Ghosts & Goblins is my Halloween edition for 2011. You can click on the image to see a larger version, but AmperArt subscribers are treated to high-resolution files for printing beautiful poster prints (see examples here).
Ghosts & Goblins: AmperArt #9
Do you know the difference between ghosts, goblins and ghouls?
Ghosts are thought to be souls of the dead. They are disembodied spirits seen as vague or translucent shapes, which the white sheet costume represents. “Ghost” comes from the Old English “gast,” referring to the soul, spirit, life and breath.
Goblins are mischievous and even malicious, characterized as a grotesque form of elf. “Goblin” comes from the German word kobold,a mischievous household spirit which is sometimes nice and sings to children, but also acts like a mean little kid hiding stuff around the house, kicking people and throwing tantrums. (Guess my parents would consider me a goblin.)
Then there are ghouls, quite disgusting creatures that feast on corpses and children. “Ghoul” goes back to the Arabic language, where “ghala” means “he seized.”