On a personal level, morphology, anatomy, and doing these dissections irreversibly changed my outlook on life.
Life has this je ne sais quoi, this quality that immediately departs with death, so much so that dead things don’t feel alive, and feel as though they have never been alive.
Beneath my hands, the muscle and bone, that I carved away were the same materials that made me. As the scalpel blade whittles away chips of cartilage, like brittle pine, it’s hard to visualize these tattered remains as once having been a life……with joy and conflict, and light no different from any of us.
And when life is gone; its inner workings laid bare, there is no ghost in the machine, no entrails parted to reveal some great and shining secret hidden inside.
All along, they were nothing more assemblages of muscle and bone……..in the same way that we are…….and will be.
Life is precious, fragile, impossibly perfect and shockingly miraculous…….. and there’s no time to waste.
Also… look at how amazing this is !!!!
Kappa (river imp)
Jorōgumo (lit. “whore spider”)
Kubire-oni (strangler demon)
Rokurokubi (long-necked woman)
Onmoraki (bird demon)
Nekomata (cat monster)
Tengu (bird-like demon)
Tenjō-sagari (ceiling dweller)
Enma Dai-Ō (King of Hell)
Kyūbi no kitsune (nine-tailed fox)
Baku (dream-eating chimera)
Yamasei (mountain sprite)
Rashōmon no oni (ogre of Rashōmon Gate)
Waira (mountain-dwelling chimera)
Nure-onna (snake woman)
The Forest King (C) Daryl Toh Liem Zhan 2012.