Does Medieval Human-Animal Hybrid Art Depict Devas of the Animals? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 11 December 2021

Dear Ones,

I ran across an interesting image today. The subject is Saint Anthony and demons. Source information is scant, so I cannot be completely certain that it is in the public domain. Here is a link to the image … https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/medievalmonsters01.jpg?resize=656%2C461 ..

This is a very interesting image, as the depiction of the ‘demons’ around Saint Anthony support my notion that, in medieval times (provided this is a medieval painting) people may have had visions of the devas of the various animals. If that is so, and if we assume the ‘demons’ the painter depicts are the devas of animals in or near the artist’s household, then I would label the odd beings around Saint Anthony in the image, from bottom left and proceeding clockwise:

  • Deva of the Lobsters and Crayfish (orange crustacean);
  • Deva of the Goats (blue, with three horns, and looking randy using an artistic device oft employed in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance … that of a face with a tongue handing out, drawn in the lower torso);
  • Deva of Rocks or maybe Coal? (black, with horns and a tail);
  • Deva of Cats (orange, face on chest, two horns, big mouth with teeth, legs spread, tail up, claws on hands and feet);
  • Deva of the Birds (orange, with feathery fur, a beak, protruding eyes, and claws on hands and feet)
  • Deva of Dogs (bottom right: black, with a doggish nose and eyes, claws on its front feet, wings and horns, no back legs, and a body that tapers into a tail);
  • I cannot peg the black face with two horns and two arms just under Saint Anthony at the bottom of the image;
  • But to its left, at the bottom of the image, appears to be a Deva of the Snakes (black, with a crest on its back, ears, and a long, legless body that tapers into a tail)

In the Middle Ages and for some time thereafter, people often had visions of beings that resembled human-animal hybrids. In the instance of the painting linked to above, it seems to me the notion of animal devas applies.

In other instances of illustrations from medieval manuscripts and Church art, it seems to me more as if the images are of hybrid people … people whose Higher Minds are imprinted with the mental bodies of various animals, either domestic or wild, instead of their being imprinted with the mental bodies of their human mothers and fathers.

Image: “Saint Chrystopher (depicted with the head of a dog),” by anonymous icon painter, 17th Century, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saint_christopher_cynocephalus.gif … public domain … DESCRIPTION: “Kermira, Cappadocia St Christopher depicted with the head of a dog. From the 5th century on, it was widely believed in Byzantium that the saint was one of the mythic dog-heads, a barbarian race without the gift of human speech. Nevertheless his depiction as a dog-head had not been the dominant in the Byzantine art, since the Byzantine Church frowned upon the linking of one of its saints with the cynocephali. In the post-Byzantine art, though, especially from the 17th c. onwards, the Orthodox artists several times paint the Saint as a dog-head.” … COMMENT: It seems to me possible dog-headedness may have to do with muteness and not likeness to a dog.

Image: “Saint Chrystopher (depicted with the head of a dog),” by anonymous icon painter, 17th Century, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saint_christopher_cynocephalus.gif … public domain …

DESCRIPTION: “Kermira, Cappadocia St Christopher depicted with the head of a dog. From the 5th century on, it was widely believed in Byzantium that the saint was one of the mythic dog-heads, a barbarian race without the gift of human speech. Nevertheless his depiction as a dog-head had not been the dominant in the Byzantine art, since the Byzantine Church frowned upon the linking of one of its saints with the cynocephali. In the post-Byzantine art, though, especially from the 17th c. onwards, the Orthodox artists several times paint the Saint as a dog-head.” …

COMMENT: It seems to me possible dog-headedness may have to do with muteness and not likeness to a dog.

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As human-animal artwork is often found in indigenous primitive cultures, and as animal totems are sometimes found in their folklore, it seems to me likely that, in times when the human population is small and scattered, it may be more likely that the Devas of the Animals or even Devas of the Elements … such as Rocks and Minerals, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether … might imprint themselves on the mental bodies of human children.

I feel this hybridization of human children likely to have occurred more frequently in days gone by because … during times of the eclipse of human civilization (such as those that may be about to take place in these days of Ascension) … there are so many non-human species … along with their overlighting animal and elemental devas … roaming about the campfires and homesteads of human folk.

By way of counter argument, I note there is a theory circulating round about that the depiction of human-animal beings in the artwork of the Middle Ages, as well as the dancing fevers that took place then, might have had to do with a disease termed ‘Saint Anthony’s Fire’ to do with infection of rye crops with a fungus called ‘ergot’. Baked ergot produces LSD, and so it is bandied about that the cause may be lysergic acid hallucinations, as described here …

Video: :The Disturbing Paintings of Hieronymus Bosch,” by hochelaga, 26 November 2021 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n9zbPmHvJE … COMMENT: Ergot as a hallucinogen is described at 5.25 and thereafter in the video.

My feeling is, for the Lightworker and for the mystic, my Animal and Elemental deva theory will ring true. But the scientist may prefer the theory of ergots and LSD. Both can be true at the same time, I feel, as the Lightworker and mystic inhabit the Fifth Dimension and higher; and the scientist works with the Third Dimension.

All dimensions exist together, in the same instant, in the Eternal Now. So a person’s understanding of  the cause of visions will depend on the dimension (and timeline) on which he places his Awareness.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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