EXERCISE Myth-take Challenge #21

Discussion in 'REFINING WRITING' started by Lstorm, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Myths and legends could be said to be the prototypes of modern novels. They are stories in their own right, tales that were passed on for generations. Even today, some elements from the old myths remain in our stories and occasionally, they serve as inspiration.

    This week’s mythical element is: Rakshasa

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    In Hindu Mythology, the Rakshasa are a species of immoral spirits, who are said to be mean, ugly and huge cannibals who have insatiable hunger. According to the legends, they were born from Brahma's foot, though their origins are sometimes debated, however, one thing is for sure: They are vicious, ill-intentioned spirits who disturb priests, travellers, desecrate graves or even worse. Their job is made easier by the fact that some of them are shape-changers, magicians and illusionists. They are rarely seen in a positive light, but even then, they are seen on both sides of morality, with some of them being immoral and others being moral.

    Your challenge is to write a story that incorporates your own take on this mythical element. The genre and setting of the story does not matter as long as the element remains recognisable.