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Vox Hiberionacum explains the Loch Ness Monster's apocryphal origins
The clue is the origin story, fuckos... And it's just that. A hagiographical motif in a story.

In the original Life of Columba, by Adomnán, which is a string of stories drowning in Christian metaphor, it's refered to as Aquatilis Bestiae, a 'water beast'.

But its not the point of the story. If you read [the] actual episode, point is that blue arsed pagan pictish feckers who witness Columba scaring the bejaysis out of the waterbeast (away from a devout follower, bravely swimming in river, full of faith, despite the danger) are impressed.

In other words. It's some class of a metaphor. Now hold that thought, and go look up Leviathan motif in Hebrew Bible, or Beast from the Sea in Revelation, and/or other water beast appearances in medieval hagiography...

Revelation 13:1-10 (ESV)
The First Beast - And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. [....]

In other words: Modern day Nessie Bolloxology, Tourist Trap Tat and Snake Oil 'Scientists' looking for funding, are all entirely based on actual seventh century insular Irish imagination and religious metaphor. The end.
loch-ness  sea-monsters  picts  history  columba  columbanus  metaphor  myth  legends 
13 days ago by jm
Namazu-e: Earthquake catfish prints
'In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. "catfish pictures") became popular among the residents of the shaken city. These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular legend, caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs. In addition to providing humor and social commentary, many prints claimed to offer protection from future earthquakes.'
japan  art  namazu-e  ukiyo-e  catfish  earthquakes  myth 
january 2013 by jm

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