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Cthulhu Day

"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"

(In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.)

~ H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu, 1928

Yikes! If you hear the call of Cthulhu, watch out! Or at least have a swatch of this tartan (or better yet, a kilt, like some lucky few) to signal allegiance during the coming calamity! Cthulhu, a cosmic entity born from the pen of H.P. Lovecraft in his story "The Call of Cthulhu" (1928), dwells in the submerged city of R'lyeh, waiting for a time when the stars align to release him from his ancient slumber, prophesying catastrophic events for humanity! The cultists who worship Cthulhu believe that upon his return, he will reclaim the Earth, bringing about an era of chaos and destruction where the old gods rule once more! This monstrous figure, combining elements of a human, an octopus, and a dragon, with a scaly, rubbery body, tentacles surrounding its mouth, and wings sprouting from its back, embodies the existential dread that humanity is insignificant in the vast, uncaring universe. Lovecraft's creation has transcended its literary origins, becoming a symbol of ultimate cosmic horror and the insignificance of human endeavors against the backdrop of an indifferent universe. Cthulhu's enduring appeal lies not just in its terrifying visage but in what it represents: the unknowable, ancient forces that lurk in the dark corners of the world and the recesses of our minds. While waiting for Cthulhu's apocalyptic call, however, modern fans can avail themseves in Cthulhu Offerings (CTHU) an actual Cthulhu-based cryptocurrency! CTHU users have adopted their own slang: coins are "offerings" or "blessings," users are "cultists," and mining is done via "sacrifices." No doubt the value will skyrocket soon. Listen for the big C's call! 🐙 🐉 💰

"Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die."

~The Kraken, Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1830)

In February of 1928, Weird Tales magazine published “The Call of Cthulhu” H.P. Lovecraft’s most celebrated story.

Cthulhu is depicted by Lovecraft depicts as a gigantic entity worshipped by cultists.  His  appearance is described as looking like an octopus, a dragon, and a caricature of human form. Its name was given to the Lovecraft-inspired universe where it and its fellow entities existed, the Cthulhu Mythos.

The influence of Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s works on horror and fantasy literature inspired many successful writers such as Stephen King and Neil Gaiman.

Cthulhu Day is held thrice every year, on April 2nd, February 27 and December 2nd.

Designed by Scott Huber, this tribute tartan has been woven into a few special kilts occasionally by USA Kilts who do special runs if enough fans hear Cthulhu's call.  Are you one of the lucky owners?  For more on the Cthulhu mythos, click Cthulhu! 

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