Mythological Creatures


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In search of the Illusive Blue Tiger!

Maltese tiger morph  :arrow:

Tiger Color Morphs :arrow:

Interesting articles by Karl Shuker

Blue Tigers  :arrow:

Black Tigers  :arrow:

Comparisons within Indian art

References in Asian art

Tigers, Chinese Painting

Fierce Tigers by Katayama Yokoku (1760-1801)

Tiger and Lightning, by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915)

possible examples from Korean art

Reconstructions of tiger pelts from the book,
100 Famous Busho (Japanese Military Commanders)

References in Persian miniatures

its interesting to investigate the possibility of 14th to 16th
brigandine armor, being covered in leopard or tiger furs?!

Rustam from a 14th century Shahname, Diez Albums

Rostam, Nasr al-Sultani, Shahname dated 1430

14th century Shahname, British Library Add.18188, f 91v
Rustam and Rakhsh defeat a dragon

16th century Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp 

16th century Shahnameh, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Rustam kills the dragon, folio from Shahnameh of Shah Ismail II

References in Ottoman miniatures

Recueil de costumes turcs et de fleurs
Deli clad in dark tiger pelt with black and white stripes

Comparison: Rålamb Costume Book, acquired 1657-58 by Claes Rålamb,
Swedish envoy at Constantinople, now in the Royal Library in Stockholm,
Deli's with tiger pelts, probably representing normal orange coloration

Trivia: possibly inspired imitation, tiger patterns on uniforms

Ottoman Jebeji Jannisary, Rålamb Costume Book


Uniform reconstruction by Chris Flaherty

Persian miniatures in the Czartoryski Museum

Comparison: 16th century imitation, red tiger patterns
Sultan Selim II and Hayreddin Barbarossa

Comparison: Tipu sultan's Army, 18th century
Mysore infantry uniforms in purple and white tiger patterns

Bonus: Tiger by Augustus Aaron Wilson, 1931. When the Ringling Brothers circus came to town in 1931,
Wilson was inspired by Emyr, said to be the largest tiger in captivity, to carve these tigers from
salvaged railroad ties and telephone poles that he kept in his barn. Brooklyn Museum



matmohair1 said:
Comparison: Rålamb Costume Book, acquired 1657-58 by Claes Rålamb,
Swedish envoy at Constantinople, now in the Royal Library in Stockholm,
Deli's with tiger pelts, probably representing normal orange coloration

"De som bära hufvuden till viziren af dem som de i kriget hafver ihiälslagit".
/"The ones who bear the heads to the Vizir of those who have been "beaten" to death in the war."


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The Exotic Spoonbill as a Denizen of Hell!


The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch
Museo del Prado in Madrid, c. 1495–1505


“The Temptation of St. Anthony” (c. 1500–10)


Check out The Esoteric Bosch by Lee van Laer, for an interesting
interpretation of the art and symbolism displayed in this masterpiece,
here are a few excerpts...


Demoniacal  Spoonbills...



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Eating with your hands is godly, and utensils are a sin - clearly, the spoonbill is damned.


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Illustrated Myths of Native America 
By Tim McNeese & with illustrations by Richard Hook

Illustrated Myths of Native America (Vol 1)

1 - The Northeast


The Magic Moccasins: when the two brothers saw the gift of speed,
the old woman had given Joseph, they were jealous...

Micmac and Passamaquoddy

The Story of the Great Chenoo: "Now," said
the Chenoo, "thrust the horn into her ear!"


Great Head and the Ten Brothers: the youth, who loved adventure,
and was besides very anxious to learn the fate of his brothers, at once
consented to seek the home of the witch...


The Woman who married the Thunder: they came into a pleasant wigwam with a smooth floor.
An old man, so old that he was all white, cam to meet them...


The Friendly Skeleton: they sailed to an island in the middle of the lake,
in a curious canoe propelled by three swans harnessed to either side of it...


The Young Man Who Was Saved by a Rabbit and a Fox:
they went with the squirrel sledge, flying through the
woods on the snow by the moonlight...

2 - The Southeast


The Adoption of the Human Race: "& ever shall you remember that the
children of the Earth - the human race - are my children" said the Wise Old One...

Tsukegee and Creek

The Origin of Animals (Clans)


The Hero with the Horned Snake: when venom flowed out of the snake,
it streamed towards the young Shawnee, but the fire circle stopped its advance...


The Walnut-Cracker: could Walnut-Cracker's ghost still be at work?


The Milky Way: when a Seminole soul dies, the milky way
shines brighter to give him a clear path to the spirit world...


The Man Who Became a Deer: to the great astonishment of all, the deer spoke...

Alligator Power: the hunter lifted the bound alligator
to his shoulder and carried him to the water...

3 - The Great Lakes


The Star-Maiden: descending into the charmed ring the
fairies danced round and round with exquisite grace and abandon...


Iosco, or the Prairie Boy's Visit to the Sun and Moon:
the Moon was happy to see them; she informed them that they were halfway
to her brother's and that from the earth to her abode was half the distance...

Chippewa and Ojibwa

Mon-Daw-Min, or The Origin of Indian Corn:
the celestial visitor told the young man to arise and prepare to wrestle him...

Great Lakes Sioux

She Who Has a Soul: she anointed the blistered
feet of the holy man with perfumed otter oil...


Stories of Wak-Chung-Kaka and Wash-Ching-Geka:
Wak-Chung-Kaka stayed in the water and the young people
prayed to him, "Spirit, grant us long life"...

4 - The Great Plains


The Madness of Bald Eagle: Bald Eagle pulled
out his gun and shot the Ree dead...

The Three Tests: "if you wish to win the maiden,
you must first push away that great stone"...


Creation Tale: the Creator made man and woman in the same place, but
they were separated, and the woman was put far in the north, and the man in the south...


Origin of the Medicine Pipe:  "when I first come in the spring, fill and light this pipe"
said the thunder, "for I bring the rain which makes all things grow"...


The Sacred Bundle: the strongest and fiercest bulls rushed at the Indian,
but when they drew back there he sat in the center of the circle with his feather in his hair...

The Ghost Bride: the ghosts came into the lodge where
the man was, and danced about and whooped and sang...

Illustrated Myths of Native America (Vol 2)

1 - The Southwest


The Creation: when the goddess was formed they put a beautiful feather
in her hair and on top of her head they put a round crystal like a turquoise...


The Maiden Huntress: each of the War-Gods
hit the demon a terrific blow with his war-club...


The Giant Cactus: crow gathered the fruit as chief
had told him to do, and flew slowly back to the village...

The Yellow Hand: as the woman sat there some little
people, who work day and night in the summer, passed by...


The Story of the Flint Knife Boys and the Great Warrior of Aztec:
the boys went to the elder brother and there was lightning flashing from
their toes, knees, sides of the body, arms, heads and tongues.


The Man Who Married the Moon: the Moon threw the meal gently against the pearl dipper,
and so fine was it ground that every tiniest bit of it clung to the polished shell...

2 - The Western Range


The Lost Trail: the Arapahoes were gambling
to decide the ownership of Manetabee...


The Love of Red Bear and Feather Cloud: Feather Cloud had made the most
flower wreaths, and she was crowned queen. No one today could dispute her will...

Nez Perce

How the Nez Perce got Fire: when the largest fire cloud rolled above him,
growling, he fitted his arrow to the string and shot straight up into the sky...


The Division of Two Tribes: the face of the old chief was dark with wrath, and he cried in
terrible tones, "Cursed be my race! the blood of the brave Shoshone appeals for vengeance..."


How the Coyote Stole Fire for the Klamaths: the coyote seized a brand and fled.
The hags followed after him, screaming and gnashing their teeth...


The Women Who Married Stars: the end of the rope
reached earth, and the women started to climb down...

3 - The Pacific Northwest


The Tale of the Ten Brothers: "paddle to the island you see in the distance. The wizard
who lives there is he who paints those who are to become supernatural beings..."

The Birth of Sin, The Sky Deity: examining
the shell, she found a small baby inside...


The Story of Wakiash and the First Totem-Pole: the raven flew
and carried the man and showed him all the things of the world...


The Youth Who Married a Goose: the  goose woman
became angry and flew up into the air above the village...

Sulkot-Skanakwai: Little-Finger Supernatural Power
the rotten canoe slipped into the water and became a large handsome
vessel with a carved man in the stern and another in the bow...

Haida and Tlingit

Katlian and the Iron People: while the iron people were
firing by command, the Tlingits shot into them many times...

4 - California


The Origin of the World and if Man: The Earth Dragon
the two Gods, Thunder and Nagaicho, made man out of earth...

Yosemite and Miwok

Yo-sem-i-te, Large Grizzly Bear: with his instinctive love of conflict roused,
the young chief seized a broken limb and gave the grizzly blow for blow...

Hum-moo, the Lost Arrow: she went forth from her
father's lodge to bathe in the shadowy depth of the sleeping water...


The Land of the Dead: on the other side
of the bridge was the island of the dead...


The Two-Headed Monster: the two-headed monster
chased him around until his breath was nearly gone...


Legend of the Geysers: they found themselves standing on the brink
of the witch's cauldron, in the midst of the hissing, seething geysers...



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Owlman(not the one from Earth-3) aside, I always found owls quite scary. Or creepy, whichever fits the most.