Origins: Garo Picture

For Sequential & Narrative Illustration this spring I did a research-based project on creation myths from around the world. It was kind of indulgent of an interest/obsession of mine but hey, I learned a lot. I tried to avoid classical mythology and wanted to explore the beliefs and traditions of people from non-western cultures that aren't as well known to Americans such as myself.

This piece is from the Garo, an ethnic group in the Indian state of Meghalaya and part of Bangladesh. In Garo tradition, the spirit Nostu-Nopantu formed the earth from clay while suspended from a spider's web to keep out of the waters below. It was a beetle who brought her the clay she needed from the bottom of the water where several other creatures had failed.

For more information on the project in general and on each piece, please visit my
Sketchy Beginnings
Valhalla Scanlation: V9 Page 25
Origins: Garo
Two Centaurs
Divine Intervention page 2