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“There was a fire on stage…”

That’s it?

That’s all we get of Odette’s backstory?

Like everyone else, I’ve been wondering just how a little fire caused someone to become crippled. Anyone else craving a flashback?

On the plus side- theories galore!

“A fire on stage’ could mean different things…

A set piece is set on fire and falls on her

Or Her costume catches fire

Or the stage lighting sets off a gas explosion

And/or the opera house burns down

… ok, let’s talk about that last one.

This here is the Salle de la Peletier, the previous home of the Paris Opéra (also known as Opéra Le Peletier). This is where Mérante (and likely Odette) would have danced and Mérante began his career as choreographer.

On the night of November 29th, 1873 it burned to the ground.

This was just one of hundreds of theaters that burned down during the 1800′s from the new gas lighting. Some interesting notes about this fire…

Burned for over 27 hours

Source of the fire- unknown

Injuries/deaths- none (???)

Other theater fires resulted in the deaths of hundreds, injured thousands. It’s possible I just haven’t found the right source, but so far nothing, and that’s unusual.

Also note the timing- this would have happened about 10 years before the movie. Remember who’s been working with Mérante for 10 years?

So, one theory for that ‘fire on stage’

                  … might have been an understatement.

anonymous asked:

what would be a good way to worship Hades?

Libations to chthonic (underworld) deities were traditionally three-fold, with honey and a choice of two other substances (milk, water, oil, sweet red wine). The offerings could be separate or mixed together. The usual method is either to place the offering in a vessel, place the vessel on the earth, and tip it over so the contents spill to the ground, or to pour the contents out in a controlled manner - in other words, don’t carelessly dump it out. (Source: X)

The Orphic Hymn to Hades may be recited.

Some suggestions for activities to dedicate to Hades:

Photo by Adrienne Burke‎ CRPT Alliance (X)

Cemetery cleanup and preservation

A highly recommended print resource on cemetery preservation is A Graveyard Preservation Primer by Lynette Strangstad. The book covers all of the aspects of cemetery preservation including surveying a cemetery, determining needs of repair and restoration, preparing a plan for a restoration project, documenting data from and about the stones, cleaning, repairing, and resetting stones. You may be able to join a group already doing this work in your area.

The Association for Gravestone Studies has resources for students and chapters throughout the United States.

Save Our Cemeteries, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1974 to preserve, protect, and promote historic cemeteries of New Orleans.

The Cemetery Resource Protection Training Alliance has a Facebook group

Cave Conservation

Caving is a sport and a scientific interest, but caves are fragile, and deterioration begins as soon as a cave is entered. Most caves are protected by law, and many of the animals and plants are endangered species. Even photography can be a threat. If you explore a cave, comply with best practices. If you enjoy caving, consider joining one of the worldwide Adopt a Cave clubs.

Rhinolophus hipposideros (Lesser horseshoe bat) in cave during winter (Salles-la-Source, Aveyron, France) Photo by Falcoperegrinus (Matthieu Gauvain) 2004 via Wikimedia Commons

Bat conservation and protection

Bat Conservation International

Organization for Bat Conservation

More bat links

Le Bois du Cazier UNESCO World Heritage Site, photo by Bourgeois.A, 2013 via Wikimedia Commons

Mining History

Metal is an essential part of human technology and economics. Learn more at one of the many mining history associations and mine preservation groups across the globe.

Archaeology and paleontology

Hades is associated with wealth from the earth, and knowledge is wealth. You can find volunteer opportunities in archaeology and paleontology by google or contacting museums and University programs.

Hades and Persephone enthroned Fragment of a limestone relief from Tarantum, Italy, 4th–3rd century B.C.E. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1996. (OASC)

One last note

Hades is one of those gods who is pleased when his wife is honored, so be sure to remember Persephone!