June 11, 2013

Native Americans (Sacred Symbols Series)

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Read Constellation Mythology. Choose a constellation, draw a picture of it, and write your own myth about how it was formed. In his article Papa Legba Atibon, author Max Beauvoir writes how Legba is “so humble and benevolent...that he never needs sacrifices of pigs, or bulls or big fiesta to be done in His honor. Outside of this, and separated by a narrow alley-way, there runs a broad high wall, which quite encircles the kuaha. The sky touched the earth and the earth touched the sky.
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June 10, 2013

The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets

Barbara G. Walker

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More or less Euhemeristic historical accounts that were common in the Middle Ages and were a symptom of a certain secularization process themselves gave way to history writing, focusing on psychological, social, and economic facts. This involved extensive work at Campbell�s apartment in New York City and his home in Honolulu. Thus they lived for perhaps thirty days (he mau anabulu), when a messenger arrived, announcing that Kualii was making war at Moanalua.
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June 10, 2013

A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne

M. Owen Lee

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QIA has developed Inuitmyths.com, to provide a resource for Nunavummiut and people from around the world who want to learn more about the Inuit storytelling tradition. When Angli cattle thieves slaughter his wife and son, Dwras son of Gwyn vows revenge upon their murderers. Through such fictional accounts, these myths have entered deeply into the American psyche and culture. Scientific, particularly astronomical, discoveries of the late medieval and Renaissance periods were accompanied by a new trust in cosmic laws and an increasingly abstract notion of God.
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June 10, 2013

Irish Fairy Tales

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There, I discussed owl lore with a young Assamese naturalist and bird field guide named Polash Borah (we also tracked down two Brown Fish Owls on roost in a dense copse within a tea garden). With the assistance of her friends, he collected from the mountain slope a great quantity of the kowali, or convolvulus vine. The girl was a witch and she had guided Copahue to this place with a charm. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1992. ---. “From The Language of Adam to the Pluralism of Babel.” Mediterranean Historical Review 12.2 (1997): 51-59.
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June 10, 2013

The Book of the Dead

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If they didn't eat the fruit from the tree, would we still have internet, planes, electric guitars and comic books today? This was a female rock, and the fish of that place is the uhu. Cegin Arthur and Ffynnon Arthur in Snowdonia reputedly have healing properties, and many tales associated with caves across the region tell of a sleeping Arthur who awaits the call to return with his men to rescue Wales.
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June 10, 2013

The Wolfhound Guide to the Shamrock (Wolfhound Guides)

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Next, Beowulf went to the underwater cave to kill the mother as well. This book begins in a ‘world’ far away, a world whose creator is known as Alamos. Most people don't even know that Charlie Chaplin started the moonwalk )..and then those books re-edited countless times again, stuff added, stuff taken away, re-worded and translated in different ways by who knows who, putting words into animals mouths etc. Then the son [Kronos] from his ambush stretched forth his left hand and in his right took the great long sickle with jagged teeth, and swiftly lopped off his own father's members and cast them away to fall behind him. .. and so soon as he had cut off the members with flint and cast them from the land into the surging sea, they were swept away over the main a long time: and a white foam spread around them from the immortal flesh, and in it there grew a maiden.
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June 10, 2013

Lore of the Great Turtle : Indian Legends of Mackinac Retold

Dirk Gringhuis

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Similarly, commenter Southron brought it to my attention that the names for the books in the series are kennings (i.e. metaphors in Old Norse poetry -- i.e. The owl flew away and came back, several times. At this they concluded that the stone was a representative of some god. MERCURY ● Mercury was the messenger of the gods. like Mars or Vulcan. Ganga's fall from heaven is replicated daily in the millions of Hindu temples where the water of the Ganga river is poured over the sacred Shiva Linga.
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June 9, 2013

Olympos (GollanczF.)

Dan Simmons

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Dubois, Thomas A.: Nordic Religions in the Viking Age ., ISBN= 0812217144. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. So I can't finish this blog without talking slightly about my readings for the week though. They were frequently represented in antiquity, in paintings, on gems, in relievoes and statues, and commonly as youthful, beautiful, and naked maidens, and often grouped together with Tritons and other marine monsters, in which they resemble the Bacchic routs.
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June 9, 2013

Power Within the Land: The Roots of Celtic and Underworld

R. J. Stewart

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With regards to Korean mythology, the effect has been equally diversifying. Far in the sky to the west lived the god of thunder, Great Thunder, and his sons, the Thunder Boys. According to Snorri "her dish is Hunger, her knife is Famine, her slave is Lazy, and Slothful is her woman servant." As Perseus, a hero of Greek mythology, passed the cliffs of Ethiopia, he noticed a beautiful woman tied to the rocks. The Grimm brothers’ famous “Fairy Tales” were one result of another line of inquiry: the search for narratives that would demonstrate that which was distinctive in the German Volk-spirit.
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June 9, 2013

Favourite Fairy Tales

Sarah Hayes

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The exception we see is in Dontos Hollard, who was a disgraced knight-cum-fool in King's Landing. The monster Grendel, for example, is described as a descendant of the biblical Cain. In the Third and final Age of Magic, Man established five island kingdoms: Commery, Fletching, Morgog, Swelldom, and Hort. They are told to be little furry humanoids in homespun clothing, who have the power to become invisible (and are invisible most of the time). Why is a magazine of the arts called Daedalus?
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