north american mythology

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Badass Mythical Women and Creatures →La Llorona

In Mexican folklore, La Llorona (“Weeping Woman”) or the “Lady in White” is a recurring ghost near lakes and rivers. According to legend, La Llorona was once a beautiful woman named Maria. Her husband either cheated on her and, in revenge, she killed her two children or her husband/lover didn’t want children, so she killed them. After drowning her children, she later killed herself and was stopped at Heaven’s gates and asked about her children’s whereabouts. She was banned from entering until she finds her children, and now wanders the earth in search of them, wailing “¡Ay, mis hijos!”


La Llorona is rumored to steal away children that resemble her own, ask them for forgiveness, and then drown them in place of her lost children. La Llorona’s story is used to curb kids from going out after dark nowadays. She is also seen as a bad omen to many people, predicting ill fortune and even death (much like the Irish Banshee).

Day Two: Top Five Mythical Creatures of North America

Sadly, I don’t have pictures for these ones. I’m going to focus on indigenous peoples for most of these posts; unfortunately, there wasn’t much information on Inuit creatures that I could find, and most of what I did find for Inuits came from Greenland (which for the sake of argument, I’m not counting as ‘North America’.) So these are all from non-Inuit natives.

Horned Serpent
Generally associated with rain, storms and water, descriptions of this creature vary, though it is a common theme within several Native American cultures including Cree, Shawnee and Choctaw. Some tribes assume the serpents were destroyed. Some say they are ambivalent creatures, while others feel they are malevolent.

Pukwudgie
Resembling gray humans with more prominent features, pukwudgies are troublesome little creatures, known to kidnap people or kill them. Related heavily to a creation myth in Wampanoag stories, they are devilish creatures who became jealous of the affection the natives gave the creator and tried to have him killed.

Thunderbird
Well-known to nearly all native cultures, thunderbirds are said to reside on the tops of mountains and control rainfall. Some legends indicate the ability to become human and have been assumed to have married into families. Other stories tell of the thunderbirds destroying the populations of horned serpents.

Mishipeshu
Also known as an ‘underwater panther,’ this creature is a large feline covered in scales, and directly related to the underworld. They are frequently called the masters of all water creatures and guardian of precious metals, opposite thunderbirds. Most traditions describe them as malevolent, able to cause storms and bring death and misfortune.

Wendigo
Always described as malevolent, wendigo are spirits of famine that humans are said to turn into if they ever resort to cannibalism. They are usually depicted as ashen-faced and stick-thin, with an insatiable taste for human flesh. Frequently, the wendigo legend would be used to keep people from the serious taboo of cannibalism, and if they showed symptoms of ‘wendigo psychosis,’ they were usually executed

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My tenth piece is of Bast, the cat goddess of Egyptian mythology. She is commonly referred to as the protector of Pharaohs. She is also the goddess who is locked in struggle with the snake, Apophis (the enemy of Ra) the glowing hieroglyphs are her name.

My eleventh piece is a Jackalope… I had to… ‘nuff said XD

The final piece of my concentration is of the Billyo of Australia. It is pretty much an antelope that runs through the desert/scrub area and at night (normally on the nights of full moons) They have glowing blue streaks following them as they run.

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My Jackalope speed drawing I did as my eleventh piece for my Art concentration on mythological creatures around the world~ Enjoy~ ^^