Again, there are so many magical animals in our folklore that I picked the most interesting ones. I didn't want just animals and plants with magical origins (of which there are PLENTY) or animals that don't exist outside legends, but animals with magical properties themselves. Maybe they are ghosts in form of animals, maybe they are people who were turned into animals as a punishment, and maybe they are monsters or simply animals with powers. Let's go.
I already told you about the Cat Soul and the Saci, two types of cuckoo who are bringers of bad omens and associated with many other legends. And how there is a children's
So. I won't treat people's deities as folklore, as I have been discussing in all thingies before. However, there are some deities that I want to discuss. See, when the Portuguese arrived here, they brought jesuits. Their modus operandi for converting natives was: learning about their religion, electing one deity to be the Christian God and another to be the Devil and using the names of those deities in their teachings. They would do it even with cosmologies that didn't have good and evil deities, or even deities to begin with. I don't have anyone to quote on that yet, but I know that our native people (or most nations, anyway) believed that e
Hooo, boy. Are you ready for a barrage of ghosts? Because I do have a barrage of ghosts to dump on you guys. I tried to choose the ones who had a bit more lore than "it's invisible, moans and this is spooky".
So, our native Brazilians believed in spirits, and that everything had spirits and spirits were everywhere, so it's unsurprising that we have so many ghost myths, and that some come from them (if not the final form we know today, at least the inspiration). Actually, a lot of things that the Europeans who came here later turned into creatures were originally sprits, so, of course, they didn't have bodies or even defin
So. In this category, I'm putting human beings that are close enough to some deity that yhey can do things that normal people can't. Maybe they are related to a god and are a demigod themselves, maybe they act as priests or priestesses, or maybe they had a vision someday and were chosen from them on. Their humanity is never put into question, they simply can't defy the laws of reality because they have the ones that write those laws on their side.
I would call them "heroes" and be done with it, but in Brazilian folklore, we have actually few of those. What we DO have are "saintly" people, "men of God" that can call for miracles, so "saints"
So, I've already said that I don't want to be THAT person that calls the other person's religion a "mythology", so I'm taking some liberties when I say "angels and demons". I could go back to the roots of those words. "Angel" means "messenger" and "demon" means "spirit", none of those bringing any hint of moral alignment with them. The downside is that, let's be honest here, you can't just ask people to not think in good x evil when hearing about angels and demons, now. I won't pick a fight against more than a thousand years of culture on top of all other fights I'm also picking.
To compromise, instead of picking good x evil or institutional
Headcanon - Aquatic people (merpeople and friends)
The Portuguese were a race of sea farers in the Renaissance. Before the Royal Navy, there was the Portuguese Navy, exploring the Atlantic, learning how to cross all the corners of Africa and expanding the world as we know. So yeah, they have a LOT of monsters in their folklore, lots of them aquatic. Brace yourselves, there are plenty of them here, brought by them to this country.
The Iara is a kind of mermaid. The name come from the Ipupiara, which is a aquatic demon-like creature (I'll talk more about him in the Angels and Demons chapter), her features come from mermaids. She's an incredibly beautiful woman that sings, c
Brace yourselves for another big section. There are LOTS of forest people in Brazilian folklore. They don't get names like 'fairies', 'goblins' or whatever you have, but they are clearly related. And since Brazil was more or less a huge jungle until colonialism and quick urban growth started to deplet it (of course I'm exaggerating, but not by much), it's not surprising that there are tons and TONS of forest spirits.
The most famous of them all is the Saci Perere, thanks to the works of Monteiro Lobato. In his most famous iteration, the Saci is a enchanted black boy without one of his legs, using a red hat and smoking a p
Being a Beginner Week
My novel started out as a creative writing project for uni. The assignment was to write a multiple-chapter story. There were no restrictions. By the time the assignment was due, I had written the first three chapters of Black Velvet, and after receiving a glorious grade for it my teacher suggested I'd keep writing on it, because she thought it had potential, and before I knew it, it was a novel.
I never wrote this with the intention of having it published, so by the time I realised "I could publish this!" I had done zero preparation to do so. This presented me with a challenging set of new tasks, which in turn made me
Digital Art Week
Hello everyone and welcome to Digital Art Week! I'm NekoLynArt (https://www.deviantart.com/nekolynart), a digital and traditional artist. I'm currently a freelancer and resident artist for Wacom and Graphixly (Clip Studio). Essentially I help out at conventions by demoing the tablets and art software. :'D efelidi (https://www.deviantart.com/efelidi) invited me to talk to you guys, so here I am! Our Digital Art Week this time will focus on animals, creatures and humans! I'll be covering fur and hair done digitally, specifically in Clip Studio, but if you are savvy enough, this will all apply to other digital programs as well! Let's get started.
Digital Fur: A Variety of Looks
Fur is something that yo
Digital Art Week
In this tutorial I'll show you the process of drawing people, using a base of basic shapes which can be used to draw different types of figures.
First, we'll create the base. For this, remember that in their most basic form, every person is composed by a head, a torso, and two legs and arms, so we're going to create a structure composed of simple shapes resembling these:
Draw a circle, this will be the head. For the neck, simply draw two little lines at the bottom of the circle.For the torso, draw a rectangle beneath the neck. It doesn't need to be a perfect rectangle, in fact is best if it's slightly modified so
Digital Art Week
Faces are most definitely the one thing we see a lot of in our life, and yet, many artists struggle with drawing them.
To be fair, faces are one of the hardest things to draw, as they are not like landscapes, where it doesn’t matter if a tree is a few centimetres off in height or width or even position in the painting. If you move any of the facial features just a little too much to the right or left, up or down, a portrait immediately looks strange, if not completely wrong. And that’s just one hurdle, because the individual parts that make up the face pose a challenge, too.
In this article,
Hey, pssst!I love you guys and I'm a little sad that my tablet, SAI and the streaming softwares aren't getting along. So I decided to make a Discord server so we can chat idly.You don't even have to make an account to chat in Discord, so I guess it's ...
Hey, remember when I said that I did a super-unorthodox piece for my PhD?It was a semi-academic, emotional essay about what I felt reading the papers for the course I was taking, followed by small fiction scenes in the Gemini-1 world (also known as t ...