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drxco:

Mythology meme: Kalevala 1/?

All the waters in the blue-sea
Shall be blood of Aino’s body;
All the fish that swim these waters
Shall be Aino’s flesh forever;
All the willows on the sea-side
Shall be Aino’s ribs hereafter;
All the sea-grass on the margin
Will have grown from Aino’s tresses.

Aino is a figure in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. It relates that she was the beautiful sister of Joukahainen. Her brother, having lost a singing contest to the storied Väinämöinen, promised Aino’s “hands and feet” in marriage if Väinämöinen would save him from drowning in the swamp into which Joukahainen had been thrown. Aino’s mother was pleased at the idea of marrying her daughter to such a famous and well born person, but Aino did not want to marry such an old man. Rather than submit to this fate, Aino drowned herself.

frosted-lady:

Hawaiian Mythology - Pele

Pele is the goddess of volcanoes. She is also known for her power, passion, jealousy, and capriciousness.

frosted-lady:

Hawaiian Mythology - Pele

Pele is the goddess of volcanoes. She is also known for her power, passion, jealousy, and capriciousness.

//Dark and Magical beings//

Morgana Le Fay -

Morgana Le Fay was known to be the most powerful and evil witch in the world during the medieval days of King Arthur and his famous knights.  She was extremely beautiful and her presence was always strangely captivating.

She knew and commanded many dark and powerful spells. She could also transform herself into various creatures and beasts.

She had the power to easily change her shape to blend into the surrounding shadows.  She used this skill to eavesdrop on anyone she felt might cause her trouble or was trying to meddle in her selfish and elaborate schemes.

“Icarus,
is forever deemed
the boy
who flew too close
to the sun
and got burned.
To me
he is just a boy
too enthralled by beauty
to care whether or not
it could hurt him.”

(a.r.)

bravehearx:

mythology meme → one of seven greek gods/goddesses

ATHENA – Athena (Αθηνη) was the great Olympian goddess of wise counsel, war, the defence of towns, heroic endeavour, weaving, pottery and other crafts. She was depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and spear, and wearing the snake-trimmed aigis cloak wrapped around her breast and arm, adorned with the monstrous head of the Gorgon.

for lovers doomed to an eternity together

mayahan:

Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams

mundus-absconditus:

This is a picture of an 800-year skeleton found in the Bulgarian coastal town of Sozopol. This skeleton, like a number of other ones found in proximity to it, had its chest impaled with an iron rod upon discovery. It is believed to be indicative of some sort of exorcistic ritual against vampirism - a cultural phenomenon widely spread and rooted, even to this day, in European folklore. In Bulgaria alone, over 100 skeletons of this manner have been excavated, and it is not a phenomenon significative to that country alone. Especially in the mid-to-south-eastern regions of Europe, the vampire is well anchored in the socio-cultural spirit.

Although the conception of the vampire through-out European history differs a lot from more modern examples of fiction, such as Count Dracula, these archaelogical finds interestingly cements - far beyond Hollywood cinema and popular culture - the concept of heart impalement as means of slaying a vampire, and indicates that the idea of vampirism is a timeless mythological and folkloristic conception.

shrinemaidens:

EAST ASIAN MYTHOLOGY MEME:

[4/9] CHINESE GODS AND GODDESSES | CHANG’E

Chang’e or Chang-o [嫦娥] is the Chinese goddess of the Moon. Unlike many lunar deities in other cultures who personify the Moon, Chang’e only lives on the Moon.

In one version of the Chang’e legend, she was a beautiful young girl working in the Jade Emperor’s palace in heaven, where immortals, good people and fairies lived. One day, she accidentally broke a precious porcelain jar. Angered, the Jade Emperor banished her to live on earth.

Chang’e was transformed into a member of a rich farming family. When she was 18, a young hunter named Houyi from another village spotted her, now a beautiful young woman. They became friends. One day, a strange phenomenon occurred—10 suns arose in the sky instead of one, blazing the earth. Houyi, an expert archer, stepped forward to try to save the earth. He successfully shot down nine of the suns, becoming an instant hero. He eventually became king and married Chang’e.

But King Houyi grew to become greedy and selfish. He sought immortality by ordering an elixir be created to prolong his life. The elixir in the form of a single pill was almost ready when Chang’e came upon it. She either accidentally or purposely swallowed the pill. This angered King Houyi, who went after his wife. Trying to flee, she jumped out the window of a chamber at the top of the palace—and, instead of falling, she floated into the sky toward the Moon.

shrinemaidens:

EAST ASIAN MYTHOLOGY MEME:

[2/9] CHINESE GODS AND GODDESSES | MAZU

Mazu [媽祖], also spelt Matsu and Ma-tsu, is the Chinese goddess of the sea who is said to protect fishermen and sailors.

Over 1,000 years ago, a beautiful young girl by the name of Mazu (original name was Lin Mo) was born at the Xianliang Port of Meizhou Bay in Putian, East China’s Fujian Province. Clever, brave and kindhearted, Mazu could forecast the weather and offered medical services to fellow islanders. With her innate weather-forecasting ability, Mazu saved the lives of many fishermen from the menacing typhoons.

Since Mazu encouraged the people to conquer nature and defeat evil, she was much loved and esteemed by the locals. Touched by her kindness and good deeds, the townspeople greatly respected her and eventually deified her as the daughter of the dragon, the Goddess of the Sea and the Holy Mother who could bring them blessings. Unfortunately, Mazu died at the young age of 28. As legend goes, Mazu ascended to heaven and became immortal at Meizhou Bay, located opposite to Xianliang Port.

fuckyeahpaganism:

In Slavic mythology, a rusalka (plural: rusalki or rusalky) was a female ghost, water nymph, succubus or mermaid-like demon that dwelled in a waterway. According to most traditions, the rusalki were fish-like women, who lived at the bottom of rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the bank and dance in meadows. If they saw handsome men, they would intrigue them with songs and dancing, mesmerizing them, then lead the men away to the river floor and to his death. 

Artwork by Howard Pyle, 1910. 

shrinemaidens:

EAST ASIAN MYTHOLOGY MEME:

[5/9] CHINESE GODS AND GODDESSES | NÜWA

Nüwa [女媧] is a goddess in ancient Chinese mythology best known for creating mankind and repairing the wall of heaven. 

Nüwa is not considered a creator of the entire physical universe, but a creator and protector of animals and people. It is said that Nüwa existed in the beginning of the world. The earth was a beautiful place with blossoming trees and flowers, and full of animals, birds, fish and all living creatures. But as she wandered about it, Nüwa felt very lonely, so she began to create animals.

On the seventh day of creation, she bent down and took up a handful of yellow clay, mixed it with water and molded a figure in her likeness. As she worked, the figure came alive — the first human being.

Nüwa was pleased with her creation and went on making more figures of both men and women. They danced around her, and her loneliness was dispelled. She created hundreds of figures, but grew tired of the laborious process. Then she dipped a rope in the clay mud, and swung it around her. Soon the earth around her was covered with lumps of mud. The handmade figurines became the wealthy and the noble; those that arose from the splashes of mud were the poor and the common.

deerekhale:

*sirius black voice* remus will you kill this spider for me

*remus lupin voice* is it trying to hurt you, sirius

*sirius black voice* its on my bed and hurting my heart 

*quiet james potter voice* engorgio

*loud, horrified sirius black shrieking*

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