Keeper of the Dead and the Bugs

 

The most recent work for the Monsters and the last for the show was the Keeper of the Dead.  This is a piece, like the Lion, that waited for its purpose as the story evolved.  This piece features asymmetrical horns, a detail that troubled me when I finished with the piece.

The original plan was to  make three dead monsters for grouping of the Dead Ones, each at a different stage of exoskeletal growth.  I unfortunately ran out of time to make the third dead one for the series before the show.  I still wanted a grouping of three since the other monsters are centered around groups of two.  I chose to bring the piece that came to be known as Keeper of the Dead to hold the number three in the grouping.

Unlike the Singer and the Hunter, the Keeper of the dead is chosen rather than born into a particular family.  The deformity of the horns indicated a particular talent that is required for the duties of the keeper.  The Bugs activity makes a particular sound in the bodies of the Dead Ones.  This sound causes the keeper to have a type of hallucination, and  this is how the will of the ancestors is interpreted.

The singer, with his roll as historian, the Hunter as person primarily responsible for the physical welfare of the clan and the Keeper who interprets the will of the ancestors, comprise the government of the Monsters.  Decisions about location and movement, interaction with other clans and other factors impacting daily life of the clan are decided by this group.

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