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NatakuXeden Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm very curious to know what cultures inspired the Naori. One of my closest friends growing up was from Hawaii, so I've noticed a lot that seems to have Polynesian tones to it, but then there's other pieces that ring more of middle and southern Asia and even some Inuit. A few pieces I've seen even look like they could have been inspired by southern Native American cultures (specifically the Maya, Aztec and maybe even some Inca and Toltec.) This is all so fascinating! On another note, the food pictures and details there are wonderful.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, well you called out a few, the Maya, Aztec and Polynesian cultures are the main inspirations. This is because Naor itself, if it existed, would be on the southwestern portion of Indonesia between Bali and Australia. I'm trying to keep the culture similar to others in the region, but I want it to have a bit of other flair, so I pulled in the other influences you mentioned. I've been working on this culture for about 2-3 years and it's changed over time, trying to find a match to what they do and say and how they act to fit the artwork and style of living to make it believable, however I think I'm personally am finally getting a comfortable feel for it myself.

I find this sort of thing enjoyable to do and it's a big part of world building to me, creating a believable culture and environment to place a story in rather than placing a bunch of characters in a place full of holes.
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NatakuXeden Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just had to comment about it because I'm a complete culture geek, and Polynesian and Aztec are among some of my absolute favorites. I love the mythology you've developed. The detail about the food where they traditionally keep meats and plants separate because of the mythology really was interesting. I love being able to trace back customs to the root reason of why a culture does something one way or another.

On a slightly different topic, I think i finally figured out what I'll be drawing for you now!
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree, they both for one have really cool mythologies. Though I disagree with a lot of what they do in their cultures, it's still super fascinating to read about. I've worked pretty hard to make a culture fit with logic, not just trying to do cool things. Every culture has cool and "eh" things, but the reason they do teh things they do... there's always a reason and a lot of stories I read don't give reasons. They just say "well because" and I find that such a horrid cop out.

aha, oh really? XD
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NatakuXeden Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree completely. They're so interesting to look at from a modern, American perspective and try to understand how their societies were developed. I mean, to us in this day and age, a large amount of the most sacred things done in old cultures (like the Mayan and the Aztec cultures, for example) are just so completely different and so not-okay as far as our morals and values as a society are concerned. Which I guess is what really fascinates me. Human sacrifice and the ritual and logic behind it - especially in Mesoamerican cultures - is so taboo but was held in such a high regard and a core part of their society. It's fascinating to look at it from a completely different, outside perspective and try to understand how a culture could develop with such different values.

I plan to draw something of Ahk in a style mimicking some of the Aztec paintings that tell stories of their mythology. I don't have a completely set idea of what story it'll tell exactly, but I like the idea of doing some pictures of his adventures with Koko. I noticed you have a few pics in your gallery of them together, so I might try to recreate the moments in those pictures as if it's part of a story done in that style. 
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