some of the many things i like about vampires by sonia age 23
- very theatrical
- lots of goofy weaknesses. like come on the sun, even a baby can go out in the sun. oh shit i gotta stop and count all this rice someone threw at me. um yeah sorry i couldn’t come to your party i…
second batch of inktober days 9-14
egyptian gods in clothes that i’d wear
Disney vs. 7 early fairytales
The 1812 version of Snow White is even worse when you consider that the girl was only seven years old in the tale (plus her unconscious body ended up being carted around by the prince until one of his servants accidentally woke her up). Also, in The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s unable to speak because she had her tongue cut out >__<
But I’d love to see faithful adaptations of the original tales. Especially Bluebeard. We need a Bluebeard adaptation.
Actually, the original-original pre-Grimm Brothers’ stories that were passed around Europe via oral tradition are nowhere near as violent as the Grimm’s made them. Cinderella’s stepsisters were never ugly and kept their eyes, Snow White’s mother was not even a villain (instead a group of bandits were), and instead of spending the whole story napping Sleeping Beauty outwitted a dangerous bandit leader, wouldn’t let him sleep with her, and saved herself.
The original oral stories were radically changed by the Brothers Grimm to fit their personal and political beliefs. Most notably, they often added in female characters solely for the purpose of making them evil villains and took away most of the heroines’ agency and intelligence. Both brothers belonged to a small fanatical sect of Catholicism that vilified women because of the idea of Original Sin and Wilhelm in particular had a particularly deep hatred of women. The Grimms were actually pretty horrible people. Those cannibalistic queens and ugly stepsisters and the mass amount of violence against women didn’t exist until the Grimms wanted them to. Their ideas stuck so soundly though that we now assume they were in the original tales and that these terrible characters and ideas come out of some perceived barbaric Old World culture. But in truth they’re really the Grimms’ weird obsession with hating women showing through. The original oral folklore focused on the heroes’ and heroines’ good deeds and used them as ways to teach cultural norms and a society’s rules and encouraged girls to be quick-witted and street-savvy instead of passive princesses, and the Grimms promptly stripped that all away.
"Grimms Bad Girls and Bold Boys" by Ruth Bottingheimer is an excellent book on this
I am so happy about this post, you have no idea.
a sphinx girl who’s absolute balls at riddles but fucking loves terrible puns
a traveler is blocked by a sphinx suddenly while going along a path. “what do bees brush their hair with?” she asks, and he’s FREAKING OUT, he’s going to get fucking eaten, didn’t…
A protective deity from Mesopotamian culture, the human headed, winged lion-esque creature guarded palace gates and was adopted as a royal kingly symbol by the Assyrians. I have been fortunate to visit three of the six museums which house these massive and awe-inspiring sculptures.
The first two pictures are from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and were taken by my friend and I March 2013. They stood guard at the palace at Nimrud, built by Ashurnasirpal II in the 9th c BCE.
The third picture is from from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and was taken this summer 2013 by me. This winged creature stood guard at the palace of Dur-Sharrukin (Khorsabad), the capital of Sargon II, built in the 8th c BCE.
The fourth picture, taken from Wikipedia, is also from this palace. These are housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. When I visited in 2003, I did not have a digital camera, and most of my photos were lost in a move.
Three other museums house such creatures: The British Museum, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, and the National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq. I hope one day to visit the rest of these museums. Maybe London and Berlin first…
Found the words “medusa pubes” written in my sketchbook and I’m pretty sure this is what I meant.
(They’re copperheads, for no particular reason other than Ginger Medusa.)
i cant even make it past the table of contents im laughing too hard
The table of contents just keep getting better. Final chapter: “and this is what Tom Cruise believes”
I dig this for a couple of reasons.
First, it’s got great style.
Perhaps more interestingly though, is that it’s a very different tone as far as the direction of aggression. Most people know the Clash of the Titans version where she’s on the hunt for him once he shows up. But let’s face it, Medusa really gets the shaft from destiny overall. She starts out as a priestess in a temple who gets raped by Poseidon and gets cursed for it as if it was all her fault. The result is that she’s basically doomed to live without human contact for eternity. Then she’s hunted down specifically for her head by a demigod whose got all sorts of great toys and backing to get the job done and depicted as some sort of horrible monster for defending her turf from folks out to kill her.
There are some really interesting theories about regarding just what the whole ‘gorgon’ thing was really about from a historical perspective. It’s really quite a tragic tale about the rise of patriarchy and the purge of goddess-centric worshipers. There are also parallels to the Apollo versus Typhon story which is part of the same era. Harsh.
See, even the demystified stories from ancient times are fascinating!
Reblogging for commentary.
I wish there were more nuanced portrayals of Medusa than as just a scary, snake lady.
Not to mention all this shit went down while she was pregnant with twins, the Pegasus and the giant Chrysaor, as a result from the rape. Perseus would mount Pegasus, and use him and Medusa’s head to kill a sea monster, thus winning him a wife, Andromeda. Medusa was cursed by the very goddess she served, Athena, who also gave Perseus the mirrored shield he used to slay her. Raped, betrayed by her god, hunted down like a beast in her own home while she was pregnant, her own children stolen from her and used to glorify and aide her killers and betrayers. And she’s supposed to be the monster?
That’s how Greek men saw the myth. Greek women viewed it as Athena protecting Medusa by giving her the power to make any man who looked at her completely harmless. Her head was used as a symbol to mark women’s shelters in ancient Greece.
Friendly reminder to remember that women have their own vivid lives and cultures and that the stories which are preserved today come through a heavy filter of gender, race, and class biases.
Aiden Shaw by Yang YI for Elle magazine (China) Feb 2013
THROW ME OVER YOUR SHOULDER AND CARRY ME TO OLYMPUS, HIPSTER ZEUS, I’M READY
WOW WHAT IS GOING ON HERE WOW
Pictures from The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth.
I recommend it wholeheartedly! It’s full of pictures like these!
Yes hello I need all of this.
Anatomically correct mythological creatures? Hell yes!
i love things like these
During the Annual Pantheons Meeting, the gods of the Dead just look for a corner away from sunlight and bitch about people.
I’m not entirely sure about how this happened, but Hades and Anubis might be my new brotp.
this is flawless and I need to hug whoever drew it