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Hai-Riyo Ascending
Certain animals are known for undergoing remarkable transformations through age and growth, from tadpoles into frogs to caterpillars into butterflies. I read somewhere that the dragons of Japan underwent metamorphoses of their own. From aquatic to amphibious to aerial, the Japanese dragons go through a change that is nothing short of extraordinary.
The first transformation a dragon goes through resembles that of a frog. It begins as a water-bound carp. But over the course of years, even centuries, the carp develops a draconic head. Then it grows in size, along with four three-digit limbs and a serpentine physique. All this goes on until eventually, it attains the form of a genuine dragon.
But there is yet another form the dragon takes the way a caterpillar does. Its name: Hai-Riyo. Once a dragon reached yet another certain age, it would levitate into the sky, an auspicious instance the Japanese referred to as Fuku-Riu, meaning "ascending dragon." Airborne, all but the dragon's head wou
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The Lovers and the Giant
Love is only truly for the long haul, and never fleeting. Nothing can nor will ever compare to the fulfillment of finding the one to spend the rest of one's life with. But just like everything else in life, it is not without obstacles. There is always some great force that serves as a hindrance or even cessation said union. Many times, the strength and struggles of finding and retaining love has been emphasized through storytelling, such as Greek mythology, Native American folklore, and American cinema.
The Greek myth of Galatea, Acis and Polyphemus illustrates the adversity and triumph of love at its simplest essence. Galatea, a nymph of the sea, corresponds to the sea-born love goddess Aphrodite and therefore, love. Acis, a shepherd, represents guidance, direction, nurturance, and unification through his occupation. Polyphemus, a Cyclops, symbolizes overwhelming, narrow-minded attitude and behavior as a one-eyed giant. Galatea falls in love with Acis, and he with her. Polyphemus fall
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Elephants in My Past
Elephants feature in many cultures. But they also feature in the fondest memories of my early childhood. Their appearances regarding both topics have had mainly beneficent effects. And looking back, I see how the effects of the elephants I saw on my TV screen and shower head compare to that of a certain elephantine creature from Japanese folklore.
My frequent viewings of Rabbit Ears Entertainment's animated version of Kipling's "The Elephant's Child," may have provided a strong link with the mythical baku. Originating from Japan, the fabled baku comprises to the tail of an ox, the body of a bear, the limbs of a tiger, the mane of a lion, the eyes of a rhinoceros, and most notable of all, the face of an elephant. Sources say one connects with the baku via special items and methods, such as imagery of elephants, soft music, and fun. And with my video's plentitude of elephant portrayals, soft musical score, and copiously fun effect on me, it did nothing short of deliver.
Another means I m
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The Elements of Fury Road
"Mad Max: Fury Road," a true cinematic triumph of 2015, winning more Oscars than any other film to be released in said year. There is indeed a lot to be said about the film. However, its most intriguing element for me are the main antagonist's "wives." As I described them to my dad when we first saw it in theaters, "Beauties preserved in a world of desolation and savagery." But through further analysis, I've come to realize there is more to their allegorical significance than that. Each of the five women in "Fury Road" represents one of the western elements.
The wife known as the Dag represents air. The lightness of the element is emphasized through the light coloration of her white hair and pale blue eyes. Although, it is her pronounced free spirit that serves as an even stronger emphasis. Personality-wise, the Dag is no breeze. And the strongest wind can be contained by no one.
Capable serves as the fire of the group. Apart from her dyed red hair later fading to natural orange, her t
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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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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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cristell15 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the support! :) by cristell15  
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dranniel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the FAV!!! :happy: 
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KaeMcSpadden Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Student Filmographer
Thanks for the watch.
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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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Thank you for the fave, and welcome to dA! :+fav::handshake:
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