Friday, February 13, 2015

MONSTROUS MAMMAL

MONSTROUS MAMMAL
"On a pair of golden crouching lions rested the throne, many steps above the gleaming floor. And it was wrought of one piece of ivory, though no man lives who knows whence so vast a piece could have come."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Doom That Came To Sarnath


Thursday, February 12, 2015

BIPEDAL DEVOLVED HUMAN

 BIPEDAL DEVOLVED HUMAN
"When Dr. Trask, the anthropologist, stooped to classify the skulls, he found a degraded mixture which utterly baffled him. They were mostly lower than the Piltdown man in the scale of evolution, but in every case definitely human. Many were of higher grade, and a very few were the skulls of supremely and sensitively developed types. All the bones were gnawed, mostly by rats, but somewhat by others of the half-human drove."

"Horror piled on horror as we began to interpret the architectural remains. The quadruped things—with their occasional recruits from the biped class—had been kept in stone pens, out of which they must have broken in their last delirium of hunger or rat-fear."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Rats In the Walls

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

THE LIVING DEAD


THE LIVING DEAD
"I beheld in full, frightful vividness the inconceivable, indescribable, and unmentionable monstrosity which had by its simple appearance changed a merry company to a herd of delirious fugitives."

"I cannot even hint what it was like, for it was a compound of all that is unclean, uncanny, unwelcome, abnormal, and detestable. It was the ghoulish shade of decay, antiquity, and desolation; the putrid, dripping eidolon of unwholesome revelation; the awful baring of that which the merciful earth should always hide. God knows it was not of this world—or no longer of this world—yet to my horror I saw in its eaten-away and bone-revealing outlines a leering, abhorrent travesty on the human shape;" 
H.P. Lovecraft, The Outsider


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BLOATED THING

 BLOATED THING
"178-A very ancient tomb in the deep woods near where a 17th century Virginia manor-house used to be. The undecayed, bloated thing found within."
H.P. Lovecraft, Commonplace Book


Monday, February 9, 2015

DREAM-SAGE

 DREAM-SAGE
"Then one night in the dream-city of Zakarion I found a yellowed papyrus filled with the thoughts of dream-sages who dwelt of old in that city, and who were too wise ever to be born in the waking world."
H.P. Lovecraft, Ex Oblivione

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

TLOQUENAHUAQUE/TEZCATLIPOCA/IPALNEMOAN (NYARLATHOTEP)

TLOQUENAHUAQUE/TEZCATLIPOCA/IPALNEMOAN (NYARLATHOTEP)
'“Iä! Iä! Tloquenahuaque, Thou Who Art All In Thyself!  
Thou too, Ipalnemoan, By Whom We Live!"'
 H.P. Lovecraft & Adolphe de Castro, The Electric Executioner

"The figure's robes and ornaments mark it as an ahua, or godking, but the Maya never drew or depicted figures with multiple arms. The two headed snake is the double-headed serpent bar, borne by Mayan kinds as a symbol of their authority. The blood-red tentacle in place of a head is very unconventional, but seems likely to be a blood scroll (a symbolic representation of a stream of blood), implying that this is a decapitated captive king."

"Then he was a tall, limping man, with bright plumed headdress and a shining black mirror at his ankle. The Crawling Chaos said that in this mask he did rule at Tenoshititlan, and did drink the blood of thousands spilled to vilify him."
Sam Johnson, A Resection Of Time


"In some cases, the highest source of life seems to transcend the polytheistic pantheon, and it can be addressed with singular or dual names: One striking name is Ipalnemoa(ni), "the one through whom one is living" (Life Giver), or Tloque Nauaque, "omnipresent one."'
 Andreas Grünschloß, Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature 

"The complex and conflicted character of Tezcatlipoca seen by their different names and
attributes. In Book VI of the Florentine Codex, 360 names or ways to address Tezcatipoca
are found. Some of the names are:
Tloque Nahuaque: The Lord Of the Near and Nigh"
Doris Heyden, Tezcatlipoca En el Mundo Náhuatl


"During the Late Postclassic period, Tezcatlipoca may appear with a serpent foot, although in this case the serpent usually appears emerging from the smoking mirror that typically replaces his foot. The mirror or serpent foot probably aludes to the creation myth in which Tezcatlipoca loses his foot while battling with the earth monster. Aside from the smoking obsidian mirror marking his foot, the Late Postclassic Tezcatlipoca tends to have broad alternating bands of yellow and black across the face. The nocturnal jaguar, the most powerful animal of Mesoamerica, was the animal counterpart of Tezcatlipoca."
Mary Miller & Karl Taube, The Gods and Symbols Of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

 "There are small bells on his legs, pear-shaped and round bells."
"He was, from the top of his arms down to his hands, painted black with gypsum, which is a sort of shining metal...His legs, from half of his thighs all the way down, were dyed in the same manner."
Guilhem Olivier, 
Mockeries and Metomorphoses Of An Aztec God: Tezcatlipoca, Lord Of the Smoking Mirror
  
"The mask of the god Tezcatlipoca was made from shell, turquoise, lignite and human skull."
Anita Ganeri, Mesoamerican Myth
 
"A protean wizard, Tezcatlipoca caused the death of many Toltecs by his black magic and induced the virtuous Quetzalcóatl to sin, drunkenness, and carnal love, thus putting an end to the Toltec golden age. Under his influence the practice of human sacrifice was introduced into central Mexico."
Encyclopedia Britannica


Thursday, February 5, 2015

PALLAS

PALLAS
“O Nymph more fair than the golden-haired sisters of Cyane or the sky-inhabiting Atlantides, beloved of Aphrodite and blessed of Pallas, thou hast indeed discovered the secret of the Gods, which lieth in beauty and song."
H.P. Lovecraft & Anna Helen Crofts, Poetry and the Gods

"Pallas was the Titan god of warcraft and the Greek campaign season of late spring and early summer. He was the father of Victory, Rivalry, Strength and Power by Styx (Hate), children who turned to the side of Zeus during the Titan-War. Pallas' name was derived from the Greek word pallô meaning "to brandish (a spear)."

"Pallas was clearly imagined as a goat-like god. In the story of the Titan-War, Athene vanquished him in battle, and crafted her stormy aigis (goat-skin) shield from his skin. His father and brothers were also apparently animalistic: Krios, named simply the Ram, was probably the constellation of the same name (Aries); Astraios, father of the horse-shaped wind-gods, may have been assine or equine; and Perses, father of Hekate, was perhaps dog-like god."
Aaron J. Atsma, The Theoi Project: Greek Mythology