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Digital Deluxe Upgrade 75% Off

I didn’t realize that it was! So I’m just making this post so others do. It’s only 500 Gems (as opposed to 2000), presumably until the 8th.

Buying it now gives you the same (additional) perks as buying a brand-new Digital Deluxe Edition:

  • Suit of Legacy Armor (Krytan/Primeval/Profane)
  • Mithril Box (18-Slot Bag)
  • 10 Experience Boosters
  • Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite Skill
  • Miniature Rytlock
  • Golem Banker (usable for 2 weeks; each new alt gets their own)
  • Chalice of Glory (+5000 Rank Points in PVP)
  • Tome of Influence (+1000 Influence to current Guild)

So the idea of a universal Neolithic Mother Goddess is one of the few areas where misogynist scholars and New Age-y feminists find common ground, because misogynist scholars use it to claim a Primitive Matriarchal Stage of Human Development, and New Age-y feminists use it to claim a Halcyon Primeval Rule of Women, but their arguments rest on questionable interpretations of very limited archaeological evidence, i.e. lots of figurines/reliefs of corpulent women which we have like no social or religious context for. 

And they like to cite finds from this one central Anatolian site with lots of plaster reliefs of Mother Goddesses, etc. But recently an artifact was discovered that actually has a head and turns out the plaster reliefs aren’t Mother Goddesses at all because the new complete find has paws and a snout and is clearly a bear.

It’s a bear. They’re bears. They’re all bears.

They say that in the primeval forest, hidden deep within gnarled branch and thorn, a noble resides amongst a temple of trees.
Her robes gleam of an emerald and gold essence rivaling the masterwork of any wyverian.
… And within her heart beats the drum of the earth.
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Monster Hunter fan art featuring none other than Rathian, and one of my favourite wyverns out of the bunch.

You can find larger versions on my DeviantArt and FurAffinity accounts.
Thanks for lookin’!

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mythology alphabet: n - nyx

NYX was the goddess of the night, one of the ancient Protogenoi (first-born elemental gods). In the cosmogony of Hesiod she was born of Air (Khaos), and breeding with Darkness (Erebos) produced Light (Aither) and Day (Hemera), first components of the primeval universe. Alone, she spawned a brood of dark spirits, including the three Fates, Sleep, Death, Strife and Pain. Nyx was a primeval goddess usually represented as simply the substance of night: a veil of dark veil of mist drawn forth from the underworld which blotted out the light of Aither (shining upper atmosphere). Her opposite number was Hemera (Day), who scattered the mists of night, or Eos, the goddess of the dawn. In ancient art Nyx was portrayed as a either a winged goddess or charioteer, sometimes crowned with an aureole of dark mist.

Orientalism, a ‘system of ideological fiction,’ is a matter of power. It is one of the mechanisms by which the West maintained its hegemony over the Orient. This is in part achieved by an insistence on an absolute difference between the West and the Orient, in which ‘the West … is rational, developed, humane, superior, and the Orient … is aberrant, undeveloped, inferior.’

     How does all this, in more general terms, relate to the study of popular culture? It is not too difficult to see how imperial fictions might be better understood using the approach developed by Said. There are basically two imperial plot structures. First, stories that tell of white colonizers succumbing to the primeval power of the jungle and, as the racist myth puts it, ‘going native’. Kurtz of both Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now is such a figure. Then there are stories of whites, who because of the supposed power of their racial heredity impose themselves on the jungle and its inhabitants. ‘Tarzan’ (novels, films and myth) is the classic representation of this imperial fiction. From the perspective of Orientalism both narratives tell us a great deal more about the desires and anxieties of the culture of imperialism than they can ever tell us about the people and places of colonial conquest. What the approach does is to shift the focus of attention away from what and where the narratives are about to the ‘function’ that they may serve to the producers and consumers of such fictions. It prevents us from slipping into a form of naive realism: that is, away from a focus on what the stories tell us about Africa or the Africans, to what such representations tell us about Europeans and Americans. In effect, it shifts our concern from ‘how’ the story is told to ‘why’, and from those whom the story is about to those who tell and consume the story.
—  John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture p. 172
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