The design features a Finno-Ugric Siberian shaman. The word, Shaman originates from Siberia, which is said to be derived from the Evenki word "šamán," most likely from the South-Western dialect spoken by the Sym Evenki peoples.
The Tungusic term was subsequently adopted by Russian explorers interacting with the indigenous peoples in Siberia. The word, Shaman can also be found in the memoirs of the exiled Russian churchman Avvakum.
The term, Shaman, has since been adopted by anthropologists as a coverall term for numerous other cultures who share similar shamanic techniques, which enable a practitioner to alter his/her (brain wave) states of consciousness.
The Siberian Shaman in particular utilises the drum. The drum is often referred to as being an 'Eight-Legged-Mare;' which is in turn is associated with the abode of a Spirit Wife, somewhat like a genie in her (drum) bottle.
The shamanic motif of the Mare and the Spirit Wife leads to the term 'nightmare,' which originally referred to the Old-Hag Syndrome.
The Old Hag Syndrome is otherwise known as the Bedroom Invader Experience, which is experienced when an individual inadvertently accesses hypnagogic trance.
An unprepared individual will invariably become terrified when accessing hypnagogic trance, wherein he/she will experience the manifestations of his/her deepest fears, which often involves sexual scenarios.
Whereupon the term, Old-Hag Syndrome refers to the visitation of a Succubus, whose initial manifestation is nightmarish, which induces the experience of intense pressure upon the body, the sensation of being (Sphinx) strangled, sleep paralysis, vivid hallucinations, and eventual lucid dreams; wherein an individual will feel as if he is being abducted by otherworldly (Alien) entities as well as experiencing out of body experiences.
The Shaman learns to control his fear, in order to ride the 'Night-Mare,' rather than being ridden by her; whereupon she becomes his (Ally) spirit wife; hence the carved handle of the shamans (Mare) drum in the design, which represents his (trance) Spirit Wife.
The monotonous beat of the drum stimulates the Theta brain wave, which induces hypnagogic trance. The experience of hypnagogic trance is basically hypnotic induction.
The Theta brain wave is also associated with anxiety reduction, the active (day dreaming) imagination, lucid dreams and Zen meditative states.
The Theta brain wave is shown in the design, which is also known as the hyper-suggestible state, where mental programming through the use of repetitive Mantas, such as the ecstatic songs (and dancing) of a Shaman are effective at dispersing fear states, when sung in conjunction with the (Spirit Wife/Mare) drum.
The above Art and information is covered in my Art books, 'Goetia Girls,' which are available from Createspace and Amazon, under my author's name, Faustus Crow.