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Tupilaks by humon Tupilaks by humon
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Greenlandic tupilaks.

They were magic creatures created to kill a specific person. The first were made from parts of animals and children. Non of these have ever been found because they were thrown into the sea to find their victim (They were dangerous to make though, because if the victim had stronger magical powers the tupilak would return and kill it's creator instead)

Later ones were made from wood that had been painted black, and often had parts from real animals or children in them, such as claws, teeth or eyes.

And finally there's the white tupilaks made from bone or stone. They were never meant to hurt anyone, but are simply meant for decoration, or even protection.

I like to think there's a story in here somewhere about the old tupilaks trying to sneak into a town and the new ones trying to keep them out.
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:iconstookam:
Stookam Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Sounds kind of similar to the Ribbajack.
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:iconlonelynightrain:
lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing.
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:iconmindkiller1989:
Mindkiller1989 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
So they're like mythological Terminators. Sweet.
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:iconbase-sg:
Base-SG Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
so, that's where the missing children from my basement end up...

*goes reinforce some walls*
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:iconsmell-the-roses:
Smell-The-Roses Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Scary ass shit. Intriging though.
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:iconautobotchrome:
AutobotChrome Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student General Artist
These things crawl around my room sometimes.
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:iconlady-shroom:
lady-shroom Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student General Artist
you too??
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:iconautobotchrome:
AutobotChrome Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah. XD They try to sneak up on me, ya know?
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:iconlady-shroom:
lady-shroom Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, man the things crawl on my ceiling and stuff *shudders* 
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:iconzexion-the-gamer:
Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
it's funny you say you want a story with these creatures, my friend has actually started writing something very similar to these. if you like maybe you could check it out, [link]
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B451l15k Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013

:iconfucknoplz: :icon2spookyplz:

 

But seriously, it's actually not half bad.

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:iconzexion-the-gamer:
Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
ahh thank you!! she'll be very glad to know people are reading and liking it!
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:iconb451l15k:
B451l15k Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
It's not my forte, and I think most "hardcore" horror fans would find it to be rather mild, but it's well-written for an amateur writer. 7/10.
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
oh yes, it's very mild for a horror category. she wasn't really going for it to be too dark and scary anyway, just a little bleakness here and there. thank you though! means a lot to both of us!
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:iconb451l15k:
B451l15k Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
You're very welcome! Always glad to help. :3
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:iconpoasdffvsreg:
poasdffvsreg Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Very intriguing!
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:iconstargazer848:
stargazer848 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
How intriguing... *tilts head*
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:iconhungryghostxx:
HungryGhostXx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're actually really cute! :XD:
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:iconpockynightmare:
PockyNightmare Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
how do i make one of those? :D (from stone ofc!)
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:iconspeedcow12:
speedcow12 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O i made a creature pretty dang similar to these ones before you did O.O still mine was more of a fusion and less different kinds of beings :D
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:iconarcherionwolf:
Archerionwolf Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I really like the designs on these! So unique! :D
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:iconchocoleesy:
chocoleesy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
unnerving and awesome :)
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:iconduartwork:
Duartwork Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
This one is very original! Nice to see something diferente ;-) Great work
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:iconsubetaryu:
SubetaRyu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
I would read that story.
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:iconnecroant:
Necroant Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
In Dominions 3 you cand send these as assassins. Though they about half as usefull as Disease Demons or Lilot. Or Harvester of Sorrow.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fascinating. Sounds like a Greenlandic version of the golem!
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Nayzor Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
absolutely! It'll be great to have a race represent Greenland.

The only question is the genie sleeping in their navel do we make them djinordique or djinnuit?
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captain-stream Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
o_o
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:iconhaichiko:
haichiko Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Remind me of the Tokoroth's from the books chronicles of ancient darkness
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:iconstephentpike:
stephentpike Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
They appear in Canadian Inuit mythology as well with some differences.
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deadinwonderland Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I have a question. Although I know Slenderman (or the origin of Slenderman, not the hyped up version) was derived from Europe, is it possible one of these creatures could also be influences for Slenderman?
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Grimm-Lupe Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your little pieces of "education" of mythology and the mystics. It's so interesting, I appreciate them. :)
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SinfulAnkh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I actually think the yellow, three-headed one is adorable ^^
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Foxyvixy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Cool creatures, I wonder how they killed.
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GoblinDreamer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I just love your post so much! Your speculations on things are just so fun to read! Especially with Mythical creatures. I probably wouldn't have found out about the tupilaks if it weren't for you! :heart:

Have you ever thought about doing a little book of illustrations (like the human/animals books you did) with the info you post of mythical creatures? Because I would totally buy it.
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:iconlilfred:
LilFred Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Love when you share mythology of your country ^^ Sure the are very similar to golems! -
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:iconzeb31:
ZEB31 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
reminds me of Kakurenbo
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:iconnightwitcher:
Nightwitcher Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And they totally look like homunculi from Fullmetal Alchemist.
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:iconaurora-celest:
aurora-celest Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
:iconreactionplz: Dafaq they doing in Greenland that warrants the creation of these ghastly abominations.
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:iconmoreuse:
Moreuse Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting sounding creatures. so there basically a type of golem?
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:iconthemastergirl:
themastergirl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
i like the fourlegged whitish one x3 its kinda cute
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Interesting creatures.
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:icondeath-tribble:
death-tribble Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
These are mentioned in Role Playing Games as well so interesting to see you mnention them as well.
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B451l15k Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
That little stone(?) tupilak is just adorable.
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Alcoholication Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
These look like they could be Mortasheen creatures lol
But they're not drippy or gross enough

The wrapped up one on the far right there is the most fitting one
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:iconoka415:
oka415 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
this is awesome
but the one that looks like it's all wrapped up really creeps me out
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Chiichiichan94 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool story :D loved it
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