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Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios

Athens

420-430 BCE

This cult of Zeus was established after the battle of Plataia in 479 BCE, when the Greeks drove the Persians out of Greece.

Though dedicated to a god, the building takes the form commonly used for a civic building: a stoa (colonnade or portico), with two projecting wings. Built of marble and limestone in the years around 425 B.C., the stoa had Doric columns on the exterior and Ionic columns within. According to Pausanias it was decorated with paintings done by Euphranor, a famous 4th-century artist, and the shields of those who died fighting for the freedom of Athens were displayed on the building. Rooms were added to the back of the stoa in the Early Roman period and may have housed a cult of the Roman emperors.

The Temple is the home of Jedi in training for at least their first eight years, until they are accepted as Padawans to Jedi Knights. Until this time, they do not leave the Temple precinct, and have little communication with the outside world.

“Each Soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divine within by controlling nature: external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.”

- Swaimi Vivekananda

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phoeniyx  asked:

man I would LOVE elektra and claire to meet. Maybe have a sit down, some coffee and laugh about how ridiculous and wild their lives have become. why they gotta be pitted against each other

And honestly, there is no need!! Elektra has always struck me as the kind of person who prefers being around people who don’t bullshit around and Claire is certainly that type, not to mention Claire already comes with a high tolerance for ppl with weird skillsets and mystical backstories lol. And could you imagine the two of them swapping Matt stories?? All of those knowing looks being exchanged??? Plus Elektra would love to hear what kind of shit Matt was getting into before she came back to New York. Listen, there is a friendship ready to made there and I will fight anyone who tells me otherwise. 

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Sorry for the long post, but I finally can share these pics from a photoshoot I did as Indian Princess Allura at the beautiful Shri Swaminaryan (Hindu) Temple in New Jersey! I was SO stoked with doing this after dreaming since last year to cosplay her representing more or less my ethnic culture. It was so much fun and hella nerve-wracking ‘cause though you can’t tell here, there were ALOT of people there who, of course, stared the eff outta me as if I came from an alien planet (which yah, makes sense with Allura). Some of them thought I was a statue from the temple! (makes sense too ‘cause I blended in really well). Overall it was a fantastic experience and I owe it to my wonderful photographer friend, Rhea Khan, for these fantastic pics. I think I’ll do more in the future ‘cause you know me and Indian Aus. 

Allura cosplay/makeup: me // Photography: Rhea Khan