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ex0skeletal-undead · a day ago
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Oracle by Bogdan Rezunenko
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the-evil-clergyman · 9 hours ago
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The Birth of Venus by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1890)
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forthegothicheroine · a day ago
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It should be stated, in the midst of “Are all baby-eating vampires antisemitic caricatures?” discourse, that we Jews do have a folkloric vampire who eats children, whom some still ward off with amulets. Her name is Lilith. You may have heard of her. Infant death is something a lot of cultures have monsters around.
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olympest · 2 days ago
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Persephone: To fully heal my inner child, some people would have to die.
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clarencerambles · 2 days ago
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hello i’ve been very into women in mythology ever since i became a classics major so i have a quiz if you’re curious which underrated girlboss you are from mythology <3
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textsfrommtolympus · a day ago
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Ares: Aphrodite was a cheerleader in college and President of her sorority and now she’s a sales rep for a pharmaceutical corporation. “High maintenance hot” doesn’t even begin to explain it
Ares: But dear lord is it worth it
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localgreekmythologywh0re · 2 days ago
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Zeus: Do you understand?
Apollo: In fact, I overstand.
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rowanwitch · a day ago
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Ursa Major is made up of seven main stars and it is one of the largest constellations in the sky (topped only by Hydra and Virgo). According to Hesiod, it is Callisto, the daughter of Lycaon, the king of Arcadia. She was a nymph and spent her days with Artemis (goddess of the hunt), however unfortunately she caught the attention of Zeus. Some say he transformed himself into Artemis so that Callisto would sleep with him, overpowering her before she had the chance to realise she was being tricked. He impregnated her, and Artemis punished her for not preserving her virginity by turning her into a bear.
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Diana and Callisto by Titian (1559).
One day she was captured along with her son Arcas, but she ran away into the sanctuary of Zeus, not knowing it was prohibited. They were caught and the Arcadians tried to kill them, but Zeus intervened and placed Callisto in the sky amongst the stars.
There are other versions: some say it was Zeus who turned Callisto into a bear to hide what he has done from Hera, but Hera, no fool, told Artemis who was hunting that day, and to stop Artemis from killing her, Zeus placed her in the sky. In this version, the reason for Ursa Major never setting is explained: the goddess of the ocean, Tethys, refuses to receive her out of loyalty to Hera:
And thou, born of the transformed Lycaean nymph.
Who, snatched from the frozen heights of Arcadia,
Was forbidden by Tethys from ever bathing in the ocean,
For daring to consort with her husband of her foster-child.
[Source: Constellation Myths by Eraosthenes and Hygiinus]
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the-world-of-erit · a day ago
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Cover reveal for SHADECURSED! No release date just yet, but hopefully soon.
Drawn by Sherbies on Twitter. :D
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purple-confusion · a day ago
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The slavic goddess Plague
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Slavic mythology is very cool and fascinating and i am very fascinated by it 10/10 very cool mythology. My sources for this are @ahotpeaceofshit and a few google searches and thats it
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agrippinatheyounger · 2 days ago
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Women of Roman mythology & literature 2/👑
↪ TANAQUIL, Queen of Rome
Lucumo, on the other hand, was heir to the whole estate. The self-confidence implanted in his bosom by his wealth was heightened by his marriage with Tanaquil, who was a woman of the most exalted birth, and not of a character lightly to endure a humbler rank in her new environment than she had enjoyed in the condition to which she had been born. The Etruscans looked with disdain on Lucumo, the son of a banished man and a stranger. She could not endure this indignity, and forgetting the love she owed her native land, if she could only see her husband honoured, she formed the project of emigrating from Tarquinii. Rome appeared to be the most suitable place for her purpose; amongst a new people, where all rank was of sudden growth and founded on worth, there would be room for a brave and strenuous man; the City had been ruled by Tatius the Sabine, it had summoned Numa to the sovereignty from Cures, even Ancus was the son of a Sabine mother, and could point to no noble ancestor but Numa.  She had no trouble in persuading a man who was eager for distinction, to whom Tarquinii was only his mother's birthplace. They therefore gathered their possessions together and removed to Rome. They had come, as it happened, as far as Janiculum, when, as they were sitting in their covered waggon, an eagle poised on its wings gently descended upon them and plucked off Lucumo's cap, after which, rising noisily above the car and again stooping, as if sent from heaven for that service, it deftly replaced the cap upon his head, and departed on high. This augury was joyfully accepted, it is said, by Tanaquil, who was a woman skilled in celestial prodigies, as was the case with most Etruscans. Embracing her husband, she bade him expect transcendent greatness: such was the meaning of that bird, appearing from that quarter of the sky, and bringing tidings from that god; the highest part of the man had been concerned in the omen; the eagle had removed the adornment placed upon a mortal's head that it might restore it with the divine approbation.  Such were their hopes and their reflections as they entered the City.
- Livy’s History
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ex0skeletal-undead · 4 hours ago
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Vision After the Sermon by Luca Merli
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illustratus · 2 days ago
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Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus by John William Waterhouse
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bestiarium · 21 hours ago
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The Tunchi [Peruvian mythology]
In the upper Amazon area, there is a belief among the native tribes that if an unhappy person, one who was abused and neglected throughout his life passes away, their soul may be bound to the world of the living and will haunt the forests as a wandering spirit. Among mestizos, such a ghost is called a Tunchi. In some versions, it is the spirit of a human who died a particularly tragic death, and then usually by drowning.
A Tunchi is always invisible, but can be recognized by its signature whistling: these beings often whistle mournful, sad songs at night. Those who believe in Tunchis always fear them, for these are very dangerous creatures. For this reason, children are told that they should quickly return home when they hear whistling at night. When angered, a Tunchi can inflict diseases on people. If the spirit was a murder victim, he or she usually attempts to seek revenge on the killer. Whatever you do, you may never mock a Tunchi, because this will greatly anger the spirit and cause it to chase after you.
I’m uncertain how this can be known if the spirits are always invisible and dangerous to approach, but these creatures have a somewhat birdlike shape. The Tunchis of people who drowned sometimes appear in canoes on the water, whistling while moving upriver. The idea being that they died downriver and are attempting to return to the homes they owned when alive.
Note that the term ‘Tunchi’ has a lot of different meanings between different groups and tribes, whereas it refers to the dangerous spirit among mestizos. Among the Shuar people, it is a mythical dart made of spiders, whereas the word refers to a shaman or healer in the Aguaruna tribe. Yet a third group, the Achuar, uses the word to refer to a magical curse that makes the victim ill.
Source: Beyer, S. V., 2010, Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon, University of New Mexico Press. (image source: peru.info)
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browsethestacks · 11 hours ago
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Olympus: Rebirth #01 (2022)
Art by Julian Totino Tedesco, Tula Lotay And Lee Weeks
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sylvanidae · 12 hours ago
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Skoll & Hati (2022)
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forsty · a day ago
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Centaur sketch pages for HoltonHoss on twitter!!
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missivoryrainbow · a day ago
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No one can hurt you
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thedreamscapes · 2 days ago
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"Her Sorrow"
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aniquant · 2 days ago
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Pray for me, Orpheus.
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