That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman? — Sojourner Truth, 1851 Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio. (via coolchicksfromhistory)
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Ammonite by UnusualFocus on Flickr.
In some older versions of Persephone’s story, she was a young woman, not a young girl, and instead of accidentally wandering away, she had gone deliberately adventuring, when she fell, or was lured, or was kidnapped into Hell. Here Persephone’s adventurous spirit leads her into difficulty, instead of her being a passive victim of the wickedness of others. Her relationship with her mother gives her the courage to explore her world, and when events take a bad turn, their relationship gives her the strength to survive.
In a still older version, Persephone heard the despairing cries of the dead and chose freely to go into the Underworld to comfort them. Hades does not appear at all, in this version. Here Persephone’s descent to hell illustrates inclusiveness for every being, whether in the Underworld or in our present one, and shows that mercy is integral to her nature.
In the most ancient layer of myth, Persephone’s name means “She Who Destroys The Light.” She was the powerful Goddess of the Underworld long before anyone knew of Hades. Like the Indian Kali, the Irish Morrigan, and the Sumerian Ereshkegal, she was the Goddess of Death. —
*BTG asterisk: source unreliable, but there’s some good information here, and I like the interpretations on Persephone’s changing motivations.(via bythegods)
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Brahma the God of #Creation.
The four hands show different aspects of the God. The upper-left makes a stylized gesture of prayer. The upper-right arm holds a scroll describing religious law. The lower-right hand holds a gold vessel containing milk and the lower-left a spoon for stirring the milk in the fire. Milk is a sacred food in India, produced by the cows which embody the Goddess.
Brahma wears a decorated crown, signifying religion as a developed concept. Brahma takes the energy of Kali and calms it. As Creator, he channels it into existing forms. Kali is the night, Brahma the dawn. #JaiKali #JaiBrahma (at 🔮 Mystic Den 🔮)
Thirsty Wolf by Maxime Riendeau
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