Here is one of the thumbnail sketches with the final Totoro/Princess Mononoke painting. While I was painting this one for the gallery show, I wondered what the scene would’ve been like if Ashitaka met Totoro and his friends. I decided to have chibi.
The White Stag is an important creature in myth and to many Pagan traditions. Herne God of the Forest and the Wild Hunt , Lord Of Stags Be Praised. [Ghost of Forest by ~yanadhyana]--like Miyazaki's Forest Spirit in Princess Mononoke
The Spirit of the Forest - the moon (Goddess) and the stag (God) are symbols of the female/male energies that created everything - all life comes from the feminine but, of course, not without Her consort.