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Mythical Creature, Abaasy – the Central Asian – Turkic (Sakha or Yakuts) people’s demon with iron teeth – & writing prompt

According to Wikipedia, the Abaasy (Abaahy or Abasy,[1] SakhaAбаасыAbaası [abaːsɯ]Dolgan: Абааһы, AbaahıAzerbaijaniAbasıTurkishAbasıHungarianAbaasziBulgarianАбаасиAbaasiRussianАбасыAbasy; cognate of the Turkic word Abası) are demons in the mythology of the Sakha (also known as the Yakuts).

Dark Treasury reminds us that the Yakut live in the Lena River valley and other areas of the Sakha Republic (pronounced sa-HA) in eastern Siberia.

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Yakut Shamanism divides the universe into upper and lower layers, with the earth being “a kind of indeterminate space or matter” in between.[1] The abaasy occupy the lower level, referred to as the underworld or “kingdom of darkness.”[1]

The abaasy are alleged to be the spirits of the long-time deceased who dwell near graves or in deserted places who otherwise travel about causing destruction.[2] They serve Arson-Duolai, the ruler of the dead, who also swallows people’ souls and gives the living diseases. The abaasy can be appeased by blood sacrifices.[2]

The abaasy have been depicted as causing sexual manifestations and madness.[3][4]

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The abbasy are described as “one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged” monsters mounted on “two-headed, eight-legged, two-tailed dragons as steeds.”[5] In olonkho they are ugly and horrible man-eating beings. Their chief Alyp Khara Aat Mogoidoon is a three-headed, six-armed and six-legged giant with a body made of iron.

  • The concept of the abaasy is so ingrained into Sakha thought that the verb абааһы көр- (to see abaasy) is the everyday term for “to hate” or “to dislike”.

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  • The Abaasy, as far as I can tell from Youtube are characters in Xenoblade Chronicles game. According to Wikipedia and Wiki Fandom, the Xenoblade Chronicles[b] is an action role-playing game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for the Wii.

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  • According to their Facebook page Abaasy is a Boise Based Heavy Metal band that consists of five members (Josh Meyer-Vocals, Jevin Winter-Bass, Gabe Hodges-Guitar, Daniel Vasquez-Guitar, and Kevin Tillman-Drums). They are influenced by other metal bands like Pantera, Lamb of God, Suicide Silence, Metallica, Chelsea Grin, and many more. They have examples of their work up on Youtube as well. 

 

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Writing Prompt–  In this Central Asian Steampunk world, the Abaasy roam. You can hear the call to prayer from the ancient minaretts, all around and it stirs the spiritual core of you. Up ahead you see in the cemetery, a larger creature eating an Abaasy. Is this a new creature all together or has Arson-Duolai come from the kingdom of darkness to punish a disloyal Abaasy? Your royal blood curdles as the creature senses it is being watched and locks eyes with you. Suddenly you are swept away on horseback by a person speaking a language you have never heard before. What happens next?

 

central_asia_carpetsIf you find this article fun and interesting and you decide to expand on this story -let me know how this story continues in the comment section below, and as usual…happy writing!

 

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