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🌊 Types of Mermaids 🌊

please be respectful of cultural boundaries when working with mermaids from various cultures and traditions, and be mindful not to intrude.

🌊 Rusalkas - slavic in origin, disturbed spirits of the “unclean dead”, ghosts of women who died violent deaths, with a penchant for drowning young men. they live only in rivers and lakes, and are known to have green hair like aquatic plants, only appearing in the night. 

🌊 Melusina - a mermaid that walks among humans, but returns to their two-tailed form during baths and when they bathe their children. often a water spirit of a nearby lake or river. french origin. 

🌊 Siren - greek mythology. servants and companions of persephone, whom searched for her when she was abducted. they are known to sometimes have the body of a bird, and for their song, which lured sailors to their doom. cannibalism implied folklore. have the power of prophecy. 

🌊 Merrow - irish mermaid. known to have green hair and webbed fingers. particular noted love of music and their red cap, which when stolen, they will live with the thief until they find it, and then return to the water, leaving even a whole family behind. 

🌊 Ben-varrey - from the isle of man, known to bless those that are kind to them with prosperity, gifts, and even the location of treasure. 

🌊 Aicaya -  Caribbean mermaid, humans who become mermaids when they are shunned from their community and go to live in the sea. 

🌊 Amabie - japanese merpeople, with birdlike torsos and three legs and scales. they are gifted with prophecy, usually foretelling abundant harvests or epidemics 

🌊 Ningyo - “human faced fish” known to have golden scales, that brings bad weather and misfortune when caught, but when their flesh is eaten the consumer is granted youth and beauty, even agelessness. 

🌊 Finman / Finwife - magical shapeshifters that disguise themselves as sea creatures or plants to lure humans, unlike most mermaids they kidnap people from the shores to be their spouses or servants. they have a greed for jewelry and coins, particularly silver, and prefer humans over other finfolk. 

🌊 Sirena Chilota - considered the more friendly mermaids, caring for all fish life and rescuing drowned sailors to restore life to them. known for their human-like beauty and youth, according to legend they are the child of a human and a “king of seas”, tears are a powerful substance. from chilote mythology. 

🌊 Cecealia - sometimes known as “sea witches”, they are half human and half octopus. origins in native american and japanese mythology. 

🌊 Sirena / Siyokoy - the philippine version of mermaid and merman respectively. also called “magindara”, they are known to protect the waters from raiders, and protect the boy moon from sea monsters. Siyokoys can sometimes have legs however, covered with scales and webbed feet

🌊 Sea Mither - scottish/orcadian mythology, a spirit that personifies the sea during spring and summer, battles along scottish isles using storms to bring the summer about. a mother figure to all aquatic life. 

🌊 Ceasg - a fresh-water mermaid, specifically half-salmon, said to grant three wishes if captured. sometimes called maighdean na tuinne (maid of the wave) or maighdean mhara (maid of the sea). scottish. 

🌊 Selkie - though somewhat different from the typical mermaid, as they are not cold-blooded, have the body of a seal in the water and are human on land. in legends their skins are often stolen and they are kept by fishermen as spouses, or become lovers to fishermen’s wives who shed tears into the sea.  

“Men’s lives have meaning, not their deaths” is the closest we’ve gotten to an overarching thesis statement for ASOIAF. It reaches all the way back to the first book, to Ned (who, like Quent, turns out to not be the protagonist after all) and his shocking demise. So many readers have interpreted that moment, as well as the Red Wedding two books later, as being indicative of nihilism on GRRM’s part. Everything is chaos, honor gets you killed and is therefore worthless, “power is power.” But this is not so.

Ned’s legacy is not his death, it is his life. The children determined to find each other again because Dad taught them to stick together and be brave, the vassals who have set out to rescue and restore those children in his name, the memory both in-universe and IRL of a decent man who treated his servants like human beings worth listening to and who was determined to protect the young and innocent…all of this is the meaning of Ned Stark, not that he ended up as a head on a spike.

By the same token, the meaning of Tywin Lannister isn’t that he died on the can. It’s why he died on the can, and that is because he lived a terrible life. His legacy is his family tearing itself apart, his hoped-for Lannister regime falling to pieces across Westeros, and his oh-so-symbolic reeking corpse. One of these men, for all his mistakes, found and spread a worthy meaning in his brief time on Terros, and the other, for all his triumphs, did not. We are all mortal; all of us, “from the highest lord to the lowest gutter rat,” are ultimately helpless before the abyss that Quent leaps into in his final chapter. No one (not even Euron, try as he might) can change that. What matters, what makes us who are, what means something, is how we live our lives knowing that in the end, the house always wins.

Yes, You came when I called; you told me, “Do not fear.” Lamentations 3:5
Fear is one of the most damaging emotions that can paralyze you. Prophet Jeremiah had to deliver the most unpopular message to the nation of Israel. He was so hated that they tossed into a pit and threw stones on him. In his fear he cried out to the LORD. The LORD comforted him saying, “Do not fear!”
God is in control of whatever you are going through.If you are afraid that your life is falling apart, don’t be. God is saying to you, “Do not fear!” No matter what you’re going through, no matter how bad your circumstances appear, turn from your fear, Jesus is able to rescue you and restore everything you have lost. Trust Him.

This is a bold statement, I know, but: “Men’s lives have meaning, not their deaths” is the closest we’ve gotten to an overarching thesis statement for ASOIAF.

It reaches all the way back to the first book, to Ned (who, like Quent[yn Martell], turns out to not be the protagonist after all) and his shocking demise. So many readers have interpreted that moment, as well as the Red Wedding two books later, as being indicative of nihilism on GRRM’s part. Everything is chaos, honor gets you killed and is therefore worthless, “power is power.” But this is not so. Ned’s legacy is not his death, it is his life. The children determined to find each other again because Dad taught them to stick together and be brave, the vassals who have set out to rescue and restore those children in his name, the memory both in-universe and IRL of a decent man who treated his servants like human beings worth listening to and who was determined to protect the young and innocent… all of this is the meaning of Ned Stark, not that he ended up as a head on a spike. By the same token, the meaning of Tywin Lannister isn’t that he died on the can. It’s why he died on the can, and that is because he lived a terrible life. His legacy is his family tearing itself apart, his hoped-for Lannister regime falling to pieces across Westeros, and his oh-so-symbolic reeking corpse. One of these men, for all his mistakes, found and spread a worthy meaning in his brief time on Terros, and the other, for all his triumphs, did not.

We are all mortal; all of us, “from the highest lord to the lowest gutter rat,” are ultimately helpless before the abyss that Quent leaps into in his final chapter. No one (not even Euron, try as he might) can change that. What matters, what makes us who are, what means something, is how we live our lives knowing that in the end, the house always wins.
—  “Men’s Lives Have Meaning, Part 5: The Hour of Ghosts”, @poorquentyn’s wonderful series of essays on Quentyn Martell’s arc in ASOIAF.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any AmeIce headcanons? (I ship it so freaking hard and i'm happy I'm not the only one who ships it :'D)

Do I have AmeIce headcanons? Oh anon you’re so cute…

-They like to drive around aimlessly at night. The backseat of America’s Mustang is filled with greasy hamburger wrappers and empty coke bottles because that’s about all they eat

-Iceland is what you might call a good tourist. So America will do things like take him to Louisiana so he can try beignets and shrimp po'boys

-They sit on America’s back porch on his comfy little porch swing and just chat about life and stuff

- America loves to watch the sunrise so he makes Iceland get up with him sometimes

- Iceland steals all of America’s jackets and flaunts around in them like “oh this jacket? Yeah it’s just my sexy boyfriend’s jacket no big deal”

-America bought Iceland an entire wardrobe of clothes for him to wear when we visits. Most of it is things like skinny jeans that sag a little and tshirts he finds at thrift stores or online and thinks are cool

-For some reason, when they’re together, they both wear beanies all the time. No one knows why

- Ice didn’t tell any of the Nordics when they started dating because he was afraid they would try to embarrass him on purpose/Norway would go ape. But when he eventually told them they were all happy for him and Norway was actually p chill about the whole thing.

- America definitely has a motorcycle (Harley Davidson of course) and Iceland low key loves going for rides.

-America nearly crashed the first time he gave Ice a ride because he was freaking out. “Oh my god he’s like right there all warm and pressed up against me holy shit is that his dick oh fuck”

-Ice keeps a list of all the strange/funny expressions America uses. Some favorites include “Go-lly Moses!” “Oh Lordy” “Slower than molasses in January” “Well bless your heart”

-America loves to serenade Iceland, both in a goofy way and a serious way. His favorite songs to sing to him are “Great Balls of Fire” and “Earth angel” Singing Great Balls of Fire is typically accompanied by bombastic piano playing and theatrics on America’s part

-America is a fantastic dancer. He teaches Iceland how to dance too. So now Iceland can do several dances suitable for public eyes and several that are, um, not

- America is v protective of Ice. Like he’s careful about bringing him places that could be dangerous and if you try to come onto Ice or something you’re cruisin for a bruisin

- America likes to visit Iceland as well and is an enthusiastic tourist which makes Ice really happy

- They’re still really into 50’s pop culture. America has an old fashioned juke box he rescued from a junkyard and restored and they put it on and dance in his living room

- All the other nations, except for the Nordics and Canada the supportive big bro, think the relationship is weird or don’t get it but Ice and America are so damn happy with each other they couldn’t care less

Mod Amanda