Sita Finds Rama Among Lotus Blooms illustration by Warwick Goble for ”Indian Myth and Legend” by Donald A. Mackenzie (1913) (via)

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Caroline Gariba
São Paulo, Brazil

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Histoire Naturelle des Indes, Cappe (eel), chalirati, peche espade (sword fish) , late 18th century, at the Morgan Library and Museum

Vegetable Lamb of Tartary by Iain Burke 

The malevolent and invasive Barometz is a plant-animal hybrid both feared and desired. Native to central Asia, the Barometz, also known as the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, has snaky roots that suck the land of it’s nourishment. Instead of flowering, the plant blossoms into vicious, omnivorous sheep. Tethered to their stalks, the sheep blossom then strip the land around them until, ultimately, they starve themselves to death. Curiously, a dead Barometz is prized for its succulent, crablike flesh, fine wool, and bones that, when crushed, impart the gift of prophecy. Those able to avoid their blossoms can uproot the plant or sever the stalk, thereby killing it. This is dangerous, though, and the screams of a dying Barometz can be heard for miles.

Description from “BEASTS! part I” by Jacob Covey, A.D.

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Yoshitoshi, Various Yokai Flying Out of the Wicker Clothes Hamper from the Omoi Tsuzura

Kawanabe Kyösai, ukiyo-e

Unknown, Tsukumogami (artifact spirits) from the Hyakki Yagyo Emaki (the picture scroll of the demon’s night parade), Muromachi Period


Namazue-e: Earthquake Catfish Prints

In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. “catfish pictures”) became popular among the residents of the shaken city. These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular legend, caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs. In addition to providing humor and social commentary, many prints claimed to offer protection from future earthquakes.




Dr. Takeshi Yamada at Museum of World Wonders in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 2006, photographed by Leslie van Stelten.

Shown in the background are 6-foot mummified mermaid, 7-foot & 5 foot Giant Klingon Cobra Worms, Monkey’s hand lazor clam, Giant Nuclear Radiation Stag Beetle of Bikini, Horned marsh Dragon, two Canadian Hairy Trout, Cat Frog, Queen mermaid’s purse, 6-fingered mummified witch’s hand, Nuclear radiation Giant Serpent Bug, Nuclear radiation Giant tarantula Beetle, Long-tailed Dragon Turtle, Beheaded Giant Horned Dragon Head.