southern russia

albaharuland  asked:

Hi! I wanted to ask about fantasy world building based on a mix of cultures, even if those cultures are totally different. For example, a country that has an architecture based on egyptian and arab art, or one that is a mix between indian and russian architecture. I dont know if that would be appropiation or offensive, or how to avoid it or doing it in a respectful way. Also if there is a problem only using the art part and having a different made up traditions/lore (thanks for your time!)

On Combining Cultures Respectfully, Art, and Architecture

“Does it make sense within the world”

Avatar: the Last Airbender mixes Inuit and Japanese culture. Is this any form of sensical in the modern world? Sort of, with how there’s a language link between Siberia and the Canadian Arctic. Does it make sense within the confines of A:tLA? Absolutely yes.

I’m not against the concept of cultural blending. It just has to be sensical within the world itself. They might not be neighbours in the real world, but if you end up with a culture that’s “ocean-heavy Arctic on top of Asia”, then Inuit+ Japan makes tons of sense. But had it been even “continental Arctic”, then the Inuit influence would’ve barely made any sense at all, because they’re really not a continental people.

-Mod Lesya

Like mixed-race characters, blending real-world cultures in fantasy isn’t prima facie a problem, but you’d better make sure it makes sense within the world you’re constructing.  Lots of times authors fall prey to the “Rule of Cool” and just throw in things they think are neat without thinking about how they could have reasonably got there.

In the cases you mentioned, there are some historiocultural overlaps between Indian and Russian cultures (for instance, similar building materials, similar types of timbers in temperate parts of India and southern Russia, very deep cultural roots shared between Slavic and certain Indic cultures, etc.) that would give you a foundation to build on.  Other times shared cultural aspects have a common but non-native root—for instance the Russian onion dome and characteristic Indian Taj Mahal-style dome may have a shared origin in Islamic and Middle Eastern architecture.  Islamic culture is native to neither India nor Russia, but it touched and influenced both areas extensively.

Similar constraints hold for Egyptian and Arab art and architecture.  They used similar building materials but produced different results because the culture and artistic preferences were historically different, but we know that Arab culture strongly influenced Egyptian art and architecture in the Islamic period (think going from pyramids to Graeco-Roman amphitheaters to mosques and minarets, but all made out of limestone, mud brick, and very little wood).  Saladin Ahmed’s fantasy novel(s) feature an Islamic/Middle Eastern-influenced culture built on top of a dead Ancient Egypt-analogue [Nikhil’s note: I’m reading this right now and it’s awesome and you should too].

But regardless of the cultural influence, the material culture stays similar in place—in some Indo-Russian hybrid you might be looking at imported marble and precious stones for those buildings whose patrons could afford it, provided they have access to those materials either through production or trade, but for poorer constructions you’re looking at local building materials—so maybe thatch and half-timber framing and wattle-and-daub in Indo-Russia, or stone and mud brick in a desert environment like Arabegypt.  Art and architecture are functions of culture, and culture as a primitive exercise arises from the local environment, since it’s only once you get to the level of at least an organized economic community that outside trade starts to be a significant factor, which would facilitate creating art and architecture that would be exotic to the local environment.

-Mod Nikhil

I’M FUCKIN CRYING @pinkplumcake @janiedean @tenitchyfingers @georgeorwell E TUTTI GLI ALTRI

I bet you know that cunt Salvini was coming to Naples for votes after years of being a racist piece of shit towards Southern Italians

so Russia Today was livestraming the clashes that ensued (yes there’s been a huge backlash and the whole city is on fire hahahaha)




inb4 it’s mostly americans in the comment section but not only hahaha


The Neo-Cons Supporting The Syrian Strike

Bashar al-Assad

I like Ben Shapiro a lot, though he’s on the wrong side here. Lauren kills it here again, and love her comments on that moderate fraud Tomi Lahren.


One by one, the sons of Feanor are reborn into the modern world.

Amras is first, of course, and he grows into a somewhat quiet life as a school-teacher in London. By chance, he runs into a man that looks exactly like him, a businessman from Glasgow, and they both remember. They resolve to look for their brothers, but aren’t sure where to start.

One week, Amrod goes to Seattle on a business trip and turns on the TV. It’s playing reruns of North Woods Law on Animal Planet, and just as he switches the channel, he catches a glimpse of someone familiar. He finishes his work, flies back to collect his twin, then purchases all seven seasons and two plane tickets to Maine. It takes them a long while to narrow down their search based on information in the show, but eventually, they find Celegorm. It turns out, they find all their brothers just by luck and coincidence.  

They find Caranthir in southern Russia, downing vodka and starting and finishing fights. He starts to brawl with Celegorm, and that fight, he doesn’t finish. When he wakes up in the hospital, he remembers who he is.

Then, they find Curufin using his engineering degree to build housing in Uganda. At first, he pretends he doesn’t know them, but they soon realize he has always known, and does what he does because he thinks his son would want him to.

Maedhros, they find rescuing dogs from illegal fights from all over South America. He tells them that in this life, he lost his hand when he startled a particularly viciously abused dog. They ask him which dog, and he calls over a truly giant doberman, which promptly bowls over Celegorm in excitement. The hunter is overjoyed to see Huan reborn as well, but Curufin is bitter. They’ve found his brother’s dog. They haven’t found his son.

They spend years looking and hoping to find the rest of their family, but to no avail. Maedhros suggests they take a vacation and return with fresh eyes. That is how they get lost spelunking in Carvoeiro and find Maglor. He is old, and he does not trust his eyes.

Maedhros decides that the best thing for Maglor is to stay in one place, surrounded by familiar faces. Curufin decides that the rest of their family might still be out there and it is their duty to find them. The brothers split - Celegorm takes Maedhros, Maglor, and Amras to his home in Maine, where it is quiet and humans are sparse, and the other three turn Amrod’s home in Glasgow into the base of operations for their world wide search.

After nearly a decade, it turns out they were right. They first bring Nerdanel to Maine from the Middle East, where she was studying art and architecture. Then they bring Celebrimbor from Japan, where he was attempting to relearn swordsmithing.

They find Feanor in Melbourne and leave him there until Nerdanel retrieves him herself. 

It takes years and years, but eventually, they learn to be a functional family, living deep in the woods, together.

There are still those they search for, those they never find, those they miss with all their heart. But for the most part, they are content.



[si-meer-ee-uh n] 

1. Classical Mythology. of, relating to, or suggestive of a western people believed to dwell in perpetual darkness.

2. very dark; gloomy:
    deep, Cimmerian caverns.

Cimmerian, also spelled Kimmerian, comes from the Latin plural noun Cimmeriī, a borrowing from the Greek plural noun Kimmérioi. In the Odyssey the mythical Cimmerians lived at the edge of Oceanus that surrounds the earth in a city wrapped in mist and fog, where the sun never shines, near the entrance to Hades. The historical, “real” Cimmerians are mentioned in Assyrian sources (Gimirri), the Hebrew Bible (Gomer in Genesis 10:2), and by the Greek historian Herodotus (5th century b.c.). Herodotus says that the Cimmerians were nomads driven south from the steppes of southern Russia by the Scythians through the Caucasus Mountains, turned west, and c676b.c. overthrew the kingdom of Phrygia (in west central Turkey), whose last king was Midas. The connection between myth and history is that there are variant readings for Homer’s Kimmérioi—Cheimérioi, “Wintry People, Stormy people”; and Kerbérioi “Cerberus’s People,” both of which were displaced by the historical Cimmerians. Cimmerian entered English in the 16th century in reference to the nomads, and in the 19th century in reference to the Homeric people.

“The sunny English noon had swallowed him as completely as if he had gone out into Cimmerian night.”
- Edith Wharton, “Afterward,” Tales of Men and Ghosts, 1910

Linda is from Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, a republic in Southern Russia where ancient traditions mix with modernity and many women wear colourful scarves on their head.

While visiting this unique place a few days ago, I discovered a new city, totally rebuilt, but where memories of war are still alive.

In 2003 the United Nations called Grozny the most destroyed city on earth after years of terrible battles.

In one of these battles, Linda lost her father, who was accidentally shot in his way to work. At that time, Linda’s mother was pregnant with her second child.

Linda and her sister were raised by a single mother, in a time of war, but received a wonderful education. Today Linda studies medicine preparing to become a paediatrician.

This strong Chechen woman had a tough childhood and now she wants to dedicate her life to help other children in need.

January 16, 2017 - Siberian Accentor or Mountain Accentor (Prunella montanella)

These accentors breed in parts of northern and southern Russia and Mongolia, wintering in central and eastern China and Korea. They eat mostly insects and spiders, along with seeds and fruits during the winter, foraging primarily on the ground. Their cup-shaped nests are made from sticks and grass, usually near the ground in thick shrubs.


The wall which stood for centuries along the southern border of Old Russia has collapsed. Fallen mutants now scavenge the tombs of the Golden Age, and the plague they have unearthed in the wastes is more dangerous than even they understand. Join Lord Saladin. Journey into the Plaguelands. Learn the fate of the Iron Lords and stop the growing threat before it is too late.

Rasputin Murdered

The corpse of Rasputin, with the fatal bullet wound clearly visible on his forehead.

December 31 1916, Petrograd [St. Petersburg]–Few figures from the First World War have more myths surrounding them than that shadowy figure, Rasputin.  A self-proclaimed mystic healer, Rasputin had served the Imperial family since 1907, and was highly valued by the Czarina for the effect he seemed to have on the hemophiliac Czarevich Alexei.  After the Czar left for Stavka in 1915, the Czarina was left in charge of the Imperial household and thus had considerable authority over the government.  With the war going poorly and inflation soaring, the German-born Czarina was an easy target of discontent, and much of the blame was also placed at the feet of Rasputin.  Although his influence over Russian governance (and the allegation that he was having an affair with the Czarina) has been greatly exaggerated over the years, many leading Russians at the time thought him to be the root of the country’s wartime failings.  Kerensky gave a speech in November in which he called the government a bunch of “cowards” and “assassins” “guided by the contemptible Rasputin!”

By the end of 1916, Prince Felix Yusupov (descended from Nogai royalty) decided that speeches were not enough, and planned to kill Rasputin, inviting him to his house on the night of December 30.  The usual account of the murder is Yusupov’s, and is not considered to be very reliable.  The oft-repeated story that Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, shot, and then drowned is almost certainly an exaggeration, concocted by Yusupov to make Rasputin seem like an otherworldly villain.  In actuality, Rasputin was most likely shot twice in the torso, beaten, and then killed by a shot to the forehead, before his (by now quite dead) body was thrown into the Neva in the wee hours of December 31.

It is possible that British intelligence may have had some role in the murder, as well; one of Yusupov’s close friends was British agent Oswald Rayner.  There are many indications he was present that night, and some evidence to suggest that he fired the fatal bullet.  Whether there was any larger British involvement in the murder is unknown.

Yusupov’s involvement was soon uncovered, and he was exiled to his estate in southern Russia.  After the February Revolution, Yusupov left for France, where he remained until his death in 1967.  In 1932, he and his wife Irina successfully sued MGM for libel, as their movie Rasputin and the Empress’ clear analogue for Irina was seduced by Irina in the film.  This resulted in the now-common disclaimer seen in films and television shows that “No identification with actual persons (living or deceased) is intended or should be inferred.”

Today in 1915: Congressman Indicted for Inciting Peace Strikes in Munitions Factories
Today in 1914:  Churchill Proposes Attacks in German Bight, Gallipoli

Today in 1914 will be replaced by a new Today in 1916 feature, beginning tomorrow.

Pokémon in our Biomes pt. 1

I’ve recently decided to make a series of posts with hypothetical thinking and analyzing of what Pokémon species could potentially be found in the world’s biomes. Not at all relative to the games, I will be focusing primarily of the elements, design, and relativity to real life flora and fauna of Pokémon to depict where different species would roam on our big blue marble.

For my first biome, I will be focusing on Boreal Forests of Canada and the USA, which are the forest regions more in the northern regions of the countries. Usually subject to cold, dry, snowy weather for most of the year, boreal forests are made up of usually aride, lifeless soil, but tons of coniferous needling trees and warm blooded mammals and birds, as well as numerous bodies of water.

Let’s get started! 

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     Manufactured as an experimental solder model Zenyatta, or rather ZY-8742, had participated in the first omnic crisis as simply another mindless machine following the omnipotent orders of his commanding AI. With a unique ability to both heal and damage his fellows his particular model was a test for Omnica Corp to see if they could combine the healing and damage factor of previous models into one superior machine.
      Participating in only a few battles he had been badly damaged on the front line in southern Russia that severely damaged his systems causing them to completely crash and go offline, severing him from the AI that commanded him. Remaining in this vegetative and heavily damaged state for quite some time the battle raged and soon the conflict passed the area, leaving behind the war torn land. 
     Scavengers soon began to scour the ravaged land for parts that they could smelt then sell off to metal buyers that were beginning to make their own robots and armor to combat the Omnics. One such metal picker had spotted the broken remains of a mostly intact omnic. What he had noticed though was this one is different from most of the other foot soldiers that were strewn across the mud in the thousands. 
     Picking up this shell of a robot the scrapper took it home and began tinkering. 
     Stripping out most of the armor that had been put on the omnic and selling it off the metal scrapped kept the basic shell, beginning his repairs on it. His thought being that he could repurpose the rest of the robot to suit his needs, mostly to keep the healing portion. 
      During these repairs the scrapper had gotten attacked and killed during a raid on the human refugee camp that he had been in. However, he had done just enough for Zenyatta’s systems to come back on line after quite a length of time rebooting and trying to asses damages. 
      Awaking to many insistent alarms going off inside his chest Zenyatta realized that a fine layer of dust had come to collect on his body. Sudden awareness that he related his shell to being his body was a jarring thought. He’d never had thoughts before. Never associated things as being his own.
     Hiding in this shack inside the charred remains of the human camp Zenyatta slowly became more aware of himself, the damages that had been done, the thoughts he now possessed, and most of all the crisis which he had participated in. Most of his information being gleaned from various flickering news casts that he could pick up on the small tube television the scrapper had pieced back together. 
     Having to do the rest of his own repairs on his own from the ghost of programming that still lingered at the edges of his mind, Zenyatta was able to put himself the rest of the way back together. Knowing that he could not stay in this human camp for much longer he pilfers some clothing from the deceased scrapper and begins the first few steps on his path that would eventually lead him to the front gates of a fledgling temple in Nepal.


 Russian costumes are not only beautiful, they are also convenient in wearing because they were created for work without restricting freedom of movement. The variety of colors for traditional costume displays love for beauty. The Russian word “beautiful” (krasivyi) comes from the word “krasny”, the Russian for “red”. Ethnic Russian clothes include kaftan, kosovorotka and ushanka for men, sarafan and kokoshnik for women. Sarafan is a traditional Russian long, trapeze-shaped jumper dress (pinafore) worn as Russian folk costume by women and girls. Chronicles first mention it under the year 1376, and since that time it was worn well until the 21st century. Plain sarafans are still designed and worn today as a summer-time light dress. Russian women from the upper and middle classes stopped wearing traditional Russian costume in the 18th century, during Peter the Great’s modernization of Russia, apart from the kokoshniks as part a court dress (although the clothing style of Russian aristocrats differed greatly from those of commoners). It is now worn as folk costume for performing Russian folk songs and folk dancing.

Russian costumes differ a lot from each other. Each province had its own traditional costume. For example, black embroidery was traditional for the Belgorod Region (southern Russia), whereas costumes of peasant women in the Ryazan Region (central Russia) were embroidered mostly with red. The Cossacks of Southern Russia have a separate brand of culture within ethnic Russian, their clothes including papakha, which they share with the peoples of the Northern Caucasus.


The Neo-Cons Supporting The Syrian Strike

Lets talk about President Trump. Or rather, lets just ask him a simple question:

Mr. President, what the fuck?

Have you forgotten that you were the only person willing to call out Jeb Bush for the failures of his brother’s presidency? Have you forgotten when you were urging President Obama to stay out of Syria? Have you forgotten when you pointed out that Americans could’ve rebuilt their own country multiple times over with all the money spent on pointless foreign wars?

Look, I get it. Your presidency isn’t going as smoothly as you’d hoped. Hell, lets be honest, it’s been really on the rocks lately. All of the horrific pictures of dead kids on TV must’ve looked like great photo ops, because literally no one likes seeing pictures of dead kids.

Taking on one of Russia’s allies must’ve seemed like a great way to prove you really aren’t a Russian spy. Despite whatever Louise Mensch writes between shots of heroine, you are not the first President to get into a war to make yourself more popular.

But you are the first president to be elected since Ronald Raegan while explicitly repudiating the bipartisan broken foreign policy establishment of his day.

You should not be listening to people who want nothing more than to domesticate you into a puppet for that very same failed establishment.

You got elected to Make America Great Again. America. Not Syria. Not NATO. Not the EU. Not neo-cons, but America. But you know what? Right now, myself and I’m sure many others, will settle just to see you make yourself Trump again.


Once in southern Russia there fought,

far away in the steppes of Don.

One brave Estonian battalion

Singing the song about the devil

We were thrown to the east and the west,

everywhere, we stood like the rocks.

And the swamps of Nevel and Cherkessia,

thus we shall never forget them.

In the assault weapons’ fire of steel,

The Devil’s laugh sounds in the fire! – ha-ha-ha-ha!

As the freedom shoot grows,*

 these lines shall never be broken,**

who has given everything for Estonia.

Once the time will forget the heroes,

and even the battlefields.

And the wind will tell us about

the soldiers of skull and bones

There is no return meant for us

as we face the defeat.

It is not much for free Estonia

if the last man of us falls.

In the assault weapons’ fire of steel,

The Devil’s laugh sounds in the fire! – ha-ha-ha-ha!

As the freedom shoot grows,

these lines shall never be broken,

who has given everything for Estonia.

*the video has a wrong word, it should be sirgub not võrsub.

**the video also has a wrong form of murdma, it should be murta instead of murra

@die-fahne-hoch​ There you go,the more-or-less accurate translation!

Rare Slavic “Axe of Perun” Pendant, 10th-12th Century AD

Axehead pendants were popular in the late Viking age during the 10th-12th centuries and were mostly found in Western Russia and Southern Scandinavia. They were identified by some researchers as amulets representing an axe of the highest god of the Slavic pantheon, Perun, the god of thunder and lightning.

WEW it has been way too long since I posted one of my instruments here. I’ve been busy with projects and haven’t recently finished anything I felt was worth posting. 

This is a Dombra, the national instrument of Kazakhstan. It is also played by the Tatars and Kalmyks of southern Russia, who have their own versions. I used toothpicks for the frets and they work incredibly well, especially for adjusting pressure. This one was pretty experimental as I made the body by layering pine boards on top of each other. I also wanted to try my hand at painting on the soundboard which cooouuld have gone better. This was a test for the next tutorial I’m posting on my other blog so stay tuned if you’re interested in that.