for marjory

For participants, shamanic poetry is a mode of transport, not just beyond the mundane and into the sacred, but into other realities and dimensions where capricious spirits may possibly - nothing guaranteed - be harnessed to help humans out of very ordinary and concrete problems such as sickness and hunger. The way the poetry is produced, and precisely its inspirational nature, in a ballet of symbolic codes, clues both human and spirit audiences into the spirituality, or depth of kut-siur, of its creator. Poet shamans of the Sakha Republic are today tentatively traveling into this realm of hard-won spiritual knowledge and delight along accepted ancient paths, the seance, and totally new ones, written verse, drama and film. Some of the ancient paths have become overgrown with disuse, but shamans like one young Viliuisk man whose helper spirits are the raven and the dog say they have rediscovered the paths with the guidance of elderly living shamans and the spirits of deceased shamans. Both old-style and new-style shamanic poets have in common the root of the Sakha word for shaman, oiuun, from oi, meaning intelligence and conscience together.
—  Marjorie M. Balzer, The Poetry of Shamanism
Anti-black and anti-Jewish sentiment have long been intertwined in America. When the Jewish factory worker Leo Frank was wrongfully convicted of murder and lynched in 1915, two new groups simultaneously emerged: the ADL, which fights against bigotry and anti-Semitism, and the second Ku Klux Klan, which began by celebrating Frank’s death. Later in the 20th century, Nazis became a natural model for white-supremacist movements in the United States, said Marjorie Feld, a professor of history at Babson College. The logic of white supremacy was similar: Hatreds became universalized through common archetypes. Jews were seen by white supremacists as capitalists undermining local businesses. Black Americans fleeing the South in the Great Migration were seen as taking away crucial labor. Catholics were seen as immigrants stealing American jobs.
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Azurrin Week Day 4: Color

I’ve always thought Conquest’s ending is the worst in regards to Azurrin, because they don’t necessarily know Azura is….dead. She just disappeared. And everyone else moving on when Corrin can’t.

I’ve also always associated Azura with forget-me-nots, both color scheme wise and because i’m annoyed how she’s always forgotten in the end slates.