Hi :) I don’t know how active your blog is still but I just found it after checking out the beanie baby tag on a whim! I collect the Patti the Platypus beanie – I have about 20 plushies of her plus other BBOC stuff related to her :’) hopefully this is the aesthetic you were looking for! ( Side note…. I saw a few sales posts in the tag, and if any of that’s still relevant today I’m for sure interested in any Pattis that anyone has laying around :’) just message me I guess! Lol )
Also can u explain the clan system? I know you've mentioned it before as far as the whole clan gatherings and stuff but i have a less-than-vague understanding of it tbh
it was basically the ruling system in old ireland. there was no central government, so land was divided among clans. afaik the populations for each would be in the thousands. they’d have a chieftain who’d live a little better than all the rest and also their own poets to basically propagandise the clan, and there’d be fighting between clans, with people trying to take other’s land etc. the system is long gone (thanks to the you-know-who), but basically these clans are the basis of a lot of irish surnames, so historical interest is the only relevance they have today
idk if vampires count as mythos?? but if they are can you tell us more about them?? maybe from a 'mythical' standpoint?? some stuff that isnt relevant to todays time?
Hey there! There’s a long and interesting history behind
vampire myths, so I’m really glad that you asked this question. It’s a
pretty big history so I’m going to give a pretty brief overview.
Hopefully it’ll give you a good jumping off point for future research
(and of course, feel free to come back to our ask box with any more
Cultures all over the world have stories about
creatures that are like Vampires. Human-like things that drain either
blood or life-force are pretty common throughout history, but myths
about what would evolve into the creatures of our modern Vampire stories
started to crystallize in medieval Europe. While earlier myths tend to
focus on demonic creatures, later ones begin to describe vampires as
humans who have risen from the dead.
The first historical
record of a person accused of vampirism comes from Croatia in the early
1600s. Jure Grando was a villager who was said to have terrorized his
village for 16 years following his death, until the eventual exhumation
and decapitation of his corpse.
The accusation was a
precursor to what would be called the “18th century Vampire Controversy”, a
rash of vampire sightings and accusations in Eastern Europe. The accusation of
real people with vampirism in some ways mirrors the accusations of
witchcraft that happened around the same time. They also differ - vampire
accusations were less common, and the accused were generally already
dead. The vampire accusations died down by the late
1700s, but like the vampires themselves, the myth refused to stay dead, and in the
19th century a Vampire Panic swept across New England in tandem with a
A satirical cartoon printed in The Boston Globe in 1896
The characteristics of vampires vary across times and places, but they are generally defined by their connection to death, and their practice of feeding on either the blood or life force of their victims. Much of the folklore focuses on ways of identifying the vampires and their victims.
The only two creatures I can really think of are the Chupacabra (meaning goat sucker) and the Chonchon. The Chupacabra is not at all humanoid and is more like a lizard creature. All I know of it comes from Puerto Rico in the 1990s where a chupacabra was blamed for the deaths of a lot of cattle. I’m sure there is more information on them, but that is unfortunately all I can say for sure.
The Chonchon is very much like another creature mentioned by the chorus, which is how I remembered this little one. This one comes from the Mapuche. I don’t know as much about them, but they are humans who have died and their heads detach from their bodies, their ears grow large enough to be used as wings, they gain feathers and bird feet, and they fly around drinking blood. There are also some myths claiming that they Chonchon is not from a dead body but an evil priest who has learned how to do this and uses it to gain more power. Unfortunately, that is all I know about the Chonchon.
There are also a lot of mythical beings with similarities to Vampires from various cultures. An incomplete list:
For vampiric creatures in East Asia, the Chinese jiangshi immediately
comes to mind. It is an animated corpse that consumes people’s qi, or
life force. There are multiple hows or whys for this: a jiangshi could
be the result of resurrection by some type of priest/shaman/mystic;
spirit possession; a soul that has failed to leave the body upon death;
a corpse absorbing enough surrounding qi to animate itself. More
contemporary imaginings allow for a jiangshi to ‘pass on’ its condition
to others, such as through injury (similar to how one might be infected
by a zombie bite). Their appearance can be perfectly unremarkable if the
body is only recently deceased, or could be a rotting horror. Sometimes, their limbs are so stiff they can’t move them so they have to get around by hopping. Due to
the conflation of the western vampire with eastern ideas of hungry
ghosts, modern depictions of jiangshi also allow for the consumption of
blood, introducing a more literal vampiric aspect to them.
There’s also the penanggalan which is a Southeast Asian witch that detaches her head which flies around at night to suck the blood of pregnant women and children. Thier entrails trail after them and must be soaked in vinegar afterward to shrink them down and fit them back in her body.
Iceland has its Draugr, revenants that wait in their graves to guard treasure left in burial mounds.
Strix, from Roman mythology is a bird that feeds of flesh and blood. The word is the root of the Romanian “strigoi”, the word for “vampire” in that language.
Lilitu from ancient Assyria, is a precursor to Lilith from Jewish mythology.
There’s Lamia, from Greek mythology, a beautiful queen who becomes a child-eating demon.
I feel vampire-like is also a bit more ghoul-like with how we are talking about it (feasting on the dead, entrails, what have you vs. drinking human blood). Aswang would definitely fit the ghoulish profile. Yes, they are often beautiful women. But of note, they are often depicted as introverted or doesn’t sociallize with people as often (because it is important in the culture that you socialize with people often and if not, you are strange and weird).
I feel like the Aswang mentioned has mixings of the “Manananggal”— a common misconception since both of them appear in stories where babies or dead innards are eaten. But Manananggal is the one that detaches the upper half of its body from the lower half and flies off to eats babies with it’s long tongue (actually very similar to the Penanggalan except for the place of detachment. Even the root of both of those words come from “To detach”). To kill it, you must find the lower body and put spices into where the detachment was– because they must fuse back together before sun down or they will die and the spices make it painful to fuse back. That part of the myth is where it intersects with vampire lore because of the spices they put (garlic is commonly used as is salt), and the come back before sun down. The Mananggal doesn’t die when it is whole and exposed to sun like the vampire because it masquerades as human– only when it can’t fuse back.
In comparison, the Aswang doesn’t split. But it is a shape shifter– commonly shape shifts into a large boar or a large dog (where it gets its name. kaWANGis ng ASo means ‘look like a dog’). The Aswang is a fascinating creature because it’s depiction varies per location it’s in.
In Panay, Capiz, the Aswang is depicted as that shape shifting creature and if you ask the local kids how the Aswang moves, it’s in a very… strange almost writhing manner (like how werewolves in movies transform). Mostly because there is a disorder where 95% of the people who have it have been found to originate in his Island– that’s X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism, where the movements are twisting and “looks like they’re about to shapeshift because they are an Aswang” sort of thing. So people who have the disorder tend to be ostracised and labeled as “Aswang” very sadly ;w; don’t get the medical help they need.
In other places up north, the Aswang has a different manifestation– one more intricately linked to the concept of the Soul (which is big in Philippine Myth as a concept). An Aswang often eats dead innards, especially the liver. But it will, sometimes, feast on a living soul— this manifests as being more fatigued and being more sickly than usual. Sometimes, the Aswang will eat the whole person all together and you’re left with a “husk” of the person. Looks like the person. Talks like the person. But has very little life in them and the husk will “die” very soon (but the real person has been eaten already).
There are variations across the Philippine archipelago of the Manananggal and the Aswang like the Tik-tik and the Wak-wak (named after the sound of the Mananganggal’s wings). They’re mostly seen in the northern and middle islands– very few mentions in the south. So I guess if we’re talking about vampire-like creatures in the Philippines, it is very dependent on where the character is from.
Good luck on your writing!
- The Chorus
You might like to check out this TED-Ed video on the origin of vampires:
I'm sorry.................you've never seen Jurassic Park? I'm about to lose my damn mind. This is unacceptable. It's my favorite movie of all time. Just go watch it?>
nope, not all the way through. i’ve also never seen a pirates of the caribbean movie either. this seems to get people extremely pressed. oh and since it’s relevant to everyone’s interests today, i’ve never seen a harry potter movie either lol
Troubles of a swimmer trying to teach his scaredy half-ground type to use Surf.
This is why Rin VS Rin Pokemon battle was relevant to my interests today especially. I was always a huge fan of Cilan/Dento, and he was my introduction to Mamoru Miyano, and the Best Wishes! Pokemon series was ending just as Free! was airing, and the overlap makes it hard for me to separate Rin from Pokemon. Dento isn’t at all like Rin, and Mamo uses a very different voice for him, but Trip/Shooti, who was the Rin-like rival of the series, was also voiced by Rin - his younger self (and also Kou!).
I don’t know if I’ll stop doing these damn doodles anytime soon, but I want to move on to one of the other boys next so probably not. Since I’ve not settled on partners for Rei and Nagisa…… Haruka and Magikarp or Makoto and Mareep???
Dear Swedish citizens, at home and overseas. Everyone in Sweden!
My family and I would like to wish you all an enjoyable Christmas. This year the cheer of Christmas has perhaps been even more keenly awaited than usual by many of us.
It can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that this has been a challenging year for Sweden and the Swedish population. Global concerns have impacted on us here in a way we haven’t experienced for many years. We should take the opportunity now over the holiday to take a step back for a while, and take time to reflect on the past year and perhaps formulate our hopes for the year ahead of us.
There are 60 million refugees in the world. Some of them have come to seek asylum and a future for themselves and their children here in Sweden. We have a strong desire to help people. Massive and important efforts are being made to assist those seeking asylum and security.
In the autumn I met several young people at an asylum centre outside Östersund and I was greeted by a sense of enthusiasm and a keen aspiration to succeed and do well in their new country.
Together with The Queen, I also visited Kronan School in Trollhättan a while back. A perfectly ordinary Swedish primary and lower secondary school with basketball hoops in the playground and the word “Welcome” painted in large yellow letters at the entrance. It could have been anywhere at all in Sweden if it wasn’t for the terrible act of violence that had occurred at this very school several weeks earlier. Candles in memory of the victims had been lit at the youth recreation centre.
Amidst the grief and gloom it was good to see how the staff were working to restore things for the pupils. To restore a sense of normality and security, which is so valuable, to children and adults alike.
Then in November, 130 young people lost their lives in a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris. These attacks affected us all deeply, and they reminded us how vulnerable we are. The openness and trust that has characterised our society thus far cannot always be taken for granted. Not even here in Sweden. We must safeguard and stand up for these values.
Undoubtedly, our times are subject to darkness and unrest, but that is one of the reasons why it is so important to also hold onto all the positives and remind one another that we have good reason to feel hope and confidence in the future.
As Sweden’s head of State, I visit many places both in Sweden and beyond our country’s borders and meet many people from different walks of life.
Over the past year, for example, I have visited several authorities working to consolidate our contingency planning for accidents and crises. I have seen some of the important work being done by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and SOS Alarm. Work that is particularly relevant today. It is also interesting to see how international cooperation is leading to reciprocal exchange. Swedish know-how can save lives in other countries and we in turn are able to learn from others’ knowledge and experience.
During the year I have also met many talented Swedish entrepreneurs who are creating new jobs, in particular through environmental innovations. The people behind these enterprises have extremely varied backgrounds. They may come from Västerås, from Gnosjö or from Pakistan. However, they have certain crucial things in common: they have an idea, and they are focused on working hard to realise it. Such ideas, and the genuine desire and driving force embodied within them, will benefit us all in the future.
It is inspiring to gain an insight, through these meeting and visits, into some of what is being done to not just keep Sweden running, but to ensure future development, even in times of hardship and change.
One of my most recent trips this year was to Paris and the big UN climate conference. I was there when the conference opened, and there was a strong feeling of optimism in the air, but also a sense of gravity and determination.
The countries of the world have worked together on one of our biggest future challenges. We now have a common objective to curb global warming. A historic agreement is in place: the first ever global climate agreement. It is gratifying and inspires hope in the face of future challenges. I am proud to be able to say that Sweden will be a force to be reckoned with in the continued work towards a sustainable future.
Incidentally, it was also in Paris, 120 years ago, that Alfred Nobel wrote the will that formed the basis for the Nobel Prize. It was a particular honour this year to be able to award the Prize in Chemistry to a winner with a Swedish background. Tomas Lindahl began his career as a scientist here in Sweden, and together with colleagues he has laid an important foundation for the development of new cancer treatments, among other things.
The major issues of our time sometimes bring us face to face with a difficult balancing act, as a country and as individuals. It is not always easy to know which is the right way forward.
My desire is for us as a nation to shoulder our shared responsibility to contribute to constructive solutions to the challenges of the future. But we should also take responsibility as people, to show respect and consideration to one another. And our responsibility as adults is to communicate confidence, hope and belief in the future to our children and grandchildren.
On a more personal level, The Queen and I are very happy that The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel are expecting their second child. We are also delighted that Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are to become parents, which will make us paternal grandparents for the first time.
In this context, let me take this opportunity to thank you for all your good wishes during the year, on the occasion of both Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s wedding and Prince Nicolas’ christening. Your kind words and good wishes mean a great deal to all our family.
In conclusion, I want to thank those of you who are actively involved in Swedish clubs and organisations. I believe that broad networks of dedicated individuals are a huge asset to our country, in particular when it comes to taking care of our young people and helping new Swedes to settle into our community. With the new year approaching, I want to offer special encouragement to those of you who devote your time to others. You are needed!
And that brings me to the end of my Christmas message from the Royal Palace. My family and I would once again like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2016!
I keep thinking about the fact that one of Harry's last cryptic tweets before he went quiet on SM was "There's an Oat in my throat." He tweeted that on the very same night that Louis was photographed having dinner with Simon Cowell in April when we thought BG and other stunts were going to be ending. That spoke volumes to me then and still does.
i’m on the verge of going to bed because i am a human zombie but this is a really interesting and relevant point in light of the discussion today
It is a melancholy truth that the behavior of many among us might serve as the severest satire upon the [human] species. It has been a compound of inconsistency, falsehood, cowardice, selfishness, and dissimulation.
Alexander Hamilton, dropping some crazy truth bombs that are obviously still relevant today.
Your ancestral hunter-gatherer is a natural storyteller!
As hunter-gatherer, your physical senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and perhaps even your sixth sense would have been highly attuned to stimuli and changes in your external environment because your very survival depended on it.
For example, if a noticeable hush overcame the jungle it would send up a red flag and your senses would be on high alert for the signs and sounds of a predator close by. Your mind would have gone to work surmising whether that predator was a lion or some equally threatening wilder beast, its whereabouts in relation to you, your fellow tribesmen and the vulnerable ones back at camp. You would have simultaneously begun thinking of how to safeguard yourself and your loved ones, and whether scaring the predator away or taking him down would be best approach.
In other words, the audible hush in the jungle would have triggered several story-lines to start running through your instinctive mind, all of which were intimately wired into your being to keep you and your tribe safe.
Your instinctive nature as a storyteller and interpreter is still with you – the only difference now is that our civilization has evolved such that, for the most part, the hunter-gatherer archetype is one that has lost its relevance to our modern society.
Our Primal Instincts, Today
It is really interesting to notice precisely how this fundamental ‘storytelling’ aspect that originally enabled us to survive as a species still get triggered in response to everyday situations today. The flight-or-fight response of the amygdala is still a part of our internal wiring, and is activated in situations we perceive at a primal level to be a ‘threat’ to our sense of security.
A critical point that often gets overlooked however, is that our understanding and awareness of ourselves has evolved exponentially since those hunter-gatherer times, and with them, the factors that we base our sense of ‘security’ and safety on have also evolved. Our collective attention has naturally and significantly shifted away from physical survival to a comparatively more sophisticated need for spiritual self-affinity, self-actualization and self-love.
Despite our evolution, the primal hunter-gatherer instinct to instantaneously piece a story together based on external cues does not and cannot help us meet our higher emotional and spiritual needs.
So that brings us to the question…
What Story Do YOU Tell?
What story do you tell yourself when someone doesn’t respond to your offer of love or friendship, a precious piece of your heart and soul?
Do you grieve the loss and move on? Or does it cause you to feel dejected, rejected, invalidated and unseen and to make up – and believe – a story about all the reasons why you aren’t loveable or deserving of being acknowledged, appreciated and seen?
What story do you tell yourself when you stand in your brilliance, sacredness and truth and those around you perceive you (and react) from a place of their own spiritual ‘stuckness’ or pain?
Do you stand strong in your convictions? Or do you make up – and believe – stories about not being good enough or not having anything worthwhile to share with the world?
What story do you tell yourself when you’ve invested in your education, career and self-care but have been unable create a life that is happy, fulfilling and honours your natural rhythm, inner knowing and pace?
Do you focus on the journey? Do you make up – and believe – a story about unhappiness, suffering and lack being your unfortunate, unshakeable lot?
Dissolving the Energetic Story
You can see from these examples that our natural storytelling abilities are very much at work, not only helping us shape our day-to-day experiences but flavouring the experiences we can expect in the future as well.
And, if you go just a bit deeper with this understanding, you will notice that the underlying messages in the stories you tell are often variations of spiritual themes that have been working their way into your life for some time – the ones that keep us out of alignment with our real self and stuck in a place of perceived limitation.
To liberate ourselves from that particularly limiting story we tell ourselves, we must understand that the relationships and experiences that ‘define’ you right now (for want of a better word) are all a reflection of our own recurring spiritual themes. For example, if you are unconsciously dealing with feelings of self validation, your outer relationships and experiences are likely peppering you with varying degrees of invalidation. This is simply a reflection of the universal intelligence that supports your fundamental human nature to flourish, grow and heal.
The point at which you start making up and believing stories about why you do not deserve to be validated however, is the point at which the metaphoric fog lowers onto your consciousness causing a spiritual blindness to your real self – a painful disconnection from the truth about who you really are as a magnificent, capable, intuitive Spirit, in the flow.
Now what if, in each moment, your experiences are being cleverly engineered by your higher consciousness so you can heal and learn from the spiritual information that becomes accessible once you’ve ‘mastered’ your current lesson, so to speak? There is immense value in considering this, as a possible reason particular experiences and situations make their way into your consciousness and life. Not only is there a degree of objectivity, reprieve and neutrality to be had, to truly see and grasp this dynamic at work enables you to keep your innate storyteller and its vivid imagination in check.
To take this notion one step further, the less than ideal experiences you have often arise and speak to a mutable, transient version of you that is ungrounded for the very reason that you are mid-way through the process of trying to integrate your spiritual information and self-understanding around a particular life theme. By consciously selecting and agreeing to engage only the experiences and opportunities that speak to your soul each day ie. by harnessing your intuition, you begin to fall out of vibrational affinity with a whole spectrum of these that do not honour who you are, your truth.
Once you integrate this into your perspective on life, you can begin to identify and dissolve the energetic stories that keep you defined, and which stand between you and true spiritual, physical, emotional and energetic freedom. You begin a natural process of refining and up-leveling the quality of your day to day experience of life. Your intuition is the ‘key’.
It is important to notice that self-awareness and intuition are two sides of the same coin. Your self-awareness/intuition is your gauge of the relationships and kinds of experiences that consistently honor, validate and support the person you really want to become.
It will not lead you astray.
Your intuition – not your storyteller – is your internal compass whose only purpose is to get you to a place where you are surrounded by precisely the people, encounters and events that want and need to access your magic by speaking directly to your soul.