Are there any myths involving crystals, gems, minerals, or rocks that give humans special powers?
What comes to mind are talismans and, in the Philippines, they’re specifically called anting-anting or agimat (agimat being more nature given vs man made and thus holding more power).
If they are mineral, it is often tektite or hematite. Sometimes, they are made of organic material and would often have something that resembles a powerful image imprinted on the surface of, for example, wood.
Although, it is more folklore than myth from what I know because it’s isn’t confined to a single story and it’s still being used in the Philippines today and you can buy them in Quiapo, Manila. There’s an anting-anting for every need and for every budget. This is a visual on the agimat, and this is a visual on the anting-anting.
The anting-anting contain religious/Christian-like imagery since they are also seen as powerful in the Philippines. The iconography of Christian images is indigenized and not always accurate to Christian doctrine— like baby Jesus on the first picture, lower left corner (who is naked and, if examined out of the picture, will have a fully erect penis. Otherwise known as “Santo Niño de Titi)
There are myths and superstitions surrounding a multitude of precious stones, although their influence isn’t usually enough to qualify as “special powers.” Mostly they’re just good for luck under certain circumstances (e.g., marriage, childbirth, travel, etc.) or as a preventative measure (e.g., animal attacks, natural disasters, or evil magic directed at the wearer, particularly the Evil Eye [everyone was terrified of the Evil Eye]).
Most red stones (carnelian, ruby, garnet) were considered protective against diseases or poisoning, either by actually negating the harm or discoloring in the presence of it.
Wearing amethyst protected against drunkenness, jade is still considered extremely lucky in China and Japan, and ruby was laid under foundations to prevent the building from collapsing, and agate could grant invisibility.
Ancient Mayans implanted multiple precious gems in their teeth to allow them to better communicate with the gods while the Shan people of ancient Burma would sew rubies under their skin to protect them in battle.
Curved stones with a hole bored in the larger end, called magatama, feature heavily in early Japanese mythology, although they’re usually used as a trade item.
The main exception to this is the Yasakani no Magatama which is a part of the Imperial Regalia of Japan. It’s used in the enthronement ceremony in combination with a sword and mirror to confer imperial power to the emperor.
Multiple Native American tribes of the American Southwest considered turquoise to be significant. Ojibwe dreamcatchers traditionally contain a spider made of the stone to catch and eat bad dreams. In the Acoma Pueblo creation myth, the Creator taught the people how to make turquoise and shell beads that would make the wearer attractive and beloved. The Apache attached pieces to their bows to improve their accuracy.
It should be remembered that in the ancient world, there wasn’t much of a definition of any kind of stone beyond it’s immediately observable properties (e.g., color and hardness), so a lot of precious stones were lumped together under one name or mistaken for one another.
Also, the meaning of a lot of gem names has gotten more specific over time so while sapphire now refers to the gem quality corundum it used to just be the Latin word for blue. SO if you’re looking for a specific type of stone being significant in the ancient world, you might be out of luck.
As a side-note, diamonds are not historically or mythologically significant in any way. Their association with love and courtship is entirely thanks to marketing efforts by the De Beers cartel to keep demand high. This would also be the same cartel that controls the production and supply of the literal tons of high quality diamonds that have been mined in South Africa so that prices stay high as well.
HOW DOES BIGHIT EXPECT ME TO MOVE PAST THIS PICTURE? I swear, when the HD picture is posted after the album is released, I’m gonna enlarge it and frame it like they are my kids and put it next to my bed. Everyone knows I don’t ship for crap, it makes me uncomfortable, BUT I do like the whole brotherly type of thing people do. These two. Bangtan’s ‘95 line. When Tae was crying and the way Jimin was comforting him in those pictures, and on Jimin’s birthday when Tae posted that long fancafe post and mentioned how when Jimin started losing weight it made him very sad and the thought of it makes him want to cry, but that he’ll love him forever, and when Tae posted that Little Star cover because Jimin said the song reminded him of Tae (if you’ve never heard the original song, check it out right now. Open a new tab right now with the lyrics. It’s byStanding Egg. I swear to god you will cry), and during Jimin’s V app birthday broadcast he said he wanted Tae to go last for the speech because that’s his bestfriend and his words mean a lot to him, and all those Bangtan Bombs of Jimin and Tae working together to annoy the rest of the members, and them having their satoori corner on V app and when they play fought for the chips omg that was adorable, and all those pictures of them sleeping next to each other. UGH MY HEART. These two. THANK YOU GOD FOR HAVING KIM TAEHYUNG AND PARK JIMIN CROSS PATHS.
Eric: Hey, brahs. Since we’ve been talking about babies and whatever, I finally can put up Eva’s baby pictures.
So, first is this one, with Rebecca hella pregnant. I don’t remember if this was just before she went into labor or what but Abe fucking adored her. He loved to feel her stomach just so he could feel Eva move. It was like fucking magic to him.
Rebecca was actually really fucking sweet to Abe when Eva was just born. Abe was more amazed with the tiny little baby in front of him than anything else.
This is one of my favorite pictures ever, you guys. Seriously. Just look at them. When Abe got to hold her for the first time ever, he started crying his eyes out. He was so happy to finally hold a baby, and his little sister. Eva was just really fucking confused on why this kid was crying on her but they were so close almost fucking immediately.
When we stayed at the hospital that night, Kyle fell asleep with Eva on his chest. It was he cutest fucking sight, you guys. I had to pick up Eva before Kyle rolled over on that shitty pull out bed. She looked so precious, even before her gingervitis kicked in. I can barely recognize her without her fucking freckles, dude.
She was a screaming, crying and fat baby when she was born. She only started to calm down after Rebecca held her for a while and passed her to me. I melted, you guys. My strong ass heart couldn’t handle her so I started crying. Both Kyle and I were so fucking tired, waiting up all night to see when Rebecca was going to push her out, that her crying was basically putting us to fucking sleep.
I’m so excited you guys. I can’t fucking wait until I feel this again. I miss it so fucking much. I’m trying to be hella strong here, not wanting to fucking spill tears.
((headcanon that Ellie and Liam have this whole nonverbal conversation through playlists attached to emails
like when he sends her “Frontiers” with that first one? Her response is “Adventure”. Soaring orchestra music, upbeat electronic music, a Ray Bradbury short story (”The Concrete Mixer”, from 1951, a classic), an ebook of “Hyperion” by Dan Simmons (not her favorite but fitting nonetheless), a First Contact era asari drama, some stories from the era before intergalactic travel, and a photo of herself (with a giant model of a turian cruiser and hunter-safety orange hair) and her brother at 16, taken at a convention on the Citadel
just watch the turn that’ll take once they get together))