You might wonder, why would these folks still produce traditional ceramics? Not dishwasher safe and much more expensive than their Chinese knock-offs, owning a set of these hand painted Horezu-style unicates means quite an investment for the many groups of buyers flocking on the main street of the southern Romanian village of Olari. Maybe it fits better with a society closer to the “traditional” model of the women doing the dishes by hand… Maybe the generous European Union fonds helped the skilled makers build a halfway-functioning business… Maybe in the dawn of newly discovered (and often Russian-funded) nationalism every Real Romanian realized they must eat mamaliga from a rooster-decorated clay plate… The world never had simple answers and nowadays they are probably harder than ever to find. A good beer is just as difficult to find in the age of accelerated production where quality is among the first left behind… and craft breweries, smaller or on their way up, are jumping in to fill the gap. A French national, a former big cheese in the Romanian branch of the Carrefour supermarkets, decided to do just that: open a craft brewery to bring out such treats as this Sikaru Green Griffin IPA, hoppy like the green hills and caramel thick without hitting sweet. Hmmm, maybe somebody should put something to grill on that fire…
A list of supernatural beings in the British Isles, from the Denham Tracts, 1892-5 (pictured).
~from The Penguin Book of English Folktales, Neil Philip, 1992
The author notes that this is where Tolkien found the creature name: Hobbits. I also see Fire Drakes. And I’d add that since this was published, there are at least two recognizable creature/character names J.K. Rowling may have gotten from it.
The Faoladh is a non-hostile werewolf found in ancient Irish folklore, believed to protect children and stand guard over wounded men. Prior to the late 1700s when they were eradicated from the country, wolves were widely seen in Ireland, and were prominently featured in their mythology and folklore. Tales were told of saints having the power to curse men and women, turning them into wolves for certain periods of time as punishment for unjust deeds or showing signs of what they perceived as disrespect. The Faoladh are particularly prevalent in the folklore of Ossory, a medieval Irish kingdom; now present day County Kilkenny.
Shy and I have made some collaborative pins!**NOW ON PREORDER** Hard enamel pins based off our Ocs Aba and Emri in their witch forms. Each comes with decorative backing card, including the witch’s symbolism/themes. Wachholda : A wandering witch who hunts for her lost head. Though clever, her impatience robs her of her goals. She often wears her lantern where her head should be, in desperation to feel whole. Eikthyrn : A mourning witch born out of loss and loneliness. Seated in a labyrinth of his own making, the maze lures in what he longs for and deters what he doesn’t. Surrounding flowers drink from his tears, expanding the maze.
Today’s aesthetic: trying to figure out which non-Western folkloric beasties actually share common derivation with their Western counterparts, and which ones are just grouped together because some overzealous Victorian mythographer decided they were the same thing and pulled the supporting evidence out of his ass.