|Swap Coordinator:||HausOfImps (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Artist Trading Card (ATC) Handmade Themed|
|Number of people in swap:||4|
|Number of people watching:||11|
|Type:||Type 3: Package or craft|
|Last day to signup/drop:||July 3, 2022|
|Date items must be sent by:||July 18, 2022|
|Number of swap partners:||1|
Are you a fan of folklore? Would you like to create (and receive) ATCs of creatures from folklore from around the world? Then welcome to the Folklore ATC series!
ATC #9 features The Monster of Lake Tota! Who is this monster, you ask? Well, look no further than Lake Tota! Where is Lake Tota? Look no further than Colombia! And who is in the... ok, you know what, I'll just be direct. There are records of "a fish with a black head like an ox and larger than a whale" dating back to the 1600's, originally quoted from historian Lucas Fernández de Piedrahita. Sightings continued throughout history, and comparisons have been made to the "devil whale" type archetype.
But, perhaps more interesting -- the monster is also tied to the Muisca people. The Muisca people were the indigenous, pre-Columbian inhabitants of the area around Bogotá, and the monster may be associated with Busiraco, an evil spirit that manifested as a massive, black snake and lived in the dry, dusty cave that was to become the lake. According to their mythology, a "great dancer" used a massive gold disk to kill the snake, which had been terrorizing the people. A gem made of tears was then placed into the cave, which turned into the liquid -- which is now the lake.
Why is he still living there? It's hard to say. But he continues to pop up, so all we can do is create an ATC in his honor.
Don't be shy to ask me anything you're unsure about. Also, feel free to leave suggestions for future subjects for the series in the comments.
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