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ancient-egypts-secrets:

Heqet (Heket)
A goddess of childbirth and fertility, depicted as a frog, or a woman with the head of a frog. According to one tradition, she was the wife of Khnum, the creator god of Abu (Elephantine). He created each person on his potter’s wheel, and she breathed life into them before they were placed in their mother’s womb. Pregnant women wore amulets depicting Heqet for protection, and during the Middle Kingdom ritual ivory knives and clappers inscribed with her name were used to ward off evil during childbirth. She could also bring on labour and offer protection during labour. 
Heqet was depicted as a frog because, to the Egyptians, the frog was a symbol of life and fertility, since millions of them were born after the annual inundation of the Nile.

ancient-egypts-secrets:

Heqet (Heket)

A goddess of childbirth and fertility, depicted as a frog, or a woman with the head of a frog. According to one tradition, she was the wife of Khnum, the creator god of Abu (Elephantine). He created each person on his potter’s wheel, and she breathed life into them before they were placed in their mother’s womb. Pregnant women wore amulets depicting Heqet for protection, and during the Middle Kingdom ritual ivory knives and clappers inscribed with her name were used to ward off evil during childbirth. She could also bring on labour and offer protection during labour. 

Heqet was depicted as a frog because, to the Egyptians, the frog was a symbol of life and fertility, since millions of them were born after the annual inundation of the Nile.

aztecamemoria:

Xipe Totec “our lord the flayed one” as pictured in the codex Borgia. He’s also known as Red Tezcatlipoca. His direction is east. He is a god of agriculture, life-death-birth, and fertility.
He represents renewal and spring, as well as the growth to manhood for young men. Worshiped especially during the rainy season in March. The sacrificed were foreign warriors, often captured, and forced to participate in a gladiatorial games. He was then tied to a rope and given little to defend himself while he fought off four richly dressed Aztec warriors.
After the gladiator lost, he would be cut open and his still beating heart would be given to Xipe Totec according to Sahagun of the Florentine codex.

aztecamemoria:

Xipe Totec “our lord the flayed one” as pictured in the codex Borgia. He’s also known as Red Tezcatlipoca. His direction is east. He is a god of agriculture, life-death-birth, and fertility.

He represents renewal and spring, as well as the growth to manhood for young men. Worshiped especially during the rainy season in March. The sacrificed were foreign warriors, often captured, and forced to participate in a gladiatorial games. He was then tied to a rope and given little to defend himself while he fought off four richly dressed Aztec warriors.

After the gladiator lost, he would be cut open and his still beating heart would be given to Xipe Totec according to Sahagun of the Florentine codex.

well it's rather impossible not to have sex with Zeus . He's an eager guy when it comes to make love with humans ;) he simply has no bounds.
batiakasyasininaltinda

Yeah you got a point there

I mean, look at this handsome stud

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he’s got the whole “scruffy beard” look going for him and an eagle

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he’s got a sculpted body like hot damn boy

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And Zeus just stole Ganymede yo’ gurl

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And those deep piercing eyes!

Ladies and gentlemen please contain yourselves! I know what you’re thinking, “I wanna ride his lightning bolt” but you must resist the urge if you wanna live!

However like mythologicalmotherearth says, you’re probably screwed either way (both literally and figuratively)

Do you have any myths or blogs that talk about voodoo :o
Anonymous

sorry if this is late!!

Hmm I haven’t run across any blogs that deal with it so sorry you had to wait so long for such a bad reply!

If anyone knows of any please add on! Anon here isn’t the only one interested in learning more.

taskinen:

Lemminkäinen is a prominent figure in Finnish mythology. He is one of the heroes of the Kalevala, where his character is a composition of several separate heroes of oral poetry. He is usually depicted as young and good-looking, with wavy red hair.
The original, mythological Lemminkäinen is a shamanistic figure. In the Kalevala, he has been blended together with epic war-heroes Kaukomieli/Kaukamoinen and Ahti Saarelainen.

taskinen:

Lemminkäinen is a prominent figure in Finnish mythology. He is one of the heroes of the Kalevala, where his character is a composition of several separate heroes of oral poetry. He is usually depicted as young and good-looking, with wavy red hair.

The original, mythological Lemminkäinen is a shamanistic figure. In the Kalevala, he has been blended together with epic war-heroes Kaukomieli/Kaukamoinen and Ahti Saarelainen.

sg09:

Pantheon Mesopotamia
art is mine.
these precious darlings are my redisgn of the anunnaki gods

sg09:

Pantheon Mesopotamia


art is mine.

these precious darlings are my redisgn of the anunnaki gods

Dear Odin, what was it like hanging from Yggdrasil for nine days?
ityrvilitarpa

ohdeargods:

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aglaja:

besturlonhere:

you know what really gets my goat?

el chupacabra

inonibird:

Stick-gods ~ God of Embalming

the-orator:

I DREW ALL THE AESIR!!!! and Hel

Well, no, not all of them, just most of them XD

This is my own personal interpretations of them. I sketched them out in my sketchbook then scanned them and colored them in Photoshop. And I’m finally done! Yay!

I think I might have erased Frigga’s name on accident, so that’s who the goddess with no name (next to Odin) is XD

the-fae:

Merrow (from Gaelic murúch) or Murrough (Galloway) is the Scottish and Irish Gaelic equivalent of the mermaid and mermen of other cultures. These beings are said to appear as human from thewaist up but have the body of a fish from the waist down. They have a gentle, modest, affectionate and benevolent disposition.
There are other names pertaining to them in Gaelic: Muir-gheilt, Samhghubha, Muidhuachán, and Suire. They would seem to have been around for millennia because according to the bardic chroniclers, when the Milesians first landed on Irish shores the Suire, or sea-nymphs, played around them on their passage.
The merrow were capable of attachment to human beings and there are reports of them inter-marrying and living among humans for many years. However, most times they eventually return to their former homes beneath the sea.
{http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrow}   

the-fae:

Merrow (from Gaelic murúch) or Murrough (Galloway) is the Scottish and Irish Gaelic equivalent of the mermaid and mermen of other cultures. These beings are said to appear as human from thewaist up but have the body of a fish from the waist down. They have a gentle, modest, affectionate and benevolent disposition.

There are other names pertaining to them in Gaelic: Muir-gheiltSamhghubhaMuidhuachán, and Suire. They would seem to have been around for millennia because according to the bardic chroniclers, when the Milesians first landed on Irish shores the Suire, or sea-nymphs, played around them on their passage.

The merrow were capable of attachment to human beings and there are reports of them inter-marrying and living among humans for many years. However, most times they eventually return to their former homes beneath the sea.

{http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrow}   

generationexorcist:


Inuit Mythology: Mahaha, Tuniit, and Other Creatures.
Inuit Mythology has proven time and time again to be an important element in society for the Inuit. Although it had more importance during the early years of the tribe, many of the Inuit Myths are still taken seriously to this day.
This Inuit had quite a few more myths than the other tribes, which focused primarily on the creation aspect of society.
There are a variety of different creatures that comprise these Inuit Myths such as the Mahaha, Ijiraat, Taqriaqsuit, Gallupilluk, Inupasugjuk, and Tuniit. Exploring these creatures is an important task to fulfill for any individual whom wishes to know more about this aspect of the Inuit tribe.
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generationexorcist:

Inuit Mythology: Mahaha, Tuniit, and Other Creatures.

Inuit Mythology has proven time and time again to be an important element in society for the Inuit. Although it had more importance during the early years of the tribe, many of the Inuit Myths are still taken seriously to this day.

This Inuit had quite a few more myths than the other tribes, which focused primarily on the creation aspect of society.

There are a variety of different creatures that comprise these Inuit Myths such as the Mahaha, Ijiraat, Taqriaqsuit, Gallupilluk, Inupasugjuk, and Tuniit. Exploring these creatures is an important task to fulfill for any individual whom wishes to know more about this aspect of the Inuit tribe.

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fuckyeahmythologicalbeasts:

Qallupilluit
In Inuit mythology, the Quallupilluit is a creature that lives beneath the ice. It takes many forms, depending on the storyteller, and snatches wandering children who venture out too far, alone. The story of the Quallupilluit served as a cautionary tale, to keep Inuit children from playing too close to dangerous cracks in ice.

fuckyeahmythologicalbeasts:

Qallupilluit

In Inuit mythology, the Quallupilluit is a creature that lives beneath the ice. It takes many forms, depending on the storyteller, and snatches wandering children who venture out too far, alone. The story of the Quallupilluit served as a cautionary tale, to keep Inuit children from playing too close to dangerous cracks in ice.

schmias:

thebitterfrenchcanadian:

justsjwthings:

johnlockandthedoctorsblog:

fuckyeahwomenprotesting2:

freedominwickedness:

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.

(Source: britta-perry)

Karkadann

menagerieoftheunseen:

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Alright, lets talk about the karkadann, or the “Lord of the Desert”

An early description of the karkadann comes from the 10th century Persian scholar Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī (Al-Biruni, 973-1048). He describes an animal which has “the build of a buffalo…a black, scaly skin; a dewlap hanging down under the skin. It has three yellow hooves on each foot…The tail is not long. The eyes lie low, farther down the cheek than is the case with all other animals. On the top of the nose there is a single horn which is bent upwards.” A fragment of Al-Biruni preserved in the work of another author adds a few more characteristics: “the horn is conical, bent back towards the head, and longer than a span…the animal’s ears protrude on both sides like those of a donkey, and…its upper lip forms into a finger-shape, like the protrusion on the end of an elephant’s trunk.” These two descriptions leave no doubt that the Indian Rhinoceros is the basis for the animal. But the future confusion between the rhinoceros and the unicorn was already in the making since the Persian language uses the same word, karkadann, for the mythological animal as it does for the rhinoceros, and this confusion is evident also in the illustrations of the creature.

The Persian physician Zakariya al-Qazwini (Al-Qazwini, d. 1283) is one of the writers who at the end of the thirteenth century links the karkadann’s horn with poison, in his ʿAjā’ib al-makhlūqāt wa gharā’ib al-mawjūdāt. He lists a few beneficial effects: holding the horn opens up the bowels to relieve constipation, and it can cure epilepsy and lameness.

In the 14th century Berber Sunni Islamic Scholar Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta documented describes it as a ferocious beast, driving away from its territory animals as big as the elephant; this is the legend that is told in One Thousand and One Nights, in the “Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor”.

Another description said to be the size of a bull with a somewhat wolf like appearance and process two horns which protruded from atop its skull. The first horn, said to resemble an ivory spike, stuck straight up from the creature’s cranium and was said to be used as a means of gouging the Karkadann’s victims. The second horn jutted out from just above the animal’s nose and was said to be curved and bone like, this horn was reportedly used only as a means of self defense. This description is very different than its original depiction.

Information from: http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Karkadann

The picture is probably from some old manuscript, but the source could not be found despite my efforts.

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