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🦴😇GUARDIANS OF THE DEAD🗿🕯️

In 1903 the head priest of Nenbutsu-ji (念仏寺) and neighbouring Fukuden-ji (福田寺) began to gather up stone Buddhist statues from all around the local area.
By the time he was finished they numbered 8000!

#Kyoto #Japan #化野念仏寺 #京都 #Obon
From ancient times the poor (and not so poor) abandoned the dead in Adashino (化野), an area that now equates with the stretch of land between Nison-in (二尊院) & Nenbutsu-ji (念仏寺).
By the Heian period it had become 1 of Heian-kyō's 3 Great Crematory Grounds (三大葬地).
#Japan
Come for the statues, stay for the bamboo🎋

young bamboo
and old bamboo...
full of pluck
わか竹やとしより竹もともいさみ
-Kobayashi Issa (小林一茶), 1824.
Trans. David G. Lanoue.

#Kyoto #京都 #Japan #bamboo #化野念仏寺 #嵯峨野 #AdashinoNenbutsuji #竹 #haiku
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We often discuss and refer to the Bhagavad Gita but we rarely discuss or highlight the short but meaningful conversations that took place between Shri Ram and Vibhishan (Ravan's half brother). In this thread, I will be throwing shade on one such insightful conversation.
When Shri Rama was fighting with King Ravana, he did not have a chariot. Vibhishan chimed in and stated that he will be unable to win against a powerful king like Ravan without a proper chariot.

That is when Shri Ram told Vibhishan about dharma(duty):
1) Bravery and patience are the two wheels of my chariot.
2) Truth is the flag of my chariot and strength, decisiveness, kindness and duty are the four horses and these horses are tied by the rope of forgiveness and equality.
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Owned by #kings, dukes & sultans, worn by Marie Antoinette, used to pay off a royal debt – and said to carry an ancient curse. It would have to be a #diamond. But not just any diamond. It’s the Hope Diamond, and it's from Guntur in #AndhraPradesh. 1/12 Image
The Hope Diamond is the world’s largest and most legendary blue gemstone. And equally remarkable is its tale, which begins in the famed Golconda Mines in Guntur. But it began life under a different name. 2/12
#gems #minerals
The diamond was discovered by an extraordinary #French adventurer and gems merchant, Jean Baptiste Tavernier, who visited #India in the mid-17th century. It was 112 carats, the size of a grown man’s fist, and it was called Tavernier’s Blue. 3/12 Image
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For over 400 years, history has been haunted by Anarkali, the beautiful court dancer who was buried alive by Emperor Akbar, for her love affair with Prince Salim (Akbar’s son and the future Emperor Jahangir). But is the story fact or #fiction? The truth will surprise you! 1/11 Image
This tragic love story has many modern retellings, including the 1960s classic Hindi film Mughal-e-Azam. But if Anarkali is just #folklore, whose grave lies in the magnificent ‘Tomb of Anarkali’ in the heart of #Lahore, the former Mughal capital? 2/11 Image
The grave bears the couplet in #Persian: ‘Ah! If I could behold the face of my beloved once more, I would thank God until the day of resurrection’. It is signed by ‘Majnun Salim Akbar’ ('Enamoured Son of Akbar'). It’s the only clue we have. 3/11
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What are hundreds of skeletons doing at the bottom of a lake in an icy Himalayan wasteland? When the snow melts, it pulls back a frozen curtain, exposing 600-800 skeletons, some 1,200 years old! What spooky secrets does Roopkund Lake in Uttarakhand hold? 1/5 #Archaeology Image
At an elevation of 5,029 m, Roopkund Lake is very remote. One theory is that these are the remains of a King, his family and attendants, who died here while on a pilgrimage 1,000 years ago. Other theories include fallen soldiers during war and victims of an epidemic. 2/5 Image
The mystery deepened recently, when studies revealed some astonishing results. The deceased were from diverse ethnic groups. More incredible, they belonged to different time periods! This means they did not all die from a single catastrophic event. 3/5 Image
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🧵. #Russia colonised #Ukraine in 18th century. Since then, they've been trying to exterminate ukrainian indentity and culture, to assimilate us into being russian. They appropriated a lot of our #culture, #history, achievements and personalities doing this. 1/ #twitterstorians
Foreword. Many of these examples might seem to you as insignificant or unconnected, but they all are evidence to the trend of generations of russians trying to unexist us as a nation, make Ukraine into what they think we are – "Little Russia" 2/
Let's get the obvious one out of the door. #Borsch is and always was Ukrainian. It got into russia with soviet diner menus. Now russians claim it's as intrinsic to russia as it is to us. Bullshit. 3/ A beautiful and tasty combo of Borsch, salo (lard in pieces)
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🏹THE 'ROBIN HOOD' OF JAPAN🥷

On 8th October 1594 the 'bandit' Ishikawa Goemon (石川五右衛門) and his young son were thrown into a boiling vat of oil beside the Kamo River.
As a warning to others the giant cauldron remained in place until a flood swept it away.
#Kyoto #folklore
The story goes that Goemon, in revenge for the murder of his wife Otaki and son Gobei, crept into Fushimi Castle (伏見城) to assassinate the despot ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣秀吉). As he drew close to the sleeping Toyotomi he knocked over a small bell and was caught.
#Japan
Like England's 'Robin Hood', so many legends surround Goemon and his band of outlaws that it's difficult to unpick fact from fiction.
It seems that a man was executed by being boiled alive in oil by the banks of the Kamo-gawa, but beyond that we know very little.
#Japan #folklore
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A Greek myth tells that the garland of daffodils worn by Persephone was transformed from white to yellow by the touch of Pluto as he stole her away to the Underworld. She was permitted to return to Earth each year when the daffodils bloom & bring spring #folklore #SaturdayMorning
Though Pluto is usually known as the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Hades, sometimes he is referred to as 'Pluto' in Greek myths and legends. 'Pluto' or 'Pluton' was given as an alternative name for Hades, which was a name with much darker connotations. britannica.com/topic/Hades-Gr…
I was wondering about the connection between the god Pluto and the planet so did a little more research. I now feel an affinity with Pluto, or the planet at least...the name was suggested by another Venetia! earthsky.org/space/this-dat…
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⛩️SEIMEI'S SHRINE⭐️
It may be small, and is perhaps not as attractive as other nearby shrines, but Seimei-jinja's (晴明神社) grounds are filled with interesting monuments and memorials to Abe-no-Seimei (安倍晴明 921-1005) and his mysterious life.
#Japan #Kyoto #晴明神社 #京都
1) SHIKIGAMI (式神)

Shikigami are somewhat unruly spirits summoned by onmyōji (陰陽師) to serve them. Invisible to almost everyone but the summoner, they would -for the most part- act like normal servants, performing household chores or secretarial duties.
#Japan #式神 #folklore
Fearsome in appearance, the shikigami's powers were connected to the strength of their master. Thus it is of no surprise that Seimei (安倍晴明) was said to have had 12 'shikijin' (式神), mostly performing simple tasks such as guarding his residence or opening gates.
#安倍晴明
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🪄ABE-NO-SEIMEI🦊
Abe-no-Seimei (安倍晴明 921-1005) is often thought of as the 'Merlin of Japan'.
Celebrated as Japan’s most successful onmyōji (陰陽師), Seimei served 6 emperors, & thanks to a prominent career and long (sickness free) life came to be viewed as a magical figure. ImageImageImageImage
Long after he had died, Seimei was the subject of countless stories and miraculous legends.

As an onmyōji (陰陽師) Seimei worked in the palace's onmyō-ryō (陰陽寮 'Bureau of Yin-Yang Divination'), responsible for geomantic and spiritual matters.
#folklorethursday #Japan #Kyoto ImageImageImageImage
Amongst his many tasks was onmyō (Yin-Yang divination), tenmon (天文-astronomy), koyomi (暦-calendar making), & rōkoku (漏刻-time keeping).

Seimei was charged with protecting the court by predicting future events, something he became so adept at that he was in constant demand. ImageImageImageImage
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Spooky AM werewolf #folklore thoughts (as is my want): 🐺✨

The 2 most detailed werewolf stories in Roman mythology are 1) the grim king Lycaon (Ovid's Metamorphoses), and 2) the sorcerous soldier story at Trimalchio's dinner party (Petronius' Satyricon) 🧵 (1/9)
Now, in western antiquity, it is really, really easy to (often falsely) categorize the ancient world into binary spheres: male, female; good, evil; beautiful, ugly; man, wolf. (Of course, this binary is 99.9% artificial + over-simplified, but still. It's a tantalizing trap (2/9)
that the ancient poets love to tease.) What's fascinating about the portrayal of the 2 aforementioned Roman werewolves is that neither is ever portrayed as ever being a wolf tenuously kept from bursting out of its human skin to devour the flocks + family of his fellow man. (3/9)
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🍶VALLEY OF THE TANUKI✨

at the end of autumn
this badger poses
as a Buddha...
秋のくれ仏に化る狸かな
-与謝蕪村 1716-84.

Tanuki (狸 'Raccoon Dogs') are real, if somewhat elusive, animals, that have featured prominently in folktales throughout the centuries.
#folklore #Japan
Just like kitsune (狐) and bakeneko (化け猫), tanuki have the ability to shape-shift. One of the first passages to mention tanuki describes them transforming into humans and singing songs during the reign of Empress Suiko (推古天皇 554-628).
#Kyoto #狐 #化け猫 #Japan #folklore
Tanuki (狸) have 8 special traits that bring good fortune🎱🙌🍀

(1) 笠 straw hat = prepared against bad weather & trouble
(2) 大腹 big belly = level-headedness
(3) 尾 tail = perseverance
(4) 通 promissory note = honesty
(5) 丸い目 big eyes = discernment & good decisions
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**BALLU SARDU: the Sardinian dances**

Thread about traditional Sardinian dances. #folklore #folkdance
#Sardinia

📸 Painting showing ballu tundu, XIX century
As you can imagine by now, Sardinian dances vary from place to place, just like dresses, language and traditions. They have though some common characteristics.

It's not known for certain the origin of the most ancient Sardinian dance (the ballu tundu), but people see archaic -
-influences in the circular shape and sacredness of the dance, recalling ancient tribal dances around the fire.

There are several depictions that academics link to the ballu tundu: the very first comes from a dish found in Monte d'Accoddi (a Prenuragic altar), where figures-
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**SARDINIAN FOLK TALES**

Sardinian lore is full of strange and sometimes funny creatures. From religion to paganism, history to superstition, I'll talk a little about the most famous ones. #SardinianFolklore #folklore #Sardinia
📸 S'ainu orriadore, Scano di Montiferro (OR)
▪️Ammuntadore. Thought to be linked to traditional incubi/succubi (and sleep paralysis), s'Ammuntadori was a demon which used to stay over a sleeping person's chest, blocking breath. People were terrified by this creature and invented several magic formulas to protect themselves.
▪️Sùrbile/Cògas/Bruxia/Istrìa. Several names around Sardinia for the same creature: a bloodthirsty witch, kind of a vampire, who fed on newborns. It was a woman during the day and transformed at night.

New mothers has several remedies against her, starting from su kokku-
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**Sardinian EVIL EYE and magic traditions**

Sardinian culture is filled with superstition and magical rites that the profound religiosity only enhanced, often with the favour of priests. Here I will talk about the evil eye and rites of s'argia. #folklore #Sardinia

📸 Su kokku
Evil eye is common to many cultures and it's impossible to date its actual origin. In Sardinia it is strictly linked to the clear separation of male and female roles, so that only women can deal with magic, rituals, life and death, probably reminiscence of the time when Sardinian
-women were priestesses, in the Nuragic Age.

In Sardinian, evil eye is called ogu malu and those affected are said to be pigau de ogu. They are generally men, because women who practice traditional medicine can't be affected. They can't even cast evil eye.

Every living thing-
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**SANTU JUANNE in Sardinia**

Thread about the festivity of Saint John (24th of June) and summer solstice in Sardinia: divination and the ritual of "companionship". #FolkloreThursday #Folklore #SardinianFolklore #Sardinia #Sardegna San Giovanni
Saint John (Santu Juanne) falls by Christian tradition on the 24th of June. It's not a casual day, in fact it's very close to the summer solstice, usually celebrated by many ancient cultures.

In Sardinia this is a very traditional festivity, which still holds clear its pagan-
-roots. The festival is linked to fires and water. In some places (Cuglieri, Bono, for example), we have the rite of s'abba muda. Whoever wants to ask for some grace from the Saint has to go from the church to the fountain in complete silence. Once there, they drink water and-
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Why Taylor Swift didn’t accept a deal with scooter braun: another chapter about shitty male power in the music industry. A thread 🧵: Image
We need to start saying that Scooter was Kanye's manager. He actually is manager of J*stin B*eber and Ar*ana Gr*ande, J*stin and Ar*ana don’t own their music catalogue Image
It all started with a call that taylor got from kanye asking her for a permission to say her name in a kanye's new song. Then the song was released, and There was a offensive message to taylor: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex
Why? I made that bitch famous” Image
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Becoming Leidah Reviews:

One-minute video (best with sound):
- vertical: instagram.com/tv/CNuwX0Cgyqe
- horizontal:

Text version below.
"A stunning debut that has left me reeling! This story was WILD. Weird, wonderful... magnificent."
Plethora_of_pages, goodreads

#debutnovel #scandinavian #celtic #norwegian #bookclub #litfest #marriage #familydrama #7yearitch #cultureclash #simonschuster
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Finally getting around to folklore: the long pond studio sessions.

#folkloreOnDisneyPlus
I hope she does a stripped-down, acoustic folklore/evermore tour once normal is back.

And I'll be first in line for tickets.

#folkloreOnDisneyPlus
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THREAD; One of my favorite songs on Taylor Swift's "Folklore" album is "The Last Great American Dynasty."

On the surface, it's about the woman who once owned the house TS now owns.

It's also a commentary on how society blames women for men's failures. 1/
The lyrics:

🎶 Rebekah rode up on the afternoon train, it was sunny
Her saltbox house on the coast took her mind off St. Louis
Bill was the heir to the Standard Oil name, and money
And the town said 'How did a middle class divorcée do it?' 🎶

She must have ulterior motives!
🎶 The wedding was charming, if a little gauche
There's only so far new money goes
They picked out a home & called it "Holiday House"
Their parties were tasteful, if a little loud
The doctor had told him to settle down
It must've been her fault his heart gave out 🎶

Whose fault?
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I wrote about the lengthy history of cinematic reverse-engineered knitwear—and the people who break down those items and knit and crochet them from the ground up dailydot.com/unclick/revers… Illustration of a woman kni...
I've been working on this piece about cinematic reverse-engineered knitwear since November (and have contemplated writing about it for even longer). It's quite long, so take some time with it dailydot.com/unclick/revers… The process is referred to ...
For instance, #doctorwho. People have been clamoring for Tom Baker's scarf pattern for *years*. In the '80s, the BBC sent fans the pattern and an American DOCTOR WHO fan club both commissioned orders and posted the pattern themselves in their newsletter dailydot.com/unclick/revers… WHO BITS..... The Doctor's ...WHO BITS..... When you writ...Left side: Photo of Tom Bak...
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When a deathwatch beetle is in the mood for love, it bumps its head off the furniture. These beetles like to chomp through woodwork, and the bumping is their mating call through the tunnels in the woodwork. In the past, however, their tapping was thought to herald death.

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This belief developed from sick rooms, where, in the long hours and stillness, those watching the dying heard the beetles tap out their cry for companionship from the long and lonely tunnels within the furniture.

#Folklore

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When death hung in the air, it’s easy to understand how the watchers associated this sound with death knocking, or time ticking down… And hence, these tiny insects, earned the name, deathwatch beetle.

📸: Gilles San Martin, CC BY-SA 3.0 

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The #Dorset Ooser was a wooden mask with a bull’s hair and horns apparently used to scare people during #midwinter mummers plays in the village of Melbury Osmond. Its whereabouts are now sadly unknown but a replica made in 1975 is on display in the @DorsetMuseum #GothicAdvent
First two photos taken by taken between 1883 and 1891 by J.W. Chaffins and Sons of Yeovil, 3rd photo from Wikipedia commons

And thanks to @CeeChampion for inspiring this post
No doubt very familiar to many from the front cover of @readersdigest seminal book '#Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain' (1973)
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Lo prometido es deuda, así que comenzamos el hilo de repaso y tributo a la gran #ps3 #Playstation3 #RincondelBit #retrogaming #retrogamer Image
1.- Alpha Protocol un título de de #Sega y Obsidian Entertainment un juego de espionaje en el que la toma de decisiones juega un papel fundamental, personalmente me gustó mucho ImageImageImageImage
2.- Assassin's Creed poco que contar que no sepáis de esta gran saga que personalmente me encanta.
#AssassinsCreed ImageImageImageImage
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