|Spider woman by IanLIR|
Any monster that puts to use the two classic fears of arachnophobia and Oh-my-God-that-beautiful-woman-is-not-what-she-appears-to-be has to be bi-winning in a way that puts Charlie Sheen to even more shame than he normally puts himself. (Hey, 2011 references die hard.) For more info on the appearances of the spider-woman (and sometimes, man) of many names in popular culture, take a look at the TVTropes entry on Youkai, then scroll down and click on "Tsuchigumo and Jorogumo Examples." (I had completely forgotten about Akira Kurosawa's hinting in Throne of Blood.) And if you really want to blow an afternoon, do searches for "spider" and for "beautiful tropes" while you are over there.
A special thanks to the two artists featured in today's Mythopoeic Monday. They got back to me with their permissions too late to be included in the earlier posting, but they gave me an excuse to revisit the creature and update the resources I found online. Please repay their generosity by giving their DeviantArt pages a visit and maybe even a comment.
In parting, I offer you a thematically appropriate magical relic: Bat's Banner of the Spider God. The banner could be used by a warrior in service of the Spider God -- perhaps the champion of a powerful kumohime.
|KumoHime by WittA|