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Iara by GENZOMAN Iara by GENZOMAN
PSCS/bamboo/cant remember time/Music: Electrical storm-U2
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Winter here, miss the salty air of the beach and the color of the summer days :). A pic from the last year, more demi-girls:)
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Iara, also spelled Uira or Yara, is the name of a figure from Brazilian mythology based on ancient Tupi and Guaraní mythology. The word derives from Old Tupi yîara = y + îara (water + lord/lady) = lady of the lake (water queen). She is seen as either a water nymph, siren, or mermaid depending upon the context of the story told about her. The Brazilian town of Nova Olinda claims the Cama da Mãe D’água as the home of Iara.

Iara was a beautiful young woman connected to a freshwater water body (the Tupi word y did not have a distinct meaning, being used in general for any such place) who would sit on a rock by the river combing her hair or dozing under the sun. When she felt a man around she would start to sing gently to lure him. Once under the spell of the Iara a man would leave anything to live with her underwater forever, which was not necessarily a bad thing, as she was pretty and would cater for all needs of her lover for the rest of his life.

Iaras are immortal (like the nymphs of Greek mythology), but her lovers do age and die, which means that they live most of eternity alone.

The legend of the Iara was one of the usual explanations for the disappearance of those who ventured alone in the jungle.

Iara (or Yara) is also a very popular female name in Brazil.

The Iara is similar in nature to several other female figures of folklore from other regions such as La Llorona from Mexico and the Southwestern United States, the Columbian creatures La Patasola and the Tunda and the Deer Woman of North America. All are females who at times function as sirens leading men to their death.
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:iconrhysion:
Really nice water and energy effects! I quite like the coloring and shading!
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:iconcheddar23:
amei, representou bem.
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TakemaKei Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how the armor are seashells XD
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:iconpiradex:
I am very touched by your art. Thank you for representing the Brazilian mythological Gods. It is very difficult to find some new art on them, here in Brazil, our native people is still a joke to our youth.
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:iconestavs:
did you purposefully include your favourite bit of the drawings
(PSST! THE BOOBS)
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:iconestavs:
OH by the way your work is amazing!
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:iconblessedpoetry:
Amazing work. Thank you for remembering Brazilian culture.
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kierru-kun Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for remember brazilian culture!
really thanks!

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