacuum capable of sucking in swimmers at the surface, and its chemoreceptors can detect trace blood, which makes it open up. This deep-sea Sarlacc is immobile, but once you’re in, escape is very hard, especially considering the fact that it’s almost entirely buried in the seafloor. First, it drains the first stomach, so that whatever didn’t drown can’t swim up, and its usual aquatic prey (even though it’ll eat anything that can come in) will dry out and die. Once the first stomach is dry, it uses muscular contractions to grind up whatever’s inside with the sand.
While this happens, the sand is expelled via tubes that digest and absorb nutrients, for about an hour. The first stomach is protected by a layer of nonliving tissue. Then, the remainder sand and the prey enter the second stomach, which fills with digestive enzymes and acid. This takes about 30 hours, and very little, if any, of the prey will remain whole. Mucus protects from the enzymes, and lubricates the walls, making it harder still to escape. Then, the solution is introduced to a buffer, and is flushed into the intestinal track, which absorbs nutrients while removing undigested waste from the body. And these big beasts reproduce by spraying spores into the water, and if two spores fuse, they fertilize and sink to the bottom.