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MONSTERS is an illustrative project that utilizes the alphabet to depict famous mythological creatures from various cultures through out history. Each monster will correspond with it's respective letter and use the shape of the letter as the skeleton for the shape of the monster.

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MEET THE MONSTERS

 

AKUMA The Devil Spirit

(ah-koo-mah)

ORIGIN: Japan

Akuma is typically depicted as an entity with a fiery head and eyes, and carrying a sword. The Akuma is typically said to be able to fly, and to be a harbinger of ominous and terrible fortune and can bring misfortune to those who happen to see it.

 

BIGFOOT The Sasquatch

(big-foot)

ORIGIN: North America

Scientists discount the existence of Bigfoot and consider it to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoax. Individuals claim to have seen Bigfoot, describing it as a large, muscular, ape-like creature, roughly 6–9 feet covered in hair.

 

COCO The Boogieman

(co-co)

ORIGIN: South America

A mythical ghost-monster. Parents often invoke the Coco as a way of discouraging their children from misbehaving; they sing lullabies warning their children that if they don't obey their parents, el Coco will come and eat them.

 

DODOMEKI The 100 Eye

(doh-doh-meh-key)

ORIGIN: Japan

A Yokai, or ghost-like creature, depicted similarly as human women who are cursed with having long arms covered with hundreds of bird eyes due to their habit of stealing money.

ELDJÖTNAR The Fire Giant

(eld-joht-nar)

ORIGIN: Norden

The Eldjotnar are a class of giants – fire giants. They are speculated to be created before man. In fact, scholars seem to think they were involved in man’s creation.

 
 

FENRIR The Unchained

(fen-reer)

ORIGIN: Norden

An ancient wolf-like monster. Due to the gods' knowledge of prophecies foretelling great trouble from Fenrir and his rapid growth, the gods bound him, and as a result Fenrir bit off the right hand of the god Týr. 

 

GASHADOKURO 

The Starving Skeleton

(gah-sha-doh-kuh-roh)

ORIGIN: Japan

Yoaki that take the form of giant skeletons and are 15 times taller than an average person, said to be created from the amassed bones of people who died of starvation or in battle, without being buried. 

 

HODAG The Fearsome Critter

(hoe-dahg)

ORIGIN: North America

In 1893, newspapers reported the discovery of a hodag in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It had "the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end". 

 

The Man Eater

(in-duhs-werm)

ORIGIN: Franks

Also known as the skōlex (Indus Worm or the horrible Indian worm), in ancient Greek writings. It was a supposed giant, white, carnivorous worm with a large pair of teeth that lived in the Indus River and fed off of travelers. 

INDUS WORM

 

The Aquatic Dragon

(jee-ow-lohng)

ORIGIN: China

Sometimes interpreted as a shark-like or crocodile-like dragon with a large horn. Some say the beast takes a human-like form to attract its prey, while others say it’s merely a fish. 

JIAOLONG

 

The Christmas Goblin

(kill-ih-kant-zah-ros)

ORIGIN: Greece

Believed to dwell underground but come to the surface during the twelve days of Christmas. Some have imagined them with some animal parts, such as hairy bodies, horse legs, or rabbit ears. Others see them as humans of small size that smell horrible. 

KILLIKANTZAROS

 

The World Serpent

(leh-vie-ah-than)

ORIGIN: Jewish

Known to not to be described as harmful, but as an ocean creature who’s a part of God's creation. In later Hibrew passages, it is said to be served to the righteous as a large feast when the time is right.

LEVIATHAN

 

The Labyrinth Keeper

(mih-no-tar)

ORIGIN: Greece

A mythical creature portrayed in Classical times with the head of a bull and the body of a man. The Minotaur dwells at the center of the Labyrinth, an ancient maze like construction, and takes the lives of anyone who attempts to solve the maze.

MINOTAUR

 

The Horse Demon

(nuck-eh-la-vee)

ORIGIN: Scotland

The horse-like demon was thought of as predominantly a sea creature, but took the form of a man riding a horse when on land, whose breath was thought to wilt crops and sicken livestock, and was held responsible for droughts and epidemics.

NUCKELAVEE

 

OGRE The Abominable Brute

(oh-ger)

ORIGIN: Franks

Can be described as a variety of brutish hominid monsters, informally large, unpleasant, and gross. Ogres overlap heavily with giants in mythology and may be considered a sub-type thereof; they also overlap with human cannibals in fiction. 

 

P'ENG The Fire Bird

(paynge)

ORIGIN: China

A legendary bird that is said to transform from the giant fish: K’un and take flight across the entire land. Some say the P’eng is a universal sign of freedom and life. 

The Unholy Shell

(kleye-foth)

ORIGIN: Jewish

Literally translated as “Shells” “Husks” or “Peels”. These creatures are said to be unholy or evil impurities that are the empty husks of holiness. They can be depicted as floating orbs with human-like features. 

QLIPHOTH

 
 

RAIJŪ The Thunder Fox

(reye-joo)

ORIGIN: Japan

A fox-like beast enveloped in lightning, Raiju is the companion of the Raijin, the god of lightning. While the beast is generally calm and harmless, during thunderstorms it becomes agitated, and leaps about in trees, fields, and even buildings, striking them with it’s claws.

 

The Fear of the Deep

(scih-lah)

ORIGIN: Greece

Said to be a sea monster with four eyes and six long necks equipped with dog-like heads at the end, each of which contained three rows of sharp teeth along with twelve tentacle-like legs. In this form, she attacked the ships of passing sailors.

SCYLLA

 

TANUKI The Shapeshifter

(tah-noo-key)

ORIGIN: Japan

Known since ancient times in Japan, The legendary tanuki is reputed to be a raccoon and dog hybrid that's mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shape-shifting, but somewhat gullible and absentminded.

UWAN The Shouting Spirit

(ooh-wahn)

ORIGIN: Japan

A disembodied voice that inhabits old, abandoned temples and homes. According to ancient legends, when a person enters one of these buildings, the formless yōkai loudly shouts “Uwan!” Since it does not physically exist and only consists of sound, it poses no real danger.

 
 

The Raven of the Slain

(vahl-rav-en)

ORIGIN: Norden

The Valravn appear in traditional Danish folk songs, where they are described as originating from ravens who eat the bodies of the dead on the battlefield. Capable of turning into the form of a knight after eating the entire heart, and, alternately, as half-wolf and half-raven creatures.

VALRAVN

 

(wah-nee)

ORIGIN: Japan

The Wani has always been confusing to historians since it’s translation eludes to a crocodile monster in Japanese, a dragon in Chinese, and “King” in Korean. Legend says the true Wani is combination of the three and dwells deep in the sea, known as the “Crocodile Dragon King”.

WANI The Crocodile King

 

The Twin Serpent

(shee-uh-cote-al)

ORIGIN: Central America

Also known as the “Turquoise Serpent” or the “Fire Serpent”, but ultimately represented as the dry season and the weapon of the sun. The Xiuhcoatl is a common image depicted in Aztec art and ornaments. 

XIUHCOATL

 

(ye-ale)

ORIGIN: Franks

Most descriptions make it an antelope- or goat-like four-legged creature with the tusks of a boar and large horns that it can swivel in any direction. It is thought to come from the Hebrew word for “ibex”.

YALE The Centicore

 

(zah-hawk)

ORIGIN: Persia

An emperor of the ancient Persian Empire who grew serpents on his shoulders and fed off the brains of human subjects. Zahhak would eventually allow the serpents to consume him and transform himself into what legends know him as, the Dragon King, that ruled over the empire until its demise.

ZAHHĀK The Dragon King