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Dr. Zalka Csenge Virág Oct 20
In Breton lore the Ankou is the protector of graveyards and collector of souls of the dead. The last person to die every year in each parish becomes the next year's Ankou for that parish. How bad the deaths are in a given year depends on how mean the Ankou is...
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The Long Victorian Oct 20
The Centaur Playing With Her Child (1909) by Otto Soltau (Germany, 1885-1915).
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Susan Oct 21
The deity Ortzadar personified the rainbow in Basque myth. Souls of the dead used the rainbow as a ladder to reach the Moon, where they transformed into rain and eventually fell on the land, before reincarnating.
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Midnight Myth Podcast Oct 21
The veil between worlds grows thin this ! Be sure to place a coin in the mouths of departed loved ones so they can pay the ferryman, Charon, to bear them across the Styx and Acheron. 🎨: Michaelangelo's Last Judgment
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Mandy Jones Oct 21
Anubis the Egyptian God of Death,Cemeteries, Mummification and Afterlife (to name a few).Depicted as a Canine or a man with a Canine head.Performed the Weighing of the Heart ceremony and was designated as Guide of Souls - thus classed a ‘Psychopomp’.
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Felfa’s Fairy Fiefdom Oct 21
Valkyrie, in Norse mythology, are a host of beautiful maidens attendant upon Odin who bring the souls of slain warriors chosen by Odin or Tyr to Valhalla and there wait upon them. Img: ER Hughes.
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Historium Unearthia Oct 21
Azrael, the Angel of Death takes on the role of a psychopomp in Islamic mythology. He is said to take every soul from the body to Allah upon their death. (Image: Jay French)
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Historium Unearthia Oct 21
In Etruscan mythology, Charun—not to be confused with Charon—was known as the “Demon of Death.” When someone was ready to die, Charun would beat them over the head with his hammer until they were dead. He and Vanth would then take the soul to the underworld.
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Ancient Seas Oct 21
The watery underworld called 'Davy Jones' Locker' refers to the bottom of the sea, & the place where dead sailors & old shipwrecks lay. Some folklore accounts of Davy Jones, a devil-like character, go back to 18th-century literature. 🎨William Lionel Wyllie
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P J Richards Sep 2
🌿🌳🌿The Celtic tree alphabet Ogham (pronounced 'owam') displays a deep respect and reverence for the plant kingdom - a perspective that needs to be reinstated in the modern world.
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Classical Mythology Oct 21
This pomegranate-bearing kore wears a meander-bordered polos (cylindrical crown) atop a fishtail braid. Her body is covered w/ an epiblema (shawl) over a belted peplos (long garment). May represent Persephone, a votive, or funerary statue. Archaic c.570/560 BCE
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Susan Oct 21
Xolotl was the Aztec and Toltec god of fire and lightning who, accompanied by a dog, guided the dead to Mictlan, the underworld. He was depicted as a skeleton, or a man with the head of a dog.
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Felfa’s Fairy Fiefdom Sep 2
Basil the sacred plant of love & healing brings prosperity & happiness when planted in the garden. The ancient Egyptians & Greeks believed that it would open the gates of heaven if placed in the hands of the dead. Img J W Waterhouse
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Fran Staines Oct 14
The Tuatha De Danann, faerie race of old Ireland, appear in the shape of white birds, their necks adorned with gold & silver. But Morrigan, their Queen, appeared as a Raven. In human shape, they would wear magical feathered cloaks. 📷New Morrigan by OlderRealms
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Jill Safran Oct 14
Semele was the mother of Dionysis. She was turned into ash for forcing Zeus to appear in his true shape. Moral: Don't force to expose their real self; they love to hide and will punish you for making them vulnerable.
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Icy Sedgwick Aug 5
My shot of Siegfried's Dragon at the Nibelungenhalle on the Drachenfels in Germany
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Erotic Mythology ☤ Oct 21
This week's theme is psychopomps! The word derives from "psyche", soul, and "pompós", conductor, guide. So the job of a psychopompos is to escort newly deceased souls to the realm of the dead. In , this important job is performed by !
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Christopher Percy Author Oct 14
The Boobrie is a shape-shifting bird from the Scottish Highlands. Rather than using its wings to fly, it uses them to swim through the lakes & wells. It will often imitate the cries of an injured baby animal, then grab & drown any investigating adult animal.
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Oli A Sep 16
. The Mistress of the Copper Mountain. Sometimes she is a lizard, or a petite black-haired girl with dark-green eyes, wearing a dress of green silk, and she has been known to grant riches to kindly folk. Yes, the Ural region has its own kind of leprechauns!
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Sarah Crowley 🚤🐟🐕 Oct 14
John Henry was an African-American railroad worker. According to legend, his prowess as a steel-driver was measured in a race against a steam powered hammer, which he won, only to die in victory with his hammer in his hand and his heart giving out from stress.
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