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A Book of Creatures
The Leucrocotta, unlike its close relative the corocotta, was not treated with any degree of seriousness by the ancients. There is only one primary textually corrupt record of it in Classical writing, it was never brought to Rome to the wonderment of all, and there are no contemporary depictions of it in art.
And yet, the unique description it was given ensured not only that it would thrive in medieval writing, but also that it and the corocotta would eventually be hopelessly confused. The only source for the leucrocotta is Pliny, who locates it in Ethiopia.
It is as big as a wild donkey and has the cloven-hooved legs of stag, which enable it to run swiftly. It has the neck, tail, and breast of a lion, the head of a badger with a mouth slit all the way to the ears, and a single block of bone for teeth. Like the corocotta, it imitates the human voice. Elsewhere Pliny says that the leucrocotta is the offspring of a lioness and a hyena or corocotta.
It has very sharp eyesight, a single continuous tooth in each jaw, and no gums. The single teeth are kept sharp by constantly rubbing against each other, and are enclosed in a sort of sheath. The name of the leucrocotta itself is probably an error. Holland indicates that the best manuscripts of Pliny use the term leucocrota , which was then corrupted to leucrocota and its variants. The original may have been some kind of antelope, but the modified name gave it its origin from a lion and a corocotta leo and crocotta.
It is as big as a donkey, haunched like a stag, with the breast and legs of a lion, the head of a camel, cloven hooves, a mouth that extends all the way back to the ears, and a single round bone instead of teeth.
Its voice is like that of a man. It is the swiftest of all beasts. Perhaps due to its clearly defined and unusual iconography, the leucrocotta found new popularity in medieval bestiaries, to the extent that it eclipsed the corocotta.
Its mouth is from ear to ear, it has a single bone in each jaw instead of teeth, and it imitates human speech. Assuming the leucrocotta is a real animal, and stripping it of its confusion with the corocotta, its description evokes a large maned antelope.
Ball suggests the nilgai as the origin of this chimera. Ball, V. Borges, J. Vintage Classics, Random House, London. Kitchell, K. Routledge, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon. Magnus, A. Pliny; Holland, P. Solinus, G. The hyena was known to the ancients under several names. The term hyaina Greek and hyaena Latin almost certainly refer to the smaller and more familiar striped hyena.
The more exotic Corocotta is probably the spotted hyena, especially considering its vocal qualities and prowess at hunting. Much of what is said about the corocotta is shared with the hyena, and even Greek and Roman authors seem uncertain as to whether or not it is seprate from the hyena.
What is known is that the corocotta is unfamiliar, hailing from far-flung lands — either Ethiopia or India, depending on the author the regions were used interchangeably. If it is indeed African, the word corocotta may be a Libyan or Ethiopian word for the hyena. The name has since then been applied to the spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta. It is found in Ethiopia and is incredibly strong. It can mimic human voices, calling people out by name at night and killing them when they come out in response.
It is as brave as a lion, as fast as a horse, as strong as a bull, and cannot be fought with steel weapons. Agatharchides says it is a fierce and powerful creature that lives in Ethiopia.
It can crush bones with its jaws. The corocotta can also mimic human speech, and it uses this ability to lure humans out at night so it can kill them. Agatharchides rejects this. Pliny says that the corocotta is the offspring of a dog and a wolf. It can crush anything with its teeth, and anything it eats is immediately digested and passed through its body. It is Ethiopian. Elsewhere further powers are attributed to the hyena or crocuta: it changes sex every other year, its neck is an extension of its spine, it can imitate human speech and vomiting sounds, it digs up graves, its shadow strikes dogs dumb, it paralyzes other living things by circling around them three times, and it has a thousand variations in eye color.
Aelian separates the hyena and the corocotta. The hyena roams around cattle pens by night and imitates the sound of vomiting, attracting dogs which are promptly killed and eaten. But the corocotta is even craftier. Aelian says that it listens to woodcutters calling each other by name and the words they say, then it imitates their voices, calling out to its victim and withdrawing before calling again. It continues this game of cat-and-mouse until its prey has been tempted far away from their friends, whereupon the corocotta pounces and kills them.
Dio Cassius reports that Severius had a corocotta imported from India to be slain in the games in AD It had never been seen in Rome before. The MS Bodley bestiary adds a mention of the crocote at the end of the hyena entry, describing it as a hybrid of lion and hyena with a single bone replacing its teeth both features of the leucrocotta.
It imitates human voices and is always found in the same place. The leucrota, on the other hand, is given a complete entry of its own which is fairly faithful to its original account. Topsell divides his Hyena entry to cover the varieties of hyena. In addition to the hyena proper, he provides additional hyenas including the papio baboon , the mantichora, and the crocuta. The crocuta has become the same as the leucrocuta; it is an Ethiopian cross between a lioness and a hyena, with its teeth replaced by a single bone in each jaw.
Ludolphus is clear that the hyena or crocuta by now they are one and the same, and refer to what we would now call the spotted hyena is the most voracious of all Ethiopian beasts, preying upon men in the day as well as at night, and digging down the walls of houses and stables. It is speckled with black and white spots. It may be that the hyena of the ancients was the striped hyena, while the corocotta was the spotted hyena, or vice versa.
Aelian, trans. Scholfield, A. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ctesias, McCrindle, J. Press, Bombay; Trubner and Co. Robin, P.
John Murray, London. By night it haunts the Bhimlat Kund water tank. Normally the Yam Bhaya Akhoot is in a dormant state, and is invisible. But when visitors start climbing the tower, it follows them up the stairs, remaining on the well-worn outside the steps. It can see through its whole body. Blue light starts to glow through its skin, which is translucent and feels like the skin of a peach. With each step covered its shape becomes clearer and its blue glow stronger.
Tentacular appendages appear at the halfway point of the staircase. It will only follow a fully self-realized person to the top of the stairs. But if the person it follows is fully self-realized and blameless, then it will reach the top with them, become their aura, and guide them to Nirvana. This event has happened only once, and sadly is probably impossible today since the top of the tower was covered by a dome in more recent times.
One suggestion is that it is the ghost of the leader of the Nakshatra Meenu, the giant brittle stars that invaded the Konkan Coast. It had been captured and presented generations later to the ruler of Mewar. Furthermore, Borges also confusingly attributes it to either C.
Bhairav, J. Blaft Publications, Chennai. It may be considered the local variant of the rainbow serpent, although the lumping of such entities may be overzealous. A foot carving of the kurrea is clearly snake-shaped. The deepest part of the Boobera Lagoon is bottomless and that is where the kurrea lives.
An enormous serpentine creature, it is incapable of moving on dry land. When a kurrea wants to travel, it tears up the ground on the banks of the lagoon, excavating channels along which it can swim. Anyone who dared fish, swim, or paddle in the Boobera Lagoon would immediately be attacked and devoured by the kurrea. This hostile behavior could cause serious shortages, as the lagoon had large flocks of waterfowl and schools of fish.
Once a man called Toolalla, of the Barwon River, decided to rid his people of the kurrea. He was a skilled hunter and, armed with his sharpest and strongest weapons, he stood on the bank of the lagoon. Before long the kurrea had noticed him and swam towards him. But despite all his preparations, Toolalla discovered that even his best weapons could not even injure the kurrea.
Toolalla made the wise decision to flee for his life. The kurrea followed him, gouging out a channel at high speed and rapidly gaining on his prey. Toolalla managed to climb up a tall bumble tree where the snake could not reach him. Eventually, frustrated and disappointed, the kurrea returned to the Boobera Lagoon, where it continued to be a threat to all who trespassed on its domain.
Strange Creatures from the Guideways Through Mountains and Seas
Thirty-Six Views comprises poems and descriptions published by the Kangxi emperor in commemorating his newly finished summer palace and reflecting on his life there. The text is accompanied by wood-block prints of its most scenic views create Dreams have been taken seriously in China for at least three millennia. The combination of text and lavish illustrations does indeed provide both specialists and non-specialists a portal into the imaginative world of Shanhai jing with its wondrous and mythical creatures. Richard E. Du kanske gillar.
The mountains of China are saturated with many mystical and mysterious creatures. Beginning to try and unlock and discover the meaning behind mountains of China can be a tricky task. Especially since in China the spirits of the dead are extremely valued and feared as well by many, people believe that the souls of the deceased travel to these mountains as a haven. Each mountain holds specific fables and myths of the creatures that rest within them and what they represent. Both of these mountains hold many tales and legends of what they represent as well as what lays inside them.
A CHINESE BESTIARY Strange Creatures from the GUIDEWAYS THROUGH MOUNTAINS AND SEAS Edited and Translated with Commentary by RICHARD E.
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The Leucrocotta, unlike its close relative the corocotta, was not treated with any degree of seriousness by the ancients. There is only one primary textually corrupt record of it in Classical writing, it was never brought to Rome to the wonderment of all, and there are no contemporary depictions of it in art. And yet, the unique description it was given ensured not only that it would thrive in medieval writing, but also that it and the corocotta would eventually be hopelessly confused. The only source for the leucrocotta is Pliny, who locates it in Ethiopia.
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Embed Size px x x x x Lilienthal imprint honors special books in commemoration of a man whose work at the University of California Press from to was marked by dedication to young authors and to high standards in the eld of Asian Studies. Friends, family, authors, and foundations have together endowed the Lilienthal Fund, which enables the Press to publish under this imprint selected books in a way that reects the taste and judgment of a great and beloved editor. London, England by the Regents of the University of California Grateful acknowledgment is made to the National Library of China in Beijing for permission to reprint the seventy-six plates from the Guideways through Mountains and Seas and to the Library of Congress in Washington, D. Philip E.
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