”i see that you’ve come so far - to be right where you are.”
CaptainSwanAthon: The Last Day… For now.
that slowly faded with each breath i drew.
I’ve lost you so many times. I’ve lost you to darkness, to weakness, and finally, to death. But now I realize, I realize that I have not spent my life losing you. I’ve spent my life f i n d i n g y o u.
When we met, I wasn’t just unloved, and unloving, I was an enemy of love. Love had only brought me pain. My walls were up, but you broke them down. You brought me h o m e. You brought light to my life and chased away all the darkness. And I vow to you, I will never forget the distance between what I was and what I am. I owe more to you than I can ever say. How you can see the man behind the monster, I will never know.
That monster’s gone. The man beneath him may be flawed, but we all are. And I love you for it. Sometimes the best book has the dustiest jacket. And sometimes the best teacup is c h i p p e d.
"You can’t steal something that’s been given to you"
The final installment for my Mythological Woman series. :) Here is the Inuit Goddess, Sedna. She is the creation goddess for animal and plant life under the sea.
“The water was so cold that it made her bones ache and crushed the air from her lungs. She tried so hard to cling to the boat edge but her father had cut through her fingers and sent her spiraling down into the deep. She doesn’t see her severed fingers drift away, doesn’t see them reshape and grow and breathe, doesn’t see when they turn to living flesh and become the great creatures of the sea.
When she drags in a breath it’s all sea-water and she chokes, the blood from her hands twisting around her like cord.
But by the time her feet touch the bottom of the sea, she’s no longer just a girl. The water that drowned her has already become her own and any desire to return to the surface is gone." -ManticoreImaginary
Anonymous said: So Christmas is coming up. I was wondering if you had any useful links about other midwinter celebrations and traditions.
I got you anon:
- Winter Solstice (21st Dec.)
- Dongzhi Festival - East Asian (22nd Dec)
- Soyal - Hopi (21st Dec)
- Yalda - Persian (21st Dec)
- Yule - Germanic Pagan
- Hanukkah - Jewish (27th Nov to 5th Dec of this year)
- Kwanzaa - African American/Pan African (26 Dec to 1st Jan)
- Bodhi Day - Buddhist (8th Dec)
- Las Posadas - Mexican/Guatemalan (16th -24th Dec)
- Hogmanay - Scottish (31st Dec)
- Three Kings Day (6th Jan)
- Parrandas - Cuban (throughout the Christmas season)
- Junkanoo - Bahamian (26th Dec)
- Boxing Day (26th Dec)
- St. Lucia Day - (13th Dec)
- St. Nicholas Day - (6th Dec)
- Simbang Gabi - Filipino (16th - 24th Dec)
- Saturnalia - Ancient Roman (17th - 23rd Dec)
- Novena of Aguinaldos - Colombian (16th - 24th Dec)
- Disablot - Pre Christianity Scandinavian
- Svyatki - Russian (7th Jan - 19th Jan)
- Pancha Ganapati - Hindu (21st - 25th Dec)
- Feast of the Black Nazarene - Filipino (9th Jan)
- Eid Al Adha -Islamic (14th Oct - 17th Oct of 2013 it always falls on the 10th day of the lunar calender but its date varies on the Gregorian calender)
Ok that’s all I got, there’s way more and I only listed a couple, here’s a few other links as well:
Most are wiki links I’m so sorry I have no excuse for my laziness orz
I hope it’s somewhat helpful :)
Kitsune - Japanese Mythology
Kitsune are believed to possess superior intelligence, long life, and magical powers. They are a type of yōkai, or spiritual entity, and the wordkitsune is often translated as fox spirit. However, this does not mean that kitsune are ghosts, nor that they are fundamentally different from regular foxes. Because the word spirit is used to reflect a state of knowledge or enlightenment, all long-lived foxes gain supernatural abilities.
It appears a lot more than I thought it did.
Nephele is the generic name for the cloud nymphs.
There are different stories about Nephele. One says she was created by Zeus to trick Ixion, a man who wanted Hera. Also, in other tale Nephele is married to a man, Athamas, who divorces her for Ino. Nephele had a boy and a girl, Phrixus and Helle, who were hated by Ino. She tries to get rid of them but Nephele sent a golden ram in their rescue. This golden ram would later be, yes, the infamous one which had the Golden Fleece in the gret adventure of the Argonauts ^_^
For the Romans, these nymphs would be called “Nubes”. Guess how we say “clouds” in Spanish? Yes, that way ;)
Some of my stuff based in mythology! Some old, some new.
First row: Godfather death (Grimm’s Fairy Tales)
Second Row: Anansi the Spider (African), Tezcatlipoca (Aztec)
Third Row: Tlaloc (Aztec)
Fourth Row: Finn MacCool (Celtic), Nekhbet with Seti I (Egyptian)
In medieval culture, an event like a royal christening is not a private party; it’s the public social event of the year. To not invite any person of rank to such an event is a deadly insult.
Maleficent is certainly someone you wouldn’t want at a party, but she’s also someone powerful enough that only a fool would ever dare treat her with such blatant disrespect. The only way the King and Queen could possibly have gotten away with not inviting Maleficent was to not invite any of the fairies at all; inviting the other fairies and excluding her is explicitly taking sides in the conflict between the fairy factions.
Which means they made themselves her sworn enemies, and she responded by treating them as such from then on. If you actually get into analyzing the social dynamics of the scene, it’s very clear that Maleficent was willing to show mercy at first by giving the King and Queen a chance to apologize for their disrespect to her. She doesn’t curse Aurora until after she gives them that chance and they throw it back in her face with further disrespect.
And yeah, if the King and Queen had done the properly respectful thing and invited her, Maleficent would have given Aurora a scary awesome present. Moreover so would the other fairies, because at that point both sides would be using it as an opportunity to show off and one-up each other. What they gave her before Maleficent showed up was basically just trivial party favors by fairy standards.
How do you know so much about the social dynamics of medieval fairies
How don’t you
Not just that, Maleficent is a fairy. Whilst Flora, Fauna and Merryweather represent the Victorian revision of fairies as kind, helpful and friendly to humans, Maleficent is the Fair Folk from traditional folklore: unpredictable, dangerous, vicious, primal and very much operating on a moral code very different to that of humans. Cursing a baby for the passive aggressive rich people behaviour of her parents, and then “punishing” the girl’s betrothed to boot is very much typical behaviour of the Fair Folk: we are talking about the creatures that stole babies and replaced them with changelings in the dead of night, controlled the forces of nature and are capable of catastrophic acts of retribution for a slight, real or imagined. Even the few humans they take a liking to are not safe: folklore fairies are distinctly non-sentimental, and decades of charity and faithful service can be undone and earn fury fairy wrath with one simple act of breaking a fairy bargain or personal standard, unthinking or otherwise. If a fairy says you are not to leave any eggshells lying out under a full moon after showering you with riches, you better do as they fucking say or you will be very, very, very sorry. In fairy code, you can be punished for a loved one’s act of “transgression”, as Aurora and Philip found out.
I would have loved Maleficent to not do the stupid blah blah Wicked ripoff crap and focus on her lore as a fairy witch: one way i would do that is focus on the traditional weakness to iron (that’s why steel types are strong against fairy types folks): the very touch of iron is painful to a fairy and the slightest wound with the substance is deadly to them. One way I would show this is when Flora and friends present Philip with the Sword of Truth, they are very careful not to touch it with their bare hands, and usually keep it wrapped up (and even then they get a very uncomfortable prickling feel when they touch it through the fabric) and an iron sword straight through Melly’s evil heart is the only way to do the bitch in.
OHHH I LOVE THIS BITCH
This has just made me so much more excited for that Maleficent movie.
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