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Syojatar, Mother of Snakes
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Published: March 18, 2017
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Syöjätär (Devouress) gives birth to snakes by spitting into water.

Read more about Finnish mythology and folklore on Tiina Porthan's and Tero Porthan's site Mythical Creatures in Finnish Folklore.
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Varagka's avatar
Varagka|Professional Digital Artist
Delicious!
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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This kind of reminded me of the "Preta" realm beings as they are described in buddhist cosmology. It would be one of the six realms of possible rebirth, according to it, with the others being animal, human, "hells" (or 'naraka'), "heavens" ('devas' or gods), and "demons" ('ashuras' or demigods). Pretas are often translated as a "hungry ghosts" realm.
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
I love this interpretation, or how it reminded you of that tradition! :D Thank you for your comment!
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You're welcome! In all 6 realms there is suffering, but this one is one is one of the two "worse", beings in it have many classes, but they are mostly depicted as having desires they can't fulfill at all, and are therefore described as having very big stomachs (even of the size of a mountain, I've read) while having mouths of the diameter of a nail! ... they seek for water but when they arrive there's not, or it is that it burns their throats (lots of suffering there, yes, not as much as in "hells" but a very miserable life, and the lifespan there is freaking long compared to a human life). Looking at what you have in your gallery, I'm sure you would get many ideas and inspiration for your drawings by reading descriptions of the Preta realm. If I come across the description where I read about it I'll send it to you. I believe you may find it interesting.
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
Thank you, it's very interesting! :D Seems to fit the description of Syöjätär fully! :)
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MarquisAmon|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art piece has been featured here.   :icondarkfantasyart:   Congratulations.   :skull:
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
Wow thank you so much! Happy Really appreciate it! :happybounce: :D
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MarquisAmon|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Talented Art!!!
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
Thank you Marquis! :D
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I don't know why but this make me thing about this www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOLxQG…
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
xD
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BTW what is your favored monster in Finnish folklore and mythology?.
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
Eagle (kokko) :D
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Naarok0fKor|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does she make giant lamprey too?
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
:D No, but I think she resembles it! :)
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Naarok0fKor|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the first impression I had...
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
Yep! :D
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She makes snakes....everyone needs a hobby I guess.
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
Yep! ;)
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kamalkhaliq|Professional General Artist
Gaster Iconnice art work i like it!
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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6078d493-7a87-4ced-b2f4-2ce80874de97 by IME54-ART  
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TeroPorthan| Digital Artist
EVIL Laughter! 
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