In Brythonic mythology, an Asrai is a type of aquatic faerie similar in some ways to mermaids, nixies, selkies, sirens, or morgens. Some sources describe them as timid and shy, standing only between 2 and 4 feet tall, while others depict them as tall and lithe. They are said to look like beautiful young maidens, sometimes as young as children, while actually being hundreds of years old. They may have webbed hands and feet, resembling some descriptions of selkies
If an Asrai is seen by a man, her beauty is so great that, according to folklore, the man will instantly wish to capture her. The Asrai are as deathly afraid of capture as they are of the sun, for if captured or if even a single ray of sunlight touches them, it is said that they die and turn into a pool of water.
The tale told of one fisherman who caught an Asrai claims that the touch of her skin was so cold, that where the Asrai touched his arm while pleading for her freedom – and her life – the flesh has never been warm since.
Their inability to survive daylight is similar to that of the Scottish Fuath.
1. one of a numerous class of lesser deities of mythology, conceived of as beautiful maidens inhabiting the sea, rivers, woods, trees, mountains, meadows, etc., and frequently mentioned as attending a superior deity.
2. a beautiful or graceful young woman.
3. a maiden.
4. the young of an insect that undergoes incomplete metamorphosis.
Etymology: from Middle English nimphe < Latin nympha < Greek nýmphē - bride, nymph.
The undines (or ondines) are water spirits. Sometimes they show themselves to humans as mermaids or sirens, who live and frolic in the waves. Seafarers’ folklore abounds with tales of these alluring creatures. Although usually described as quite beautiful, undines can be capricious. Their element — water — governs the emotions, and undines may shift moods unexpectedly. Undines relate best to sensitive, intuitive, and artistic people who don’t try to repress their own emotions.
Other water spirits from around the world include Aganippe (a Greek water nymph who lives in the stream that provides poetic inspiration to the Muses), apo (Persian water spirits), gahongan (Iroquois water spirits), and Nakki (a Finnish water genie whom you can bribe with coins).
Invite the undines to assist you when you’re doing love spells. They’ll also come to your aid if you seek creative inspiration or want to improve your intuition. Sit quietly beside a body of water and gaze at the surface. Soon you may notice circular spots where the current seems to move more rapidly or bubble — those are the water spirits. Undines are fond of perfume and essential oils. Pour some scent in a stream, lake, or other body of water to thank them for helping you with a spell and they’ll continue to serve you.
Mythology from my Country aka Tired of European based Mythology
We all love dragons (even though they are not from Europe only), we all love fairies, nimphs, trolls, unicorns, and many others. But you know what? eff them all. They are not my mythological creatures, they are not familiar to me, they do not belong to me. As a reader, it gets tiring reading about them in every fantasy book and many times I wonder, if you’re creating a whole new world, why on earth are you using the same old creatures?
That’s why I’m posting some mythological creatures from my country and its regions. There are many more than the ones that follow but these ones are my favourites and they are different from the ones we all know.
Behold, the creatures that used to haunt my nightmares when I was a kid.
Once a child, now a monster. El Invunche is the first born given to witches or abducted by them. He or she works as a butler but they don’t look like one. The process begins with breaking the right leg of the child and wrap it around their own back, unguents are used to make the hair grows thicker and their tongue is cut in two. The witches feed the child with meat, dead people’s meat. El Invunche can’t speak, they only emits unpleasant sounds. I wouldn’t go alone hiking in the woods, because you can’t see a Invunche but they can see you, and if they haven’t eaten enough your bones might end up in the Witches’ cave.
Caleuche is the name given to a ship. A ghost ship. I know there are many ghost ships sailing around the seven seas. But this one is commanded by the devil himself (that’s what I once heard). Witches and wizards are the crew while unfortunate souls do the hard work. Some of them are living humans beings with a leg wrapped to their backs so they can’t run, some others were dead until they stepped on El Caleuche and came back to life. None of us can see this ship, to our eyes it’d look like a piece of wood floating in the sea. It never sails during the day, only at night where an endless party takes place. There’s the idea that El Caleuche is a concious being, a ghost ship given feelings by Millalobo, the most powerful creature if the oceans. (The name, Caleuche, comes from the mapudungun kalewtun, to transform, and che, people)
El Tue Tue
El Tue Tue is a bird, but not any bird. Is a head whose ears are now wings. And is not any head either, is the head of a witch or a wizard. Their soul leaves the body and the head splits from it, then they fly to meet with other witches and wizards. Their name comes from their screams “Tué tué!”. If you hear one, tell them you don’t have nor bread nor salt, because if you invite them for dinner next day, they’ll show up in your front door as a young woman or as an old one. Some of them don’t go to these meetings, instead they fly over someone’s house to cause damage or to announce a death. Before the transformation they have to apply a lotion and carry with them another one, this way they can go back to their human form. It is told that if they say: No God, no Holy Mary, the devil gives them more power. I’ll keep my ears open tonight, in case a Tue Tue is around
Another bird. An actual bird. A golden bird. It feeds woth gold and silver and many men have followed the Alicanto trying to find a golden or a silver mine. But you must not be seen, otherwise, you will be fooled by the Alicanto. If your desires of fortune are too desperate the Alicanto will take you to a cliff where you’ll find certain death.
Half woman, half cow. Wanders around to enter into a house and take people from their bed to place them somewhere else without any harm. How she became what she is now? No one knows. But her face is always covered and you can’t hear her coming.
The literal translation would be The Leather, but we’ll keep calling it Cuero. Lives in pools, lakes and the seashore, but preferably in small and dark gaps. It has the form of a cattle leather. Just a few have seen its head, only to find tentacles ending in red eyes. Underneath its body there’s the mouth and when it feeds it sucks the blood out of its prey. Be careful when walking or swimming in these places, El Cuero has the ability to control the tides, raising the waters to wrap its victim and to drag it to the bottom of the pond. To get rid of El Cuero, if you can, you’ll need the help of a Machi, where they blind it using caulker.
These are the versions I know about these mythological creatures. There are many others versions and there are more creatures to know. Many of them are directly related to a culture. El Alicanto is found in the Northen region of my country where mines are more common than in the Southern region, where El Invunche, El Caleuche, El Cuero and El Tue Tue are found. The last ones (I’d leave El Cuero behind) have elements of two different cultures. Many mythological creatures have a shared ancestry, where two or more cultures collide (usually) a long time ago.
The natural course of mythology is the story to change, some elements are removed, others are added. The same when someone tells a story. Use different elementes, try new things, you might end up surprising not only yourself but many people with the things that are in your mind.
Hey it´s bren here ;) as you know I love greek mythology so i will update my nymphs page (faves). As you know nymphs used to be beautiful girls with powers daughters of differents gods and goddess and they were important in several myths and greek cultures stuff.
Nymph who discovered and taught the use of honey. She hid Zeus from his father, Cronus , who was intent on devouring his progeny. Rather than feeding the baby milk, Melissa which means “honey bee”, fed him honey , giving him a permanent taste for it even once he came to rule on Mount Olympus. Cronus became aware of Melissa’s role and changed her into a worm. Zeus however , took pity and transformed her into a beautiful bee.
“Swimming in Memories” by Jennalee Auclair. This is the third time I’ve painted this. The first was 3-4 years ago in watercolours, the second was 2 years ago digitally and now I’m painting it again as a commission and I was asked to paint a man into it.
Yay~ The gif is done! So did ya guess who this little inklings belong to?
If you said Lilium and Adrian, you’re correct! Another little homboldt squid in the splatoon family. Her name is Nimph and she’s just like her mother; nothing but pure mischief and a total daddy’s girl since Adrian loves to spoil and protect her. And its obvious she likes cats and has a sweet tooth.
Thank you @ninja-squib for helping me out on the frames and editing. It means a lot :)
People should stop complaining about Daphne not beeing a Nimph anymore. Why can’t we have a chat about how she became human again or how she does it as a History teacher? That girl has been through a lot. The whole Domino family has been. Give them some credit.