I always missed Eastern European / Eurasian influence and culture in TES. Of course it’s all up to interpretation what is inspired by what, but there is definitely an obvious lack of these. Akavir and even the Altmeri and Khajiit cover most parts of Asia, Europe is covered completely by the human races, Egypt, Ancient Middle East (Sumeria, Persia, Babylon) and Africa as well, Northern Native Americans by the Dunmer and Southern by the Argonians and the rest of the inspiration is quite obvious, but I never knew e.g. what race to play if it goes for let’s say an Old Slavic, Ukrainian or Polish inspired character, thinking of a completely own lore/creating one by mods and creating new countries in Tamriel just doesn’t seem right to me since the biggest parts of Tamriels lore are already written and I want CANON after all, so I probably can not hope for more in this direction in future games. Or did I miss something?
Etsy Is A Breeding Ground For....

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Etsy is a breeding ground for Native American stereotypes, tackiness, and tastelessness. Yea I’m being crude, rude, and blunt. But it needs to be said (see the “Native Princess and Sky Quilted Vintage Purple Meditation Wrap Kimono Vest by MountainGirlClothing” to the left - hey, it’s on sale too). 


“A note about my Native American inspired works: I am not a registered Native American and don’t claim that my art works are made by a Native American. My great grandmother was Cherokee, so it’s in my bloodline and in my soul. I have always been drawn to Native American culture and love the legends, the traditions, the art, the animals, the people, the stories." 

And then she creates works titled, "Tipi Wigwam Native American Painting.” Teepees and wigwams are completely different dwellings, and Cherokees didn’t live in either of them. From an academic perspective, these fools perpetuate the miseducation and romanticizing of Native American cultures, histories, and contemporary existence. Be a good descendant, and learn your heritage.

A articulate article about Etsy sellers.

what she says: I’m fine

what she means: okay but Pokemon Go is a cultural and sociopolitical influence on our society. Cultural phenomenon is almost an understatement. it’s changing the way we live and see the world. it’s changing how we few our cities, our friends and our parks. it’s impact a generation and it’s influencing a demographic of people to get active. Multiple attempts at this have failed by our government program. It’s getting people who don’t normally walk to go outside, and people would don’t play pokemon to play pokemon. It’s the reality of the core of our generation’s admiration for fictional life and an escape from daily life. It’s a technological achievement and it’s the first app to truly take use of our mobile media and interconnected devices to produce a world that gives all of us a fresh perspective on our life.
African Diaspora: 8 Non-African Countries With The Highest Black Populations
African Diaspora: 8 Non-African Countries With The Highest Black Populations

For hundreds of years, the slave trade forcibly removed Africans from the continent and placed them in the African diaspora. Africans influenced the culture everywhere they were transplanted. Here are 8 non-African countries with the highest black populations.


When summer rolls around, I always get the urge to get back on the reading train. This month, I opened up the library catalog page and thought hard about exactly what I wanted to read. Eventually, I settled on an old yearning — Asian fantasy.

I circle back to Asian fantasy every year. And while there has been an increased number of “Asian-inspired” fantasy books published of late, it’s been a mixed bag. Most are written by non-Asian writers. Some are great! Others are a hot mess of exotic stereotypes, cultural appropriation, and sloppy research.

Fortunately, with a little digging, I managed to stock my summer reading list with some old favorites and new books that sound promising. Some are directly inspired by specific mythologies, while others are fantasies with a strong Asian cultural influence. Without further ado…

Here are 8 Asian fantasy books by Asian authors.

Norse Mythology, Part Two: The Norse Cosmos #norsemythology #thor #ninerealms #yggdrasil

In part two of my geeking out over Norse Mythology, I explore the Norse Cosmos, and where it diverges from what you see presented in mainstream motion pictures, such as Marvel’s Thor.

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Memetic Influence & Functional Fixedness

Culture can be seen as a form of imprint upon the mental narratives of a human being. We act how we see everyone else acting, this is especially pronounced in childhood.

The sole concept of raising a child is based on control of actions and thoughts. Early childhood experience strongly shapes the psyche. Even if no conscious effort is made, the brain will pick everything up like a funnel.

Effects of Culture:

  1. Thought is railroaded by shared values, practices and behavior of each cultural group.  
  2. Preferences and dislikes are skewed.
  3. Can be hijacked by religious groups, cult leaders, celebrities, TV media and others for their own purposes.
  4. Creates boundaries for behavior.
  5. Creates stereotypes.
  6. Enforces a vague notion of ‘being normal’. Act like this or be bullied.
  7. Ethically demonizes certain beneficial behavior.
  8. Allows politicians to run under fallacious arguments. Devout christian. Tough on crime. Think of the children! He’s a movie star!  

The main problem today is the increased transmission and codifying of culture. With globalization and the internet at hand, the virus of culture has reached a peak transmission rate. It is impossible to not be influenced. If you tell yourself you cannot be influenced, you are merely opening other venues of influence. 

Television is memetic drug number one. The internet is not as blatantly controlling, but still exerts quite a bit of cultural force. Memetic drugs are based on mental conditioning and are tailored to practically all human emotions.

The world’s most numerous addicts are those of television. But staring into the vacuous TV set conveys the ideas of just a few people. Through the personas of countless actors and reporters, you experiencing the mindset of one or two people in a condensed form. 

Ideas and norms are projected at us this way since we first watch television. Usually this begins in childhood. Even if we never watch television, we are still regularly exposed to people who do. This is inevitable and will shape our lives, as we are naturally ingrained with herd behavior.

TV can without doubt influence us. Go to youtube and look up “How TV Ruined your Life’ by Charlie Brooker for more details. 

Now unfortunately defeating the influence without the use of tools would require fasting and meditating for a lifetime. And it would still not be guaranteed! This is why practically everybody you see is struck by this influence. Nobody can be expected to do that. And I don’t expect them to either. I think it’s mass marketed quasi-religious new age humbug.

Meditation does significantly improve concentration and lower anxiety. This is scientific fact. Anyone can do this for lasting improvement in their mental state. The more you do it, the more you benefit. This can easily be suited for any time requirements. But using it for the purpose of enlightenment is unrealistic.

Accomplishing some revelation with it is an astonishingly arduous task. It pretty much takes thousands of hours of meditation to gain access to this experience. A completely bodyless and egoless state permeated with knowledge.

Now I really wouldn’t want to spend so much time on this. There is a short-cut that has been known since ancient cultures first developed. The ingestion of hallucinogenic plants, the entheogens. Psilocybin and DMT can dissolve cultural influence and allow your mind to analyse itself objectively.

During the experience, you are taking advantage of a secondary position that subjectively appears to be in a higher realm than ordinary reality. This feeling of being 'deified’ is a result of being free from regular mental constraints.

Metaphorically speaking, you are looking at yourself from above. It is an extraordinarily profound experience. The feeling is one of sheer mindfulness and freedom.

If the experience was strong enough, it will produce lasting increments in your perception. Access to more data, complex semantic association and visual manifestations allow your creativity free reign. Its not only artists and musicians who can profit from this the most, but also the general public. 

You will be able to notice most herd behavior on sight. Motivations such as brand fetishism and consumerism will become transparent. If you meditate during your experiences, after several sessions you will be able to deconstruct your own preconceptions and influences further and further. Knowing when we are being played is useful to anyone.  

Do your free will a favor, and think for yourself.

  • Old Fashioned Wealthy White Liberal:Look at how progressive I am because of how my house is adorned with trinkets from various cultures around the world even though I cant name any of them.
  • New Fashioned Millennial Wealthy White Liberal:Look at how progressive because my house, my clothing and my diet is completely and totally devoid of anything non-European cultural influence.

The combination of Hinduism’s colonial and post-colonial, and now diasporic reification, seeking to homogenize diversity, has propelled both unprepared, reluctant and, in the many suspect cases, self-proclaimed, leaders to the forefront. And it is these who claim or who are burdened with authority who (arbitrarily) decide or proclaim which practices, patterns and so on are “Hindu” and which, among these, are off-limits for use by non-Hindus, or ought to be used in approved ways.

So when a self-proclaimed Hindu statesman proclaims authority, her/his authority is somewhat suspicious.

In today’s more global society, what does it mean to be American? The word has long been associated with people living in the United States, but it can also apply to those in any other country in North, South, and Central America. While our galleries of American art for many years have included works from throughout the Americas, we have refreshed them to more fully reflect this broader definition of “American.” In addition, with themes that include cross-cultural influences, racial discrimination, and urbanization, our American Art galleries expand on issues confronting many Americans today.

Rapid technological advances, industrialization, and urbanization transformed life in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. The awareness of a new, modern era was especially strong in cities, where skyscrapers were perhaps the most visible signs of change. In the urban environment, women experienced new financial independence and freedom. They increasingly entered the workforce, especially after gaining the right to vote in 1920.

With hand on hip and confident bearing, the woman in this portrait by Laura Wheeler Waring is self-assured and elegant. She was probably from the Philadelphia area, where the artist lived and worked. Like Waring’s other portraits of urbane and sophisticated or dignified working-class African Americans, this painting countered the many racial stereotypes that were prevalent at the time. Waring’s work, with its strong color palette and energetic brushwork, flourished during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, a period of great African American artistic and cultural production.

Stop by our newly refreshed American Art galleries and see a broader definition of American art on our walls.

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Laura Wheeler Waring (American, 1887–1948). Woman with Bouquet, circa 1940. Brooklyn Museum

In today’s more global society, what does it mean to be American? The word has long been associated with people living in the United States, but it can also apply to those in any other country in North, South, and Central America. While our galleries of American art for many years have included works from throughout the Americas, we have refreshed them to more fully reflect this broader definition of “American.” In addition, with themes that include cross-cultural influences, racial discrimination, and urbanization, our American Art galleries expand on issues confronting many Americans today.

Throughout the twentieth century and beyond, the figurative and narrative traditions in art endured even as international conflicts, civil unrest, freer exchange of ideas, and new waves of immigration led to the emergence of multiple artistic styles. Many artists focused on the human figure, either to portray particular individuals or to engage with social and political issues.

Although ostensibly a portrait head of a woman from the Caribbean island of Martinique, this sculpture is one of a number of heads based on Malvina Hoffman’s travels through Africa about 1928. The modernized realism of this work signaled a deliberate break with earlier treatments of African subjects ranging from caricature to romanticism. For many years, however, the critical reception of Hoffman’s work remained firmly embedded in racist language and a Eurocentric point of view. With this larger context, the sculpture therefore raises questions about identity and privilege, intent and interpretation, aesthetic and objective appreciation.

Stop by our newly refreshed American Art galleries and see a broader definition of American art on our walls.

Posted by Connie H. Choi
Malvina Hoffman (American, 1885-1966). Martinique Woman, 1928. Brooklyn Museum © artist or artist’s estate 

People telling you multiculturalism is normal in history, because “cultures change”… They either have no idea what they are talking about, like they didn’t read theories about culture and religion (like Mircea Eliade e.g.), or they just want to establish their sick ideology, which can only happen when cultural values are dead. Cultures don’t change in such way that everything mixes and then something beautiful comes out of it. If you have ever read a history book, you know it’s not true. In such cases, either both cultures die or one replaces the other in a slower or faster process. It has happened in history, both with violent methods or just through migration. Cultural influence means something completely else and every reputable scientist or historian can tell you that it requieres a strong and distinct culture with a core to absorb slight influences from others. So yes, cultures change, but not in the way modern media and leftwing ideologists tell you. Never let them argue with you being “racist” for wanting to preserve your ethnocultural identity and roots. It doesn’t mean hating others, it is nature, not ideology, and they are sick, not you.

wingedpuddingdiary  asked:

I have a guilty pleasure thing for Elena of AVALOR but I 100% agree with you on how???? Stereotypical?? Her??! Design??? Is??? And the whole " oh we're going to add indiginous things in it" is done so randomly. Like, one of the characters weapon is a Mapuche drum with Mayn glyphs on it??? That's sort of random?? I mean I know that Hispanic cultures have some indiginous influences in them but they could have done so much better?? So yea

I’m sorry but this will be LOOONG(but there’s pictures)… my biggest problem so far with elena is not the story or her design or anything like that, but the fucking fact that she doesn’t get a movie??? All disney princess have movies and suddenly the latina have just a show on disney junior? (with all due respect, but almost nobody here in my country even knows about her and all of the kids that I know don’t watch disney junior, I only heard about her thanks to a radio program that talked very briefly about it) I’m not gonna start talking about this because I have so many ideas for an incredible movie about a latina princess and this makes me upset lol

ok, before I start talking I would like to say that I haven’t watched Elena of avalor, so I really don’t know much about the story and the characters and all… All I know is: She’s latina, she’s a princess and she’s from a show on disney junior. So I can’t talk a lot about the show itself. Also, some/most of the things I’ll talk about are only me personal opinions and not some deep critic on disney going all “THIS IS HOW YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO DO” or “THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU CAN’T DO”

I don’t think it’s a “guilty” pleasure to like Elena, after all she’s still our first Latina princess and this is a big thing for us latinxs, so don’t worry about that it’s okay to like her she seems awesome <3 and about the second part of what you said: I can’t give an honest opinion on the matter because I haven’t watched the show, so it would be kinda rude of me to go on pointing fingers on disney without knowing much. But I would like to correct on the “hispanic cultures have some indiginous influences” because it’s not only the hispanic cultures that have indiginous influences, non-hispanic latinxs also have a lot of indiginous influence.

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The first time I watched Boy in Love, when Jin shoves the girl against the locker and Yoongi kind of harasses her, I was uncomfortable. I thought “wtf seriously” but since I love them so much and am an ARMY to the very core, I overlooked it. I tried to.
And then I watched WoH and that too, looked like they were eve teasing (let’s not even start about the objectifying lyrics) but then I overlooked it again because babies.

Now, BigHit released an apology about the issue and I was so damn glad that they did so that the little pang of disappointment I have both, in myself and BigHit is now gone but then I see people commenting stuff like there was no need for an apology and that they didn’t do any harm and then I lose my shit.

Do people even know how much influence popular culture has on viewers? BTS is a group with one of the largest fanbases in the world and they get like 20-50 million views in one music video and a lot of their fans are boys and the message that is being sent out is ‘omg look at bts, they are so cool and they get the girl in the end too’.

People who are comparing this with sexual lyrics in female idols’ songs are so utterly blinded because there is nothing wrong with sexual lyrics. There is nothing wrong with Yoongi saying that my tongue will make you come, but it is wrong when he is clearly being the way he is being with the girl in the video.

People comparing this with other hip hop artists don’t understand that two wrongs don’t make a right. For example : I do enjoy Simon D’s music but that too has some sexist lyrics and I would never say that those are OK either. Sadly, a lot of popular hip hop has too much sexism. But people who are going around saying that ‘of course BTS have such lyrics they are rap based or hip hop based’, rap means rhythm and poetry and if your poetry is “girls are like equations, I just wanna do them” then idk what to say to you. But for a lot of us fans poetry is lines like “when you think you are about to crash, that’s when you accelerate”.

You can’t blindly love and support someone. If you don’t point out their flaws, then you may not actually love them. I understand that a lot of the posts on twitter were definitely harsh and were probably by haters but just by reading them, I knew not all were. I love BTS more than words can explain. They have helped me through a difficult phase in life (they are still doing it) and so many people have already told me that I’m a hater just because I find a few flaws in two of their songs. But guess w
hat, I don’t need anyone’s validation. I know that I’m an ARMY and I love BTS.

anonymous asked:

hi! what would you say is the value of studying literature (or humanities in general)? i do find reading and analysing literature rewarding and meaningful but can't stop telling myself that it's "useless" for society as a whole. i feel like it would be selfish of me to study something out of passion rather than to use my skills to, say, become a doctor and help others. i hope this does not come across as disrespectful, i'm merely wondering if you've ever had any of these doubts!

First : I don’t study literature (yet); but yes, I have had these doubts. I made a lot of detours before I came back to my true passion and true skill, enriching detours nevertheless, especially when it comes to translation, which highlights even more what I can do with literature analysis, and what I love to learn with cross-cultural influences. These detours stemmed from said doubts, and from what people told me over the years. And thank god they were enriching, otherwise I would see them as a waste of time.


I just chose to be happy with what I do, and happy on the long term. It may be selfish, but I am not ready to sacrifice my daily happiness to fit what society (capitalistic society) deems “useful”.

EDIT : I didn’t answer the first part of your question. Value in humanities? Contributing to culture in any way makes the world grow, makes humanity grow, encourages communication, strengthens civilisation. What it isn’t is “flourishing”. Which means that you seldom will make a lot of money out of the humanities (then again, it depends on what you do and how it is perceived, but you get my point). That’s why people will say it has no value. What they mean is that it won’t make you rich. But value is not always monetary nor straight-forward.

The Mystic Symbol: Mark of the Michigan Mound Builders

An expanded edition of the original classic, long out-of-print, The Mystic Symbol describes thousands of Christian, inscribed tablets, unearthed across Michigan. The Michigan Mound Builders left behind 10,000 to 30,000 artifacts as a testament to their presence in North America. Mound burials have yielded evidence of a culture with Eastern Hemisphere influence in their spiritual and everyday life. Controversy has engulfed this find of artifacts mainly because they were here before Columbus of 1492 which is unacceptable to our academics today. Nevertheless, the Michigan artifacts continue to surface even today in the state of Michigan. This is fascinating look into North America’s diverse history.