to achieve power; only that would suffice

anonymous asked:

"D rode in on her dragon and started burning people alive before the battle had even begun (against Jon Snow’s advice, I might add)." what? no, jon told her not to burn castles and cities (KL), she actually listened and instead burned the enemy's ARMY the soldiers may not care about the game of thrones but they still killed the tyrell's soldiers, didn't they? why is killing with swords better? this is war, they're all trying to kill each other, dany has dragons and she uses them

Hello Anon!

I’m sorry, but I have to ask… Are you serious? *sighs* I’ll assume you are… I’m putting this under a cut again for spoiler reasons.

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Mythological Throwback Thursday: Golem

Shanah tovah! We’re in the middle of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, and in its honour we’re casting the spotlight on a star of many Jewish folktales: the golem!

Golems are humanoid constructs, made of dirt and bound to a creator’s will. They are featured in early Jewish texts. It is said that the first man, Adam, was formed from a shapeless husk of dirt: a golem. Indeed, the word ‘golem’ means ‘unformed’ or ‘shapeless’.

Only those with divine powers are able to create a golem– there are many stories of rabbis reputed to have achieved this. Tales vary on the specifics, though. One version has it that simply forming the shape of a human out of mud then marching around it incanting letters from the alphabet and the secret names of God would suffice. Deactivating it was a matter of doing exactly the same in reverse. I guess that makes sense?

Another creation story details what must be written upon a golem’s forehead to activate it. The Hebrew letters aleph, mem and tav, which mean ‘emet’ (truth), will bring the golem to life. Conversely, erasing the aleph character will reduce the word to ‘met’ (death), and deactivate the golem.

A tale of a famous golem comes from Prague, where Rabbi Judah Loew ben Belazel created a golem to protect the beleaguered Prague ghetto. This golem was activated by placing a shem, one of the names of God, into its mouth on a piece of paper. The golem was known as Yossele, and Loew even succeeded in making it grow hair and nails. However, like all golems, it was incapable of speech. In spite of this, some claim Yossele possessed supernatural powers. Yossele was a fine protector, attacking all those who plotted harm against Jews, although it was forbidden for it to operate on the Sabbath. Loew’s creation eventually ran amok, and he had to deactivate Yossele to save innocent lives, by pulling the shem from its mouth, causing it to fall to pieces. Said pieces are said to be stored in the attic of Prague’s Old New Synagogue even to this day. Some even maintain that it rose again during the Second World War, when Nazi agents came to destroy it, and defeated them.

Another story hails from Chelm, in Poland. Rabbi Elijah Ba’al Shem created a golem which he wasn’t able to stop from growing. Fearful that it would continue to grow and destroy the world, he deactivated it by erasing its aleph, saving the world but receiving a severe scar for his trouble.

In modern times golem is often a derogatory term for a clumsy or weak-minded person: someone who labours without questioning why. Many literary and artistic works owe inspiration to the golem folktale: prominently Frankenstein, and also Rossum’s Universal Robots, the 20th century Czech play which introduced the word ‘robot’ into common vernacular. In these stories, as in many of the golem folktales, humanity is thwarted by its own hubris.

Shalom and see you next week for another Mythological Throwback Thursday!