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Published: February 28, 2020
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Been working on a few concepts reimagining ancient Central European mythology.
This one is about vampiristic tendencies attributed to insects, especially butterflies and moths. Those were thought to be dead spirits returning to leech on life essence (like lapping nectar or milk).
They're not central in any stories afaik, but you get the odd reference here and there. A few famous German authors built on that.
Seeing butterflies as incarnations of / metaphors for the human soul also seems to be spanning cultures. Ancient Greeks Goddess Psyche was symbolised by a butterfly. Aztecs thought them to be the souls of the departed ancestors, happily visiting the living. And what did we Germans with our sunny desposition think of them? Must be the souls of dead children or evil spirits.
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greyfinProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you *hug*