It is possible to try and profit from the relationship with fairies. Lucky or cunning people could be handsomely entertained by them. Or given valuable material, or spiritual gifts. And indeed to this day in many areas of the British Isles you have fairy gifts, like cups for example, in churches as memories of these achievements. Above all fairies are good at showing you where treasure is buried. Such a good relationship, however, was regarded by most of the British before 1600 as somewhere between making a pact with the devil,and cozying up to a criminal gang. The individuals who do well out of fairies, in traditional lore, are commonly remembered as unusually wicked or unscrupulous people: good people don’t tangle with fairies. On the whole medieval and early modern people didn’t know what fairies were. And they argued constantly over it. Some thought they were fallen angels who weren’t just quite bad enough to make the journey down to Hell. Some thought they were the spirits of exceptionally wicked or exceptionally talented human beings. And some thought they were a middle order of spirit between of supernatural beings between angels and devils, but not being the same as either of those. Now the first two explanations, that they’re fallen angels or wicked or extraordinary ghosts are most easily assimilated to Christian theology, and therefore significant that the last one that they have no place in Christian teaching. That’s the most popular through the middle ages and early modern period, and on Mann. It means in effect that fairies have and had no obvious place either in the natural world or Christian teachings, and are therefore all the more baffling and scary.
Copy of a written deal Christoph Haizmann made with the Devil (1699)
Christoph Haizmann, a poor painter, claimed to have sold his soul to the devil. He claimed to have made two pacts with the devil, one in ink and one in blood. He was to be his bounden son for nine years; after that time, Haizmann’s body and soul were to belong to the devil.
Haizmann claimed to have also suffered from demonical neurosis. His case was studied by Sigmund Freud and Gaston Vandendriessche.
“Fools! All of you! My ungodly book speaks to you!
On All Hallow’s Eve, when the moon is round, a virgin will summon us from under the ground. We shall be back, and the lives of all the children of Salem will be mine!”
Yes, this is happening. I screamed into a pillow when I passed the audition last year and the whole recording process felt like I’d died and gone to heaven. You wouldn’t believe how nervous I was too haha! Being a huuuuge fan of the manga and then the anime and now…jesus, what is life? If weeb trash can legit voice in anime, what can’t we do?
JUST MAKE A PACT WITH THE DEVIL AND FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS KIDS!
Name: Penanggalan, Hantu Penanggal Area of Origin: Malaysia
The Penanggalan are ghostly variations of the Vampire myth found in Southeast Asian folk mythology, and are similar to the Manananggal of Filipino folklore. The words Manananggal and Penanggal may both mean ‘detach’ or 'remove’ due to both languages having a common root in the Austronesian language family. A Penanggal is a detached female head that is capable of flight, with its entrails and organs dangling below. Though often classified as an undead creature, it can re-attach itself to its body and live as a human being. In folklore, a Penanggal may either be a beautiful old or young woman that has obtained her beauty through use of black magic or through other supernatural means. They are usually midwives that have made pacts with the devil; a stipulation in the pact is to not eat meat for 40 days. Breaking this stipulation will afflict a curse upon the midwife, turning her into a bloodsucking vampire or demon. After the detached head returns from its hunts, it will immerse its organs in a vat of vinegar in order to shrink them for easy insertion back into the body. The Penanggalan traditionally prey upon pregnant women and young children, and perch on the roofs of houses where women are in labor, screeching when the child is born. It is said that the use of the thorny leaves of the Mengkuang plant will help protect houses that are susceptible to a Penanggalan attack, as the creature’s exposed organs could get damaged by their sharp exterior. However, the demoness could still come up through a house’s floorboards if the area is unguarded.
Tartini - Violin Sonata in g minor, “the Devil’s Trill”
13 pieces for Halloween, no.11: This sonata is notorious for its unusual back story. In the composer’s own words, “One night, in the year 1713 I dreamed I had made a pact with the devil for my soul. Everything went as I wished: my new servant anticipated my every desire. Among other things, I gave him my violin to see if he could play. How great was my astonishment on hearing a sonata so wonderful and so beautiful, played with such great art and intelligence, as I had never even conceived in my boldest flights of fantasy. I felt enraptured, transported, enchanted: my breath failed me, and I awoke. I immediately grasped my violin in order to retain, in part at least, the impression of my dream. In vain! The music which I at this time composed is indeed the best that I ever wrote, and I still call it the “Devil’s Trill”, but the difference between it and that which so moved me is so great that I would have destroyed my instrument and have said farewell to music forever if it had been possible for me to live without the enjoyment it affords me.” The idea of the devil as a talented violinist has been in the Western psyche for hundreds of years, a favorite trope of musicians and artists. Maybe it’s symbolic of doing whatever it takes to achieve fame and praise for one’s art? Or playing off the anxiety of how easy it could be to be tempted into selling one’s soul? The work was published after Tartini’s death, and has since been his most popular work.
It’s been sometime since I’ve drawn Johannes Cabal. I’m glad to see how much I’ve improved since I first took a crack at it way back in 2011. Excellent book series by the way, highly recommend 10/10 if you’re at all into necromancers, vampires, pacts with the devil, and the dryest humor possible.