Deformities

Favorite Kaiju: Hedorah!

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Hedorah is also known as the Smog Monster.  It first appeared in Toho’s 1971 film Godzilla vs. Hedorah.

Born of pollution and feeding on pollution,Hedorah is an extraterrestrial kaiju who fell to Earth as a cloud of spores. Upon arriving on our planet,Hedorah hatched into millions of microscopic organisms which began to feed upon the toxins with which humankind has polluted the air and water.
As the tadpole-like microbes increased in number and power, they began to merge into a giant monster of living sludge .Since Hedorah fed on pollution, as  long as a small piece of it remained alive, Hedorah could retreat to absorb more pollution in order to regenerate itself.

Engravings: Human-Headed Sheep.

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This is from the 1665 edition of Fortunio Liceti’s De Monstris. Okay, this was definitely an odd one to discover. And again, it is an engraving I am reproducing, so I have no photographic evidence as to what exactly was going on with the head/face of this sheep.
Liceti’s work was possibly the most influential of the period dealing with deformities and monsters. In the wake of his book there was a huge rise in interest throughout Europe in “monstrosities” such as supposed mermaids, deformed fetuses, and other natural marvels.
Licenti did not see deformity as something negative—errors and failures in the course of nature—unlike many of his contemporaries. He compared nature to an artist who, faced with some imperfection in the materials to be shaped, ingeniously creates another form still more admirable.