Chi è Cthulhu?
Per quei pochi che non lo sapessero (credo pochi) Cthulhu è una creatura immaginaria ideata dallo scrittore statunitense Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
Si tratta di un essere semi-divino che risiede nella perduta città sommersa di R’lyeh, nei pressi di Ponape (l’odierna Pohnpei, in Micronesia), in un sonno simile alla morte, nell’attesa che una congiunzione astrale favorevole ne consenta il risveglio. Nei racconti del cosiddetto Ciclo di Cthulhu, anche noto come Miti di Cthulhu (definizione postuma dell’opera lovecraftiana e delle aggiunte di molti altri scrittori), l’autore e i suoi epigoni lo hanno definito come una deità blasfema, adorata da popolazioni degenerate, selvaggi e folli, connessa all’insorgere di incubi e il cui culto prevede atroci sacrifici umani. Cthulhu appare per la prima volta nel racconto intitolato Il richiamo di Cthulhu (1928).
Who is Cthulhu?
For those few who do not know (I think few) Cthulhu is a fictional creature created by the American writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
It is a semi-divine that resides in the lost sunken city of R’lyeh, near Ponape (today Pohnpei, Micronesia), in a deathlike sleep, waiting for a favorable astral conjunction will allow the awakening. In the stories of the so-called Cthulhu Mythos, also known as the Cthulhu Mythos (definition’s posthumous Lovecraftian and added many other writers), the author and his followers they have called him as a deity blasphemous, adored by degenerate populations, wild and crazy, connected to the occurrence of nightmares and whose worship provides atrocious human sacrifices. Cthulhu appears for the first time in the story called The Call of Cthulhu (1928).
Cthulhu is part of the complex mythology born from the mind of Lovecraft and he attributed to a fictitious manuscript (pseudobiblium) known as the Necronomicon, drawn from ‘ “Mad Arab” Abdul Alhazred. Cthulhu is the main, as well as a priest, the Ancient One, abominable alien creatures who settled on Earth even when terrestrial life was the beginning. In fact, he came with his stellar offspring (the so-called “stellar offspring of Cthulhu”) on Earth and founded the legendary city of R’lyeh, where he was imprisoned (it is not known whether voluntarily or not) when the stars were aligned properly ( “the stars as a right”). (From wikipedia)
All this to introduce my personal vision of the Ancient One in question. I am in the technical dwelt much on the dotted line, because sometimes I like groped to give an effect similar to that obtained with the carving and printing (for example i love Dorè, to name one). I wanted to give an air of solemn, but a little ‘far from the “animal side” that normally accompanies the various representations. I wanted to give it a divine dimension, which animal.
Here comes my Cthulhu ….
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