Stefan Baums baums at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Tue Jan 27 20:03:42 UTC 2009

Dear Allen,

is it possible that the thing on the asura's body is not any attempt at biological realism at all, but just an image of a conch shell superimposed on his figure to identify him as "the conch demon"? His superhero (or supervillain) emblem, as it were? (And in the context of the story, a reminder of his former shape, before he was transformed into humanoid form?) Looks like it to me in the better image, and since there is really nothing else very conch-like about him, such an identificatory emblem would be called for.

Best wishes,

Stefan Baums
Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington

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