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'''Ghatanothoa''' (AKA "Ghanta", the "Dark God", "Lord of the Volcano", "Lord of Mu") appears in [[H.P. Lovecraft]] and [[Hazel Heald]]'s story "[[Out of the Aeons (fiction)]]". 
  
'''Ghatanothoa''' the Dark God appears in [[H. P. Lovecraft]] and Hazel Heald's story "Out of the Aeons".  It is a huge, misshapen monster whose form is so hideous that merely seeing it transforms the viewer into a petrified body with leathery skin and preserved organs.  The victim's brain remains alive, going mad from its confinement.
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==In the Mythos==
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Oozing and surging up out of that yawning trap door in the Cyclopean crypt I had glimpsed such an unbelievable behemothic monstrosity that I could not doubt the power of its original to kill with its mere sight. I might call it gigantic — tentacled — proboscidian — octopus-eyed — semi-amorphous — plastic — partly squamous and partly rugose.... But nothing I could say could even adumbrate the loathsome, unholy, non-human, extra-galactic horror and hatefulness and unutterable evil of that forbidden spawn of black chaos and illimitable night.
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Ghatanothoa lived in the mountains of Mu when that continent existed, having arrived or been brought there from [[Yuggoth]].  It was worshipped by a hundred priests, who possessed great privileges.  The job of these priests was to appease the monster so that it would not emerge from its secret lair, endangering the people.
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Ghatanothoa is a huge, misshapen monster whose form is so hideous that merely seeing it transforms the viewer into a petrified body with leathery skin and preserved organs.  The victim's brain remains alive, going mad from its confinement.
  
In the "Year of the Red Moon", T'yog, a priest of [[Shub-Niggurath]], attempted to save mankind from Ghatanothoa.  He created a magical scroll to protect him from Ghatanothoa's petrifying power by prayer to Shub-Niggurath, [[Nug and Yeb]], and other deities. With this, he believed he could physically encounter the god and force it to parlay with him.  He believed that this could gain him immense power, as well as benefiting the human race.  
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Ghatanothoa lived in the mountains of [[Mu]] when that continent existed, having arrived or been brought there from [[Yuggoth]].  It was worshipped by a hundred priests, who possessed great privileges.  The job of these priests was to appease the monster so that it would not emerge from its secret lair, endangering the people.
The priests of Ghatanothoa replaced it secretly with a powerless imitation.  Thus, T'yog too was petrified into a half-living statue, which lasted up until the modern era.
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In the "Year of the Red Moon", T'yog, a priest of [[Shub-Niggurath]], attempted to save mankind from Ghatanothoa.  He created a magical scroll to protect him from Ghatanothoa's petrifying power by prayer to Shub-Niggurath, [[Nug and Yeb]], and other deities. With this, he believed he could physically encounter the god and force it to parlay with him.  He believed that this could gain him immense power, as well as benefiting the human race. The priests of Ghatanothoa replaced it secretly with a powerless imitation.  Thus, T'yog too was petrified into a half-living statue, which lasted up until the modern era.
  
 
According to Colin Wilson's story "The Return of the Lloigor", Ghatanothoa, the "dark one", was the leader of the [[lloigor]], an alien species.
 
According to Colin Wilson's story "The Return of the Lloigor", Ghatanothoa, the "dark one", was the leader of the [[lloigor]], an alien species.
  
 
According to [[Lin Carter]]'s [[Xothic Cycle]], Ghatanotoa is the son of [[Cthulhu]] and [[Idh-yaa]], and sibling of [[Cthylla]], [[Ythogtha]], and [[Zoth-Ommog]].
 
According to [[Lin Carter]]'s [[Xothic Cycle]], Ghatanotoa is the son of [[Cthulhu]] and [[Idh-yaa]], and sibling of [[Cthylla]], [[Ythogtha]], and [[Zoth-Ommog]].
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Ghatanothoa has no known cult on the Earth's surface today, though [[Deep One]]s no doubt do pay homage at Ghatanothoa's sunken lair beneath the ocean and [[Lloigor]] do the same from the [[Hollow Earth]] beneath the oceans, while in the [[Thuvian Age]], a [[Human Cultist|Muvian cult of human priests]] placated the monster with prayer and sacrifice in hopes of keeping it within its volcanic lair, and a cult of [[Mi-Go]] seems to have accompanied Ghatanothoa to Earth from [[Yuggoth]] in prehuman history.
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* race:  [[Star-Spawn of Cthulhu]] (by [[Lin Carter|some accounts]] Ghatanothoa is one of the spawn of Cthulhu)
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* race:  [[Xothan]] - Ghatanotoa is the son of [[Cthulhu]] and [[Idh-yaa]], and sibling of [[Cthylla]], [[Ythogtha]], and [[Zoth-Ommog]]
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* race:  [[Lloigor]], servants of Ghatanothoa by some accounts
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* location:  [[Xoth]] and [[Yuggoth]], worlds where Ghatanothoa dwelt before coming to Earth
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* location:  [[Mu]] - lost continent where Ghatanothoa lived and is now imprisoned
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* character:  [[T'yog]], Muvian priest of [[Shub-Niggurath]] and [[Nug and Yeb]], who opposed Ghatanothoa
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* setting:  [[Lin Carter]]'s [[Xothic Cycle]]
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Latest revision as of 16:13, 10 July 2022

Ghatanothoa (AKA "Ghanta", the "Dark God", "Lord of the Volcano", "Lord of Mu") appears in H.P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald's story "Out of the Aeons (fiction)".

In the Mythos

Oozing and surging up out of that yawning trap door in the Cyclopean crypt I had glimpsed such an unbelievable behemothic monstrosity that I could not doubt the power of its original to kill with its mere sight. I might call it gigantic — tentacled — proboscidian — octopus-eyed — semi-amorphous — plastic — partly squamous and partly rugose.... But nothing I could say could even adumbrate the loathsome, unholy, non-human, extra-galactic horror and hatefulness and unutterable evil of that forbidden spawn of black chaos and illimitable night.
H.P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald, "Out of the Aeons (fiction)"

Ghatanothoa is a huge, misshapen monster whose form is so hideous that merely seeing it transforms the viewer into a petrified body with leathery skin and preserved organs. The victim's brain remains alive, going mad from its confinement.

Ghatanothoa lived in the mountains of Mu when that continent existed, having arrived or been brought there from Yuggoth. It was worshipped by a hundred priests, who possessed great privileges. The job of these priests was to appease the monster so that it would not emerge from its secret lair, endangering the people.

In the "Year of the Red Moon", T'yog, a priest of Shub-Niggurath, attempted to save mankind from Ghatanothoa. He created a magical scroll to protect him from Ghatanothoa's petrifying power by prayer to Shub-Niggurath, Nug and Yeb, and other deities. With this, he believed he could physically encounter the god and force it to parlay with him. He believed that this could gain him immense power, as well as benefiting the human race. The priests of Ghatanothoa replaced it secretly with a powerless imitation. Thus, T'yog too was petrified into a half-living statue, which lasted up until the modern era.

According to Colin Wilson's story "The Return of the Lloigor", Ghatanothoa, the "dark one", was the leader of the lloigor, an alien species.

According to Lin Carter's Xothic Cycle, Ghatanotoa is the son of Cthulhu and Idh-yaa, and sibling of Cthylla, Ythogtha, and Zoth-Ommog.


Cult

Ghatanothoa has no known cult on the Earth's surface today, though Deep Ones no doubt do pay homage at Ghatanothoa's sunken lair beneath the ocean and Lloigor do the same from the Hollow Earth beneath the oceans, while in the Thuvian Age, a Muvian cult of human priests placated the monster with prayer and sacrifice in hopes of keeping it within its volcanic lair, and a cult of Mi-Go seems to have accompanied Ghatanothoa to Earth from Yuggoth in prehuman history.


Associated Mythos Elements


References