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.
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:
CADMUS AND THE DRAGON'S TEETH
'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]
E: SAY MY NAME, NEW CONTINENT!
Alright, #FolkloreThursday, here we go.
Horrible Hungarian Nursery Rhymes. A thread.
1. 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
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
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.
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
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?
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.
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?
F: *A* devil or *the* Devil?
D: Does it matter?
F: Just trying to determine what size crucifix I should be reaching for.
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
STORY THREAD: TAM-LIN
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. #folklorethursday
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 3. SHE DOESN’T TAKE ORDERS FROM NARRATORS
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.