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Kaster by humon Kaster by humon

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The kaster is a young naked man with gems on his body from Fynen (Denmark) folklore. Common people would usually encounter him sleeping in fields on sunny days, his gems glittering in the light. They could walk up to him and take as many gems as they liked, but if even one of their hairs touched his skin he would grab them and take them to his home underground.

The kaster seemed to target priests more directly. A priest would be minding his own business when someone knocked on the door late on a cold night. He would find a young naked (or only dressed in a blanket) man and invite him into the warmth, but as soon as the candlelight hit him the priest would see the gems shining. The man would thank him for his kindness and say the priest could take any gem as reward, but it would be a trick. If the priest tried to take any the man would move, making the priest touch his skin and kidnap him. The only way for the priest to avoid capture was to say no and offer the man some food. After he had eaten the man would leave and be unlikely to return.

This was meant as a commentary on greedy priests who didn't help others out of the goodness of their heart, but only for payment.

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Ashen-Phoenix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've learned more about Danish folklore from your comics and commentary artwork like this than I ever thought I would in my life. :) How odd and wonderful a place DevArt is.
LeDaLe14 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So glittery!!
kittykatrocks21 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Ooo I feel like writing a story for this. It sounds interesting
ImmortalBond Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I want to read more on creatures like this, but come up with nothing on the internet. Any suggestions?
Throneofsouls Featured By Owner May 5, 2014   General Artist
I love this picture though I was wondering are you planing to do more art of this character?
Until I saw the description I never knew there was a being like that in folklore? Also have you thought about drawing a picture of a Huldrekall,Nokken & the Kaster together?  

That might be interesting.
Dreamscape195 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
"sleeping in fields on sunny days, his gems glittering in the light"
Edward from twilight. 

That aside, I really love the way you drew the gems Humon, fantastically beautiful. 
Zexy-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I would probably say "Wow,uh...Can we just skip to the part where you take me home with you?"
Most likely I would die. I don't think I would survive any situation where the issue involves a hot man. (I am picky about women though, so might survive that. No amount of big boobies could persuade me.)
MactheViking Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student
I am a fan of your depiction of young naked men covered in jewels. Yes. Very good.
UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
May I ask also where I can study upon this subject? kaster on google just brings me here, lols.

I'm very interested, due to just interest of fey/fae (which is kind of what I would classify kaster under). I would like to make a roleplay character of the said kaster race, but it is hard to do such a thing when this is my only reference.
Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... I was actually doing the exact same thing! I considered the name Jens, meaning 'Jehovah's gift...' ... I think. =w=
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