The locations are Delphi and Mieza (Greece), Siwa Oasis (Egypt) and Persepolis (Iran).
Tomatoes and (container) potatoes from the #garden.
think about the concept of a library. that’s one thing that humanity didn’t fuck up. we did a good thing when we made libraries
I’m still hung up on the Romans giving out bread to their ppl for free, could we pls have that back?
Rome relied on conquered territories to supply grain and as far as I’ve found in five minutes, only applied to actual citizens living in the city of Rome (and later also Constantinople).
Well fuck — I knew the conquest part (Europe keeps the proud tradition going) but not the geographical limitations.
So, libraries. Gr8 invention esp when public and accessible.
this is an interesting thing to see…
just when there is an open call to contribute to this paper thing literally about understanding how libraries, as institution, are just as oppressive as any other institution.
libraries, like many other concepts, are great in theory
but fail on many accounts in practice
and believe me: this is esp. true of libraries operating within settler states.
my dad wrote this massively controversial paper abt modern libraries and got blacklisted from ever working in the field
Louis Cartier, Egyptian Revival brooch, 1923. Lapis lazuli, diamonds, enamel, platinum, gold. Designed around a faience, 730 BC. Egyptian fan, or flabellum, centering a bust of the goddess Sekhmet, depicted with a solar disc and a Uraeus on her head.
Cartier Ad from Illustrated News, London, 1924. The Tutankhamen Influence in Modern Jewellery. Via Sotheby’s
Ares (Ἄρης) → Ares, also called Mars by the Romans, was the Greek god of war. He is one of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera. He embodied the physical valor necessary for success in war, and he also was a dangerous force, “overwhelming, insatiable in battle, destructive, and man-slaughtering.”"Stay and mourn at the tomb of dead Kroisos
Whom raging Ares destroyed one day, fighting in the foremost ranks”
For the lovely Bast
and now I am off to bed
HYMN TO SEKHMET-BAST
HAIL to thee, Sekhmet-Bast-Re, Mother of the gods, Bearer of Wings, Lady of the Anes-cloth, Mistress of the Two Crowns, Only One, Chief one of her father ! the gods did not exist before her. Great one of magic in the Boat of Millions, Holy one appearing on the Throne of Silence, Lady of the Tomb-chamber, Mother in the horizon of heaven, beloved, trampling down evil. Offerings are in thy hand. Thou art standing at the prow of the Boat of thy father to overthrow the foe. Thou placest Truth at the prow of his Boat. Thou art the divine Flame, thou art the great Flame at the prow of the Boat of thy father. Praise to thee who art mightier than the gods. [Budge, Book of the Dead, Ch. CLXIV]
Verse transcription [by M.Murray]
MOTHER of the gods, the One, the Only,
Mistress of the Crowns, thou rulest all ;
Sekhmet is thy name when thou art wrathful,
Bast, beloved, when thy people call.
Daughter of the Sun, with flame and fury
Flashing from the prow upon the foe ;
Safely sails the Boat with thy protection
Passing scatheless where thy fires glow.
Daughter of the Sun, the burial chamber
Lies in the darkness till thy light appears.
From thy Throne of Silence send us comfort,
Bast, beloved, banish all our fears.
Mother of the gods, no gods existed
Till thou camest there and gave them life.
Sekhmet of the Boat, the wicked fear thee
Trampling down all evil and all strife.
Mother of the gods, the great, the loved one,
Winged and mighty, unto thee we call,
Naming thee the Comforter, the Ruler,
Bast, beloved, Mother of us all.
A dragon shrine is basically an open invitation for these awesome entities to come and visit your home. It can be pretty simple, I’ve found. Here are a few things you can do to make your dragon shrine gives the right message:
- Dragon imagery is pretty important. It makes it a bit more obvious that this is a shrine specifically for dragons. It can be a toy, a little statue, I have this nifty little incense burner shaped like a dragon. Whatever you can find or afford, throw it up there.
- Incense is something they really like. Especially dragon’s blood incense and this weird kind I found called Vampire Blood. I have no idea what’s in it so that warrants some caution for those of you with allergies, but this stuff is like catnip for spirits in general.
- Natural offerings. Things like pretty stones, some spring water you went and got yourself, a bowl of really nice dirt. This are all appropriate for most dragons. Regular quarts crystals are another jack-of-all-trades offering most entities will accept. Jewelry is also an excellent idea. Shiny coins, too.
- Keep the area clean and clear. Too much clutter is frowned upon. You might also consider putting the shrine need books or facing water. They seem to appreciate this.
Keep in mind, a dragon may make a specific request. Often times they are simple acts of kindness, rather than elaborate gifts, so don’t worry too much about that. But so long as you get the basics down (no clutter, make intentions clear, nice gifts every now and then) then the dragons that come and go will be happy, helpful, and rather entertaining (especially if you have pets, let me tell you). They’re nice to have around, since they tend to keep anything potentially harmful away from your house. Ah, but these are just little side musings. I hope you all find this list helpful, down the road. :3