The monsters featured on these candles were once perceived as prodigies; warnings from God that could foretell ominous occurrences or good fortune.
In a similar fashion, Tarot cards have been historically used as a means of divining the future and the meaning behind it.
These candles are designed in a tarot-card style as a reminder of the prevalence the supernatural once had in attempting to understand medical abnormalities.
Each monster is pictured with the year its birth was recorded. A description of the Krakow monster is written below.
Candles are unscented, made with vegetable & paraffin wax, and measure 6" in height.
"In the year 1547, at Krakow, a very strange monster was born, which lived for three days. His head did somewhat resemble the shape of the man's but his eyes were flamed like fire. His nose was long and hooked and stood like the shin-bone of the leg, or trunk of an elephant. In the joints of his limbs, near the shoulders, upon the elbows and the knees, there appeared dogs' heads. His hands and feet were like the feet of a goose; he had two eyes above his navel and a tail behind like a beast's, having a hook at the end. In sex he was a male.
The cause of this misshapen monster, we ascribe to God alone, yet notwithstanding through the insight of our reason, we may perceive also the detestable sin of sodomy in this monster."