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the-evil-clergyman · 2 days
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Nymphe by Luis Ricardo Falero (1892)
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iguanodont · 10 hours
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Birg Dragons?
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By some cultural coincidence, there is a Twowi legend of a creature with striking resemblance to what one might describe as a “dragon”. It has the body of a double ended wormsnake, and is often depicted with the heads of jaubja, generally considered voracious creatures.
The ruumsui begins life as a tiny, ravenous wormsnake with two heads and no anus. This trait, as the story goes, condemns it to eat twice with no hope of expelling the waste, so it simply grows to accommodate it. The little ruumsui slips into a Twowi a storehouse, eating from the back to the front, until not a crumb of food remains. When it has emptied the storehouse, it heads out in search of livestock and birgs to devour, creeping around on its long spines at supernatural speed. The only way to stop this creature is to stab it in a tiny seam on its back, which will split it in two and release all of the food it has consumed.
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tuherrus · 1 day
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bride of the bear
bear worship was something practiced before the spread of christianity in finland (and other places as well!) and once a bear was hunted it was important to honor it with a memorial feast and help appease the bear’s soul lest it stay angry at you....some of these feasts included either a bride or a groom to be married to the bear and the skull to be mounted on a tree from where the bear's soul could climb up back to the stars, where bears were believed to originate from ✨
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Diana, c. 1892–93, cast 1928, Augustus Saint-Gaudens
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mikeybooch · 2 days
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Aphrodite & Adonis 
This illustration was inspired by a mirror at the MFA in Boston depicting Aphrodite shielding Adonis with her veil. The scene in the mirror has more urgency to it, but I wanted to convey something a little more playful and romantic. 
There are many versions of this myth, particularly in the manner in which Adonis is killed. He is usually killed by a boar during a hunt, but who sends the boar and (in some cases) who that boar is, is up for debate. In some versions, it is Artemis sending a boar to take revenge on Aphrodite for killing one of her favorite mortals Hippolytus. Sometimes, Artemis tells Ares of Aphrodite’s affair and he turns into a boar and kills Adonis himself. Sometimes the messenger is Persephone, jealous that Adonis is spending his time with Aphrodite. After his death, Aphrodite created the anemone in his memory. In Ancient Greece, women would celebrate the Adonia in honor of his death. They would create small gardens which they would place on the roofs of their houses where the gardens would soon wither and die. Women would then publicly engage in ritual lamentation at the passing of Adonis on behalf of Aphrodite. 
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Hermes: apollo and I are so close we even share a toothbrush!
Apollo: we wHAT!?
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oonaluna-art · 2 days
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One of my recent Patreon commissions. My commissioner wanted the greek goddess Artemis in Star Wars. I thought a Togruta would be a good huntress!
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illustratus · 1 day
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The Fall of Icarus by Jacob Peter Gowy
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zeburnay · 2 days
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The Augur series Part III: Augur of Emptiness  You can find some of the originals from this series for sale on my online shop, along with zines and prints: https://zeburnay.bigcartel.com/
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thatsbelievable · 6 hours
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godsofhumanity · 2 days
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Odin: Would you consider Loki a hard worker? Frigg: Oh absolutely. He makes everything harder than it needs to be.
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Cupid Bound by the Nymphs by John Reinhard Weguelin (1896)
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notpikaman · 10 hours
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researcherposts · 23 hours
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Found an interesting artifact at Hōsen Temple (full gallery) this afternoon.
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This mound, formally called Ishiusu-zuka [石臼塚], is built from stacking up stone mortars and wheels which were used for grinding buckwheat in order to make soba noodle flours before Edo Period that a past high monk of this temple decided to properly venerate them.
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365filmsbyauroranocte · 24 hours
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La Zarrampla. Child Eater Ogre.
Available in Arte Feudo’s Etsy Shop.
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yoga-onion · 1 day
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[Image above: Celtic Green Man]
Legends and myths about trees 
- Introduction 
Why do humans want to cut down trees like this too?
Because they don't get enough sunlight, because they are dirty with dead leaves, because they are disgusting with caterpillars falling on them, because they can make money if they are used for housing, because they are dangerous in times of disaster, on and on..
In elementary school science, we learnt that oxygen in the air is produced by photosynthesis in plants and trees. We also learnt that most seed plants are carried by insects, such as bees and butterflies, and grow through animal pollination. The disgusting caterpillars eventually become butterflies and give back to the earth. Perhaps, they have already been erased from children's textbooks.
In prehistoric Britain, squirrels were able to cross from one end of the country to the other by climbing the tree tops. This was probably the case in many other countries and continents as well.
Even today, the forests are said to revive as soon as humans are gone.
Trees are the lifeblood of living beings and the planet.
Originally, we humans, like other living beings, worshipped nature and lived in humble harmony with it. Nature deities and legends relating to trees exist in many cultures. In this issue, we present legends and myths related to trees, interspersed with anecdotes.
[Image below: Kodama, the tree spirit of 'Princess Mononke', 1997 film by Studio Ghibli]
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木にまつわる伝説・神話
はじめに
人間はなぜ、こんなのも木を切りたがるのでしょうか?
陽が当たらないから、枯葉が落ちて汚いから、毛虫が落ちて気持ち悪いから、住宅地にすれば儲かるから、災害時に危ないから、などなど..
小学校低学年の理科でわたしたちは、空気中の酸素は植物樹木の光合成によりつくられると習いました。ほとんどの種子植物は、蜜蜂や蝶などの虫たちにより運ばれ、動物媒受粉により育つとも習いました。気持ちの悪い毛虫はやがて蝶になり地球に還元してくれのです。恐らく、これは既に子供の教科書から抹消されているのでしょう。
太古のイギリスでは、リスが樹木の天辺をつたって国土の端から端までを渡れたそうです。その他の国々、大陸でも多くはそうだったのでしょう。
現在でも、人間がいなくなれば直ぐに森は復活するそうです。
樹木は生物と地球の生命線です。元来、われわれ人間も他の生物と同様に自然を崇拝し謙虚に共存していたのではないでしょうか?木に関係する自然の神々や伝説は、多くの文化に存在しています。今回は木にまつわる伝説・神話を、逸話もまじえながらお届けします。
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waiter: i'm sorry, ma'am, your card has been declined
Aphrodite: run it again
waiter: i ran it three times
Aphrodite, to Ares: can you take care of it?
Ares: of course dear
Ares, grabbing the waiter by the collar and pulling him close: she said run it again
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