Alphabeasts- Y is for Yara-Ma-Yha-Who

Wow, we are at Y. Only Z to go… crazy.
Because my last few have been more modern fiction based I wanted to go back and get at least one more creature of legend in.
I chose this interesting little feller…

Y is for Yara-Ma-Yha-Who:

“In aboriginal cultures, there was a vampire-like being, described as a little red man, approximately four feet tall, with a very large head and mouth. It has no teeth and swallowed its food whole. Its most distinguishing features were it hands and feet. It tips of the fingers and toes were shaped like the suckers of an octopus.
The yara-ma-yha-who lived in the tops of fig trees and did not hunt for food, but waited until unsuspecting victims sought shelter under the tree. It then jumped down and placed its hands and feet on the body. It would drain the blood from the victim to the point the person was left weak and helpless, but rarely, to cause the victim to die. The creature would later return and consume its meal. It then drank water and took a nap. When it woke, the undigested portion of its meal would be regurgitated. According to the story, the person regurgitated was still alive, and children were advised to offer no resistance should it be their misfortune to meet a yara-ma-yha-who. Their chances of survival were better if they let the creature swallow them.
People might be captured on several occasions. Each time, they would grow a little shorter until they were the same size as the yara-ma-yha-who. Their skin would first become smooth and then they would begin to grow hair all of their body. Gradually they were changed into one of the mythical little furry creatures of the forest.
The story of the yara-ma-yha-who was told to young children who might wander from the tribe, and to naughty children to scare them that it might come and take them away.”

That is taken from an article by Micha F. Lindemans.
I found a few different tales actually. They are all pretty much the same other than in some the creature is referred to as a Vampire. Like a vampire with no teeth that sucks blood through the suckers on his fingers.
I love that they can get you more than once and gradually turn you into one by making you shorter and shorter. I think they would only have to get me once maybe.

I actually think this is one of my favorites I’ve done for this.
As we wrap this up, I am going to try and finally get my A installment up between now and Z.

P.S. I kinda wanna use these guys in a comic somewhere too!

About treebeerdy

I am a freelance artist that has been drawing comics for about half my life. I try to work in all mediums that I possibly can but love working with a brush and a bottle of ink. If you like what you see here and need an artist for something, drop me a line.
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