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Author Topic: Artificial Beings In Mythology  (Read 2366 times)
Rogue Ætherlord
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« on: January 16, 2015, 12:02:54 am »

A thread to discuss mythical creatures who are not born but created.


Quoted From Wikipédia:
''There are many examples of automata in Greek Mythology: Hephaestus created automata for his workshop; Talos was an artificial man of bronze; Daedalus used quicksilver to install voice in his moving statues; King Alkinous of the Phaiakians employed gold and silver watchdogs; the Caucasian artificial eagle tortured Prometheus.''








And his haitian cousin, the zombie:

And their early-19th century cousin:'s_monster

Tsukumogami(or how animism apply to objects):

Tupilag (that one spoke to my tribalistic steampunker heart):


Lilith,Adam, Eve and every other instances Man is created and not found, awoken or imported.

Alan's Babies:

Quoted from wikipedia:
 ''The Alan are deformed spirits from the folklore of the Tinguian tribe of the Philippines. They have wings and can fly, and their fingers and toes point backwards.

The Alan are said to take drops of menstrual blood, miscarried fetuses, afterbirth, or other reproductive waste and transform them into human children, whom they then raise as their own.''

Any additions you would want to make ?

« Last Edit: January 16, 2015, 11:02:40 pm by chicar » Logged

The word pagan came from paganus , who mean peasant . Its was a way to significate than christianism was the religion of the elite and paganism the one of the savage worker class.

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Steaming Pistons
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2015, 12:31:00 am »

I loved Bubo the Mechanical Owl in Clash of the Titans:

Apparently it's "a reference to a lot of old technology such as the Antikythera Mechanism and the inventions of Hero of Alexandria which we were just becoming aware of when the original script was created. There are all kinds of mechanical marvels in ancient legends -- such as the bronze head in the Magician's workroom which announces the names of visitors when they come to the outside door, but for the most part Hollywood wasn't interested until evidence started appearing. In this case it is a gift of Athena which comes out of the story, but it is a reference to some legends which until recently were unfashionable."

Does the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz series count?

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2015, 02:43:12 am »

Maori culture and myth has Maui  . He is a demi god whom was formed  when his mother miscarried in the shallows of the beach. His mother was  the  moon and his father was the sun
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2015, 09:20:35 pm »

A bit of a high jack but I once read about a creature in a magazine series that multiplies by putting section of it's skin on a host. The skin spreads over the host and takes it over becoming another creature.

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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2015, 08:16:07 am »

Sun Wukong (China), aka Sun Goku (Japan) aka "The Monkey King" ;  is a supernatural monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers through Taoist practices.

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2015, 05:42:45 am »

Logged old war wound? I got that at The Battle of Dorking. Very nasty affair that was, I can tell you.

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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2015, 01:31:26 pm »

 There is a short film on the Youtubes that shows the back story of the tin man. It is called Heartless I believe, and it is very good.

  The Uruk-hai were made. Tolkien.

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