IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS ICE AND FIRE AND FUCKING NOTHINGNESS. THEN THE ICE STARTED MELTING AND THE GIANT YMIR FUCKING PLOPPED OUT OF IT. HE THEN SWEATED OUT MORE FUCKING GIANTS FROM HIS SWEATY PORES - THIS SHIT IS NASTY OK?
HE WAS BEST BUDDIES WITH A FUCKING…
ONE DAY, THOR REALISED HIS FUCKING HAMMER, MJOLNIR, WAS GONE. HE WAS NATURALLY PRETTY FUCKING PISSED OFF ABOUT THIS (AS HE ALWAYS IS). THE FUCKING GIANTS HAD STOLEN IT, THE LITTLE SHITS. EXCEPT THEY’RE GIANTS TO THEY’RE PRETTY FUCKING MASSIVE. THE GODS SENT LOKI…
Ceridwen is the shapeshifting Celtic goddess of knowledge, transformation and rebirth. The Awen, cauldron of poetic inspiration, is one of her main symbols. In one part of the Mabinogion, which is the cycle of myths found in Welsh legend, Cerridwen brews up a potion in her magical cauldron to give to her son Afagddu (Morfran). She puts young Gwion in charge of guarding the cauldron, but three drops of the brew fall upon his finger, blessing him with the knowledge held within. Cerridwen pursues Gwion through a cycle of seasons until, in the form of a hen, she swallows Gwion, disguised as an ear of corn. Nine months later, she gives birth to Taliesen, the greatest of all the Welsh poets.
Finally finished this beauty. :’) Here is the 3rd Mythological Goddess in my “Strong Women throughout Mythology” series. A Yoruba Goddess of Nigerian Mythology, Oshun, the goddess of love and marriage.
"Oshun, the Yoruban Goddess of love, delights in the creation of beauty and art, sensual delights and self-adornment. Her symbols are mirrors, jewelry, honey, golden silks and feather fans. Creativity in decorating home and temple is a way of honoring Oshun, who will bless any beautiful space created in Her honor. There is no object so common that Oshun will not appreciate more if it is made artistic and pleasing to the eye. Creativity in dress and self-adornment please her as well, and when Oshun is pleased, her blessings know no limits."
ONE OF YOU FUCKERS WANTED SOMETHING ABOUT APHRODITE, SO HERE YOU FUCKING GO.
HOMER SAYS THAT APHRODITE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF ZEUS AND DIONE, WHICH IS PRETTY FUCKING BORING AND HE SEEMINGLY USED THAT VERSION FOR FUCKING PLOT REASONS (SO APHRODITE COULD GO CRYING…
New series. New concept.
Concept deals with Mythological women who are either feared by their status/power, or respected by their status/power. I want to convey that the Femme Fatal is not necessarily a negative thing for women, but a more positive outlook for empowering women. These women are empowered by their beauty, strength, status, and striking fear into men.
This Goddess is from Norse Mythology, and she goes by the name of Hel.
“Gloomy, sullen Hel haunts the halls of Niflheim. She was made an unwilling underworld queen, but she’ll not abandon this duty she’s been given. Her deal to let Baldr return from her graveland had been a fair one - that all things in the world must weep for his passing. She would not feel guilty for the failings of others. Either way, it didn’t matter to her. Baldr is beautiful, but beauty is a fleeting thing for living beings and it matters little to Hel. Hel who is the daughter of Loki and sister to monsters. Hel whose flesh has a line drawn down the centre, painting her half in palest snow and half in darkest coal.
Let Hel hold what she has.” -http://manticoreimaginary.tumblr.com/post/31498815069/favourite-faces-for-favourite-mythic-ladies-hel
THE NINE CHOIRS OF HEAVEN. An info-graphic for my editorial class and god am I thankful it’s done. Way too much went into this than what I had time for, but hey… I actually kind of like it?
Now excuse me, I must return to my fashion major lifestyle and go sew a coat u_u
EDIT: Re-uploaded with easier viewing!
Beautiful graphic. Gorgeous.
An info-graphic to go along with my Angelic Hierarchies post? Thank goodness!
There’s some disparity. I was always taught the order was supposed to go Seraphim, Cherubim, Ophanim, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, angels.
That was my only gripe. But I can forgive because this was so beautiful.
Just jumping in here because this is one of my favorite things to research in my spare time. c:
From everything I’ve studied, there are at least ten different versions of the Hierarchy, at least in Medieval theology. And some of the groups in each sphere have various names (such as Thrones also being called Ophanim), and there are a few groups that only appear in certain manuscripts and never again (such as Aeons and Hosts in the 1st Century Apostolic Constitutions). A few manuscripts only list seven ranks, and others invert the order of angels completely.
That’s not even looking at the Jewish angelic hierarchy, which is completely different and comprised of ten (I think?) separate ranks of angels. Although I don’t know much on this other than a passing glance; I am not Jewish nor have I studied Judaism in depth.
I can’t speak on what is being taught in Christian groups now, as my family was never that religious. But just like all parts of religion, the Angelic Hierarchy contradicts itself depending on who you reference from, but it seems the above is the commonly accepted order.
I have also seen referenced two different classes of Archangels. One is capitalized and refers to Michael, Gabriel, etc, or those angels who have authority over all angels (which is a whole other matter: some sources refer to four Archangels, some refer to seven, the New Testament only refers to Michael and Gabriel, it all gets very confusing). And the second group is lowercase and simply refers to the 8th angelic rank.
I’ve also seen Satan referred to as belonging to different spheres. Ephesians 6:12 could be interpreted as Satan belonging to Powers, but Thomas Aquinas claims he was a Cherub. Lucifer is generally considered an Archangel (capitalized) or a Seraph, I think, but don’t quote me on that as it is also my UPG (whether or not you consider Satan and Lucifer the same is your own UPG and whole different story entirely, I don’t yet know where I stand on that matter).
But for all I know I could have everything backwards on this, I am not a scholarly source on angels. I just enjoy studying them.
The final installment for my Mythological Woman series. :) Here is the Inuit Goddess, Sedna. She is the creation goddess for animal and plant life under the sea.
“The water was so cold that it made her bones ache and crushed the air from her lungs. She tried so hard to cling to the boat edge but her father had cut through her fingers and sent her spiraling down into the deep. She doesn’t see her severed fingers drift away, doesn’t see them reshape and grow and breathe, doesn’t see when they turn to living flesh and become the great creatures of the sea.
When she drags in a breath it’s all sea-water and she chokes, the blood from her hands twisting around her like cord.
But by the time her feet touch the bottom of the sea, she’s no longer just a girl. The water that drowned her has already become her own and any desire to return to the surface is gone." -ManticoreImaginary
Here are all 9 pieces from my first thesis project!
At the beginning of the semester, I read folktales from around the world and sought out interesting imagery and characters to develop into 9 full page illustrations. As I made each illustration, I did a ton of research into the clothing, symbols, patterns, and other related imagery from the each story’s culture.
I am fascinated by old stories and how they have been passed down and shaped future stories. I learned a lot from this project, but I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface! There is so much more to these unique cultures, and I’ll continue to draw inspiration from them.
For each individually, and some process sketches see the links below:
All are available as prints on my inprnt!
Thank you everyone for your support over the past year! Here’s to a great 2014!
Have you suddenly woken up in a parallel universe in which there are temples everywhere, marble statues all up in everything, and hot naked people running around?
Congratulations! You might be in a Greek myth.
There’s a good chance you
mightprobably won’t make it out…