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Hi guys! this is one of my favorithe myths, the Golem... you know what is a golem? no? well, is time for...


In Jewish folklore, a golem (/ˈɡoʊləm/ GOH-ləm; Hebrew: גולם‎) is an animated anthropomorphic being that is magically created entirely from inanimate matter (specifically clay or mud). The word golem occurs once in the Bible in Psalm 139:16, which uses the word גלמי (galmi; my golem), that means "my light form", "raw" material, connoting the unfinished human being before God's eyes. The Mishnah uses the term for an uncultivated person: "Seven characteristics are in an uncultivated person, and seven in a learned one," (שבעה דברים בגולם) (Pirkei Avot 5:6 in the Hebrew text; English translations vary). In Modern Hebrew, golem is used to mean "dumb" or "helpless". Similarly, it is often used today as a metaphor for a brainless lunk or entity who serves a man under controlled conditions but is hostile to him under others. "Golem" passed into Yiddish as goylem to mean someone who is clumsy or slow.[citation needed] Earliest stories  The oldest stories of golems date to early Judaism. In the Talmud (Tractate Sanhedrin 38b), Adam was initially created as a golem (גולם) when his dust was "kneaded into a shapeless husk." Like Adam, all golems are created from mud by those close to divinity, but no anthropogenic golem is fully human. Early on, the main disability of the golem was its inability to speak. Sanhedrin 65b describes Rava creating a man (gavra). He sent the man to Rav Zeira. Rav Zeira spoke to him, but he did not answer. Rav Zeira said, "You were created by the sages; return to your dust".  During the Middle Ages, passages from the Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation) were studied as a means to create and animate a golem, although there is little in the writings of Jewish mysticism that supports this belief. It was believed that golems could be activated by an ecstatic experience induced by the ritualistic use of various letters of the Hebrew Alphabet forming a "shem" (any one of the Names of God), wherein the shem was written on a piece of paper and inserted in the mouth or in the forehead of the golem.

The most famous golem narrative involves Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the late 16th century rabbi of Prague, also known as the Maharal, who reportedly "created a golem out of clay from the banks of the Vltava River and brought it to life through rituals and Hebrew incantations to defend the Prague ghetto from anti-Semitic attacks" and pogroms. Depending on the version of the legend, the Jews in Prague were to be either expelled or killed under the rule of Rudolf II, the Holy Roman Emperor. To protect the Jewish community, the rabbi constructed the Golem out of clay from the banks of the Vltava river, and brought it to life through rituals and Hebrew incantations. The Golem was called Josef and was known as Yossele. It was said that he could make himself invisible and summon spirits from the dead. Rabbi Loew deactivated the Golem on Friday evenings by removing the shem before the Sabbath (Saturday) began, so as to let it rest on Sabbath. One Friday evening Rabbi Loew forgot to remove the shem, and feared that the Golem would desecrate the Sabbath. A different story tells of a golem that fell in love, and when rejected, became the violent monster seen in most accounts. Some versions have the golem eventually going on a murderous rampage. The rabbi then managed to pull the shem from his mouth and immobilize him in front of the synagogue, whereupon the golem fell in pieces. The Golem's body was stored in the attic genizah of the Old New Synagogue, where it would be restored to life again if needed. According to legend, the body of Rabbi Loew's Golem still lies in the synagogue's attic. When the attic was renovated in 1883, no evidence of the Golem was found. Some versions of the tale state that the Golem was stolen from the genizah and entombed in a graveyard in Prague's Žižkov district, where the Žižkov Television Tower now stands. A recent legend tells of a Nazi agent ascending to the synagogue attic during World War II and trying to stab the Golem, but he died instead. The attic is not open to the general public. Some Orthodox Jews believe that the Maharal did actually create a golem. The evidence for this belief has been analyzed from an Orthodox Jewish perspective by Shnayer Z. Leiman.
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MarioKonga Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
I mean the golem is badass and all, but...that looks so goofy on him. I love it.
Gojiro7 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018
if you could travel back in time and send them this as a movie poster,  those 20's era Golem Films wouldn't be lost forever XD 
internetadventure Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
Is the bowlcut hair a reference to the 1920 film?
Senturion12 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
Dora the Explora much?
FlowRellik Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
To this day I wished Darkstalker games were being made. This is very Vampire-esque XD
doaf Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
Dunno who the hell he is but it looks to me like that dude that appears once at some hallowen episode from the Simpsons :D
Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
oookey this is a strong version of this!!!
1-cwc-1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Cool job on the rock texture!  Cat nods 
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018
I think I'll name him Juggernaut! :D
PriksCreep Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
In this episode Dora: The Explorer,
Dora explores your intenstines with her bare hands.
ironclad202 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
Am i they only one that thinks that this Is actually they golem from The Simpson?
PriksCreep Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah it does, I haven't watched that episode in ages.
david6479 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
Love this looks great has aspects of new a the silent Classic
SteveMillersArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Korak-the-Mad Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome image.

Bowls don't shape his hair, his hair shapes bowls.
Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the best things about golems is there are a nearly infinite amount of types.

You want a clay golem? You got it! Need an iron golem? Sure! Want a flesh golem? Its yours you psychopath! Bone golem, stained glass golem, mud golem, bronze golem, prismatic golem, shadowsteel golem, brain golem, inferno golem, gear golem, wood golem, golem golem! You can make a golem out of ANYTHING!
warnett Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
The ultimate bowl-cut.  Awesome.  
EDX-ZERO Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Hobbyist
where's the shotgun?
ShadowFox1000 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018
Awesome piece
slayerdude677 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist
Graeystone Featured By Owner Edited Feb 10, 2018
Once read an updated short comic about the Loew Story. This story took place during Hitler's Reign. A Rabbi created a Golem to protect the small village from the Nazis. In this story the Rabbi drew the word 'Chai'(Hebrew for Life) A SS Soldier and his troops came the village. The Golem killed the troops. However the Golem was destroyed by the SS Soldier. The Golem grabbed the SS Soldier in a crushing bear hug. One of the SS Soldier's arm was free. In a panic the SS Soldier reached up and scratched at the word Chai. He smeared the wording in way that changed the word for Life(meaning Life) to the word meaning Death. The Golem 'died' and 'melted' into a clay/mud goo that drowned the SS Soldier.
 (Word Death)

 (Word Life)

Don't remember which Hebrew Lettering was used in the comic however it is easy to see how one word can be easily changed to the other.
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018
This is so great
Funny hair
snotree Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i found the way to "kill" the joseph was pretty interesting, basicly, you wipe the "א" from "אמת" (truth) and youd get the word "מת" (dead)
flioink Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
Cool work, but my first thought was "Is this Robo-Merkel?"
elzataerinn Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
... I'm sorry, that hairstyle is a bit murderous :XD::XD::XD:
DerraciasOne Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Esperando refilmarem este até hoje. :(
Lurzik Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Isn't that the golem that pulls out a double barrel shotgun and kills a bunch of people in that Simpsons episode?
Mattasu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
How cool!
natanaelroman Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
Nice golem! This character remember my Hi-man.
TheBlackNova Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
It looks like He-Man... Did you draw inspiration from him?
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's He-Man, not your religious monster.
AndresEvil9078 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
ese no es el golem magico de krusty a quien le daban órdenes con notas escritas?
dmagen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
armin armored titan haha
KateWolfess Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh! I absolutely adore this art of Golem. Here in Czech republic it's actually a pretty famous urban legend. There are even 2 films dedicated to Rudolph II. and how he wanted the Golem created. They're called: The Emperor's Baker and The Baker's Emperor. I love the fact that you are interested in this legend! I recommend visiting Prague ;)
Mandelblute Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work.
Blackwoodforest Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He-Man prototyp incomming! :D
Lichen93 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Student Filmographer
So……why it had a Kappa Hairstyle?
JediSpectre-117 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
Is the hairdo meant to be the same as the Golem's in the Simpsons Halloween episode. Ignoring that what else can I say other than excellent work as always 
Ghostexorcist Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't look like anyone has seen the silent film he is referencing in the picture.…
lordturtlemonk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it's gonna be hell to remove the first letter of that golem.
Ururuty Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
nice work
indiosamurai Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
awesome as always sir Headbang! 
Dazzle2099 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
Don't know why but my mind immediately turned to He-Man......
Skull-Splinters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
Wonderful! Yeah how this looks entirely is so stylish^^ Please keep doing a ton more!
Joravi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
Good Work!!

Reminds me of the golem of an episode of Billy & Mandy XD

D3AD-MAD-HATT3R Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Whatever his origin, this golem looks ready for battle
MalheureuxTriste Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
Reminds me of the Jewish Golem from The Simpson's Halloween Ep XD
StriderSyd Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
You mean to tell me that all this time the Golem WASN'T really a Pokemon?

With all the movies adaptations and appearances of this guy from all the way back in the silent era,
it always seemed to me that this guy would have fit in nicely with Universal's other monsters.
Tarturus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seeing as golem can also mean "dumb" or "helpless" as well as referring to the mythical clay men, this has lead to one idea that the Golem of Prague story may have been based on a real life event where the "golem" was in fact a mentally ill man the rabbi had chosen to take care of. The "shem" inserted into the mouth of the "golem" could have been medicine he was given to control fits and the part where its forgotten to remove the shem could have been a distorted account of how the rabbi forgot to give the medicine. The mentally ill man had a huge fit and ended up killed, and embellishments over the centuries transformed the accounts of this event into the far more fantastical tale familiar to people today.
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