The Mouthless Astomi People

The Mouthless Astomi People

The Astomi is a race of people from the Greek and Roman mythology and folklore. Specifically, accounts of them appear in a book by Pliny the Elder: Natural History. He wrote about many types of creatures which supposedly existed. The Astomi were descendants of regular humans who traveled in the mountainous regions of India. Apparently, a multitude of plants with magical powers grew there, altering the humans in the vicinity too.

The most obvious characteristic of an Astomi is the absence of a mouth. Another distinctive trait is the thin layer of wispy hair covering their skin. This near invisible layer catches floating particles from the air. You might ask what is the use of this. Well, this race has no use for food, thus explaining the lack of mouths. But they still need some type of nourishment. And it comes in the form of air. The Astomi feed on scents.

The Mouthless Astomi PeopleThe Mouthless Astomi People

Because of their ethereal diet, most people of this race are less than physically substantial. They are thin and bony, as you would expect this kind of people to be. As for their personalities, they are passive and easygoing. Somehow, their personalities are almost as complex as those of humans. But they do denote a certain degree of caution.

The Astomi have trouble integrating into most societies, especially in urban places. This is because of their scent-based diet. The pollution and multitude of smells from the city is too overpowering for them. To some it can even be toxic. Thus, they prefer rural areas more, preferably more secluded.

This is what Pliny the Elder wrote in his Natural History about them: “At the extreme boundary of India to the East, near the source of the Ganges, he [the Greek historian Megasthenes C4th B.C.] puts the Astomi tribe, that has no mouth and a body hairy all over”.

As you can imagine, this description of the tribe led to many people going in search of them. To this day, we do not know whether they were real or not.

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