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Mythic Nostalgia: Behemoth, Leviathan and Ziz
As a man of the Jewish faith, I am familiar with the trinity of great beasts of Jewish folklore: Behemoth, Leviathan and Ziz. Behemoth is said to be the "King of Beasts," Leviathan the "King of Fishes," and Ziz the "King of Birds." Behemoth and Leviathan have been known for making battle with one another. But where does Ziz fit into said conflict? Perhaps something to do with Ziz leads to Behemoth and Leviathan's confrontation, as can be discerned in three of my all-time favorite childhood films.
In "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," Leviathan is portrayed by a dragon, Ziz by a roc, and Behemoth by a Cyclops. The dragon in the film is a wingless, quadrupedal fire-breathing one that guards a wicked magician's castle inside a cave. The roc is portrayed as a giant, two-headed, cliff-nesting, vulture-like bird. The Cyclops is the second of two to appear, both with three-digit clawed hands, satyr-like legs, pointy ears, bald scalps, and horns on their heads similar to those of rhinoceroses. Captai
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The Dragon and the Pearl
On this day, July 12, 2018, I have conceptualized two brainchilds. One is an Oriental dragon. The other is a great pearl. The former is in the midst of an endeavor to attain the latter. Through introspection of colors, forms and positions, the meaning and significance of the dragon and the pearl may be deciphered.
Much meticulousness has gone into the form, colors and action of the dragon, and for good reason. The type of dragon I've decided on is known in China as the tengshe, meaning "soaring serpent." The Chinese Confucianist Xunzi called it tengshe wuzu er fei, "dragon without limbs or wings, yet flies," meant as a notion of achieving success through concentration of one's abilities. It's portrayed as purely serpentine in physique, save for a typical Asian dragon's head and tail tip. My dragon is just the same, with several unique bodily features. Its head resembles a strongly draconic version of a lynx's, a symbol of secrecy and a "...need to expose and examine those secrets and l
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The Karkadann's Might
Unicorns, fabled white equines with singular horns sprouting from their foreheads, typically portrayed as graceful and gentle. In truth, however, they only behaved that way in the presence of pubescent human female virgins. Otherwise, they were as tame as a wild boar. In the world of Persian folklore, there was a similar creature, with a weakness of his own, which may have had good reason for interacting with him as it did.
Of all the mythical beasts that roamed the deserts of ancient Persia, none were so formidable as the karkadann. Meaning "Lord of the Desert," this enormous, hoofed, single-horned beast was both feared and respected by all the other animals. Unparalleled were his ferocity and might. So much that none dared approach him or remain in his presence.
There was, however, one creature the antisocial karkadann allowed with an open heart to linger alongside him. Its name: the ringdove. It's gentle call was incomparably soothing in the karkadann's ear. For hours on end, the Lo
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Catching Ningyo
The lives of humankind are shaped by stories. Stories enable them to recall their past, explain their present, and anticipate their future. Some stories are based on reality. Others are derived from human imagination. But what if, by sheer chance, one of the former was to reflect one of the latter? What if a real-life event somehow echoed a fable from anywhere in the World? One such case involves two stories about three young males who through their fanciful pursuits, end up saving many lives in Japan from a certain natural disaster.
The mythical one takes place on Ishigaki Island, in the Okinawa Prefecture in 1771. It is a maritime fable concerning a trio of young fisherman and what comes of their hunt for a legendary sea creature. One night, said heroes are playing on the beach, when a mysterious sound catches their ears. It resembles singing, this sound. Like a woman's singing, but strangely tranquil and ethereal. Stranger still, it seems to be coming from far out within yonder wate
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Sinbad and the Arimaspi
From 1958 to 1977, a trilogy of films by perhaps the most celebrated special effects wizard of all time was released: The Sinbad Trilogy. These movies featured an outstanding menagerie of creatures created by Ray Harryhausen, all different, all remarkable. But the thing to notice about these works is that they are all connected by, other than their titular hero, is a certain underlying theme of mythic proportions: In the folklore of ancient Greece exists a race of monstrous humanoids known as the Arimaspi. There are certain aspects of the Arimaspi that are featured in "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad," and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger."
In "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," the signature feature and habits of the Arimaspi were incorporated into the film's greatest standout monster, the Cyclops. On two separate occasions within the movie, Sinbad and his men faced this one-eyed menace with a penchant for gathering treasure and a taste for human flesh. This is all des
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Mythos of Split
On January 20, 2017, “Split,” M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller sequel to his masterpiece, “Unbreakable” was released in theaters. The film concerns a seemingly troubled girl named Casey who gets abducted along with two other girls by a man suffering from dissociative identity disorder who goes by the title of “The Horde.” But through careful and thorough analysis, there is much to discern regarding the mythos thereof. Casey and the most prominent identities who comprise the Horde echo certain characters and creatures invented by Greek mythology.
Casey shares the same story of ruin, death, and rebirth as the gorgon Medusa. Medusa begins as a beautiful maiden serving as a priestess to the Goddess, Athena. But Athena’s rival, the God Poseidon, violates Medusa on the steps of the former’s temple, leading to her horrid transformation. Then along comes the man known as Perseus, by whose hand she meets her end, followed by her r
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Jared Stephen Max
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I am a freelance digital artist who's on the autism spectrum. My work is very visceral and focuses mainly on the fantastical, ethereal and whimsical. I tend to draw inspiration from favored visuals, past and recent, and my dreams.
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digitalgil Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: on my  Ann Darrow: Monkey Business by digitalgil .  Much appreciated.  If you remember, I'd love to see your comments back on the pages of the deviations you liked and :+fav:ed!  Thanks again.  
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Louisetheanimator Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Student Filmographer
Thanks for the :+fav: you have Youtube or Facebook?
because I upload animations & timelapses to those sites & wondered
if you'd like to see them?
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Chi-Bird Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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Keeanga Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank so much for the fav on Fern Gully OC: Celeste, much appreciated^^
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MatthiasTeivel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)
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Mr-Pink-Rose Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
Thank you for the fave, and welcome to dA! :+fav::handshake:
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MatthiasTeivel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Much obliged! :) (Smile) 
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Dandanuu Featured By Owner May 3, 2016   General Artist
Thank you for the fave Mr. Stephen. :)
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MatthiasTeivel Featured By Owner Edited May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's Mr. Max, if you please. And you're quite welcome. :)
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