kudos to myself I’ve hit rock bottom, so have a hooked wayfinder’s baby
her name is Kalana and she has some combination of her parents “abilities” which in my mind is one part maui’s demigod-ness and another part moana’s connection to the sea which results in some form of water bending? idk lol im not too good at math, anyways
she is p arrogant and overconfident bc shes the daughter of a demigod and is pretty reckless in her actions and is a handful for her parents
The new and striking Löyly Sauna by Avanto Architects sits on the edge of Helsinki park, connecting land to sea. The public sauna will create a sense of community and stay open all year round for Finns and foreign visitors.
landwalkers are mermaids who have to ability to be on land as well as in the water. out of all the other types of mermaids, landwalkers are actually more closely related to humans in mental development and ethics. no one knows how to properly spot a landwalker, nor are they eager to make themselves known. they are closed off creatures, but consider themselves humans when on land. they even manage to live lives peacefully among humans. though try as they may to not, landwalkers will always be connected to the sea.
So I saw Finding Dory tonight and let me just highlight a few things that are very important that were shown in the movie but may have gone over other’s heads (none of these are spoilers, really but im tagging them anyways):
1. Not all marine life institutions are like SeaWorld. This film demonstrates there are a lot of really helpful marine life institutions out there who are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals. It takes place in California and although they never directly call it the Monterey Bay Aquarium you can tell that is what it is based off of. Many aquariums like the one in Monterey and a local aquarium by me are completely dedicated to the rehabilitation of marine life/mammals and yes, they tag some animals, but it is just to track their migration patterns and conduct research. SeaWorld has given such a bad name to other marine life centers out there and to be honest, these centers are the kind of organizations we need to preserve our marine life. Most operate on a vast network of volunteers and they could really use your donations–especially when it is apparent that our government does not care about our waters to make any laws protecting it.
2. PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE FINAL SCENE. (The one where Dory says the view before her is “unforgettable”). If you’ve seen the movie, you might have noticed something….well missing. In fact, a lot was missing. Much of the coral reef in this scene as they pan out has become discolored and is dead. Pixar clearly wanted to draw your eye to this scene. Our coral reefs are dramatically dying and if we don’t stop to care for them now, they can be gone easily in a lifetime–as little as 15 years. Those beautiful views will become forgettable if we do not do something about them now. Back when Finding Nemo came out 12 years ago, scientists were just starting to notice the dramatic changes in iur coral reefs. Now if you see recent pictures of the Sydney Harbor, the same one featured in FN, most of those beautiful colorful corl reefs are dead and gone. Although Finding Dory is supposed to take place one year after Finding Nemo, Pixar was really trying to bring that important message out.
So please, keep in mind as you spend money towards a movie ticket, maybe next time use that money and donate to ocean conservation funds. We really do only get one world, and she takes care of us so we should take care of her.
“Do you know who attacked you? What their colors they were flyin’?”
“Their sails were on fire. Their flag, on fire. The one who looked the leader, his hood was on fire– his face. It was like they appeared out of no where.”
The Mycrae was in pieces when The Vengeance arrived. Saeris took the helm and ordered Riz to tie in the sailsto cut the wind and reduce the galleon’s speed before she cut a gash in her hull on the debris. All around the wreckage was an eerie silence of death. Ribbons of red trailed through the water long sea snakes, connecting to the many floating bodies and pieces of broken sloop that still burned. They couldn’t have missed The Black Maw by more than half a day. And only one soul had survived. A man overly grateful to be rescued from the destruction.
It was hard for Kurel to stay silent. To not give orders and ursurp Saeris’ command, even when the red-haired captain issued the exact same demands he would have. It was awkward being a guest on a ship he had once commanded, laying in the hammocks afforded to the gun crews instead of the spacious captain’s quarters. It was painful to be out on the water and have no power, what so ever.
The Vengeance crew and his own attending were easily at each others throats over what should and should not have been done, at any point. But the end result was all the same. The surviving human would be taken back to Sunspire and released. Kerrwynn would be informed of the Sloop’s fate, the survivor evidence of The Vengeance’s good nature upon its arrival and the ghost ship, with sails aflame would become rumor and then legend in the port towns abroad.
Headcanon: Moana is rumored to be connected to the sea, right? What if when she dies she becomes a fish, able to control the ocean and the weather and everything that happens. She ends up on the coast of Hawaii where she’s fed by Lilo and is called Pudge the Fish. Who controls the sea.
Been re-watching Steven Universe episodes and finally got inspired to draw my Gemsonas! Larimar and Aegirine!
Larimar - Gem Placement (Throat) Weapon: Bo Staff
Bit of a goofball, but is all heart. She is from royality on Homeworld and was assigned to help Homeworld gems in the rebellion. She has very strong healing powers that help the mind and body with her connection to the sea. She loves the ocean and help those that need relaxation and serenity. Larimar is inquistive and speaks the truth. She is also loyal and understanding.
Aegirine - Gem Placement (base of spine) Weapon: Great Sword
Larimar’s bodyguard on Homeworld. She has a Norse warrior attire and puts her life on the line to protect and give courage. She is noble, very motherly, protective, stubborn and quet. She doesn’t have much feelings for Homeworld, the Diamonds or anyone. Just cares about Larimars well being.
still working on their fusion :D Hope you enjoy! <3
Topkapi Palace was the residence for the Ottoman Sultans for the period around 400 years of their 624-year reign.This palace was not just a royal residence,but also a setting for the state occasions and royal entertainments.The palace is a large complex that contains four main and many smaller buildings alongside the Imperial Harem..Its construction began in 1459 by Mehmed II and it was originally called “The New Palace” so it could be separated from the previous residence.Bosphorus,a natural continental boundary between Europe and Asia,a connection of several seas,can be seen directly from the palace.Topkapi means “cannon gate”.It is settled in Istanbul. (requested by anonymous)
Minoan Religion and
the Ancient Near East: A Connection?
Leonine demon/spirit servants present libations to
Goddess, queen, or high priestess. On a
ring from Tiryns, 14th century B.C.
The Mediterranean Sea connected many
cultures to each other, all throughout Southern Europe, North Africa, and the
Near East. Ancient cultures traded not
only goods and supplies with each other but also stories, ideas, and religious
beliefs. This is evident in some of the
gods and goddesses who had different names or diffusions in various
Mediterranean religions. One of the most
obscure ancient Mediterranean religions was that of the Minoans a civilization
that was situated primarily on the island of Crete but also on other islands of
the Aegean Sea, an embayment of the Mediterranean. Over the years since its discovery, there has
been some thought among scholars that the religion and culture of the Minoans
(and possibly their successors the Mycenaeans) was heavily influenced by its
Near Eastern neighbors.
Before I continue I must stress that the archaeological evidence from
Minoan Crete and the other islands is limited and from what artifacts that were
recovered not many complete ideas or stories are able to formed, let alone
verified. Most of the sources that I cite
are from scholars with their own interpretations but have done their best to
make a solid argument; however I will provide criticism to these arguments if
need be. Also, the Minoan civilization
was a part of the Bronze Age an era of prehistory meaning that the Minoans
lived in a time before recorded written history. To clarify, the Minoans and some other
ancient civilizations did have a language and writing system but it has little
decipherment and is considered by historians to be proto-writing. The main writing system
of the Minoans has been dubbed Linear A and is believed that have been based
off symbols and images like all other proto-writings. Due to the littler deciphering of the Linear
A script, most of the suggested names of the Minoan deities comes from both
later etymological versions in Linear B of the Mycenaeans and the Greek
language, and also earlier versions of Indo-European as some the deities
worshiped in these cultures may be the deities from the Minoan culture just
with different names.
of the most notable aspects of Minoan religion, based on archaeological
evidence, is presence of multiple female figures whether mortal or
goddesses. When Sir Arthur Evans
original unearth and discovered the ruins and artifacts of Minoan Crete he
believed that the constant presence of these female figures was evidence that
the Minoans worshiped a Great Goddess of nature who was accompanied by a male
god who was either her son or consort; an idea he based on James Frazer’s The Golden Bough (1). This Goddess, her name, who she is, and who
the supposed male god that aided her is, are all subject to debate. This debate is based on the aforementioned
limited archaeological evidence. We
don’t exactly know who the women and men are in the pots, frescoes, coins, and
rings that remain; but that does not mean we cannot try to find out who they
The Goddess, or whomever the
prominent female figure truly is, was believed to be a vegetation, fertility,
nature deity primarily linked with symbol of the sacred tree, although she had
a host of other symbols such as pillars, axes, stones, snakes, bees, birds,
poppy flowers which may symbolize her multiple roles (2). Due to these multiple symbols is has been
theorized by some scholars that instead of multiple different goddesses there
was one supreme goddess with multiple faces or roles. It would not be wrong to think that the
primary goddess of the Minoans was linked with plants and fertility as many
important goddess from the Near East were sovereigns over such roles. Furthermore this has led to scholars believed
that the Minoan Goddess may just be the Minoan version of an important Near
Eastern goddess. One issue regarding all
this is the Goddess’ name.
rage on as to what the Goddess’ name is and also the name of the male god who
is with her. Robert Graves and Karl Kerényi put forth an interesting idea that the
Goddess could really be Ariadne, a woman most notably from the myth of Theseus
fighting the Minotaur. Ariadne was the
daughter of King Minos and Queen Pasiphaë of Crete and the granddaughter of the
sun god Helios. Minos, Ariadne’s father,
took youths from Greece as sacrifices to appease the Minotaur who lived in the
labyrinth under the palace at Knossos.
When Theseus went to kill the Minotaur, Ariadne, who had fallen in love
with Theseus, tied a thread to the hero so that he could find his way through
the labyrinth. Theseus succeeded in
killing the Minotaur (who was actually Ariadne’s half-brother) however he left
her behind in Crete unable to reciprocate her love and eventually became king
bases part of his idea that Ariadne is the Minoan Goddess from an inscription
found on a small clay tablet at Knossos.
The inscription reads “da-pu-ri-to-jo
/ po-ti-ni-ja me-ri” which
transliterates to “To the mistress of the labyrinth honey” (po-ti-ni-ja is a Mycenean Greek word
that means “mistress” or “lady” and gave way to the more recent Greek potnia); and “mistress of the labyrinth”
is title given to Ariadne based on her aid to Theseus (3). Kerényi links the “mistress of the labyrinth”
to a winding and unwinding ecstatic dance, often depicted by female figures on
some Minoan rings and also believes that Ariadne’s name is a Cretan-Greek form
for “Arihagne” meaning “utterly pure”
with the adjective adnon from hagnon (4). Ariadne was also associated with the god
Dionysus who may have been the Minoan God who aided the Goddess as in the
original Greek myth after Theseus leaves Crete Ariadne is eventually taken by
Dionysus to Olympus. In Argos, a part of
mainland Greece, there was a tomb for Ariadne which gradually became an altar
to her in which the people made her a subterranean (or chthonic, which is
considered to be an aspect of the Minoan Goddess) deity; however, the site was
also a sanctuary of Dionysus Kresios, or Dionysus the Cretan (5).
writer Pausanias in his multi-volume work Description
of Greece believed that this was where Dionysus buried Ariadne before her
ascension to godhood thus linking Dionysus to the Goddess even more (6). Most of this proposed evidence puts forth
that Ariadne, whether she truly existed or not, was either deified as the
Minoan Goddess or in the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur was a humanized
incarnation of the Goddess. In a much
earlier post, Lady Xoc already mentioned as to how the Sumerian queen Kubaba
may have been deified as the Hurrian goddess Hannahannah who was also closely
identified with the goddess Hebat and how she eventually became the Phrygian
god Kybele then the Greco-Roman goddess Cybele. It was also said that Queen Kubaba was also
given sovereign over the world by the god Marduk whom Kubaba ordered offerings
to. Kubaba’s devotion and relationship
to Marduk is similar (but not necessarily connected) to Ariadne’s devotion and
relationship to Dionysus. However,
Ariadne and Dionysus’ relationship mostly resembles the relationship between
that of the goddess Inanna/Ishtar and her consort Dumuzi/Tammuz.
This is where the possible connection to the ancient Near
East comes in. The relationship between
Inanna/Ishtar and Dumuzi/Tammuz is one of the most well-known and documented
myths of the Near East. Inanna/Ishtar is
the goddess of love, war, sex, and fertility and her lover Dumuzi/Tammuz won
her over after a contest. Their sexual
union has been called hieros gamos,
which is Greek for “sacred marriage”, and is said to cause the vegetation and
fertility of the world to grow.
Eventually Sumer would adopt a symbolic version of the union between
their kings and the high priestesses of Inanna.
and sexual relationship between Inanna/Ishtar and Dumuzi/Tammuz is strikingly
similar to Dionysus, a very sexual god of ecstasy, wine, decadence, grape harvest,
and fertility and Ariadne, if we are to assume that she is the Minoan Goddess
associated with many different roles.
However, as pointed out earlier, Ariadne is not the exact name given to
the Minoan Goddess. Based on Linear A
tablets and votive stone libations, along with phonetics of Linear B, it was
been suggested by some scholars that the Minoan Goddess’ name is A-sa-sa-ra or
Asasara or Asasarame (7). This name
sounds similar to multiple Near Eastern goddesses including Asherah (Athirat),
Ishtar, and Astarte/Ashtoreth. I will
continue on these possible connections but I have not completely ruled out
Ariadne and will return to her.
impossible for the Minoan Goddess and the Minoan God to be Cretan versions of
goddesses and gods from the Near East.
For example, it’s been highly speculated that Aphrodite and her lover
Adonis are Greek versions of Inanna/Ishtar and Dumuzi/Tammuz (8). Obviously, as Inanna/Ishtar and Dumuzi/Tammuz
diffused through the Near East and the Mediterranean, aspects of their worship
and duties changed. Given the
aforementioned name Asasara, it’s possible for the Goddess to have been the
Cretan versions of either the goddess Asherah or the goddess Astarte/Ashtoreth. Astarte/Ashtoreth is believed to be the immediate
Canaanite version of Inanna/Ishtar (9).
Asherah, also called Athirat, appears to be her own goddess.
What may connected the Minoan Goddess to either Asherah or
Inanna/Ishtar (the later through Astarte/Ashtoreth) is the sacred tree
symbol. The sacred tree was one of the
symbols of the Minoan Goddess which possibly links her to nature and
fertility. Bother Asherah and
Inanna/Ishtar had some reverence to trees in their cults and myths. What also connected them to her was their
titles as Queen/Lady/Mistress of Heaven/the Gods, of which Nanno Mariantos
believes the Minoan Goddess had this title believing the word po-ti-ni-ja to be the Mycenaean
equivalent of the Ugarit rbt which
meant “lady” (10). The original Ugarit rbt pt meant “lady of heaven” and the
like and was used by multiple powerful goddesses across the Near East (11).
Back to the
tree, the first tree connection comes from the myth of Inanna and the huluppu tree. In the myth the huluppu tree is planted on the banks of the Euphrates River and
Inanna cares for it while it is attacked by the elements and various creatures
take refuge in it. Inanna laments to her
brother Utu but he does nothing, she then turns to Gilgamesh who helps her by driving
away the creatures and cutting the tree down and both he and Inanna make gifts
for each other from it. As for Asherah,
there is no real myth or story that associates her with a tree, rather it is
shown in her cult among the Canaanites and Israelites. The asherim,
or sacred poles, were symbols of Asherah made from trees and were place on both
the lofty hills under trees and next to altars in the temple where she was
worshiped alongside Yahweh (12).
Ariadne, she too was associated with a tree.
One version of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur ends with Ariadne
committing suicide by hanging before Dionysus comes for her. Furthermore, in ancient Attica (Central Greece)
the cult of Dionysus tied masks, representing young girls who committed
suicide, to a pine tree in a vineyard and eventually dolls were added to
represent Ariadne (13). Both the tree
and the aforementioned tomb-altar make Ariadne similar to the Minoan Goddess
who was believed to reign over life and death.
Another Ariadne tomb was at Amathus in Cyprus in the grove of
Aphrodite-Ariadne (14). And it is here
that I believe there is further connection between Ariadne, the Minoan Goddess,
and goddesses of the Near East.
Given the name Aphrodite-Ariadne, it is most likely that at
Cyprus that a goddess was worshiped who was a combination of these two. Cyprus itself is the “birthplace” of
Aphrodite and Adonis, whom most likely are Greek versions of Inanna/Ishtar and
Dumuzi/Tammuz. The first wave of
settlers of Cyprus, confirmed by both the ancient historian Herodotus and
modern historians and archaeologists, were Mycenaean Greeks around 1400 B.C.
(15th century B.C.) from Argos the same place where the altar-tomb
of the chthonic Ariadne associated with Dionysus Kresios was located. In the 8th century B.C., Cyprus
was colonized by the Phoenicians (Canaanites) and sometime after was conquered
by the Assyrians. And it was the
Phoenicians who brought the goddess Astarte/Ashtoreth to Cyprus.
Adonis link back to Inanna/Ishtar and Dumuzi/Tammuz through the deities Baal
and Astarte both of whom were worshiped by the ancient Cypriots after the
Phoenicians brought them over, especially at Amathus; the location of both the
syncretized Aphrodite-Ariadne and other Ariadne tomb (15). It is most likely that the Greek Aphrodite
came about through the Levantine Astarte who is a diffusion of the Mesopotamian
Inanna/Ishtar. There is some crossover
of events and periodization between the Minoans and Mycenaeans in the years. The Minoans themselves are believed to arrive
on Crete from either mainland Greece or the Levant or Anatolia (modern day
Israel, Lebanon, and Syria and Turkey respectively). The former would go along with the original
Ariadne tomb in Argos with the eventual Ariadne tomb in Cyprus theory, whereas
the latter agrees that a Near Eastern goddess was imported to the
center of Minoan Cretan culture, was in power until roughly 1200 B.C. (13th
century), about thirty years after Theseus supposedly killed the Minotaur and
met Ariadne and the beginning of the Iron Age in the Mediterranean and Near
East. The myth and history of Ariadne
with Theseus was written down physically by the Roman Plutarch in the 1st
century A.D. with his work Lives,
alternatively titled Parallel Lives
or Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans. The original legend was passed down orally
for centuries and most of Plutarch’s sources for it are from the fourth and
fifth centuries. It’s possible that
Ariadne’s story happened in the 13th century and then continued as
oral tradition until Plutarch. However,
given the aforementioned periodization and dates it is safe to say that
Ariadne, despite her connections to Near Eastern goddesses and the Minoan
Goddess, was Mycenaean not Minoan.
What’s even more interesting is that the many statues and
figurines of women found at Crete- whether they be goddesses, priestesses, or
queens- are not as old as the Minoan period and are actually from the Mycenaean
period (16). Most archaeologists and
historians of religion do believe that Aphrodite was imported from the Near
East to Greece. Pausanias agreed with
this as well but claimed that Aphrodite originated among the Assyrians, then
came to Cyprus, then to the Phoenicians who brought her to Cythera (17). Some do believe she was connected to the Minoan
Goddess as well. It is most likely true
that the Minoan Goddess was an import of a Near Eastern goddess, however, as to
which goddess specifically and her connection to Ariadne both become mystified
due to the dates of the Phoenician colonization of Cyprus, although it is
possible that Astarte was brought to Cyprus before the official colonization.
was a trade center and many other cultures went there to trade. Minoan artwork, or artwork inspired by it,
has been seen in mainland Greece, Egypt, and the Levant. The Mycenaeans took over much of what the
Minoans originally owned and possibly including their religion. Cathy Gere claims that based on remaining
Minoan archaeology, a cult involving Dionysus swept across Greece in the 6th
century B.C. that incorporated the worship of Aphrodite-Ariadne (18). Furthermore, certain traditions and rituals
that originally revolved around Ariadne eventually passed to Dionysus, her
consort, when his cult swept through 6th century Greece (19).
So what does
all this mean? What we can definitely conclude
is that the Minoan Goddess and God do definitely originate in the Near
East. Dionysus is the Minoan God and is definitely
the successor of Adonis and Dumuzi/Tammuz (Baal is similar in some ways but not
many). The Goddess is possibly the
successor of Aphrodite through Astarte/Ashtoreth who is the successor of Inanna/Ishtar. Ariadne maybe a humanized version of the
Goddess brought about through oral tradition and when she was “re-united” with
Dionysus much of the cultic focus went to him.
The Minoans are very difficult to study and I thank you all for reading
this. If you have questions please ask
them through our ask box as this post is just too long to respond to reblogs.
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the Minoan,” in Ancient Goddesses: The
Myths and Evidence, ed. Lucy Goodison and Christine Morris (London: British
Museum Press, 1998), 113.
Berger, The Goddess Obscured:
Transformation of the Grain Protectress from Goddess to Saint (Boston:
Beacon Press, 1985), 15.
Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life, trans. Ralph Manheim (Princeton,
NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996), 89-90.
4. Ibid., 99.
5. Ibid., 103.
6. Pausanias, Description
of Greece, Book II, chapter 23, section 8.
7. Nanno Marinatos, Minoan
Kingship and the Solar Goddess: A Near Eastern Koine (Urbana, Chicago, and
Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2013), 165.
Marcovich, “From Ishtar to Aphrodite,” Journal
of Aesthetic Education 30, no. 2 (1996): 45-46, (Found via JSTOR).
Amico Wilson, Women of Canaan: The Status
of Women at Ugarit (Whitewater: Heartwell Publications, 2013), 188-189.
Marinato, Minoan Kingship, 166.
Cornelius, The Many Faces of the Goddess:
The Iconography of the Syro-Palestinian Goddesses Anat, Astarte, Qedeshet, and
Asherah c. 1500-1000 BCE, 2nd ed. (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck
& Ruprecht, 2008), 80-83.
Frymer-Kensky, In the Wake of the
Goddesses: Women, Culture, and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth
(New York: Free Press, 1992), 153-155.
Graves, The Greek Myths (New York:
Penguin Books Inc., 1957), 263.
Theseus, part 20.
Frazer, The Golden Bough: A Study in
Magic and Religion (Ware: Wordsworth Editions, 1993), 329.
more details see Kenneth Lapatin, Mysteries
of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History (Boston and
New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002).
Greece, Book I, chapter 14, section
Gere, Knossos and the Prophets of
Modernism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009), 46.