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Art Show: Mythological Creatures


by Windi Rosson

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Art: Jorōgumo by Artist Windi Rosson
My submission for the Mythological Creatures show. I wanted to portray something a bit unusual and came upon the story of the Jorōgumo.

When a spider turns 400 years old, it gains magical powers. According to some stories, a Jorōgumo is a spider that can change its appearance into that of a seductive woman and/or become half spider half woman.

The Edo period legend has it that a beautiful woman would entice a man into a quiet shack and begin to play a Biwa, a type of Japanese lute. While the victim would be distracted by the sound of the instrument, she binds her victim in spider silk threads in order to devour the unsuspecting person as her next meal.

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