Ridiculous Monsters from the 15th Century



This is what happens when the person who actually saw something is not the same person who has the art supplies to illustrate it. They probably never even met, so what you end up with is somewhat akin to the Telephone Game. There are more examples at Buzzfeed. Some drawings may be technically NSFW. Link

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With the exception of pilgrimages people didn't travel very far, so you could tell them any old tall tale. I'm sure the drawings are accurate to the descriptions. It's the descriptions that are, shall we say, embellished?
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The one on the left is a hitmonlee! https://www.google.com/search?q=hitmonlee&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:es-ES:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=7YwtT9nHMOaj0QXH-tysCA&biw=1525&bih=706&sei=8IwtT7bZGaiQ0AWy9bSuCA
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Why so 'ridiculous'? Much more imaginative than the present day muscle-bound monsters presented in contemporary cinema...
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"Culture" isn't a recent phenomenon. Out-of-context, dated facts will always look weird. anyone can make a joke after medieval anatomy or renaissance chemistry.
These uncultered lists are getting more and more common... But its always cool to find more of these images.
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