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Makara by Pristichampsus Makara by Pristichampsus
Hindu mythology's sea elephant.
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Sea elephant=elephant seal?
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Bhurloka12 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
The Makara I think is not based on one single animal but seems more like a composite of different ones. Usually I've seen different versions of this creature and many have composite features of animals like dolphin, shark, crocodile, elephant, and deer. Its fluidity is apparent when I saw the Chinese version of it, which is heavily dragonified.

As far as the reason of this creature, maybe it has something to do with each Hindu deity having their own magical animal mount (the bird god Garuda for Vishnu, the elephant Airavata for Indra, etc). Since the Makara is the only major mount for the water god Varuna and the river goddess Ganga, maybe it's an inventive tie to the typical large beasts of the land associated with the water.

I don't think the elephant seal was the source for the Makara.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
no.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student General Artist
I wonder if this was based on sightings of relict Makaracetus?
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Maybe...
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mar16cris Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this one sounds familiar...."Makaracetus"?
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Named after the same mythical trunked sea creature.
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i just would like to ask this...did you use the sri lankan or the indian makara as the basis of your drawing?
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
I have no idea, I'm not sure I know the differences, please tell me.
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the word makara is the original term given to the mugger crocodile, and thus the makara of indian art was represented as a vahana of kamadeva and also i think ganga, as a crocodilian beast. later, it was given both fishlike and turtle-like features alternatively, sometimes as a chimera of all three. when the makara motif reached sri lanka, it was interpreted as a complete chimera, mainly with an elephant's trunk, fish scales, the ears of a pig, eyes of a monkey, teeth and jaws of a crocodile, wings of a bird ( in more modern depictions) and i think the paws of a lion. but these features are certainly not consistent and different artists interpret them differently.
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