Travis Louie, South Pacific Dagon Worshipper, 2011, acrylic & graphite on paper, 14 x 10"
Unlike their bio-luminescent cousins from the north, these worshippers have their own sort of cult-like status that is not too far from their fanatical allegiance to the “ancient one”. They have the ability to generate electricity when they move their fins. There is a constant pulse of electrical current that flows from them as they walk. Some humans become aroused in their presence and thus a cult of their own worshippers has developed. It is said that one’s “virility” is enhanced by their presence. In certain villages in the Fiji Islands secret societies practice sacrificial rites to honor them.