the dance myth

the nine muses ll terpsikhore; muse of dance {6/9}

TERPSIKHORE [Terpsichore] was one of the nine Mousai, the goddesses of music, song and dance. Terpsikhore was so named because she delights her disciples with dance. Her name means ‘delighting in dance’ and is derived from the Greek words terpsis [”to delight"] and khoros [“dance”].  In the classical era, she was named Muse of choral song and dance, and according to legend, she is mother of the sirens by Achelous who was one of the river gods. 

Dan Smith

Dan smith’s pre-bastille artistry. This is my favourite song he’s made before bastille. Its pure art. It never fails to leave me crying to be honest. Such deep and meaningful lyrics. And the best thing is that he’s still just as amazing of an artist. 

God Oddities - Kali

One myth says that Kali was terrorizing a forest when one of Shiva’s devotees pleads to him to stop his wife’s destruction. Shiva confronts Kali, who refuses to leave. So they have a dance-off, naturally. Shiva plays dirty and lifts his foot over his head, considered a very masculine gesture. Due to her modesty, Kali is unable to imitate the move and loses the dance-off (but not her dignity). 

Writing: Culture

Aspects of culture to consider:

(applies equally well to constructed societies as it does to real ones)

  • Food
  • Clothing

  • Language
  • Government

  • Social hierarchy
  • Societal values/expectations

  • Religion
  • Public infrastructure

  • Economy
  • Architecture

  • Education
  • Greetings

  • Etiquette
  • Superstitions

  • Skepticisms
  • Holidays

  • Family structure
  • Traditions (especially for marriage, eating, and other universals)

  • Definition of friendship and value thereof
  • Music

  • Dancing
  • Myths, legends, and the structure of story-telling

Annnnnd how these all ties into their history and geography.

What would they share? What would they consider appropriative (if anything)?

Headcanon: There’s a superstitious rumor that circulates the ports and few touristy areas of Dreia 55 not to listen to any singing you hear coming from the Trivozen River for too long. This “river-speak” is said to drive outsiders mad if they get too caught up in it (this rumor has been the source of much amusement for the native River Galra.)

The Legend of the Crane

Chinese legend has it that cranes live for a thousand years. Well, that’s legend but the Crane may conceivably be the oldest bird on earth; there is fossil proof that they existed over 60 million years ago. Cranes mate for life and have a beautiful and elaborate courtship dance which involves the intertwining of their long necks combined with much clacking of their beaks as if kissing. In Greek and Roman myth the dance of cranes  was seen as a love of joy and a celebration of life. The crane was usually considered to be a bird of Apollo, the sun god, who heralded in Spring and light.

Throughout all of Asia, the crane has been a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japanese, Chinese, and Korean tradition, cranes stand for good fortune and longevity. However, the crane’s strongest association is with the soul.

The powerful wings of the crane were believed to be able to convey souls up to paradise and to carry people to higher levels of spiritual enlightenment. Over time, the crane has also evolved as a favorite subject of the tradition of paper folding – origami. It is said that a thousand folded cranes, one for each year of its life, makes a wish come true.