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  1. It took me a while to finally make a few more entries in my bestiary, but I finally have the requested Mesoamerican one up:



  2. Alux

    Culture of origin: Mesoamerican (Maya) Unknown artist, Alux Pronounced "“Aloosh", plural Aluxo'ob. The creatures are very similar to the Tomte in many ways. The Aluxo'ob are small, typically benevolent entities no more than a foot and a half in height by default and with exaggerated extremities. During the majority of its life, it exists as a sprite capable of shape shifting and becoming invisible. As such, they are often not encountered, though interactions do occur. When seen, it's often described to adorn traditional Mayan garb, with differing sizes in stature due to the aforementioned shape shifting ability ranging from being the size of a small weasel to a towering 8 feet tall. Although the Aluxo'ob are very protective of their land, they will accept newcomers providing that they can be trusted. Whenever a human migrates to their territory or vise versa, it's customary that proper respect is paid, often by building a small house of stone for the Alux. It's also common to offer them tortillas and a drink of corn every Friday. In turn, this respect is highly cherished and it will assist those who it granted permission to move within its area. Typically, this is done either by patrolling and warding off thieves, and very effective guards they are as they never sleep and can easily intimidate an intruder by means of shape shifting, imitating predatory animal noises or sheer trickery. They are also able to assist farmers by guarding their crops fields from animals and insects as they are able to communicate with and convince them to become harmonious. They are also able to call forth rain and ensure a bountiful harvest by enriching the soil. As beneficial as they may be, an Alux will often grow tiresome of their company, mischief will slowly take over and they'll soon start to push boundaries and become a nuisance. Unlike the Tomte, they are capable to causing and spreading disease through supernatural means. This doesn't only apply to the long term however, should one come across an Alux, it'd be wise to greet it respectfully and gratify any of their requests for an offering for they will provide the giver with good luck and protect them on their journey. One doesn't necessarily have to fulfill their wishes if they are unable to provide anything as the Alux is often appreciative of consideration and honest effort. However, if one refuses their request or aren't courteous to the Alux, it will curse them with rotten luck which can persist for a number of years or will take any means it can to make their life miserable. In Belizean folklore, and Alux is able to be created by those skillful enough to do so: In the days when grave rituals were still a part of daily life among the Maya, those who owned land would often request the priest of the village to create an Alux for them. To create an Alux requires much knowledge and proper support of prayers and offerings to the secret beings who govern life on earth, in the water, and in the air. After a satisfactory payment has been made, the oldest and most knowledgeable man in the Maya community meticulously created an Alux through an extended and ornate process. For seven Fridays, he would mold an intricate clay figure, kneading into the clay the fluids and flesh of various animals so the it would possess only the finest qualities of various animals. On the first Friday, he would form the legs and the feet of the Alux by mixing in the the flesh of a deer so his legs would swiftly and tirelessly, and the blood or ground legs of a lizard so that his step would be light and silent. On the second Friday, he added to the clay a mixture rain water which had been cooled in the night air for a total nine nights, with this and a small portion of soft corn he formed the stomach. This would ensure that the Alux would not be gluttonous and that his appetite would be small. On the third Friday, the man formed his thorax and heart. Great care was taken to saturate the heart with the blood of a dove, this would make the Alux tender and devoted to his master. Next would come the blood from a jaguar, so he would be brave, fierce and unforgiving to his enemies and would posses a heart that would not be burdened by fear, envy or sadness. On the fourth Friday, the man formed his arms and hands, using the blood and flesh of a boa constrictor and a monkey, ensuring that the Alux would be agile and strong. On the fifth Friday came the most intricate part of the entire process. Should anything went wrong at this point, the temperament of the Alux could become completely different from what was intended. On this day the the neck and head of the Alux to be is created. It has to be very talented and cunning; his throat and mouth should be able to imitate the voices of all the animals in the forest, and he should understand the many languages of man. His nose would be equipped with a keen sense of smell, rivaling that of a dog. His eyes would be formed using the pupils of an owl so he could see even the smallest detail in the darkest of night, and his ears would contain fluids that would make his sense of hearing sharp enough to take in sounds from the very soil on which he stood. On the sixth Friday, the figure of clay was baked in an oven over a fire fed by the wood from the guanacaste and ceiba trees. Even the choice of wood was taken into consideration, as the smoke will instill within him the endurance and resistance needed to cope with the harsh conditions of nature. On the seventh Friday, the figurine itself was complete and the priest dressed himself in ceremonial robes before taking it to the temple, where its owner-to-be awaited. In a sacred ritual, the priest called upon the gods to breathe life into the figurine. He then dressed it in rich clothes and jewels and handed it over to the owner who took the figurine to his home. After being introduced to his friends and family, he then placed the figure in a small cave or in the hollow of a tree trunk in the forest as he dictated the services he expected from the it. The owner would then promise offerings in return before leaving when night had fallen. The figurine would then move its limbs and flex its muscles as the Alux. In the event that it becomes unruly, preventing an Alux from causing devastation for those living with one is rather simple but lengthy; just wait for a period of seven years. When the time comes around, there will be an opportunity to trap them within their small house by sealing all the openings shut. It is then the Alux will become dormant indefinitely.
  3. Hodag

    Culture of origin: American (north-central) Margaret Ramsay Tryon, Hodag Tales of the hodag, alternatively known as either the bovine spiritualis or deformis corniger lacrimans, are centered in and around Rhinelander, Wisconsin where this mythical animal has become its official symbol. Oddly enough, despite its alternate name it doesn't resemble much of a cattle animal (bovine). This is likely because it's said the be the revived blue Ox of the lumberjack Paul Bunyan from American folklore. Upon its death, it's said that it's been purged with fire for seven years, and what came of its ashes was the hodag with a reeking smell to suit its appearance. It is described to be a large, green (though it's been said there are black variations) creature 7 feet in length and 30 inches in height with the head of a frog, bulging eyes the color of a "late summer sunset", grin of an elephant, a part of stag beetle-like horns atop its head, thick and stubby legs armed with claws at least an inch long, and a back adorned with bony spikes with the tail being tipped off either with a hook or spears. Tales suggest this creature is more sentient than most animals, its cries can be heard presumably due to realizing how ugly it is. It's also been said that this is one of the reasons for its elusiveness. As reclusive as it is however, it has a very mischievous temperament and will play tricks on those who travel within its woods, making sounds such as splashing in bodies of water or unhooking fish from under the surface to perturb fisherman and dashing across trails to scare hikers. It also seems to be fond of stealing golf balls where it likely stores them in its den, often a cave. As sensitive as it is, the hodag won't stand for being laughed at, and will turn very aggressive to those who mocked it. Another surefire way to anger a hodag is to invade its territory where it will very quickly trade in its diffidence for belligerence. The first known sighting of the hodag was said to occur in the autumn of 1893 near Rice Creek by the lumbering community of Rhinelander. This instigated many more reports which eventually led to its massive popularity in the area and expanded upon the lore. Coincidentally, there was small number of white bulldogs during this time which led to the belief that this is the hodag's primary food source. After a few more years Eugene Shepard, the man who proclaimed to spot the hodag first, rounded up a group of burly men said to be "bear wrestlers" and killed one with some dynamite. When a cadaver wasn't compelling enough, he made another expedition to a cave where they discovered a hodag to be lurking, sticking in a long pole tipped with rags soaked in chloroform in order to capture it live and present it in a county fair he created. Aside from dynamite, it also is naturally very susceptible to lemons and other citrus fruits as lemon juice was found to have a corroding effect on its crystallized tears, the hodag is so susceptible in fact that just one would be sufficient protection against a dozen of them.
  4. In most cases, they put too much pressure on their teeth while brushing. In fact, a lot of people aren't aware of how lightly you can brush for sufficient cleaning. It does contribute significantly to enamel degredation.
  5. I recently posted about brushing which made me curious. How closely do you follow the traditional rule of brushing for a minute, three times a day? I tend to deviate from this rule quite a bit. Do you use mouthwash? Also, I've attached a poll about flossing. I mainly ask this because it seems pretty evident that a lot of people don't even bother with these small hygienic tasks, hand washing being one of them. That's actually become pretty rare to see. I'd also like to see how I compare to what others do. It's been shown to be little more than personal preference, but I always floss after each meal before brushing my teeth. I use a whitening anti-cavity toothpaste and electric brush on my teeth for two minutes. I split this into 6 sections: 30 seconds on the left front side then the right front side, then 15 seconds each behind and on the crown of my teeth of my lower left side, upper left side, lower right side and upper right side in that order. I then take 15 seconds to brush my tongue before finally swishing 20 ml of restoring all-in-one mouthwash for one minute. My approach to personal care is meticulous to say the least, but it's important; especially considering that I tend to consume a lot of sweets.
  6. How many pages of the riddle thread have I missed? :cheesy:

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    2. Sarea




      I subscribed to that thread but didn't get any notification of new posts. 

    3. Sarea


      Just resubscribed again.

    4. Atamagahen


      That probably needs work too then.

  7. I've just finished playing Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Frankly, I was a bit underwhelmed. It wasn't a terrible game, the atmosphere and graphics were pretty good. Other than that, I don't have much else positive to say.
  8. If you must know, I actually spent 6 extra seconds brushing my teeth this morning as opposed to my typical two minutes.
  9. My favorite whiskey so far is Chivas Regal 25 year scotch with ice; it's rich and sweet with a good, lingering finish. I am also fond of Four Roses which has a good balance of smoothness and flavor. They're both good for winter nights, especially when enjoyed on a comfortable sofa near a fireplace. I'd have that over pharmaceuticals any day, finances permitting.
  10. Culture of origin: Irish Leighann Anderson, The Dragon's Pearl Also known as the Celtic fire-spitter, this demon matron is said to be the mother of all demons and the devil himself. It is also said that the Caorthannach was hatched from the very molten core of the earth, only to remain there to bide her time and wait for the arrival of humans, the chosen prey of her and her spawn who take up a serpentine form. Once they did arrive, she and her children rose to the surface to cause havoc. Her lair on the surface was believed to also be a portal to hell, within the depths of a cave in Lough Derg, part of an old pilgramage site known as "St Patrick's Purgatory", named after the event when St. Patrick fought her off in banishing snakes off the Emerald Isle by standing on the peak of the Ox mountains, Croagh Patrick (also known as "the reek") and summoning a massive whirlwind spanning from from Galway to Dublin which swept up all the serpents out to sea to sink into its murky depths. According to legend, the Caorthannach, as nimble as she was, slid down a mountain to avoid Patrick's banishment, but the saint spotted her and chased her down using the fastest horse available in Ireland, knowing that he must rid of her in order to end the chaos once and for all. The chase was long and arduous, and the Caorthannach was clever, and knew that St. Patrick would need water to quench his thirst eventually, so she spit fire about, leaving flames in her wake and poisoned the water supply of every well she passed. The saint, though dehydrated, refused to drink from the poisoned wells and instead prayed for guidance. Suddenly, a well sprung up in front of him. So, with his thirst quenched and his body rejuvenated, he soon made it to the Hawk’s Rock which is presently located at the end of Kinnagreely Forest Road in Coolaney, where he hid and awaited the fire-spitter. As she finally arrived, he jumped out from his hiding spot and banished her from the island, resulting in her sharing the fate of her children and drowning in the sea. It is said that this event has left behind and indentation now known as Hawk's Well.
  11. Tomte

    Culture of origin: Scandinavian (Swedish Variation) Anders Olsson, Tomte feeding horse The tomte also goes by "tonttu" in Finnish or "nisse" back in Norway or Denmark. This small creature's default appearance typically resembles an elderly, white-bearded man wearing the clothes of a farmer and a red cap, varying from but a handful of inches to a few feet in height. Some may make a quick connection to garden gnomes. There are those who claim that they have a cyclopean appearance, having only one eye in the middle of their head. Many would find it difficult to properly describe its appearance though as catching more than a glimpse of the tomte is a very rare event indeed. Not only are they able to become invisible at will, but they are also shapeshifters who will at times assume forms much larger than that of the typical man. Though the tomte shares many similar aspects with other huldrefolk in Scandinavian folkore such as the tusser, vättar and nøkken (preferring to remain hidden and within nature, "huldrefolk" stems from hylia, an old Norse term which means "to hide") they have a preference for being alone, albeit domestic. A tomte will have an obligation to care for or protect a farmers barn, also bringing with them a good fortune. Preferably, they make their burial mounds in which they dwell on the farm grounds. While one may find this very vulnerable looking small old man unfit for a guardian, they in reality possess great physical prowess, easily outmatching a physically fit adult. As protective as they may be, they are notorious for being easily resentful and offended. One seemingly harmless way to offend a tomte is making new working changes on the premises. Though one may have proficiency in mind, it doesn't take kindly to this as they are highly customary and consider these new changes "disturbances". Another way to offend him is rude general in behavior, such as mistreating nature or cussing. It also should be noted that one such animal that should be given great care are the horses, as the tomte favors this animal above all else, and the horse which it treasures most is often made apparent as they are generally very well kept. It is believed that when a horse's hair is tangled, the tomte "braided" it, and will become unraged should one undo them. Though a they may forgive some mistakes (such as spilling milk on the floor) it is considered both wise and proper to notify the tomte of this. Should they felt targeted or offended, he will cause havoc, especially in the night where he was once most protective. These acts can range from being a nuisance as people sleep, tying the tails of cows together, hiding or turning objects upside down and other such mischief to outright aggressive behavior, slaughtering the cattle it once protected, breaking things around the house and giving bad luck. If angered enough, it may even be fatal to humans, at times even given a deadly poisonous bite. Due to this, there are times when the tomte would be associated as a malicious creature, even being associated with the devil. As with many other creatures of fortune, it was required to please a tomte with offerings as they not only enjoy material gifts but the acknowledgement as well; One such gift it enjoys is a bowl of porridge, especially with a pat of butter and on the night of Christmas. Should one forget to refuse to make these offers, the tomte may leave, though not before causing trouble. It may also be wise to make sure that the butter is placed atop the porridge, as here is a story of what may happen should one do otherwise: There was once a farmer who put the butter beneath his offering of porridge. When the tomte of his farmstead went to accept his gift, he discovered that the butter was nowhere in sight and thus he became enraged, heading to the barn and killing the cow that slept inside. After a while, he became hungry and went back to eat. While eating the porridge, he eventually found the butter was laying at the bottom of the bowl the whole time. And so, full of guilt and remorse, he then scampered away to search for another farm with an identical cow, and upon finding one he replaced the cow he disposed of. Another variation of this story is a servant girl intentionally placing the butter at the bottom in an attempt to play a prank on the tomte, with the exact same results. Picky as they are, they don't demand much else but trust and respect. Even still, there are times when a farmer may not always want a tomte on the premises as this may cause in neighboring farms to become jealous, and the accusations of having this "unfair advantage" could prove to be very ruinous. If one wishes to get rid of a tomte, the best route would be to exploit its weakness, his greed and love of desserts. If one is crafty enough, they may be able to trick or lure it to another farm. This is a risky move though, as if anything should be taken from this it is his short temper.
  12. Ukobach

    Culture of Origin: European (French) Jacques Simon Collin de Plancy, Ukobach Alternatively spelled "urobach", the ukobach is a lesser demon who is responsible for sustaining the oil within the infernal boilers forged "in the west where the sun sets" and perpetuating the flames of hell which torture the souls of the damned. Among the typical physical attributes of a demon such as a deformed body, anthropomorphic and exaggerated features, it is depicted as carrying a shovel it uses to carry flaming coals, or a poker to stoke fires. It is also commonly shown being covered in flames due to the film of oil permanently adhered on its skin it gained throughout its duty. This isn't the only thing in which it's overlaid by however, as it also is overshadowed by other demons of a higher rank; the ukobach in itself possesses no free will and is essentially a slave to its superiors. As one may figure, ukobach aren't very powerful, with its only supernatural ability being able to start fires. Another tendency which is just as threatening is poking others with its red-hot poker. Due to this, a number of both conventional and traditional methods can be applied to keep them at bay with salt being among the most effective as not only do demons have supernatural susceptibility to it but the NaCl will exhaust a fire rather than feeding it.
  13. I mainly chose the picture because I liked the aesthetic. A more accurate depiction would be having a crooked, aquiline nose, zooming by on that big mortar holding the broom and pedestal of hers. I find many pictures of Baba Yaga to be more whimsical than macabre, especially if her hut is also shown.
  14. Leviathan

    Culture of origin: Hebrew Nick Keller, Leviathan The Leviathan is a gargantuan sea monster that dwells deep within the Mediterranean sea, often thought to be the very same entity as the Jewish Rahab, "The ruler of the sea". Possessing a length of at least 300 miles, depictions between this beast vary and despite the modern transliteration of Leviathan being "whale" in modern Hebrew, it was more often said to be a aquatic serpent or even water dragon; though in this context it simply means it had a monstrous appearance. Said to have a scaled back like that of overlapping shields, a nigh impenetrable hide, eyes gleaming like the rays of dawn and a mouth rounded with viscous-looking teeth to which iron is like straw and bronze like rotted wood. This sea demon came into being when Yahweh created it, as with practically everything else. Initially, there was both a female and male Leviathan, until Yahweh slayed the female before curing her meat for those who were righteous, as he proclaimed that if the two were to procreate then the rest of the world wouldn't stand a chance. It's also been said prophesied that the male will be destroyed at the end of time. In modern times, the title of "Leviathan" can be used to describe any massive sea monster. The Leviathan is a voracious beast, emitting a great heat from its maw so intense that the waters of the deep boil like that of a cauldron as smoke pours out from its nostrils. It's been claimed that if it were to make its presence known in paradise, no being would be able to tolerate the deathly stench radiating from its mouth. It prefers to eat at least one whale a day, and said to have nearly consumed the very whale-sized fish that swallowed the prophet Jonah. It was also believed that in ancient times the Leviathan could reach up and swallow the very sun; an event we know today as the solar eclipse. All these traits considered, the Leviathan is regarded as the embodiment the primordial forces of chaos itself, a raging sea. Within Satanism, the Leviathan as one of the four crown princes of hell also represents the lustful side of men, the number 3 (considered the number of chaos as 3 can go into both 6 and 9 but doesn’t have the stability of 1), the unpredictable element of water and the color blue with its direction being west, a further representation of chaos and disorder, as east is where much of the sacred wisdom and the great wars will come from. The element of the Leviathan is obviously water, which humankind has been primarily created from. In this practice, Leviathan's gift is considered to be the ability of man being aware of his own deification, as man is also able to create and destroy. The Leviathan is very much a representation of man's very state and nature.
  15. Dybbuk

    Culture of origin: Jewish Unknown artist, Dybbuk As varied as they may be from each other, just about every culture's stories of lost spirits carry with them a consistent theme of "unfinished business", when a soul is in such distraught that it is unable to enter the afterlife in peace. This may be because they have died prematurely in life and have still have things to deal with or finish, or simply refuse to pass until their work is done, and other times they need to either redeem themselves or others. These are the sort of the souls which attempt to make themselves known. Here we have another possessive entity. The Dybbuk, meaning "clinging spirit" in Yiddish, is an often malicious spirit that's true to its name, notorious as it is for possessing people. As spirits are considered to be the essence residing within a physical body, they often find themselves the need to seek one out though as known as it is for possessing people it's not a necessity; the Dybbuk can possess something as minor as an insect or animal or even inanimate objects when desperate enough to. Generally, susceptible targets of the Dybbuk are women, perhaps due to their traditional portrayal as having a weaker will than men. People of little faith or righteousness were also considered easily possessed. Though this disembodied spirit is generally regarded to be the ghost of a human, its origins sometimes hint at it being a nonhuman entity, an evil possessive demon which revels in the torment of the living. As a demon, they have the power of invoking a great sense of fear in others, and have significant strength when inside a host. This doesn't mean that all possessions are from spirits which intend to cause harm however. Out of the many malicious reasons for doing this, the Dybbuk may simply take over the body of someone in order to attract attention and seek help from a rabbi, who may then perform an exorcism (at times aided by a holy presence) and either eject the spirit or put it at ease. One such example of a "benevolent possession" is the "ibbur", the possession of a virtuous ancestor. The ibbur not only possesses to find help, but because certain deeds they need to perform to pass on can only be done in the flesh. Another example is called the "maggid", an honorable spirit who doesn't reside because they're lost, but because they wish to guide the living to something. There are times when this spirit even assists the rabbi in the exorcism of bad spirits. How one is able to ascertain the difference between the three in the spirit's temperament. The methods to exercise a Dybbuk varies from tale to tale, but therein remains a pattern which bears a resemblance to exorcism rituals of other religions. Often the first step of this process is to ensure that one is possessed, attempting to communicate with the spirit. This contact is represented as being paramount. The rabbi or righteous man, who may or may not be alone or have guidance, interviews the Dybbuk and attempts to gain knowledge of it, especially its name. It's long been believed that having knowledge of an entity’s name grants power over it, this dates at least as far back as the ancient Egyptians and as such is prevalent in most exorcism tales. Another vital piece of info is asking of the spirit's intentions, which may help in the performance of the ritual though malicious spirits are known to be deceptive. One popular detail of the following ritual on bad spirits is holding an empty flask and a white candle. The practitioner will then recite a formulaic request commanding the spirit to reveal its name if not given already. The second adjuration commands the dybbuk to leave the person and fill the flask, and should the spirit be drawn out, the flask will emit a red glow. Sometimes additional instrumentation is applied, such as filling a pot or bowl with fresh water, olive oil is then poured in before the rabbi whispers psalms over it nine times with the names which are significant to the psalm. The possessed is then bathed with the liquid. Another variation of the Jewish exorcism ritual involves a rabbi who has mastered Kabbalah, interpretation and transmission of the Torah. The ceremony involves a quorum of 10 people who gather in an enclosed circle around the possessed. The group then simultaneously recites Psalm 91 three times before the rabbi blows a ram's horn called a "shofar", a religious instrument in the Jewish religions attributed by repentance and atonement. It is at this point the spirit should be cast or assisted out to its rightful destination.