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Catoblepas

The catoblepas (from the Greek καταβλέπω, (katablÚpō) "to look downwards") is a legendary creature from Ethiopia, described first by Pliny the Elder and later by Claudius Aelianus. It is said to have the body of a buffalo and the head of a hog. Its back has scales that protect the beast, and its head is always pointing downwards. Its stare or breath could either turn people into stone, or kill them. The catoblepas is often thought to be based on real-life encounters with wildebeest, such that some dictionaries say that the word is synonymous with "gnu."


Ancient and medieval descriptions

Pliny the Elder (Natural History, 8.77) described the catoblepas as a mid-sized creature, sluggish, with a heavy head and a face always turned to the ground. He thought its gaze, like that of the basilisk, was lethal, making the heaviness of its head quite fortunate.

Claudius Aelianus (On the Nature of Animals, 7.6) provided a fuller description: the creature was a mid-sized herbivore, about the size of a domestic bull, with a heavy mane, narrow, bloodshot eyes, a scaly back and shaggy eyebrows. The head was so heavy that the beast could only look down. In his description, the animal's gaze was not lethal, but its breath was poison, since it ate only poisonous vegetation.
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olracadejup Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
this is what serathus made off.Awesome :-) :salute:
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Serathus Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks carl! =)
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verlak Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful! <3 :O
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Serathus Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
it's possible. considering what a wilderbeast looks like and what this looks like.
the colors and shape almost make it look like it could fit in the ponies world. not a bad design.
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Serathus Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks my friend! glad you like it =)
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
welcome. :)
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c0nf00z3d Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet painting and quite educational. :meditate:
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Serathus Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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SkullieDark Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
awesome :wow:
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Serathus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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SkullieDark Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
welcome c:
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JoshCorpuz85 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Woah man! I really love the way you paint the sky and background. :D
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot! =)
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Daniel-Abreu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Nice one :)
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Serathus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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bioweapon69 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
NAKU BAD BREATH NA TO,,,,NAKAKABATO PA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol! oo nga, agree ako =D
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bioweapon69 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
hhahahahaha pero pre sa totoo lang an LLLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hehe! salamat! =D
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bioweapon69 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
wala yun
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srt2024 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
great :)
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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buttstrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is soo sick! I love it!
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot! =)
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buttstrong Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! (:
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Great artwork!!! :hooray:
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
No problem! :wave:
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Birdtear Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok now where is my Sword ?!
nice work on coloring and area :)
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
dont look to his eyes, you'll turn to stone. and thanks! =)
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TimberwolfEmmy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it. Awesome beast.
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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dondepp Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student General Artist
AWESOME!!!!! XD

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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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dondepp Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
you are very welcome.. XD

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TheEinherjar-Sitter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC!!
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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acdcchick1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
HOLY SH-
*speechless*
amazing. amazing, I love this. Instant fave
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks glad u like it! =)
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sannamy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
better known as Behemot. jajajajaja, is a JOke a JOke. XD... excelent job as usuall, man. ^^
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol! yeah, very similar. thanks a lot! =)
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RinTheCrazyWolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011   Traditional Artist
Awesome
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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RinTheCrazyWolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011   Traditional Artist
no problem :D
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Jrakob Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty darn scary looking.
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol, i agree! =)
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Kanukling Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work as always :D
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Serathus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot! =)
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h3LL1X Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
please tell me what program did u use to do it ?
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