Derek McLennan, a metal detector enthusiast, spent a year on a piece of ground in Dumfries and Galloway before he came across Britain’s biggest ever haul of Viking treasure.
At Ramesses III’s mortuary temple at Medinet Habu, Sekhmet stands with a supportive hand raised behind her husband, Ptah.
Do you have any sources I could go through, focusing on the Tuatha de Danann or the Celtic Otherworld? Thanks!
Though it mostly relates to the TTRPG Scion, here is a post from John and Anne Ruthven, the inestimably excellent duo, about Celtic Otherworlds. I’ll sum up for those who don’t want to get confused: Tir n nOg is the Land of the Young, a place without illness or pain or suffering, where the Tuatha de Danaan retreated after leaving Ireland. Mag Mell is a similar paradise, reserved as a paradise for dead heroes by Mananan Mac Lir. Tech nDuinn is a drearier afterlife, ruled by Donn (the first person to die in Ireland, drowned after insulting the personification of the land). Faerie, or Underhill, is under the sidhe or burial mounds of Ireland, and it is from Faerie that the various sprites and fair folk come on out. Of course, they’re not always so clearly separated; some have Faerie and Tir na nOg be the same place, for example.
The “Tuatha de Danaan” means children of Danu, primordial embodiment of Ireland (among other things). When they got to Ireland, it had already been conquered by several waves, but the one they encountered was the Fir Bolg and their king Sreng. Nuada, who was kind of the Tuatha de Danaan at the time, negotiated with him for a portion of the island, but was refused, so they had to take it by force. Unfortunately, Nuada’s hand was cut off in the battle, rendering him unable to rule (the king had to be perfectly fit physically, mentally and spiritually). Only later on did Dian Cecht the physician (I think, it might have been his son) make him a silver prosthetic, earning him the title Nuada Airgetlam, of the Silver Hand.
There are other stories, of course: how Lugh came to be champion of the Tuatha de Danaan, how Setanta became Cu Chulainn and his various exploits thereafter, the battles of Magh Tuireadh (pronounced similar to moy tura), or stories of the various fairies, Aes Sidhe, and other folk that populate the Celtic supernatural landscape. Really, any book of mythology should be able to provide you plenty of information, so long as it goes into any detail about the British Isles. (Note: While a lot of Celtic mythology spills out of Ireland, hence my generalizing to the whole Isles, Welsh mythology particularly stands as more distinct. Honestly, I should tag them separately, but my tagging system right now is a mess that I’ll get around to organizing someday.)
indian hindu devotees offer prayers to the sun in the arabian sea during the chhath festival, which is observed in the eastern and northern parts of india eight days after diwali. the festival, spread over four days beginning november 6 this year, pays homage to the sun and water gods for sustaining life on earth. photos (click pic) by rajanish kakade, punit paranjpe, danish siddiqui, anupam nath, yaman ibrahim, divyakant solanki and rafiq maqbool
I want one of these~
Oh no, I want one!
mythology meme → one of six nymphs/muses
SALMACIS – In Greek mythology Salmacis (Σαλμακίς) was the Naiad Nymph of a spring of the town of Halicarnassus in Caria (south-western Anatolia) who rejected the ways of the virginal Greek goddess Artemis in favour of vanity and idleness. She fell in love with the handsome youth Hermaphroditos ;and prayed to the gods be united in love with him forever. Her prayer was taken a little too literally and their two forms merged were merged into one to create the first hermaphrodite. Her fountain was also believed to make men who bathed in its waters effeminate.
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