Chaerin Im is a freelance illustrator in South Korea. She is presenting her last year graduation project Mythical Sea Monsters inspired by the ocean. Chaerin Im wished this project gives a glance of the vast imagination and terrors that once were arisen by the ocean. After The Deities of the sea and The Animal Monsters of the sea, this week will be presented The Animal-monsters of the sea and The Natural Phenomenons of the sea.
3. Natural Phenomenons of the sea
Mythical Creature of Philippine Mythology
The Bakunawa, also spelled Bakonawa, Baconaua or Bakonaua, is a dragon in Philippine mythology that appears as a gigantic sea serpent with a mouth the size of a lake, red tongue, whiskers, gills, small wires and two sets of wings. It is believed that the Bakunawa swallowed the 7 moons of Ancient Philippine, therefore causing the eclipse.
Mythical Creature of Greek Mythology
Charybdis was a sea monster located in the Strait of Messina between Sicily and the Italian mainland. According to the myth, the monster will swallow huge amount of water three times a day, before belching it back out again, creating whirlpools capable of dragging a ship underwater. Later, it was rationalized as whirlpool and considered a shipping hazard.
4. Water-sprites of the sea
Mythical Creature of Japanese Folklore
Ningyo(“human fish”) is a fish-like creature from Japanese folklore. The first recorded account of Ningyo in Japan dates all the way back to 619, during the reign of Empress Suiko, when one was allegedly captured in Japanese waters and brought before the court of the Empress herself. Unlike the traditional European mermaids, the Japanese mermaids has a more demonic and distorted feature.
Mythical Creature of Slavic Mythology
In Slavis mythology, vodyanoy (Russian name, the name varies according to the region, such as wozniak in Polish), is a male water spirit told to dwell in the river. He is usually described as a naked man with a frog-like face, greenish beard and long hair. He is told to be the suspect of drowning, dragging down people to his underwater dwelling to serve as slaves.