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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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Art-lover221 Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
I figured out how to get the gems all you have to do is shave the hair off your hand and arm.
Insanity-is-ADOWABLE Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
The real question would be what would the Kaster do with you, once he kidnaps you :3 I would very much like to know
TinyBirdGames Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, what would happen if he took you? You would die, right? Please correct me.
Mirure Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Even if it's about greedy priests, I still love how you drew the boy/man with the gems, it's so beautiful and every color is just melting into one, beautiful, warm piece of art.
Really well done Humon, it's amazing! ^w^
lazarusninja Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
kinky! :iconpervieplz:
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.
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