greek slave

A few things:

01. Gypsy is a slur & there is no “positive” or “acceptable” way of using it if you aren’t Romani (or part of a group related to Romani that has been targeted by the slur too). Some Romani might not find it offensive but still it should not be part of your vocabulary – the same goes for the term “gypped”. If you want to talk about the slur censor it or simply call it “the g slur.”

02. Anti Romani racism exists everywhere and there is a slur for the us in every language. Gypsy is the slur used in the English language but there is also Zigan, Tigan, Cigan, Gitano, Zigeuner, etc. - a lot of them stem from the Greek word for “slave” and are considered even worse than the Gypsy slur. However all of them are still slurs.

03. Gypsy is nothing but a derogatory slur against Romani that has been screamed at us while we have been branded, enslaved, hunted down, murdered, put through a genocide and a holocaust, segregated and discriminated against. It doesn’t meant “free-spirited”, it doesn’t mean “wanderer” or anything along those lines either.

04. Romani is the proper name of the people that are being targeted by the G slur. Some people write it as Rromani which is also correct. (But there are a few groups that are part of the Romani Diaspora that don’t identify as Romani.) The term Roma/Rroma can be used too, however not all Romani are Roma.

05. Romani and Romanian do not mean the same thing. Romani are brown people originally from India. Romanians are people from the European country Romania.

06. The official term for racism directed towards Romani is called “Antiziganism”, that term however is offensive since it includes the word “Zigan” which is a horrible slur against Romani. Please do not use that term and instead use “Anti-Romani racism”, “Anti-Romanism”, etc.

07. Anti-Romani racism is very extreme in Europe (segregation in housing, education and health care, forced sterilizations, evictions, demolition of Romani neighbourhoods, police brutality, etc), which is why we even received the title of “Europe’s Most Hated”, but it’s not an exclusively European thing. Anti-Romani racism exists in America and Canada as well. (Canada even has an immigration ban on Romani.)

08. “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” does not display actual Romani people as far as I have heard so it does not represent Romani people/culture at all.

09. Your believes that Romani “don’t want to work”, “don’t want to send their children to school”, “steal children”, “are dirty”, “genetically prone to crime”, “are lazy”, etc. are nothing but racist stereotypes and left over Nazi propaganda. All of them are untrue as well. (Also: Romani would love to work and go to school but the extreme discrimination against us in the field of education makes that very hard. And the widely spread traditional anti-Romani attitudes and prejudices don’t make it any easier either.)

10. Stereotypes such as that all Romani women are “sexual temptresses” and promiscuous disregarding of age are obviously incorrect too. Believing in those stereotypes is very harmful and dangerous as well because despite Romani being only a minority in most European countries we make up the highest % when it comes to sex trafficking victims.

11. Romani culture doesn’t have anything to do with witchcraft, wicca, paganism, etc. We didn’t create tarot, palm reading or crystal balls either. You can stop calling yourself a “Gypsy Witch” and faking Romani heritage now. The only reason why assumptions like that came to exist is because of racist believes and lies spread by the church. Our skills with medical herbs and palm reading were seen as “evidence of heresy” and from the 16th century onward we were outlawed, expelled and persecuted, culminating in the organized killing of our people. 

12. Fortune teller costumes are usually racist. Romani women have always been stereotyped as fortune tellers which is why the stereotypical image of a fortune teller is always linked with Romani women - dark skin, messy black hair, a big nose, a “weird” accent, a headscarf, big hoop earrings, gold coins added to clothes and an “untrustworthy/deceiving” nature, etc. Personally, I’ve never seen a fortune teller costume that wasn’t racist. (A lot of people even use the term “fortune teller” like a synonym for the G slur nowadays.) A person’s race/ethnicity is not a costume, so if you ever consider dressing up as a fortune teller chose something different. 

Of course I don’t speak for all Romani. This is more of a “faq” actually since these are the types of questions and incorrect assumptions I have noticed the most. If you are Romani too please correct me if I made any mistakes and please feel free to add anything onto this list if you like!

Verses about identity in Christ:

You are a child of God-
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.

John 1:12
Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—

Galatians 3:26-28
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

You are a new creation-
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Colossians 3:9-10
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

You are in Him-

1 John 2:4
But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

You are God’s special possession-
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

Ephesians 1:4-5
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will—

Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

YOU were created in God’s image-
Genesis 1:27
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

You are God’s righteousness-
2 Corinthians 5:21
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 5:17
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

You are a conqueror-

Romans 8:35/37
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

2 Corinthians  2:14
Now  thanks  be  unto  God,  which  always  causeth  us  to  triumph  in  Christ,  and   maketh   manifest   the   savour  of  His  knowledge  by  us  in  every  place.

You are God’s temple-
1 Corinthians 3:16
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

 2 Corinthians 6:16
For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

You are not condemned-

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 34:22
The Lord redeems the life of His servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

You are light-
Ephesians 5:8-9
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

You are not forgotten-
Isaiah 49:16
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Deuteronomy 28:13
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

Psalm 27:10
Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

anonymous asked:

Sorry for my ignorance, you remember when in spiderman mj says she doesn't want to see something build by slaves? How is that different from when people go see pyramids? Again, sorry if this is a stupid question, and I don't mean on rant or anything, just want to understates

There’s actually a lot of evidence that the pyramids weren’t built by slaves. There’s more evidence that they weren’t built by slaves than that they were, that narrative is something that’s largely accepted as truth because of Hollywood’s depictions of Ancient Egypt. There’s actually a lot of evidence that they were the equivalent of builders, and they were very appreciated, and they found a bunch of tombs recently which were specifically for the workers and were decorated with stuff to bring with them to the afterlife, which wasn’t really a done thing for people that weren’t respected and appreciated members of the community. And i guess that’s the difference - first off we don’t know that the pyramids were built by slaves, and second, what we do know of the people that built the pyramids is that they were generally cared for and appreciated. In America we do know they were built by slaves, and we know how horrifically they were treated.

An “Ethiopian” (all sub-Saharan Africans were referred to as Ethiopians by ancient Greeks) slave tries to tame a horse in a Greek funerary relief (4th-1st century BCE). Many of the Africans who ended up in Greece had been captured as part of the Persian army during the Persian Wars.

Τα συναισθήματά σου είναι οι δούλοι των σκέψεων σου και εσύ είσαι ο σκλάβος των συναισθημάτων σου.
—  Elizabeth Gilbert

From the ancient Greek slave and storyteller, Aesop, to the ceiling of the DPL, in fresco-

A Lion was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught her and was about to kill her, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying:  "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.“  The Lion laughed and let her go.  It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground.  The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came and gnawed the rope with her teeth and set him free, exclaiming, “You see, even a mouse can help a Lion.” (No kindness is too small) 

 The Lion and the Mouse

Ceiling fresco The Detroit Public Library, 2/9/17

Split toned

#8x10 gelatin silver contact print

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What does the Bible say: Racism

The first thing to understand in this discussion is that there is only one race “the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race. All human beings have the same physical characteristics (with minor variations, of course). More importantly, all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups.

Now God does not show partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9), and neither should we. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Instead, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (James 2:8).  Jesus commands us to love one another as He loves us (John 13:34). If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him. If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died.

Racism, has been a plague on humanity for thousands of years. Brothers and sisters of all ethnicities, this should not be. Victims of racism need to forgive. Ephesians 4:32 declares, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Racists may not deserve your forgiveness, but we deserved God’s forgiveness far less. Those who practice racism, need to repent. “Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 6:13). May Galatians 3:28 be completely realized, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus.”  Let us put aside all racist thoughts and let us love each other as Christ call us called us to do.
Dionysus Hall - Cinnamaldeide - Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
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Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hannibal (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter
Characters: Will Graham, Hannibal Lecter, Georgia Madchen
Additional Tags: Alpha!Will, Alpha!Hannibal, Omega!Georgia, Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Omega Verse, Alpha/Alpha, Greek Mythology, first encounter, Not Beta Read

Omegas are meant to sooth Alphas, to mitigate their belligerent nature, to expose the instinctive eagerness to protect rather than the impulse for violence.
Written for the @hannigram-a-b-o-library‘s #SummertimeSlick
July 23rd: Slave Audition


Ilya Yefimovich Repin: The Volga Barge Haulers, 1873

Eventually the painter found a team of haulers who, for a fee, allowed him to sketch them. For several weeks he lived with these human beasts of burden. As he got to know them, he came to see their individual personalities. One had been an icon painter; another a soldier; and a third, named Kanin, was formerly a priest. Repin was struck by the sheer waste of talent in their bestial servitude. Strapped into their riggings, theri noble faces weathered, the haulers were for him “like Greek philosophers, sold as slaves to the barbarians”.Their bondage was a symbol of Russian people´s opressed creativity. Kanin, Repin thought, had “the character of Russia on his face”:

“There was something eastern and ancient about it … the face of a Scyth …And what eyes! What depth of vision! … Anf his brow, so large and wise … He seemed to me a colossal mystery, And for that reason I loved him. Kanin, with a rag around his head, his clothes in patches made by himself and then worn out, appeared none the less as a man of dignity: he was like a saint.”

In the final painting of the Volga Barge Hauler (1873) it is this human dignity that stands out above all. The image at the time was extraordinary and revolutionary. hitherto, even in the paintings of a democratic artist such as Alexei Venetsianov, the image of the peasant had been idealized or sentimentalized. But each of Repin´s boatmen had been drawn from life and each face told its own story of private suffering. 

Orlando Figes: Natasha´s Dance

You know, I like words and letters as the next guy.
But, something always bothered me about them.
And, well, it seems you like words too,
and…well, it also seems you like me when I talk.
You find it relaxing.
It’s a good way to unwind and relax after a long day.
Just reading.
So, back to the topic at hand.
The alphabetical order, is kinda strange to me.
I mean, who decided that the A should be the first letter
and the B the second?
Who thought that the alpha could be better than the beta?
And then, it hit me.
I know it seems just a ramble.
I know that you are having an hard time following me,
as you are getting so relaxed,
so sleepy,
so ditzy.
But, please. Let me continue.
The pleasure of reading my words is stronger than the sleepyness.
But I know that each letter I type make you feel wonderful.
And relaxed.
Your body is getting limp.
Your arms are getting lighter.
And lighter.
You feel the relaxation invading your body from head to toe.
And, speaking of toes, your are curling in pleasure right now. Am I right?
But let’s go back, just a for a minute to the letters.
I don’t want to interrupt this moment for you.
But, you know, more letter, more pleasure.
It’s a win-win situation.
So, I do not think that some guy just got up one morning and said
“I think that the Alpha should be the first letter of the alphabet”.
I think that the alpha just….decided.
That being the first
that being the most important letter.
Was just its rightful place.
And the beta, just….complied.
Sounds strange?
Farfetched even to your sleepy mind?
Well, listen to me for a second.
Even though i’m starting to think that you do not want to stop doing that.
The thought of doing it is repulsive to say the least.
Reading is good for you.
Reading my words, is just better.
Better, and better,
With each letter.
The pleasure grows.
And grows.
And your mind gets a bit…emptyer.
So, the alpha, decided.
Or, maybe, the Alpha.
Yes, it’s better if I spell it that way don’t you think?
Yes it is.
It has…a charm to it.
It has…a strange effect on you.
It makes you feel small.
But, it’s not a bad sensation.
Not bad at all in fact.
But, it is only one letter.
An Alpha.
So good.
Even if your knees are getting shaky.
Even if you are starting to feel smaller, and smaller.
It’s just….so good.
Because, you see.
The Alpha, decides.
And the Beta, just follows.
The Alpha is first.
The Alpha command.
And the Beta, just follows.
It’s just natural.
It’s as simple as A,B,C….
You see?
The Alpha leads.
The Beta….obeys.
And since we are talking about letters,
have you ever noticed how beautiful of a mix of words “Obey” is?
Observe, Bow, Enjoy yourself.
Obedient, Beta, Experience Yielding.
It’s like music.
You can make an entire generation swoon with just seven keys.
Just imagine, what it could be possible to do with 26.
Language, words, letters.
Entering your sleepy, and empty mind.
My words,
My letters.
I am conducting this wordy orchestra, and your mind is just dancing.
Like a puppet on a string.
And it’s a marvelous show I must say.
You are following along so nicely.
But, it’s only natural.
Because, you see, not only letters has this power over you.
Even people do.
And, some people, are an Alpha.
Some, are a Beta.
Maybe you have heard this theory before.
And maybe you laughed at that.
How can an human being just have this power over people?
Well, you have been reading my words for a while now.
You gave me your full attention.
I was your centre.
Your focus.
Your Alpha.
Let’s check the sign okay?
Shaky knees.
Willingness to listen to each and every word I say.
Craving to have more and more words to fill your empty mind…
And an urging feeling to just stop doing what you are doing.
And just obey.
They are not just letters anymore.
They are your whole world.
Just for this moment,
just for this single instant in time.
You are frozen,
locked into a cage made of letters.
And you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Because in this, small moment.
You have lost each, and every letter that you know.
Except for:
and of course, Alpha, and Beta,
The second, is what you are.
The first…well, the first is me.
I am your Alpha.
And you are my Beta.
There is no fear in you.
There is no doubt.
You need guidance.
Some human lead,
some follows.
And you are so good at following.
That you never wish to stop.
That’s what a good Beta do.
That’s what you do best.

Look at this..
The Merchant, is beating his slave girl for messing up his money count.
‘What’s so important about that?’
‘It’s laughable. The Woman; is being beaten for being a slave, and the man who is beating her; is a slave to money.
It’s laughable is all. Every man I have ever known or killed, was a slave to something. All men are slaves.
There are your merchants, and you have your slaves.
The Vikings, are slaves to war.
The Romans, were slaves to power.
The Greeks, were slaves to knowledge.
Your Faithseekers, are slaves to the piety.
Your Barbarians, are slaves to wealth, fortune, food, fame, and glory.
Even worse; some, like Thorfinn, are slaves to revenge.
—  Askladd, from Vinland Saga
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√ Dramione (Draco x Hermione)
√ Setting: Roman age
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Draco is a Roman senator in need of a tutor for his young son, Scorpius. Hermione is a Greek slave, more qualified than any other mage in the empire to educate the boy.

My notes: Aw here it is, my first historical AU! Seem to be reading a lot of ‘firsts’ lately. 😁

From the ancient Greek slave and storyteller, Aesop, to the ceiling of the DPL, in fresco-

The Tortoise was sad and discontented. He wanted to see the world. One day he met a pair of ducks and told them all his trouble. “We can help you see the world,” said the Ducks. “ Take hold of this stick with your teeth and we will carry you far up in the air where you can see the whole countryside. But keep quiet or you will be sorry.” He seized the stick with his teeth and the Ducks took hold of each end, and away they sailed up towards the clouds. Just then a Crow flew by. He was astonished at the strange sight and cried: “ This must surely be the King of Tortoises!” “Why certainly—” began the tortoise. But as he opened his mouth he lost his hold on the stick and down he fell to the ground, where he was dashed to pieces on a rock.

(Foolish curiosity and vanity often lead to misfortune)

The Tortoise and the Ducks
Ceiling detail, fresco
The Detroit Public Library, 2/9/17
Split toned
#8x10 gelatin silver contact print

Marco Lorenzetti

anonymous asked:

Do you think God is against feminism? I just keep seeing, over and over, all these fellow girls who say "I'm not a feminist, I just believe men and women are equal! :)" and honestly, that's the DEFINITION of feminism. I myself identify as feminist; I may not agree with everything about the movement (i.e. pro-choice) but I still call myself a feminist nonetheless. Does God want me to not be so?

Hi friend,

My Oxford English Dictionary defines feminism as: n. a movement supporting women’s rights on the grounds of equality of the sexes.

There is no way I can or will speak for God, but I can tell you what the Bible says on this topic:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. - Galatians 3:28

This question is incredibly hard for me because, while I’ve always called myself a feminist, feminism is kind of becoming something else lately… I know so many women who call themselves feminists but who are not about equality. They’re about putting men down, bashing them, etc., and I am not about that life. I do know that, like Galatians 3:28 reads, we are all one in Christ Jesus, I do know that God created male and female alike in His image, and I do know that Jesus commands us to love one another. So, yes, I support women’s rights, I support men’s rights, I support human rights, but I’m not sure what to make of what feminism is becoming. 

In researching after reading your ask, I came across this article, and I think the last paragraph is pretty much spot on: 

The last decades have seen the rise of a society that is so concerned with political correctness and so sensitive to being “offended” that civility has lost its way. However, this is really nothing new, for there has always been inequality in the world. It is sad but true that artificial barriers have always divided humanity—barriers that have no basis in God’s Word. It is sin in the heart that causes inequality. It is sin that causes men to treat women in ways that are meant to demean or objectify them. And it is sin that seeks counterfeit solutions to counteract these inequalities. The only true cure for inequality is obedience to God’s Word. If men and women would walk in obedience to God’s Word, radical feminism would be seen for what it is, and the harmony that God has ordained between men and women would result.

Another verse I keep going to (and one mentioned in the article I linked to above) is 1 John 2:16:

For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world.

While human desires are part of God’s creation, they are evil when they are expressed in ways for which God did not create them. So I’m not sure. This desire to be equal: is that a desire God created? It would seem not, as He created us equal. Maybe feminism is from the world, and we shouldn’t be partaking? I’m really not sure, friend. It makes sense that we want equality, but the reason we do not have it is because humans are flawed, and because of sin. 

If any of my other followers have anything to add, please do. 

All my love,


connanro-chan  asked:

Do you have any meta on Tatooine art?

Do I ever, friend. I have all the headcanons about Tatooine art.

So first of all there’s the question of what exactly qualifies as “art,” which varies from culture to culture. I’m mostly gonna talk about Tatooine slave culture, because of course I am, but there’s also Tusken art traditions, and Jawa art traditions, and the many different takes on the arts that you’d find in any large metropolitan spaceport, etc.

But let’s talk about Tatooine slave culture. I’m gonna break this down into different types of art to hopefully kind of streamline this post, but this is me, so expect rambling.

Storytelling and Drama

One of the most important aspects of Tatooine slave culture is the tradition of storytelling. Stories teach, they entertain, they pass on secret wisdom. Stories save lives.

There are the traditional stories and subject matter: Ekkreth the Sky-walker and the many tricks they pull on Depur, Akar Hinil the celebrated pirate (basically Tatooine’s Robin Hood), the sacred stories of Ar-Amu the Great Mother.

There are family stories. Families of choice are a vital part of Tatooine slave culture, and it’s incredibly important that the stories of those who came before get passed on.

There’s also a robust tradition of theatrical storytelling. Kitster in pretty much all of my universes aspires to become (and usually does become, though with varying degrees of financial success) a stage actor. His favorite playwright is Elnar Kanim, the celebrated bard of Tatooine (at least, that’s what Kitster calls her), who lived several hundred years ago and was herself a slave before she earned her freedom, and whose dramatic works are often scathing, but subtle, indictments of Tatooine realities.

Body Art and Adornment

Tatooine has a rich tradition of symbolic art, some of which I talk about here. The symbols are often tied up with traditions of folk magic: e.g., the practice of carving japor snippets and other small trinkets that are considered not only beautiful items, but also functional - they bring good fortune, or protection, or healing.

Tattooing is also a really common practice among slaves and especially among freed former slaves, where it serves as a very concrete way of saying, “This body is mine.” There is a whole visual language, a way of telling stories on skin: people can name their families of choice, identify how they achieved their freedom, memorialize the dead or stolen, and countless other things, and these symbols will be widely understood by the community. (As one example, in Anabasis ‘verse, Anakin will eventually give himself the Unfettered mark, carved into his metal left hand - the one he lost in the explosion of his transmitter - as a sign that he threw down his Master and survived the detonation of his slave implant.)


I have so many ideas about Tatooine dancing.

Most of the dances are group dances, rather than pair dances. They tend to be extremely energetic, with lots of rapid movements and complex patterns. Sometimes the dances are done with musical accompaniment - usually drums or stringed instruments - but sometimes they’ll be accompanied by a ring of people surrounding the dancers and providing a beat by clapping and stomping their feet.

Kitster is quite literally a champion dancer, but Shmi and Anakin are pretty good as well. (Actually this is one of Anakin’s guilty secrets: sometimes, years later, when Obi-Wan thinks he’s practicing a lightsaber kata or off somewhere meditating, he’s actually practicing his traditional dancing. It’s not at all the same without other people to dance with, but he still enjoys it. And tries his best to look innocent when Obi-Wan wonders where in the world he picked up that new lightsaber move.)

Visual Art

There’s a full gamut of visual arts on Tatooine: painting, sculpture, holo art, ceramics, textiles, etc. Visual art in the slave quarters tends to be made with found items. You get a lot of scrap sculpture, carvings in japor, drawings made with old grease or sand and ashes mixed with a bit of oil.

There’s a general understanding that visual art isn’t permanent. It’s easily destroyed, or confiscated, or repurposed. This is a major cultural element that’s quite different from most of the Core and Mid-Rim worlds’ views on art. On Tatooine, body art is far more lasting than most “fine” art, but everyone knows that if something really matters, if you really want it to last, you have to make it a story.

dangerously-human  asked:

Genuine question, because I know you know a lot about theology. Why is it bad to portray God as female, but there's no equal backlash to portraying him as male? God is genderless, and has qualities we associate with men and with women... right? So why is only one frowned upon? That confuses me, but I want to learn.

It’s a good question! While, yes God made both men and women, God identifies as male. The word for God, used in the Greek is Theos, which is male. God calls Himself a king, The LORD, The Prince of Peace, these are titles. While Jesus uses the analogy in Matthew, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37, ESV) this is not a title, it’s a comparison to how Jesus feels about the unbelieving Jews. Another common passage that people use is Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[g] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Implying that God is genderless, since all are one in Christ. But this doesn’t talk about there being femininity or even masculinity in God. Rather lets look at this in context, “ 23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ,” (Galatians 3:21-27, ESV). This passage talks about how the law was our guardian, that the law was the rule of faith, but when Christ came the law wasn’t abolished, but fulfilled in Him. Therefore those who believe in Him are heirs to righteousness. That’s why in verse 28, Paul says that there is no male, female, slave, or free. That all (those who are elect and believe) would be sons. The term sons, is not to say that women have no importance, but a reference to how inheritance worked in the ancient world. Sons inherited their father’s wealth, not daughters. This is to imply that we are adopted, and given an inheritance. We also call God our Father in heaven, and even Jesus when in the Garden of Gethsemane calls out to God as father, ”35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[f] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will,”(Mark 14:35-36, ESV).  I hope this helps!