story of a shiva

Young kid dressed as a Hindu God and tourists offered her tea and snacks to make her happy but she seemed much more demanding and a tough little God to impress.  Seen on the streets of Pushkar.

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The chocobro's meeting a SO who seems inhumanly ethereal, only to find out that she's the half human daughter of one of the Astrals (more than likely Shiva's daughter)

Noctis is immediately in awe of your beauty, and he feels a strong connection to you because of his link with the Astrals. You ask him to treat you like any other person, and he understands––all he had ever wanted growing up was to be treated like everyone else. He respects your privacy and doesn’t ever let your secret out. Your presence calms him like no other, and more often than not you spend your time just relaxing in each other’s company, with Noctis falling asleep in your lap.

Prompto cannot believe it. This is one thing he did not see coming, had no idea that it was even possible for someone to be a demigod. He treats you a little differently at first, almost like you’re made of glass or something precious that needs to be protected, but you eventually make him promise to just be himself around you. It takes him some time to adjust, but he just wants you to be happy because he loves you so much. He can’t stop taking photos of you because you always look so ethereal, and you quickly get used to his impromptu photoshoots in the middle of the woods.

It’s the first time Gladio has been truly rendered speechless. Sure, he’s gone up against the Archaean, seen the Leviathan and watched as Noctis summoned Ramuh, but you have taken his breath away. He pulls that line, “At first I thought you were too good for me, but now I know it’s the truth” and you can’t help but laugh at his corniness. Gladio has always been interested in stories and books, and so he asks you about how your mother, Shiva, came to fall in love with your father, a mortal man. You sit together by the fire one night and you retell the story as stars dazzle across his eyes.

Ignis looks at you like he knew it all along. You weren’t sure how, but the news doesn’t seem to surprise him. He notes that you displayed certain behaviours that gave you away, small things that you’ve tried to suppress or hide over the years that he couldn’t help but notice. He assures you that your secret is safe with him, but he does have questions about what it was like being raised as a demigod. You know that Ignis has always has a thirst for knowledge, so you don’t mind telling him what it’s like, how you were raised, and some of your abilities. You offer to teach him your magic, and he turns out to be the perfect pupil.

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What do think is the chemistry between grimmjow and ichigo? What's the appeal?

Short version:

Ichigo is a highly empathetic character, and he understands Grimmjow despite Grimm’s stubborn refusal to show anything other than unadulterated rage

Long version:

And I’m so sorry because I got waaay into it and it got really long.

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Hey, curious reader! Ever wonder why Ganesha (Ganesh) has an Elephant head?

There are many stories as to why the elephant-headed deity became the way he did; however, here is the one I am most familiar with. 

Shiva and his wife Parvati were married, or were partners, so that Shiva could receive his shakti from his female counterpart. However, Shiva is known for his secluded life in the Himalayan mountain ranges where he meditates for long periods of time. This obviously leaves Parvati alone for extended periods, in which she grows lonely. Once, while her husband was away, Parvati created a child for her and Shiva, and named him Ganesha. This young boy was cared for and loved by his mother and grew up never knowing his father. One day, Parvati was bathing, leaving Ganesha to watch over their home, and keep it safe from prying eyes. 

While Parvati is taking her bath, Shiva returns to his wife after a long excursion in the mountains. Shiva did not know about this new child, and grew furious once he was told he could not see his wife. Known for his temper, Shiva drew his trident and cut the head off of his son. After this commotion, Parvati came to see what had happened. At the sight of her beheaded son, she also grew very angry, and sorrowfully told Shiva of his crime. 

Seeing his wife in such pain, Shiva commanded his servants to return with the first head they found (because apparently Ganesha’s original one wasn’t around). Quickly, Shiva’s servants returned with the head of an elephant which Shiva placed on the shoulders of his dead son. Bringing him back to life, Shiva and Parvati gave their son the status and power of a god.

While this is a very short retelling of one version of the story, I personally encourage you to explore more of this and other deities’ stories as they can each show you a new view on life. 

Thanks for reading.

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There was a Star Wars/John Carter of Mars crossover in the 1980s (sort of)

In the 1980s Star Wars comic, Chris Claremont wrote a story where Princess Leia landed on the planet Shiva IV, home to “Aron Peacebringer,” a Warlord who is good at swordfighting, and his wife, a bikini wearing native princess. 

The story was actually based on art from a leftover, unused issue of John Carter, Warlord of Mars, hence the amazing similarities. Walt Simonson drew Princess Leia in to Infantino’s art.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, it was standard Marvel policy to make a “fill in” issue in advance in case a book is late, so they would have something to send out to meet deadlines. If a book was canceled early, like John Carter, Warlord of Mars was, the fill in issue ends up not being used. So, Marvel used the unpublished fill in issue’s art in the Star Wars comic, after some modifications.

This is extra-ironic because there’s a lot of talk that part of the reason that the John Carter movie was so limply marketed by Disney was that they were in talks to buy Star Wars from George Lucas, and so they had less incentive to develop franchises “in house,” leaving John Carter orphaned. (Another film I wanted to see, David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, was abandoned as a result of this change in strategy). 

Bonus fact: “Aron Peacebringer’s” colossal vaguely reptilian enemy General Sk’Ar was identified as a Kaleesh in print, General Grievous’s species. Meaning that these issues introduced the Kaleesh to the Star Wars universe. 

Thoughts on The Shiva-Kali Dynamic.

Many of us are familiar with the story of Mother Kali killing the demon Raktabija, after doing so She flies into a rage threatening the universe with destruction. In order to stop this, Her husband Shiva lays down in Her path, Kali steps on Him, realising Her mistake She stops and pulls Her tongue out in shame. The story of Raktabija is found in the Devi Mahatmya (8.40-8.63), but the incident of Lord Shiva stoping Kali and causing Her ‘shame’ is not told there, in fact it’s not to be found in any Purana or Tantra, the story actually comes from East Indian folklore. The image of Kali standing on Shiva is iconic and described throughout the scriptures, but what is actually going on here?

Ask any Devi Bhakta and the answer is generally standard: Shiva is infinite consciousness, static, lying under the feet of Kali-the dynamic power of the infinite. Kali is the projection of the infinite, Mother Nature dancing on the stage of consciousness. Sri Ramakrishna clarifies the image like so- 'That which is Shyama (Kali) is also Brahman. They are not two. These are only two aspects, male and female, the same reality, existence-knowledge-bliss absolute.’ (GSR p.271). Adi-Shankara in the opening verse of Soundarya-Lahari describes the dynamic like so: 'Shiva only becomes able to create because of Shakti, without Her, He can not move an inch’.

It’s described throughout the Tantra (Yogini, Todala, Sarvollasa, Tara Rahasya and Brihat Tantrasara) that Shakti is the 'I’ in Shiva, if you take the I from Shiva you get Shava, Shava means corpse. Shiva in His static aspect lies at the feet of Kali as a corpse. Often we see two Shiva’s under Kali, Shiva as a corpse and above Him Shiva as Mahakala. Mahakala is the actual husband of Kali, He represents time, space and causation. When Mahakala is in union with Kali then the projection of phenomenal existence is possible. When Mahakala is in union with Kali, liberation from phenomenal existence is also possible, upon realising this through devotion to Mother Kali, this body we inhabit also becomes 'Shava’ or the corpse seat of the Divine couple, we attain oneness in such union. Kali is liberation, the one reality, existence-knowledge-bliss absolute.

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mythologicalnet event: Love Deities

*In Hindu mythology Parvati, another form of Shakti, is the wife of Shiva and the mother of the Gods: Ganesha and Kartikeya.  

One day, when Parvati was only eight years old, her father, Himavan, took her to see Lord Shiva. From birth, Parvati had always been very spiritual. She always wanted to know about God, so she was thrilled to see Lord Shiva. But Lord Shiva was in a meditative consciousness and he did not pay any attention to the little girl.

After that first encounter, Parvati used to come every day to see Lord Shiva. She would offer him fresh flowers, hoping that one day he would open his eyes and speak to her. In the back of her mind, she had formed the idea that this was the man she wanted to marry.

The days became years and Parvati grew into a beautiful young woman. Still Shiva remained absorbed in his eternal trance. How could anybody disturb Shiva’s trance? Once he enters into trance, he enjoys the highest and deepest bliss. So why should he come back?

One day, Parvati confided to her father, “I really want to marry Lord Shiva. He is meditating and meditating. How I wish that I could also meditate like him!

Himavan was very sad that Shiva was not paying any attention to his beautiful daughter, who was so spiritual in every way.. 

(…)

You cannot marry him, Parvati,” they said. “This Shiva has been insulting you for so many years now. You must not waste your time on him any longer.

But Parvati would not budge. “I am going to stay here,” she declared. “From now on, I shall eat only leaves, wet leaves.” With heavy hearts, Parvati’s parents returned home without their daughter.

For several years, Parvati stayed near Shiva, eating only wet leaves. Then she started eating only dry leaves. After a few more years, she gave up eating leaves altogether. When she gave up eating leaves, her name became Aparna, which means “one who does not eat even a leaf.” Parvati became the Goddess Aparna at that time because of her extreme tapasya, or spiritual discipline.

As time passed, Parvati went one step further. She stopped drinking water. She was living on nothing but air. Himavan saw that his daughter was becoming very weak. He knew that it was only a matter of time before she would die. So Himavan went to Lord Shiva and said, “Can you not see what you are doing to my daughter? All her life, she has wanted only one thing, and that is to marry you. But you have never even looked at her. If you are determined not to marry her, at least look at her. Otherwise, she will surely die.

Shiva condescended to look at Parvati, but to himself he said, “Let me test her one last time before I marry her.” Poor Parvati had endured so many tests and still Shiva wanted to test her love and devotion. He took the form of an ordinary man and approached her. “You are such a beautiful girl,” he said. “Why are you wasting your time here? I have heard that you want to marry Shiva, but what kind of man is he? He spends all his time in the cremation ground in the company of his ghost-friends. The garland around his neck is made of skulls. How can you marry someone as frightening as Shiva? Forget about him! Marry a normal man, like me.

Parvati’s eyes burned. “What you are saying is untrue. Go away from here and leave me alone! I know who Shiva is. Do not throw your doubts and suspicions into me. I will never marry you, never! I will marry only my Lord Shiva. If you do not leave me alone this instant, I shall curse you!

At that moment, Shiva assumed his true form once more. Parvati was so moved and overwhelmed to see him standing before her.Shiva said to her, “Any boon that you want, I shall give you.

You do not know by this time what boon I want?” asked Parvati. “I want only to marry you.

Granted,” said Shiva.

After Shiva and Parvati were married, Parvati came to know that she had been Shiva’s wife in her previous incarnation. Her name then was Sati and she immolated herself because her father, Daksha, insulted Shiva. But that is another story! 

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We Intertwined: Ch. 1

An Ignis Scientia Story

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Word Count: 1,600

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Ever since he was a child, Ignis had a curious mind. He was always seeking knowledge, always curious to know minute facts about seemingly insignificant things. He wanted to know about the geography of Eos, the traditions of the Lucian royal line, the tales of Ramuh and Shiva. He loved hearing those stories, loved falling asleep to his mother’s voice, telling him about the might of the Archaean.

But Ignis’ favourite bedtime story by far was the one about soulmates.

“It’s said that everyone has a soulmate,” she’d told him one night, running her slim fingers through his tawny hair. “The Astrals created life on Eos. Creatures that walked on four legs with four arms and two heads. They had two hearts, two brains, and two souls. The gods were so afraid of their power that they split them in two, and humans have been wandering Eos in search of their missing halves ever since.”

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What Ethnicity is Lady Shiva?

Every once in awhile a post pops up on tumblr discussing at length what ethnicity Lady Shiva is, mostly in deference to what ethnicity that makes Cassandra Cain. This is not a call-out post, but rather a compilation of facts and my interpretations. I’ve done this before, but the post is now lost to the vast expanse of the internet. It’s worth typing up again.

Lady Shiva has suffered through the years as being ambiguously Asian with enough controversial and circuitous backstories that we are provided with both an abundance and lack of an answer. In order to help you all out, I’m just going to provide a case-by-case analysis on Shiva’s appearances and outfits in order to discern her ethnicity. Associated panels posted below; special thank to @judgeanon for reading through this. 

TLDR; Lady Shiva was created specifically as a mixture between different Eastern cultures to act as a foil to the more traditionally American heroes. She has been portrayed with mainly Japanese and Chinese influences, but also importantly Southeast Asian, Korean and South Asian references. I firmly believe Lady Shiva is Chinese, but there is evidence to be argued for each and every one of the ethnicities/regions listed above. (My headcanon, what I believe to be the most probable backstory she has can be found by searching ** in this extremely long post.)

Note: being Chinese is not an ethnicity, but rather a nationality. I’m using the main ethnic group in China, the Han, and the word Chinese interchangeably. That being said, there has never been any indication that she is or is not Han vs any other ethnic group native to China.

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Shiva - Third Eye

Shiva’s third eye represents the rejection of desire. It is the eye that killed Kama, the principle that makes the world go round. And why does Shiva reject desire? Because he realized what desire can do – when the object of desire (Sati) goes away, there is immense sorrow and rage. Desire not only evokes positive emotions (love, affection, contentment, compassion), it also evokes negative emotions (anger, dissatisfaction, sorrow). Shiva therefore shies away from it, preferring the cold still mountains which represent the state of transcendence or ananda – where there is no tumult of emotions, just stillness, silence and bliss.

One day, in a spirit of play, Parvati shut Shiva’s two normal eyes. The world was plunged in darkness as Shiva’s eyes energized the world. Shiva therefore opened his third eye and helped the sun shine once again. The heat of the third eye caused Parvati’s hands that covered Shiva’s left and right eyes to perspire. That perspiration filled with the power of Shiva (heat) and Shakti (water) transformed into a child called Andhaka.

This story dramatically presents the dark side of the third eye. When desire is destroyed, then all divisions crumble – there is no right side or left side, nothing good or nothing bad, nothing right or nothing wrong, nothing auspicious and nothing inauspicious, nothing mine and nothing yours. One transcends all worldly divisions and discriminations and hierarchies. But according to this story, this transcendental state blinds one to worldly realities. Andhaka means the `blind one’, so blind that he does not even distinguish between mother and wife. The third eye destroys all sense of ownership – one loses sense of what is mine and what is not mine. So no woman can ever be wife or mother. Or rather all women become wife and mothers. This creates chaos as in the story of Andhaka. Hence while hermits celebrate the third eye of Shiva which rejects all worldly desires, the householders prefer the left and right eye of Shiva which accepts the need for worldly desires and worldly rules of appropriate conduct, rules that, in the beginning of Shiva’s lore, Daksha demanded of his sons-in-law.

To destroy the worlds during Pralaya he uses his third eye, and this process happens eternally.

We can only recall some instances from Mythology.

1. When the goddess Durga wanted to marry, she went to the Trimurthis (Trinity of Hindu major gods); Among them, Vishnu and Brahma were afraid of marrying Durga and believed they were inadequate for such a great goddess. But Shiva said that he will marry her if she gives him her third eye and trident. She gives them to him but tells him that he can only use it once on her…

Shiva uses the third eye to turn her into ash. Brahma divides the ash into three parts and creates Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati out of them and the Sudarshana Chakra (The discus of Vishnu). So goes one story.

2. After Sati-devi ends her life by entering the sacrificial fire, Shiva destroys the Daksha-Yagna . He later goes into a forest and sits immersed inSamadhi.(the highest transcendental state)

To bring him down from that state to kill the demon Tarakasura (the son of Shiva is prophesied to kill him, who was not born yet), the Devas (the minor Hindu gods) send Kamadeva (the Indian cupid). After being hit with 17 arrows!(a ordinary man loses his balance even as Kamadeva takes out an arrow from his quiver), Lord Shiva wakes up. In his anger, he burns Kamadeva with the third eye.

3. In another story, the sage Pippalada is angered at the Deva Indra for killing his father. The sage wished to kill all the Devas as revenge. He performs a penance for Lord Shiva and asks him to burn away all the gods. Shiva tells him to control his anger but when Pippalada insists, he opens his third eye a bit. To the sage’s surprise his own body starts burning. Shiva then tells him that his body itself is made up of gods. Because it is the gods that give power to our organs. Understanding his mistake, he relents.

Dhumavati Jayanti.

Dhumavati Jayanti is the special day dedicated to Maa Dhumavati, it falls on June 1st 2017. Dhumavati is generally listed as the seventh of the Mahavidya forms of the Divine Mother, as a Vidya She represents discrimination. She appears as a haggard, emaciated old woman, constantly disappointed, always hungry, She sits in a chariot going nowhere in the cremation ground. The only company Dhumavati keeps are the scavengers, the crow the Jackle, everything associated with Her points to the negative.

The popular story of Dhumavati tells of Parvati having an insatiable hunger, She approaches Lord Shiva and asks Him for food, Shiva asks Her to come back in a short while, She asks Him again and He refuses for a second time, Parvati become furious and swallows Him whole. After Parvati devours Her husband, smoke begins to rise from Her body, actually the name Dhumavati literally means ‘smokey’, She turns into an old widow. As always with with the Mahavidya forms these peculiar stories are steeped in deep meaning.

Lord Shiva represents infinite consciousness, and here we see Devi in an insatiable hunger concealing Him by swallowing Him whole, this reminds me of a verse from the Bhagavad Gita 3.38: ‘Just as fire is covered by smoke, a mirror by dust and an embryo by the womb, similarly knowledge is shrouded by desire’. Our very nature is infinite existence, infinite consciousness and infinite bliss, yet shrouded by worldly desire we constantly strive for the impermanent, fooled by smoke and mirrors, the ignorance of phenomenal existence, this is shown starkly in the image of Dhumavati. One important feature of this Devi is the winnowing basket She holds, separating the wheat from the chaff, She’s teaching us to discriminate the unreal from the real, true wisdom from ignorance. The famous verse of the Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad (1.3.28.): 'Lead me from falsehood to truth, lead me from darkness to light, lead me from death to the immortality’ is very much the lesson here, Maa Dhumavati lifts the smoke of ignorance and reveals to us the true light of wisdom.

bbc.com
Amish Tripathi: 'India's Tolkien' of Hindu mythology - BBC News
With four million copies in print, the former banker is among the highest selling Indian authors.

“Meet best-selling Indian author Amish Tripathi who has just released his much anticipated fifth book, Sita: Warrior of Mithila, that re-imagines the life of the Hindu goddess from the epic Ramayan. With four million copies in print, the former banker, who has successfully turned centuries-old mythological tales into bestselling works of fiction, is one of the highest selling Indian authors writing in English. I first heard of Tripathi in 2010, just days after his first book The Immortals of Meluha was published. It was the first part of a trilogy based on Shiva, one of Hinduism’s most important gods. A fine blend of myth and history, the book read like a fast-paced airport thriller - it was gripping and “unputdownable”. At the same time, it discussed religion and philosophy, the eternal battle between good and evil and the moral dilemmas that normally accompany such debates.”

“Written almost entirely during his daily commute to and from work, in the back seat of his car, the book took him five years to finish. “After it was completed in 2008, I approached every single publisher, big and small, but everyone rejected it,” the Mumbai-based writer told me during a recent visit to Delhi. “They told me there was no hope for this book since the market was dominated by the youth and that they were not interested in religion. Also, they said since everyone knew the story of Shiva, why would anyone buy another book on him? I stopped counting after 20 rejections…”

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“Not like this. I refuse. No.”

“Put her down.
I know what you’re thinking. And I won’t let you.”

“Let me?
And she died saving you. To give you a choice.
But try stopping me again.
I will take that choice away.
She is the hero.
I’m not. Never have been.
Heroes are forever.
The rest of us are just part of the story.”

- Batgirl Vol 1 #72(2006)

Circumstantial evidence for Caryl

As requested. This is all the stuff that keeps me having hope, makes me believe Caryl is the only choice, and makes me think it’s looming closer.

Season 7:

  • Daryl’s flashes in One Day You Won’t Be include the No Sanctuary hug, and Seed shoulder rub. (they also show Rick twice, and Maggie once) 

On screen in s6:

  • Daryl turning back to Alexandria when they hear the horn. When asked if it was for Rick, Norman says he is not allowed to say whey but it’s not for Rick. 
  • Daryl seeing the Alexandria sign that says “A New Start” and spurred on to return home by that. When Daryl and Carol have had that exchange several times. Daryl: “Let’s start over” to Carol in 5x02 (see also Gimple quotes)
  • The Cherokee Rose in 6x06. Norman states it’s for Daryl and Carol. It is revealed it was Gimple’s doing to put the Cherokee rose in this episode, where it has no connection to the plot.
  • Abe asking Daryl if he’s thought about settling down.
  • Daryl’s scenes almost all being related to couples and what they will do for each other: Sasha and Abe, Tara and Denise, Dwight and Sherry
  • Daryl’s protective response to Jesus complimenting the cookie baker.
  • Daryl is shown to be the one who goes to Carol in Same Boat, and hugs her, when it could have been Rick or anyone else in the group. Their interactions are paralleled with Gleggie in the same scene.
  • Denise’s speech to Daryl before she dies. She impacts the knowledge that what is stupid is not telling someone you love them when you get the chance, and that not facing your emotional issues is bigger than anything else and she wishes Daryl (and Rosita) would do that:  “I could’ve gone with Tara. I could’ve told her I loved her, but I didn’t because I was afraid. That’s what’s stupid. Not coming out here, not facing my shit. And it makes me sick that you guys aren’t even trying because you’re strong and you’re smart and you’re both really good people, and if you don’t wake… up… and face your..”


Parallels:

  • In the LA Times interview, Melissa says Daryl and Carol’s stories are running in parallel.
  • Carol turning to cigarettes as part of her self-torture. The use of cigarettes is strongly connected to Daryl - including in Consumed with Noah, and in Twice as Far when they share smokes and Carol leaves Daryl her cigarettes. Gimple says Carol is strongly associated with smoke. 
  • Carol ends up at the Kingdom with Shiva the tiger. Daryl is shown and has the bat pointed to him when Negan says “catch a tiger by the toe”. (see also comic storylines)


S6 DVD commentary:

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Review of the book Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes by Cody O’Brien.

To sum up this book in a single sentence - “What would happen is Deadpool wrote a mythology book.”

Yeah, this guy-

Originally posted by imagines-everywhere

Wrote a book. Here are some examples of why I think this.

GREEK MYTHOLOGY 

The Greek creation myth.

The story of Hephaestus god of Blacksmithing and Aphrodite Goddess of Love.

The story of the Minotaur. 

NORSE MYTHOLOGY

Norse creation myth.

Odin orders Loki to steal Freyja’s necklace. He does. This is so in character for both of them Freyja instantly knows who to blame.  

EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY

Ra gets mad at humanity and creates Sekhmet Lion Goddess of Killing Stuff. 

How Isis retrieves her huband’s coffin from the support pillar it got stuck inside.

MAYAN MYTHOLOGY

How to try and kill the god Zipacna and fail. 

CHRISTIANITY MYTHOLOGY

How God made Eve from Adam’s rib. 

The story of how King Solomon judges proper maternal instinct. 

HINDU MYTHOLOGY

Men ask Shiva to stop Kali’s murder rampage.

And this is how he does it. 

JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY

The Goddess Izanami gives birth to the whole island of Japan. 

A story about Tanuki.

AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY

Creation myth

SUMERIAN MYTHOLOGY

Creation myth

The Epic of Gilgamesh: Being born

The Epic of Gilgamesh: Meeting his best friend.

NATIVE AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY


Do I really need to explain why I feel the Merc with a mouth was involved in the retelling here?