Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Merkin

Scott recently completed some amazing portraits and this is one of them.

The Merkin was one of the emissaries from Hell who traveled to the Dreaming hoping to convince Morpheus to return the Key To Hell to the demons in the Season Of Mists storyline.

Interestingly enough, Scott pointed out that a merkin is a pubic hair wig. These pubic wigs were used when women had to shave off their pubic hair to prevent the spread of lice. Also, it has been pointed out that prostitutes may have used them to hide symptoms of venereal diseases.

While I do not think this demon looks anything like a pubic wig, it is interesting that Neil Gaiman named a female demon after one. Perhaps this is one of Gaiman's little jokes that he didn't expect anyone to notice.

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