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MCotD: Karura / Garuda

So this week we're going to try sticking to a theme with the MCotD.
Prepare yourself for an onslaught of Human/Critter hybrids!

To kick things off we're going with the Karura/Garuda, which are the Japanese and Indian names respectively for a hindu-buddhist mythical creature. (I'm going to stick with Karura as a name except where the two diverge from eachother.)




"Garuda is depicted as having a golden body, white face, red wings, and an eagle's beak and wings but a man's body. He wears a crown on his head. He is ancient and huge, and can block out the sun." -Wikipedia
The latter Karura adds the ability to breathe fire. Early descriptions of Garuda are described as more creature like, being ridden by Vishnu as a mount. The being later evolved into more of a humanoid with an eagle's head and wings.

Karura is the enemy of all Naga (a race of intelligent serpent- or dragon-like beings), as well as dragons and serpents. It is considered to be oldest of the birds, and the flapping of its wings sounded like a clap of thunder.

There's not a lot of symbolism, as it's a fairly overt persona in the stories it's involved in. It is however invoked as a symbol of impetuous violent force, of speed, and of martial prowess.
It's also said to personify the sun.

Interesting modern trivia: Thailand and Indonesia use the garuḍa as their national symbols; the Indonesian national airline is Garuda Indonesia. One form of the garuḍa, used in Thailand as a sign of Royal family, is called Krut Pha, meaning "garuḍa acting as the vehicle (of Vishnu)." -Wikipedia


Links:
http://www.crystalinks.com/bird.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garuda
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karura
http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/karura.shtml

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
chillguru
Mar. 3rd, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Garuda ready to kick some ass!
inahandbasket
Mar. 3rd, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Garuda ready to kick some ass!
damn, nice! how'd I miss that one...
catya
Mar. 3rd, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Garuda ready to kick some ass!
but so CUTE!
chillguru
Mar. 3rd, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
It would appear that the Karura is more of a kind of creature, whereas Garuda is a specific deity, though there does appear to be overlap.
inahandbasket
Mar. 3rd, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the line is rather fuzzy.
komos
Mar. 3rd, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
hinud?
inahandbasket
Mar. 3rd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
details details.
komos
Mar. 3rd, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Jes' tryin to hep.
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