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A human edenic vision haunts the moonlit pastoral landscapes of Somerset by British folk artist John Caple (b.1966) #FolkloreThursday
John Caple's paintings:

1-The Broomsquire's Cottage
2-Wild Horse-Full Moon
3-The Hermitage
4-A Dusk Wish
This painting by Caple evokes the "paradise lost/regained" motif: Though we are all fallible we still believe what have been lost could be regained once more by returning to a sacred relationship between humans and nature.

John Caple-An Eden
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#FolkloreThursday Rappaccini's Daughter is a fairy tale/short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne about a girl who lives in a poisonous garden, having become poisonous herself due to her botanist/mad scientist father's experiments. A young scholar sees her over the wall & falls in love.
“ if she were another flower, human sister of those vegetable ones—more beautiful than the richest— still to be touched only with a glove, nor to be approached without a mask. ...she handled & inhaled odor of several plants, which her father had sedulously avoided.”
Boy enters via a secret door, meets her, idly touches her 'sister' flower, she grabs his hand away - POISONOUS! - he finds a painful burn on it the next day. Love and poison spread on through the story. (read notes on the room cutaway image attached for cool story details)
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It's a wet, dreary #FolkloreThursday, so let me tell you about one of the most interesting guys you've ever heard of. A bloke who straddled the world of science and folklore, fact and fiction. A scholar of the haunted and the weird. His name? Justinus Kerner. THREAD 1/
Southern Germany is a place of myth and legend. Perhaps it's the landscape, perhaps it's the distance from the commercial centres from the north, perhaps it's just a land apart. Wuerttemberg, the region surrounding Stuttgart, is especially so. /2
Nearly every valley, every peak, every forest in Wuerttemberg has its legends, its hauntings, its supposed secrets. In the early 19th century, they persisted in a way that they simply do not do now. This was the world Justinus Kerner was born into in 1786. /3
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We live in a world of light and noise. For many, huddling around the warmth of a fire is a novelty, not a necessity. We have no fear of the restless dead and their torments. It’s not often we get a window into a world where this was not the case… THREAD #FolkloreThursday /1
Sometime around the turn of the 15th century, a monk at a Cistercian monastery at Byland Abbey in North Yorkshire used the blank pages of a manuscript (Royal MS 15 A xx) to write down a number of stories. /2
Centuries later, in 1922, the Cambridge medievalist M. R. James - remember that name - translated the stories from Latin, & what he discovered was something terrible & wonderful. What he had, in the voice of a 15th century man, were tales of the dead walking among us. /3
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In Germany, 'Die Weisse Frau' is said to haunt the Hohenzollern family, as a portent of death - there are a few origin stories, but the original seems to Kunigunde von Orlamunde, who *supposedly* murdered her children to marry a Hohenzollern. #folklorethursday
The legend appears to be traceable back to the Plassenburg, in Kulmbach. Kunigunde was a real person... though she had no kids. Despite this, the Hohenzollerns took the legend very, very seriously.
Incidentally, Kulmbach is a wonderful town and you should totally visit it. Spent 6 blissful months there as a teen.
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The Sanskrit word for ghost is Bhuta, which roughly translates to both “past” and “being”. The craziest types of Bhutas in Hindu mythology are demons called Rakshasas. #FolkloreThursday (1/11)
Rakshasas can fly and disappear, like most ghosts. But they also have Maya, which is the power of illusion. Maya is also a Hindu term for everything we perceive, which is ultimately just illusion, according to non-dualistic Vedanta. (2/11)
Using their power of Maya, Rakshasas can change size and assume any form. They can become beautiful temptresses or giant, man-eating monsters. (3/11)
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Lately, I’ve told tales of women from medieval history - in particular, those who refused to stand aside & gave no fucks. Today, I’ve got your Halloween special: a mysterious woman at the heart of an act that shocked Europe: ‘The Black Hoffman.’ THREAD /1 #folklorethursday
In 1525, the Protestant Reformation, poor harvests and growing populace intersected to instigate one of the greatest popular revolts in Europe prior to the French Revolution. The German Peasants War, as it’s become known, blazed throughout the Spring and Summer. /2
Bands of farmers, commoners and unemployed soldiers roamed southern Germany, looking to cut down those feudal lords who had overstepped the mark in cruelty towards their subjects. High on the list was Ludwig von Helfenstein, who had a castle at Weinsberg, near Heilbronn. /3
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I'm interested in ghost stories, not just because they give me a fulfilling sense of dread, they can also tell us something about the place & time from which they emerged. The haunting of Burg Werdenfels, deep in the Bavarian Alps, is such an example. THREAD /1 #FolkloreThursday
Some of you will know that in another life, I was a high school teacher, living in Stuttgart, Germany. Every year, we'd take our Year 7 class to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, near the border with Austria. Every year, we'd hike up to Burg Werdenfels. /2
Burg Werdenfels isn't the most imposing castle ruin you'll ever come across, but it has a commanding view, and was quite the power base when it was built sometime around the 13th century - chiefly to protect trade coming up from Italy. /3
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THREAD 👇 (1/10) #FolkloreTuesday: During the 19th century, many people living in Derbyshire meticulously collected and stored their fallen or extracted teeth in jars. When a person died, these teeth were placed inside the coffin alongside the corpse. (Photo: Hunterian).
(2/11) On Judgment Day, those who failed to do this would be damned to search for the lost teeth in a bucket of blood located deep within the fiery pits of Hell. Stories like this help us to understand why people in the past feared the anatomist’s knife.
(3/11) Deliberate mutilation of the body could have dire consequences in the afterlife. For many living in earlier periods, dissection represented the destruction of one’s identity. Most people imagined the dead to have an active, physical role in the next world.
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You know how the Greek gods are just, just super-jerks sometimes?
Well, you will when you're done with a #FolkloreThursday story thread called:

'Snake, Battle, & Roll'

IMAGE: 'Cadmus and Minerva,' Peter Paul Reubens, 1636
AGENOR: Cadmus, have you seen Europa this morning?
C: She’s probably out picking flowers.
A: I love that girl but I wonder if she’ll ever achieve anything of note.
[Cut to: Europa standing on a bull like a surfboard as it speeds across the ocean]
IMAGE: Rape of Europa, Cagnacci, 1650
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Alright, #FolkloreThursday, here we go.
*cracks knuckles*
Horrible Hungarian Nursery Rhymes. A thread.
Fly away, ladybug,
The Turks are coming
They will put you in a well of salt
And take you out
Put you under a wheel
And take you out
The Turks are coming
They will shoot you dead!
#FolkloreThursday #WTFHungary
Stork, dear stork
Why is your leg bloody?
Turkish child cut it
Hungarian child is healing it
With whistles and drums and fiddle
[At this point I apologize to all my Turkish friends]
#FolkloreThursday #WTFHungary
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THREAD: For @FolkloreThurs’s #worldreligions theme, and since it was the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God yesterday, here are some unusual icons of the Virgin Mary in the Eastern Orthodox tradition: 1st the scene of the Dormition by El Greco in Syros #FolkloreThursday
2nd: the three-handed Madonna (Παναγία Τριχερούσα) belonged, according to tradition, to John of Damascus in the 8th century and is believed to be wonderworking. It’s now in the monastery of Hilander in Mount Athos @FolkloreThurs #FolkloreThursday #worldreligions #medievaltwitter
3rd: the Breastfeeding (Γαλακτοτροφούσα) Madonna (one of the oldest versions of this theme) at Osiou Gregoriou monastery, Mount Athos. I like the motherhood moment here! @FolkloreThurs #FolkloreThursday #worldreligions #medievaltwitter
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Tread: It’s #FolkloreThursday so I thought I should do some folklore on common #wildlife in the U.K.!
One of my favourites is that if you have a #bees on your property you should always keep them in the know about the goings on in your house.
Also if there’s a death you should turn the hive towards the road so the bees can mourn when the hearse goes by.
#BarnOwls were often seen as bad omens. They were used to predict the weather.
However in the North it was seen as lucky to see an owl.
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Gather round, friends, and let me tell you a tale of artists, occult rituals, and sexy bird-men. (Image: Grandmother Moorhead's Aromatic Kitchen by Leonora Carrington) #FolkloreThursday
In summer 1937, a group of surrealists including Max Ernst (bottom left) and Leonora Carrington (bottom center) went into the woods of Cornwall to perform occult rituals. (If it isn't obvious from the photo, they were also hooking up in every combination.) #FolkloreThursday
Surrealists loved occultism. Here they are holding a seance in 1926. #FolkloreThursday
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Ever wonder how burnt offerings got started? Or your baby is secretly a genius &/or trolling you? You’ll find the answers in a #folklorethursday story thread called
Hermes & the Cows of Apollo
‘Burn, Baby, Burn”
IMAGE: ‘Landschaft mit Apollo und Merkur,’ Claude Lorrain (1604)
[The COURTROOM OF OLYMPUS. APOLLO & HERMES stand before a tribunal comprised of all the other gods. HERMES, it should be noted, is a literal toddler.]
ARTEMIS: [sotto] Picking on someone your own size-slash-maturity level, bro?
APOLLO: shaddup
ZEUS: Theft, arson, transporting livestock across state lines … serious charges, Hermes. How do you plead?
HERMES: Your honor, I am but a simple small-town baby lawyer -
APOLLO: Lies, your honor! LIES!
Z: Calm down, Tom Cruise, we’ll get to you.
H: Not guilty.
A: liessssss
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Common farm pests: Caterpillars, locusts, and demons.

#FolkloreThursday STORY THREAD!

'Better the Devil you Hoe'

[Image: 'American Gothic,' Grant Wood 1930]
Once upon a time there was a farmer who was surveying a field he’d recently purchased, when lo and behold he saw an imp sitting on a pile of coals smack-dab in the middle of it.

Say what you will about infernals, but they know how to make an entrance.
FARMER: I've heard of slash-and-burn agriculture but this is absurd. Who are you?
DEVIL: Devil.
F: *A* devil or *the* Devil?
D: Does it matter?
F: Just trying to determine what size crucifix I should be reaching for.
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Cú Chulainn is believed to be an incarnation of the god #Lugh, who is also his father! His mother is the mortal Deichtine, sister of Conchobar mac Nessa, the King of #Ulster who ruled from #NavanFort near #Armagh. #CúChulainn #Irishmyths #Irishlegends #FolkloreThursday
Born Sétanta, Cú Chulainn gained his name as a child, after killing Culann's fierce guard-dog in self-defence & offered to take its place until a replacement could be reared! Used a standing stone or by driving a sliotar down its throat with his hurley! #FolkloreThursday
Cathbad the druid announced one day that anyone who drew arms would have everlasting fame! So Cú Chulainn only 7 years old, asked for arms! But Cathbad grieved because he had not finished his prophecy-the warrior who took arms that day would have a short life! #FolkloreThursday
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“Un-Dammit, Janet”
Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl single-handedly defeats faery court on Halloween to save him. While 9 months pregnant.
Pls note Janet has officially joined the ranks of Undersung Faery Tales Heroines in a BIG WAY.
The story begins with the Narrator warning all maidens to stay out of Carterhaugh or Chaster’s Wood or as I like to call it, De-flower Garden, because a fella named Tam-Lin lives there, and he charges one (1) green kirtle or one (1) sextimes as price of admission.
Fair Janet (whose family owns those woods) catches wind of this and comes to three conclusions:
1. She doesn’t take orders from Narrators
2. No one gave Amber Tamblyn or whatever his name is permission to levy a sex tax on her property
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There are plenty of resources on the Olympian Gods, but do any of them answer the question, "How would I fare in a fistfight against this guy?"

I got u, bb



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ZEUS: King of the Gods. Goes HAM if his throne's challenged, ranging from "lightning bolt" to "eating girlfriend in case her 👏 currently 👏 non-existent 👏 2nd child one day threatens him." Do not fight, esp. bc you KNOW he'll try & turn it into a makeout sesh halfway through.
HERA: Queen of the Gods. DO NOT FIGHT JFC DON'T DO IT DON'T. Check the fate of some of Zeus's sidepieces (ex. Io, Lamia) & tell me you want to take her on.
Plus her life seems pretty joyless (best compliment she gets is "cow-eyed," come ON) so just be chill & leave her alone.
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Hemingway on Twitter:
-never uses hashtags
-doesn't want 280 characters
-makes fake accounts to troll Faulkner
-muted Fitzgerald immediately
Faulkner on Twitter:
-petitions for 280 characters, still doesn't have room
-knows he should block Hemingway but can't
-drunk tweets a lot
Fitzgerald on Twitter:
-posts infinity selfies
-tries to tag Hemingway in everything
-rewords women's tweets & presents them as his own
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A thread on Ishtar's Descent Into the Underworld, one of the most famous and beautiful Mesopotamian legends. #folklorethursday
Ishtar was the Mesopotamian god of love, beauty, sex, fertility, war & political power from ~3500 BCE. She was associated with planet Venus.
One of the most famous Ishtar tales is of her descent into the underworld. Here's the text as it appeared in the Library of Ashurbanipal
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