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Makeshift Subway Shrine to Mercury

Mercury, the planet of communication is also one for travelers. Now during the pandemic, a shrine to Mercury has been spotted in Brooklyn in a subway station. Let's hope this helps us get to our destimations safely and on time. Untapped City reports - When you are running late and waiting for the subway, you may find yourself praying for it to arrive quickly. Well, it looks like one subway rider has taken their plea for timely service to the next level by creating a cardboard subway shrine. ...
Tags: Travel, Mythology, Brooklyn, Mercury, Astrology, Spells and Charms, Archetypes, Fables, Ghosts and Spirits, Russel Jacobs, Utica Avenue


Onyx Equinox Creator Sofia Alexander Opens Up About Weaving Mythology Into Reality

When the gods of Crunchyroll’s new anime-inspired series Onyx Equinox decide that the fate of humanity should be determined by an epic game, a young boy named Izel’s life takes a turn for the divine and dangerous. He’s tapped to become the one person capable of keeping the living from being sucked into the underworld.Read more...
Tags: Science, Interview, Mexico, Immigration, Mythology, Animation, Streaming, Anime, Mesoamerica, Crunchyroll, Aztecs, Izel, Inca, Representation, Sofia Alexander, Onyx Equinox


Halloweek Experiences Programs

Atlas Obscura is offering virtual Halloweek Experiences. Here is their listing: Join us for a virtual Halloweek—a full five days of otherworldly online experiences that you can Zoom into live, or watch later, with the lights on. Celebrate Victorian Hallowe’en with Nina Nightingale, embark on some scary spelunking with Tyler Thrasher, and talk tomb-raids and stolen bones with Erin Thompson and Kylie Holloway. Get your tickets now; it’s possible they may, at any moment, disappear into the nig...
Tags: Mythology, Astrology, Atlas Obscura, That's Entertainment, Archetypes, Fables, Charm School, Colin Dickey, Ghosts and Spirits, Erin Thompson, Nina Nightingale, Tyler Thrasher, Kylie Holloway


The OED Word of the Day is an obsolete word, "Titanolatry."

Is the OED suggesting that we bring it back to life? We could use it: it means "Worship of, or excessive respect for, power." The mythological Titans represent power in this concoction with the familiar "-olatry" ending. What's the worst Titanolatry going on today? Is the OED obscurely nudging us about Trump, whose crowds these days chant "We love you"?Here's "The Fall of the Titans" by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem (1596–1598). I love the placement of the dragonfly (and the overall it's-rainin...
Tags: Art, Law, Mythology, Language, Insects, Trump, Haarlem, Cornelis Cornelisz, Ann Althouse


"Granted that most of the mythologizing came later, but for RBG to decide she was indispensable in 2013-14, when there was a Democratic President and Democratic Senate majority..."

"... that could have replaced her with another liberal, was a cosmic misjudgment. (As de Gaulle is supposed to have remarked, the cemeteries are full of indispensable people.) Self-confidence is fine and good, and in her case it was fully justified. But to imagine that through sheer will power you can endlessly defy age and illness is hubris, and we know from the Greeks, hubris invites nemesis — now in the form of a court that will pick apart and discard half her legacy. This is the tragedy we ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Senate, Mythology, Gop, Mitt Romney, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nemesis, Emily Bazelon, Ann Althouse, RBG, Trump and the judiciary, replacing Ginsburg, Buzzfeed Romney


Lovecraft Country Expanded Its Mythos With a Carnal Story about War

The degree to which HBO’s Lovecraft Country has already branched off from the novel its based on might give you the sense that at this point, with half the season over, the story might slow down on the worldbuilding to begin fully weaving its core character’s arcs together in the buildup to its finale. But the first…Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, War, Mythology, Korea, TV Recap, Korean War, Jamie Chung, Lovecraft Country, Misha Green, Body Horror, Jonathan Majors, Eves Bayou, Cindy Chang, Lovecraft Country Recaps


25 Years Ago We Got Genre's Most Unapologetic Heroine

Inevitably a cool lady appears on screen with a sweet outfit, a wry smile, and this sense that she is not to be fucked with wrapped around her like a cloak. While women aren’t on the top of the call sheet as often as men in genre film and television, there are a lot more women there now than before, and despite them…Read more...
Tags: Science, Mythology, Hercules, Lgbtq, Nostalgia, Kevin Sorbo, Rob Tapert, Lucy Lawless, Greek Mythology, Xena Warrior Princess, Renee Oconnor


Hyakka Yoen – Katoh Miki Illustration Works Art Book Review

Skilfully infusing the visual styles and themes of three Japanese painting genres namely Nihonga, Shin-hanga and Bijinga, Japanese artist Katoh Miki’s Hyakka Yoen (百花妖炎) is a stunning collection of illustrations featuring beautiful Japanese women adorned in exuberant kimonos, surrounded by a rich tapestry informed by age-old Japanese mythology and Shintoism, but updated with contemporary icons and landmarks like the Tokyo Tower. Mystical creatures like the Kirin, dragons and Kitsune accompan...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Bliss, Mythology, Illustration, Tokyo, Anime, Kirin, Shin, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Amazon De, Nihonga, Ikenaga Yasunari, Katoh Naoyuki Guin, Amazon CA


"She told us he would never be able to get a job, and that teachers wouldn’t want to teach him. 'I tried to explain that we are not religious people, and Lucifer in Greek means "light-bringer" and "morning" but she wouldn’t listen.'"

Says a father quoted in "HELLUVA NAME/Couple win battle to name son Lucifer after registrar tried to bar them because it is another name for the devil" (The Sun).[Dan Sheldon] 37, a plant hire company boss, lodged an official complaint over how he and Mandy, 32, were treated at their local office in Chesterfield, Derbys. He said: “We were really excited to go and get him registered but the woman looked at us in utter disgust.... She even told us that it was illegal to name a child that in New Ze...
Tags: England, Law, Wikipedia, History, Bible, Mythology, Satan, New Zealand, Jesus, Names, Venus, Chesterfield, James, Lucifer, Poitiers, Latin


Deity as Celebrity — Crafting a Myth Cycle

This article is by Eleanor Konik. Gods in Myth Creating a myth cycle is one of the hardest and most exciting parts of worldbuilding. I’ve written previously about how to frame a myth cycle around a war, but another useful trick is to imagine deities as modern-day celebrities. It’s an exercise teachers often use when teaching about Greek mythology. For example, Hannah Petersen does a really nice job of comparing 2010s era celebrities with Greek gods: Aphrodite and Ares: Kim Kardashian and Kanye ...
Tags: Kim Kardashian, Mythology, Kim, Kanye, World Building, Eleanor Konik, Hannah Petersen, Kanye West Aphrodite, Ares Continue


Spirit Homes in Thailand

 Hannah Beech writes for the New York Times about Thailand's spirit homes: In Every Corner of Bangkok, Spirits Need a Home and Maybe a Strawberry Fanta BANGKOK — These spirits were not wearing face masks. They appeared well fed, untroubled by the hunger pangs that have afflicted some Thais during the lean times of a pandemic. But despite the spirits being so coddled — or perhaps because of it — the spiritual adviser accompanying them looked nervous. These spirits, or at least the pair of fig...
Tags: Travel, China, Thailand, Mythology, Current Affairs, New York Times, Cambodia, Food And Drink, Bangkok, Astrology, Superstitions, Buddhist, Pepsi, Thailand Myanmar, Spells and Charms, Archetypes


"For years, critics have expressed disgust at Trump’s statement that 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn't lose any voters.' Yet..."

"... they now afford Biden the same immunity even if he turns into the ancient god Cronus and starts snacking on boiled babies."Writes Jonathan Turley in "Why Joe Biden can do no wrong" (The Hill). Here's the mythical image:Cronus was eating the babies raw, by the way. Not boiled. Maybe Turley is mixing it up with...Anyway, what does Turley have to say here except to give us the statements of Biden supporters? I've been avoiding blogging this kind of stuff, because it's so disgusting and trite a...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Mythology, New York Times, Fifth Avenue, Biden, Goya, Trump, Hypocrisy, McCain, Turley, Linda Hirshman, Jonathan Turley, Cronus, Lisa Bloom, Ann Althouse


I'm trying to write up one wolf story, and another wolf story pops ups. I'm beset by wolves this morning.

I express my frustration out loud like this: "Remember 'Women who Run with the Wolves'? What the hell was that?""I also remember Naomi Wolf," says Meade."May I quote you?""Yes," he answers, adding "I also remember Wolf Blitzer."So the first story I'm trying very hard to process for this blog is: "A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question/What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse?" That's in the NYT. I've had the tag open since yesterda...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Music, Law, Dogs, Wikipedia, Berlin, Copyright, Mythology, Architecture, Feminism, Pornography, Emma Watson, Wolves, Menstruation, Wolf


"Man Who Killed and Ate the Spirit Raccoon," "Spirit Horses on Horse Hill," "Flying Skull," "Big Beaver," "Girl Whose Lover Went to War"...

... "Rattlesnake Myth," "Wakanda Loses Lake," "Wakanda Annoyed by Rabbit," "Thunderbird Roost," and "Girl Who Married a Sky Man" — Native American myths named on this map of Lake Mendota, drawn in 1948 by a student of a University of Wisconsin professor, to go with his booklet "Lake Mendota Indian Legends."I first saw the map at "Daily diversion: See how Madison's lakes changed changed since 19th century, in photos" (Wisconsin State Journal).And 's the booklet!Lake Mendota was called Wonk-sheck...
Tags: Photography, Law, Mythology, Wisconsin, Sunrise, Native Americans, Madison, University Of Wisconsin, Manitou, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Rattlesnake Myth Wakanda


Find Your Astrological Demon

Hakim Bashara writes in Hyperallergic about a book on Persian Mysticism located in Princeton’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. It is an illustrated manuscript on magic and astrology from Iran that includes 56 painted illustrations of demons and angels. Demons, genies, and evil spirits permeate ancient occult traditions in Iran and neighboring countries. An early 20th-century Persian manuscript on magic and astrology held at Princeton’s Department of Rare Books and Special Colle...
Tags: Travel, Religion, Iran, Mythology, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Astrology, Michael, Gabriel, Bucknell University, Solomon, Farsi, Hyperallergic, Spells and Charms, Leo Libra


"The traditional voyeuristic peephole in film suggests the person being watched is under threat. The peephole makes the person looking through the peephole into the vulnerable one."

Aaid Catherine Zimmer, author of 'Surveillance Cinema,' quoted in "The Policing of the American Porch/Ring offers a front-door view of a country where millions of Amazon customers use Amazon cameras to watch Amazon contractors deliver Amazon packages" (in the Style section of NYT).Note that Amazon owns Ring, and people who buy and install these devices are facilitating Amazon's business, which is hurt by the theft of packages left outside customers' houses. Amazon ought to give us the devices fr...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Movies, Privacy, Law, John Lennon, Surveillance, Mythology, Cartoons, Seinfeld, Artemis, Zimmer, Don, Newman, Curtis Mayfield, Ann Althouse


From Zeus to Superman: Why Do Superheroes Keep Coming Back?

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Tags: Feature, Music, History, Mythology, Superheroes, Cultural feature


The Spirits of Malaysia

Great article by Dan Nosowitz on all of the fascinating spirits of Malaysia. Malaysia Has Good Ghosts, Bad Ghosts, and Gremlin-Babies That Will Steal Your Stuff Its spirit culture is unlike any in the world. Everybody loves a ghost story. Really, everybody. All cultures have some variety of ghost story, by that name or another. But some are more pervasive and deeply ingrained than others. It isn’t really possible to identify the most ghost-heavy culture on the planet—there’s no clear metri...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, Mythology, Malaysia, Ikea, Malaysia Airlines, Mecca, Astrology, South China Sea, Superstitions, China India, Nicholas, Malays, Spells and Charms, Archetypes, Fables


The Symbolism and Styles of Dragon Tattoos

Dragons are mythological creatures that appear in legends, fairy tales and modern fantasy stories. They are often depicted as having a lizard's torso, head and limbs, with bat wings to allow them to fly. Some types of dragon have been described as being snake-like, wingless or having multiple heads. Dragons are a popular tattoo design because this versatile creature can be worn anywhere on the body and can be inked into the skin in a variety of sizes and styles. The Symbolism of Dragon Tatt...
Tags: Design, Wales, Pets, Fantasy, Earth, Ink, Power, Animal, Mythology, Celtic, Magic, Dragon, Legend, Ancient, Tattoo, Skin


Unlikely Places to Restore Your Luck

Kavya Ram Mohan writes that there are places all over the world where you can go to get luckier - whether in love, work or whatever. If you’re ever walking along the main thoroughfare of the old town in Dubrovnik, don’t be alarmed if you see people attempting to perform acrobatics on what looks like a small stone ledge. You’ve come across the Dubrovnik Maskeron, the gargoyle head that brings luck in love to those who can successfully take their shirt off while balancing on it. Once just ...
Tags: Mythology, Bangkok, Astrology, Dubrovnik, Superstitions, Paris France, Abraham Lincoln, Florence Italy, Spells and Charms, Archetypes, Fables, Kavya Ram Mohan, Dubrovnik Maskeron, Maskeron, La Paz Bolivia Bolivia, Dubrovnik Croatia Dubrovnik Maskeron


"Cups are used for quenching thirst across a wide range of cultures and social classes, and different styles of cups may be used for different liquids or in different situations."

"Cups of different styles may be used for different types of liquids or other foodstuffs (e.g. teacups and measuring cups), in different situations (e.g. at water stations or in ceremonies and rituals), or for decoration.... Cups are an obvious improvement on using cupped hands or feet to hold liquids. They have almost certainly been used since before recorded history, and have been found at archaeological sites throughout the world. Prehistoric cups were sometimes fashioned from shells and holl...
Tags: Europe, Law, Wales, Wikipedia, Mythology, Beatles, Cups, Danny, Thrace, Big And Small, Ann Althouse, Lovin' Spoonful, Unwritten Books, Lycurgus, Loggins And Messina, Universe Words


#TwistedTropes 14. Aladdin's miserly lamp

Photo from Pixabay There's a very old story that has been handed down through the generations. In it, a young street urchin called Aladdin breaks into a cave. He finds a lamp, and when he rubs it, spectacular stuff occurs. Why Aladdin rubbed the lamp inside a dark cave when he could have be lighting it up baffles me. But rub it he did, and then the magic happened.Out popped an all-powerful being who seemed more generous than a sozzled granny on Christmas eve. 'Your wish is my command' s...
Tags: School, Hope, Resources, Learning, Education, Lamp, Noah, Teaching, Pandora, Mythology, Batman, Dreams, eLearning, Dante, Plato, Chekhov


Russian Spooky Folk Characters

It’s Halloween again! This holiday is not as ingrained in Russian culture as it is in some Anglophone cultures—children don’t usually go trick-or-treating, and you won’t see many eerie decorations in people’s front yards (especially since most people live in high-rises). However, children usually learn about it in their English classes, and there may be theme or costume parties. Even though Halloween is not very visible in Russian culture, there are plenty of creepy folklore characters that I’d ...
Tags: Halloween, Culture, Mythology, Linguistics, Russian Folklore, Pagan, Wikimedia Commons, Mermaid, Werewolf, Deities, Shapeshifter, Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov, Vladimir Epifantsev Владимир Епифанцев, Vodyanoys, Rusalkas, Kikimoras


What Are Your Local Ghost Stories?

As much as the Halloween season might make us wish otherwise, ghosts don’t exist. But that shouldn’t take away from the allure and eerie mystery of a good ghost story! The best ghost stories are the ones that have just enough specific flavor and local cultural relevance that they can SEEM believable. I’ve mentioned the legend of Emo’s Grave, a grave in my native Salt Lake City, that is said to be haunted by the buried soul of some supernaturally vain person. As the story goes, if you peer into t...
Tags: Mythology, Salt Lake City, Astrology, Emo, Archetypes, Fables, Ghosts and Spirits


Gold Serpent Earrings

Representing “re-birth, continuation and femininity,” Seb Brown’s mismatched nine-carat gold serpent earrings are handcrafted in his Melbourne studio. With an mystical allure, they measure approximately 18mm in length.
Tags: Jewelry, Accessories, Design, Mythology, Snakes, Melbourne, Handmade, Earrings, Serpents


"Why are adults going to so many superhero movies? How could they possibly hold your interest? I’m genuinely mystified by this aspect of our culture."

I wrote, in last night's café. I got some answers:1. "Do you read Homer? 'Cause, maybe it ain't Shakespeare, but it *is* Homer" (Unknown).2. "It's a mythos of sorts, if we wanted to get all sophisticated Joseph Campbell and the hero's journey, what makes a hero — are they born or just rise to the occasion?" (narciso, with typos corrected).3. "Ann, the reason is people are more [unintelligent] than they were in times past" (wild chicken, with rude term censored).4. "Dreams of our youth. The milit...
Tags: Movies, Robert Downey Jr, Law, France, America, Mythology, Jesus, Pbs, Thor, Les Miserables, Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tolkien, Unknown, Don, Jekyll




THE FIRE STARTERS by Jan Carson

THE FIRE STARTERS Jan Carson (jancarsonwrites.wordpress.com) Doubleday Ireland £14.99     It’s a hot summer in East Belfast and, as the Twelfth of July looms, tensions begin to rise as high as the bonfires dotted around this part of the city. When Stormont imposed a thirty feet height limit on the Eleventh Night bonfires, it […]
Tags: Fiction, Mythology, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Irish, Siren, Books_horror-novels, East Belfast, Bonfires, Doubleday Ireland, Jan Carson, The Fire Starters, Twelfth Of July


"Have you read Sophocles’s 'Ajax' ever?... You have a neurotic hero who cannot get over the fact that he was by all standards the successor to Achilles and deserves Achilles’s armor..."

"... and yet he was outsmarted by this wily, lesser Odysseus, who rigged the contest and got the armor. All he does is say, 'This wasn’t fair. I’m better. Doesn’t anybody know this?' It’s true, but you want to say to Ajax, 'Shut up and just take it.' Achilles has elements of a tragic hero. He says, at the beginning of the Iliad, 'I do all the work. I kill all the Trojans. But when it comes to assigning booty, you always give it to mediocrities—deep-state, administrative nothings.' So he stalks o...
Tags: Law, Ajax, Mythology, Donald Trump, Sophocles, Trump, Achilles, Victor Davis Hanson, Odysseus, Ann Althouse, President Trump, New Yorker Hanson


"'I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone,' she explained, 'they’re going to take my creativity from me through my vagina.'"

"She was laying out why she didn’t have a partner, why she worried about the depletion of artistic energy that stripping bare in front of someone could precipitate. 'I’m lonely when I’m in relationships,' she continued. 'It’s my condition as an artist.'... There it was, in black and white: Dating could sap you. There it was: If you want to be your fullest self, it’s possible a partner will weigh you down...."From "How Lady Gaga convinced me to give up dating — and finish my book" by Anna Maxymiw...
Tags: Psychology, Sleep, Law, Sex, Wikipedia, Pregnancy, Mythology, Lady Gaga, Gaga, Thomas Aquinas, Aquinas, Ann Althouse, Genitalia, Anna Maxymiw WaPo