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FIGURE OF MYTH   |   ATLAS

Who carried the world on his shoulders?

Wednesday, 20th of August

red-lipstick:

This false color photograph of Neptune was made from Voyager 2 images taken through three filters: blue, green, and a filter that passes light at a wavelength that is absorbed by methane gas.

Tuesday, 19th of August
Tuesday, 19th of August

herkindoftea:

- Walt Whitman

Tuesday, 19th of August
#quotes  
Tuesday, 19th of August

cripplingdeniall:

I wanna be your last, first kiss
That you’ll ever have (that you’ll ever have)
I wanna be your last, first love (that you’ll ever have)
Till you’re lying here beside me with arms and eyes open wide
I wanna be your last, first kiss for all time

Tuesday, 19th of August

amchphotography:

Minimal city. I [Mexico City. May 2014]

Tuesday, 19th of August

MAHSURI

Mahsuri was the daughter of a couple who moved from their native Phuket to the island of Langkawi in search of a better life. She was the most beautiful in all of Langkawiand married the warrior Wan Darus. As was required of him, her husband had to go to war, leaving Mahsuri behind to fend for herself. It was during this time that Mahsuri befriended a young man named Deraman. The village chief’s wife was jealous of Mahsuri’s beauty. She spread a rumour that Mahsuri was unfaithful and was having an affair with Deraman in the absence of Wan Darus. Eventually the rumours grew strong enough that the villagers openly accused her of adultery. Mahsuri pleaded her innocence, but no one believed her.

Mahsuri was to be tied to a tree and stabbed to death but it didn’t work. After every execution attempt failed, Mahsuri told them to kill her with her family’s kris. When she was stabbed, white blood flowed from the wound, signifying her innocence. Some birds flew above her to cover her body. With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed Langkawi to have seven generations of bad luck. The kingdom was soon taken over by Siam. The villagers at Padang Mat Sirat burned their own paddy fields rather than let them fall into the hands of the Siamese.

Monday, 18th of August

vassilias:

Maidens of Myth Series : Atalanta, The Huntress

Born an Arcadian (in some accounts Boeotian) princess to the King Iasus, Atalanta was abandoned at her birth atop a mountain, as her father had long desired a son. It has been said that a she-bear had taken Atalanta in her care, raising and suckling the young girl from her youth. Growing up in the wilderness, Atalanta was able to hone her abilities as a huntress and skilled warrior and eventually took an oath of virginity to the goddess Artemis. Atalanta is most famously known as the heroine of the tale of the wild boar. When deprived of sacrificial offerings, Artemis unleashed the boar into the town of Calydonia and ravaged the city and its people with death and famine. Not long after a hunt was formed of famed heroes who were intent on bringing about the end of the boar. Atalanta was the one who dealt the killing blow to the boar and would be celebrated throughout the region for her bravery in the slaying of the beast.

Eventually reunited with her father, Atalanta came to realize that her father desperately wanted her to settle down with a husband. She agreed to one condition - that her husband be her equal in strength, speed, and intelligence. All the suitors failed to win against her speed in the footraces save one man named Hippomenes who advised the help of the goddess Aphrodite. By using golden apples to lure away Atalanta whenever she would gain an upper hand in the footraces, Hippomenes was cleverly able to trick the huntress. By this manner, Hippomenes was able to win the race and Atalanta’s hand in marriage. She would later bear his son named Parthenopeus. However, the pair would be turned into lions as a result of disrespect towards Zeus. As the belief at the time was that lions couldn’t mate within their own species, Hippomenes and Atalanta would never be able to remain together.

Wednesday, 13th of August

when confronted with the i m p o s s i b l e , the  r a t i o n a l  mind

                       w i l l   g r o p e   f o r  t h e  l o g i c a l .

Wednesday, 13th of August

shrinemaidens:

MYTHIC POETRY series:

And the spear of his name, once ferocious, dissolves on my tongue like sugar, like birdsong, I whisper it: Hades. [“Hades” —Cecilia Woloch]

Tuesday, 12th of August
#mythology   #poetry  

bienenkiste:

Taya Thurman wearing Mme. Gres photographed by David Seidner, 1980

Monday, 11th of August

victoriousvocabulary:

CINERARY

[adjective]

1. of, like or pertaining to ashes.

2. holding or intended for ashes, especially the ashes of cremated bodies.

Etymology: from Latin, from cinerārius, “relating to ashes”.

[Agostino Arrivabene - Elogio Della Polvere]

Monday, 11th of August
#art  
Monday, 11th of August
Monday, 11th of August
#no