Sunday, December 9, 2018

Leonard D Greco Jr draws

Alphabetic Primer of Fairyland

"F” is for Faun (& Fairy & Floral)


  1. A faunus was a a bipedal creature with the legs and tail of a goat and the head, arms, and torso of a man, usually depicted with goat's horns and pointed ears.

    Fairies were less well defined. Sometimes the label was applied to specific magical creatures with a human appearance, a small stature, and a penchant for trickery. At other times it was used for any magical creature, including goblins, gnomes, and elves. In various tradition, fairies were the children of Eve, minor pagan deities, spirits of the dead, displaced humanoid beings, or alchemical elementals who personified some force of nature. In his "Daemonologie" James VI of Scotland defined them as demonic entities who prophesied to, consorted with, and transported the individuals they served.In some traditions they were expelled from Heaven because they were not good enough to be angels but were not evil enough to be demons. They were often blamed for sickness, especially tuberculosis and birth deformities. In Old French romances a "faie" (or "fee") was a woman skilled in magic who knew the power and virtue of words, stones, and herbs.

  2. Flora was one of many Roman fertility goddesses, the deity of flowers, springtime, and youth. Her festival featured 5 days of farces and mimes, with men decked in flowers and fake phalluses and the women in proscribed colorful clothing; nudity was not uncommon. On the 6th day hares and goats (both symbolic of fertility) were hunted. Within Asian and Western art traditions, flowers often represented female genitalia.


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