According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Apsara, in Indian religion and mythology, one of the celestial singers and dancers who, together with the gandharvas, or celestial musicians, inhabit the heaven of the god Indra, the lord of the heavens. According to Wikipedia, in Hinduism, the Gandharvas are male nature spirits, husbands of the Apsaras. Some are part animal, usually a bird or horse. They have superb musical skills. They guard the Soma and make beautiful music for the gods in their palaces. Gandharvas are frequently depicted as singers in the court of the gods. Gandharvas act as messengers between the gods and humans. In Hindu law, a gandharva marriage is one contracted by mutual consent and without formal rituals.
I am a big fan of the Syfy channel's show FACEOFF, and it got me thinking about the specifics of brainstorming characters and how creating and 3D design relates to our craft as writers. We too must master the art of creature concept design on paper. In an interview with Jerad S. Marantz.
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"Yes, the poor girl was the victim of a sinister plot for the throne and was queen for exactly nine days from July 10th to July 19th, 1553. She was accused of high treason and held in the tower of London. She was just 16, when she was beheaded on Tower Hill on February 12th, 1554. The queen was buried beneath the altar of the Tower’s Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, and her ghost can be seen roaming the grounds usually around the anniversary of her death. I can't enter into this quilting cottage Gemma. All who enter without her permission, find themselves in an early grave, same as she did."
According to Wikipedia, Ammit also rendered Ammut or Ahemait, was a demoness and goddess in ancient Egyptian religion with a body that was part lion, hippopotamus, and crocodile—the three largest "man-eating" animals known to ancient Egyptians. A funerary deity, her titles included "Devourer of the Dead", "Eater of Hearts", and "Great of Death"
According to Wikipedia an amarok, or amaroq, is a gigantic wolf, in Inuit mythology. It is said to stalk and devour any person foolish enough to hunt alone at night. Unlike wolves who hunt in packs, amaroks hunt alone.
The Amaburakosagi are young Japanese men dressed up as scary ogre- demon oni and they go house to house to terrify and scare children out of laziness and disobedience on New Years Eve. They also taunt new wives.
Photo Credit: https://tinyurl.com/y6hnzhg8 ***Disclaimer*** Depending on which source you read, the pronunciation and plural spelling of this creature differ. It is also sometimes described as an inanimate object, a fairy, or a sprite.... a spirit or a goblin. The creature seemingly oscillates between being a protector and being a nuisance (or possibly worse.) Let's assume… Continue reading Mythological Creature; The Alux, an ancient goblin of the Maya in the Yucatán Peninsula and Guatamala
Homer, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, lived in the 9th or 8th century bce?, In Ionia? [now in Turkey]), presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey
The Grimm Brothers - Photo Credit: https://tinyurl.com/y5us2w44 According to Biography.com, despite the fact that Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are often associated with Snow White and Rapunzel, the brothers didn’t actually write any of those stories. In fact, the stories existed long before the two men were born in Germany in the mid 1780s. The fairy… Continue reading Mythological Creature, the German Alp Demon – Why are German Folk Tales so dark? Snapshot GRIMM – with a Harry Potter FAN-FICTION Writing Prompt