tapa making

anonymous asked:

I wanted to ask- I'm not sure what the main name of it is called, but do you have any mythology about oceanic/polynesian/hawaiin history? Kind of like about the background/traditions/culture of the Disney movie Moana?

Okay, first off, very sorry about the delay in getting to this ask, Nonnie. None of us here at ScriptMyth are versed in any of the Polynesian mythologies (and there are quite a few). I borrowed some books from the library, watched Moana, and trolled through the interwebs for awhile to be able to come up with something for you. Please be aware that this is all very basic stuff, and I encourage you to do further research.

Now, I initially started my research having not seen the movie Moana. I assumed, based on what I had heard and how the ask was phrased, that Moana and her people were based on Hawaiian history and mythology. After watching the movie (and digging around on the internet), it turns out she is from Samoa!

The Polynesian people were amazing explorers and, as shown in the movie, travelled from island to island for many generations before stopping.  This is known to archaeologists and historians as The Long Pause, and it lasted roughly 2,000 years. Nobody knows why this break occurred. But, we do know that the Polynesian people arrived and settled in Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga prior to this pause. So while most of us in North America know of Maui as a Hawaiian (demi-)god, he is actually a figure in many Polynesian mythic traditions.

Now, my local library system only had two books that weren’t “ethnic romances” (/shudder/ I’m sorry that this kind of harmful literature continues to be so popular) when I searched for books on Polynesia. One on Hawaiian mythology, and one on Australian/Melanesian mythology. Hawaiian Myths of Earth, Sea, and Sky was a wonderfully delightful and easy read of some very basic myths. Some of which I had been told when I got to visit Hawaii 2013, so it felt familiar. It has a glossary in the back that includes pronunciations alongside the definitions. I highly recommend it. Oceanian Myth is more dry and has a “textbook” feel to it. It is no less interesting, but primarily recounts myths in a discussion about them, rather than simply telling the stories. There are some myths set out as a story, though they have a summarized feel to me (and because I am unfamiliar with these myths, I don’t know if that is because they actually are summaries, or if it is because I am used to myths being longer). I definitely recommend it as well.

As to specific myths that might be of interest, it is hard to choose from my limited repertoire. I loved them all, but have no context to be able to say which, if any, are more significant. So, for those more familiar with these mythic traditions, please reblog with your favourite stories! The one I’m going to share is the story of how Maui slowed the sun (as this feat was mentioned several times in the movie Moana).

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OUAT and Stereotypes

I decided to make a post about this because it sorta ties into a lot of the conversations and issues that WOC have with Once. Let’s breakdown the problems of Season 7 shall we?

•Regina’s new look:
Let me be the first to say that I think Lana looks cute. However this look is a problem that many WOC, particularly the Latina women have because…well, for 6 Seasons the show hasn’t shown ANY signs of Regina being Latina. I mean I knew Lana was, but the show NEVER portrayed Regina in that light. I heard Lana say that Regina was Latina and I saw Adam mention Lana (not Regina) being Latina when he was accused of being racist. The closest I’ve seen the show come to even making it a blip on the radar was in Season 3 where Regina had the one line “We’re not making Tapas, we’re making magic…” that tiny little line is the ONLY reference (a bad one at that) aside from actively casting two Latino men, (well 3 if you count the younger version of Henry Sr) to play Regina’s father and Grandfather. Also, if you pay close attention to Lana’s makeup as the EQ it’s MUCH lighter than her actual complexion; at times she looks ghostly when she’s in EQ form. Also we can’t forget that flash back of baby Regina, who had blondeish looking hair and Blue eyes. Also, many people find the new look to be offensive because not all Latina’s have curly hair and dress in ecccenrric clothing. Latina’’s are as diverse in look as Black women.

•Regina as a Bar Owner/Bartender:
Let me be the first to state that there is NOTHING wrong with her being a business owner. The problem comes in that with the curse placing them into the real world, it means that Roni has struggled as a minority business owner, I wish I had stats on minority business owners but I don’t. Anywho, not only is she presumed to be a struggling Bar owner, she’s facing gentrification. Gentrification tends to harm areas that are poor and filled with minorities. Big business developers come in and try or force small owned businesses out as well as long time residents while recreating the neighborhood and raising the property values to attract most young white people who are fresh out of college, in the work force or have just started a family.

•Dania Ramirez Character Jacinda:
So we don’t know much about her, except that set spoilers initially told us she was a cop, but since then she has been seen filming at Mr. Cluck’s (y'all might remember that place from Season 4) and has been in a worker’s uniform.

So you have a Latina who owns a bar and is facing gentrification and a Latina who works at a fast food joint. We haven’t heard much about Tiana except that she and Jacida are roommates; In going with worse case scenario with Tiana.

That’s as bad if I ever seen bad.

•Gabrielle Anwar:
Gabrielle’s character is Lady Tremaine. Most people don’t know this, but Gabrielle is of South East Asian Descent. So we know that she’s the land developer in contrast with Roni. That’s…it doesn’t sound bad honestly but this is OUAT and they have a nasty history of casting WOC as villains (e.g. Regina and Ursula) and it’s an over used, offensive trope. I’d bet all my money that we won’t even notice that Gabrielle’s character or Gabrielle for that matter will be recognizable as a WOC.

Hook and Rumple are cops…do I REALLY need to say anything else after that? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you should know quite a bit about the history of policing and policing against POC.


Cicchetti are small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional “bàcari” (cicchetti bars or osterie) in Venice, Northern Italy. Common cicchetti include tiny sandwiches, plates of olives or other vegetables, halved hard boiled eggs, small servings of a combination of one or more of seafood, meat and vegetable ingredients laid on top of a slice of bread or polenta, and very small servings of typical full-course plates. Like Spanish tapas, one can make a meal of them by ordering multiple plates. Normally not a part of home cooking, the cicchetti’s importance lies not just in the food itself, but also in how, when and where they are eaten: with fingers and toothpicks, usually standing up, hanging around the counter where they are displayed in numerous bars, osterie and bacari that offer them virtually all day long. Venice’s many cicchetti bars are quite active during the day, as Venetians (and tourists) typically eat cicchetti in the late morning, for lunch, or as afternoon snacks. Cicchetti are usually accompanied by a small glass of local white wine, which the locals refer to as an “ombra” (shadow). Cicchetti is the plural form. A single piece of cicchetti is a cicchetto.

When you think you’ve maybe - just maybe - met that special someone, what do you do? Do you ask for a phone number? Suggest going for a coffee? Maybe even something to eat? See a movie? Or do you take what might charitably be called a slightly more…daring approach?

(with many thanks to Alice H over on Twitter for sending this one in!)


Happy new year everyone!! <3
I’m so excited today. For the first time in about 10 years, I’m not going out for New Years Eve. Jackie and I are staying in, making tapas and a whole batch of tiramisu just for us :’) We are just going to chill, watch the fire works, eat, game and do what ever we want.

Today my outfit is based on presents I’ve gotten from my loved ones througout the year. The dress and A-necklace are from @imaginari-engel (who’s gotten me so many presents this year it was hard to choose which ones to use today), the skirt and bracelet are from my dear friend Merve, the key necklace is from my far-away-bae @lukael, the black ring is from my love @at-smoelfe, the earrings are from my Japanese host mother, and the shoes are from my dear Mom


So amatterofcomplication made this manip, for which I wrote a goofy little commentfic. But then there seemed to be a longer AU situation to be explored… and it begins here. Amatterofcomplication promises more images to come soon, and she is also in large part directing the direction of the words. I am but a humble junior minion scribe who puts hands to keyboard in support of Race’s accidental prompt: Myka likes books, and being a hero..


“Looks like you’ve got yourself a cat, hero.”

Myka keeps hearing those words echo in her head as she stalks through the neighborhood, armed with “found cat” flyers and a roll of duct tape. “Don’t call me hero,” she’d said to Steve Jinks, once she’d got herself down from the tree. Herself and the kitten, who was starting to yeep in a startlingly high pitch. “Where are those kids, anyway?”

“Ran off the minute you started climbing,” Steve chuckled.

The truck was out only because of a false alarm anyway, but then the kids yelled to them about the cat—kitten—in the tree, and there they were, and they were firefighters, for heaven’s sake, so they stopped—and now there’s this tiny cat at the firehouse, and Trailer’s whining and giving it looks that say “tapas?” and so Myka’s making her way around this neighborhood—which, she’s now noticing, is starting to gentrify: that bookstore, hadn’t it used to be one of those dark, run-down places? Myka thinks of those as more interesting, really, but she also has to concede that this one seems more inviting, now that it’s brighter. There’s a window display of children’s books, another of young adult novels, and Myka thinks that’s good, that’s smart—and then she thinks bookstores, people who like books like cats, right? And she thinks she’ll step in—not to buy a book, she admonishes herself, because there are too many piles of those in her house already, ones that she’s in the process of reading, ones that she saw and just had to have, ones that she keeps meaning to get through, honestly, at some point (there’s this one about the history of table manners that she just knows is going to be fascinating, but she never has time)—anyway, not to buy a book, just to ask if she can hang a flyer by the register or maybe there’s a bulletin board or maybe she could even put it in the window—but that display is lovely, and she would hate to block it with her slapped-together flyer.

And so she goes in. A bell jingles as she pushes at the door. Her first breath inside, it smells right, and that’s a little surprising—there is paper here old enough to break down, despite the newness of the store’s façade and display.

She hears, “One moment!” from somewhere in the back of the store. A woman’s voice—a British-accented woman’s voice, and Myka thinks, just at the edge of her mind, that it’s somehow familiar?

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Things unseen in 3x17

The conversation between Regina and the Charmings about her being able to just freely walk in to the house. Granted she probably still had her huge set of Storybrooke keys, but she didn’t even knock whenever she just waltzed in declaring that nobody will touch the Charmings’ baby.

Can you imagine the conversation between Snow and Regina and Snow telling her that she is welcome any time in their home. (Especially during crib buildings and family dinners!) More Regina/Snow/Charming BrOTP please!


Making tapas, making love, playing Yahtzee, fuck who knows?

I know they were probably just casually sipping coffee and exchanging motherly stories about Henry, and talking about what magical badasses they are, BUT can you imagine if they were doing something else? 

Swan Queen Sneak Peek Transcription

For all of you who can’t watch yet, here you go.  I even filled in some of the stuff happening so you could get the full picture.

Opens: Regina and Emma walking down into the mausoleum, Regina going first.

Regina: Don’t touch anything.

Emma: How am I supposed to learn magic if I can’t touch anything?

Regina: The same way I did with Rumple, *Emma picks a thing up*, we’re going to (sexy hand motions)create a solid foundation first, and then build your spells from the ground up- *Regina notices Emma holding the claw-like thing* I said *takes thing from Emma and puts it back down* don’t touch.

*Emma looks like a scolded 5-yr old*

Regina: *sighs* So, while we’re here, who’s looking after Henry?  The Uncharmings? *Meanwhile, Regina is looking around and opens a chest with some books inside*

Emma: *not even the least bit insulted by the quip* Actually, Hook is.

Regina: *sad puppy eyes* Well those two have been spending a lot of time together lately.

Emma: Hook’s good with Henry, and Henry likes him.

Regina: He’s prone to violence, impulsive, and has a hook for a hand.  What about him would a twelve year old boy not like? *Emma has now moved into position and is actually staring at Regina’s ass—see end for photographic evidence*

Emma: I trust him.  He brought me back to Storybrooke and he didn’t have to.

Regina: Oh, of course he brought you back. *jealousy levels on high*

Emma: *confused puppy* What’s that supposed to mean?

Regina: Seriously!? You’re going to pretend everyone doesn’t see the yearning looks and doey eyes?

Emma: I don’t yearn.

Regina: *smiles* Well maybe. But he does.

Emma: *really sad puppy… don’t you wuv me Gina?*

*Regina picks up the book with the heart on it that she learned magic from*

Regina: Let’s start *opens book* with rudes for incantations. *shows Emma the page*

Emma: Are you kidding me right now? What language is this, Spanish?

Regina: We’re not making tapas (?) we’re making magic.  It’s elfish *duh, Emma* Well, half elfish.

Emma: *concerned* Just think about your training, what other methods did he use?

Regina: Rumple was a bully.  He didn’t suffer fools and he certainly didn’t coddle his students.  And if he tried to teach you how to swim and you couldn’t learn, you drowned. *throws book back in chest and slams it shut*

Emma: Drowned?

Regina: *inspired* That’s it.

Emma: *very concerned* That’s what?

*Regina smiles as wide as humanly possible and swirls them away in a cloud of purple smoke*

Scene:  Emma yelps and realizes she is up very high over a ravine on a flimsy rope bridge.  Regina is safely off to the side on actual ground.

Emma: What the hell are you doing?

Regina: Teaching you to swim.

Photographic evidence of Emma finding the booty:

OUAT 3x17: The Jolly Roger

Captain Swan holds my heart!

& gives me butterflies!

Killian Jones loves Emma Swan!

& she loves him right back! You can’t fucking tell me she doesn’t! The way she looks at him with complete adoration & love!

He believes in her!

She calls him Killian. For real. (Yes, with Henry in the room, but he’s not within earshot.) She doesn’t have to, but she does.

To me, that’s the first time it actually counts!

Zelena basically makes it so that the next time Killian kisses Emma, Emma’s going to lose her magic, part of what makes her special. And if Killian doesn’t kiss Emma, Zelena’s going to hurt Emma’s loved ones.

I’m gonna fucking kill Zelena!!! I’m gonna fucking kill that fucking witch! I fucking swear to God! Green witch bitch better fucking watch out cus I’m gonna take a ruby slipper and fucking stab her with it 50x!

Killian’s choice is basically to take away part of what makes Emma special or let her loved ones get hurt.

Emma unknowingly makes Killian feel worse and worse by showing him how powerful she is.

She looks at him so lovingly and all he feels is pain.

Emma’s gonna push through her walls, while it’s gonna seem like Killian’s pushing away.

They will kiss again though, because they’ll find another way around it. Killian is too smart to let witch bitch stand in his way. Zelena won’t be a problem forever.

TLK can defeat any curse. I’m going to gander it can even defeat cursed kisses/lips.

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  • *touch the thing*
  • poutty face
  • Regina letting her know that rumple was a bully, THIS IS V IMPORTANT

yes, I just watched the new sneak peek if you didn’t know, and I’m pretty much on the floor, dying from feels, don’t mind me

Dialogue of the 3rd Sneak Peek for those outside the US

*Emma and Regina walking down the stairs into Regina’s magic vault*

Regina: Don’t touch anything

Emma: How am I supposed to learn magic if I can’t touch anything?

Regina: The same way I did with Rumple. We’re going to create a solid foundation first then build your skills from the ground up.

*Emma touches a thing*

Regina: I said don’t touch

Regina cont: So, while we’re here, who is looking after Henry? The Un-Charmings?

Emma: Actually, Hook is.

Regina: Well those two have been spending a lot of time together lately

Emma: Hook’s good with Henry and Henry likes him.

Regina: He’s prone to violence, impulsive and has a hook for a hand. What about him would a 12 year old boy not like?

Emma: I trust him. He brought me back to Storybrooke and he didn’t have to.

Regina: Oh of course he brought you back.

Emma: What’s that supposed to mean?

Regina: Seriously? You’re going to pretend everyone doesn’t see the yearning looks and doe-eyes?

Emma: I don’t yearn.

Regina: Well maybe, but he does

Regina cont: Let’s start with roots for incantations

*Regina holds out a spell book*

Emma: Are you kidding me right now? What language is this? Spanish?

*The language is clearly not spanish*

Regina: We’re not making tapas, we’re making magic. It’s elvish. Well half elvish.

Emma: Just think about your training what other methods did he use?

Regina: Rumple was a bully. He didn’t skimp* with fools and he certainly didn’t coddle his students. And if he tried to teach you how to swim and you couldn’t learn, you drowned. 

*(I’m not sure that the word was skimp, it was kinda hard to hear)

Emma: Wow

Regina: Thats it!

Emma: Thats what?

*Regina poofs Emma on top of a swingy rope bridge in the middle of a jungle forest*

Emma: What the hell are you doing?

Regina: Teaching you to swim.

End scene