FIGURES OF LORE | death, various mythologies
The concept of death as a sentient entity has existed in many societies since the beginning of history. In English, Death is often given the name Grim Reaper and, from the 15th century onwards, came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood. It is also given the name of the Angel of Death (Malach HaMavet) or Devil of Death or the angel of dark and light stemming from the Bible and Talmudic lore. The Bible itself does not refer to “The Angel of Death”; there is, however, a reference to “Abaddon” (The Destroyer), an Angel who is known as the “The Angel of the Abyss”. In Talmudic lore, he is characterized as archangel Samael.
In some cases, the Grim Reaper can actually cause the victim’s death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one’s life, such as in the case of Sisyphus. Other beliefs hold that the Spectre of Death is only a psychopomp, serving to sever the last ties between the soul and the body and to guide the deceased to the next world without having any control over the fact of the victim’s death. In many languages (including English), Death is personified in male form, while in others, it is perceived as a female character (for instance, in Slavic and Romance languages).
Every culture has their own depiction of Death, be it a personification or an entity — or even a god or goddess who represents as much. Such as the Keres (violent death) and Thanatos (death) in Greek lore. The Morrigan, in some texts, for Irish mythos. And so on.
That illustration of Death! Oh, that is fantastic.
Hmm. Running through Aly Fell’s pinup art is pretty interesting. Most of the work is like the latter example—often period poses of women with weapons. Women with weapons==good, even if you’re not going the armour route. Sometimes you just can’t be bothered, you know [insert “doing my hair” joke here]?
Heh. I remember this. It was done for the con booklet of UKCAC ‘93 and the original was sold at the charity auction they held at the con every year.
I’ve considered re-drawing it, partially because I was never a fan of the face I gave Death of the Endless, and partially to get rid of that Papyrus font!
And this was in the day before photoshop! Doing that negative with the lettering required photocopies and montage!
I don’t think I had ever seen this particular photo of Cinnamon paired with the resulting illustration of Death. Wonderful, simply wonderful.
I normally post art, and art only. But my friend sent this to me, and thanks to her, I have to post it.
I have known Cinnamon Hadley was the inspiration for the character Death of the Endless for some time now. However I have never seen this picture of her. Now I have, all I want is to go back in time and marry her, because she is absolutely perfect. Is that wrong?
I would LOVE to see a non-waifish cosplay of Death. I know, the character is always drawn as a slender little thing, but I would love to see some folks with different body styles dressed up as her.
*I* could cosplay this incarnation of her. Hell, I have, and not called it cosplay, just what I was wearing to the club that night:
"You got a lifetime."
One of my favourite pages in the whole opus.
What Snow White did to pass the time while waiting for her Prince. NYCC piece
Death and Dream from Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” with a quote from Vol. 6: “Fables and Reflections”. Done by Takatiki Tattoos in Leipzig/Germany.
Favorite Comic Book Characters | Death of the Endless
↳“I’m not blessed, or merciful. I’m just me. I’ve got a job to do, and I do it. Listen: even as we’re talking, I’m there for old and young, innocent and guilty, those who die together and those who die alone. I’m in cars and boats and planes; in hospitals and forests and abbatoirs. For some folks death is a release, and for others death is an abomination, a terrible thing. But in the end, I’m there for all of them.”
This is a FANTASTIC version of Death. I want her tie.
AM I MISTAKEN, OR IS THIS A GENDERQUEER VERSION OF DEATH?