The Narcissus and the Pomegranate: A New Look at Demeter and Persephone by Dawn Work-MaKinne The Narcissus and the Pomegranate: A New Look at Demeter and Persephone by Dawn Work-MaKinne In the years before I turned, both personally and in scholarship, toward the Germanic path, Persephone was the goddess to whom I was closest. It was from Persephone that I learned about the holiness of the work of the Underworld, of the place under the earth where what is dead awaits rebirth. I treasured Charlene Spretnak's retelling of the classical Greek myths, where Persephone was not raped into the Underworld, but undertook the journey willingly, to serve the souls who were waiting there in confusion and grief.
Constellation Myths - The Stories Behind The Stars The Stories Behind The Stars Since ancient times, constellation myths have told the tales of gods and monsters, heroes and villains, and other legends using only the stars in the night sky. Each of the 12 zodiac sign meanings can be found in these myths, along with their origins. People have looked upon the stars since the beginning of time, divining meaning out of the seemingly random specks of light that dot the sky. In man's attempt to draw meaning from the powerful and mysterious forces of the universe, legends have been told about the purpose and creation of these stars. Constellations, in and of themselves, are simply man-made groupings of stars, created to explain the most ancient and important questions of all time.
Write Better: 3 Ways To Introduce Your Main CharacterWritersDigest.com One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn’t properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Readers want to know quickly the protagonist’s sex, age and level of sophistication in the world of the story, and they want to relate to the character on an emotional level. Readers’ interest in the protagonist has to be earned, in other words.
List of Germanic deities In Germanic paganism, the indigenous religion of the ancient Germanic peoples that inhabited Germanic Europe, there were a number of different gods and goddesses. Germanic deities are attested from numerous sources, including works of literature, various chronicles, runic inscriptions, personal names, place names, and other sources. This article presents a comprehensive list of these deities. Gods 10 Writing "Rules" We Wish More Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Would Break Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service. I give a hearty Here Here for #4!
The Brain's God Spot Scientists searching for the neural "God spot", which is supposed to control religious belief, believe that there is not just one but several areas of the brain that form the biological foundations of religious belief. The researchers said their findings support the idea that the brain has evolved to be sensitive to any form of belief that improves the chances of survival, which could explain why a belief in God and the supernatural became so widespread in human evolutionary history. "Religious belief and behaviour are a hallmark of human life, with no accepted animal equivalent, and found in all cultures," said Professor Jordan Grafman, from the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, near Washington. Scientists are divided on whether religious belief has a biological basis. "There is nothing unique about religious belief in these brain structures.
The Legend of the Blair Witch: Myths that Created an Infamous Curse When most people hear about the Blair witch, images come to mind of a horror film which was released in 1999 with a very low production budget. The movie was directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez and it was so successful that it spread across the world. However, Sánchez and Myrick based their production on a legend about a woman who many people claim was real: Elly Kedward. What did Elly do for her to be called a witch? What terrible events are said to have occurred in the last 300 years in certain forests of Maryland, USA? Demons A to Z - Weird Encyclopedia A list of demons, devils, and evil gods from around the world. Probably not exhaustive. If you know of any more, keep it to yourself.
6 Writers Who Broke the Rules and Got Away with It Have you ever read a book and noticed the author has broken what we writers often hear of as “the rules”? My initial reaction is usually indignation: “Why can she get away with that, and I can’t??” The more I study the craft of writing, the more rules I hear about, and most of these are guidelines based on making a book reader-friendly. As much as I believe it’s good practice to avoid the common pitfalls of beginning writers, there are always exceptions to every rule. Here are six commonly heard rules for writers, and six authors who’ve gotten away with breaking them. Fantasy Clichés to Avoid - What Beginners Do in Fantasy Fiction Fantasy Fiction Clichés to Avoid - What Beginners Do in Fantasy Fiction [First, my profound apologies to the vast majority of readers who don't steal content, but I have to state the following. This article and all content on this website belongs to Val Kovalin, copyright © Obsidianbookshelf.com, except where noted. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without written permission from Val Kovalin is strictly prohibited.
God Battleground God Can your beliefs about religion make it across our intellectual battleground? In this activity, you’ll be asked a series of questions about God and religion. The Epic of Gilgamesh Summary Gilgamesh, the son of a man and a goddess, is king of the ancient Sumerian city-state of Uruk. Oh, and he's also the strongest and most handsome man in the world. Must be nice. Unfortunately, Gilgamesh's assets have gone to his head, and he spends all his time wearing out the young men of the city with endless athletic contests and sexually exploiting the young women. Dream Dictionary The significance of dreams has probably been debated since people first developed the ability to communicate. Despite this, there's still no agreement on why we dream. It's hard to believe that dreams have no meaning at all, though, especially when it's so much fun to try to figure out what they're trying to tell us.