The Greek word "amethystos" may be translated as "not drunken": a = “not" and
methustos = "intoxicated". And Callinectes: Calli = "beautiful", nectes = "swimmer".
A reference to the belief that the stone was an antidote against drunkenness. The
ancient Greeks wore amethyst jewelry and carved drinking vessels from it in the belief
that it would prevent intoxication. These mythical crabs would allegedly grow Amethyst crystals on their bodies and were prized during the height of the Ancient Greek civilization. Their shells, claws and legs were harvested in vast numbers and used extensively for the Greek Aristocrats symposia; A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion. These mythical creatures are now believed to be extinct but there have been a few unconfirmed sightings in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, specifically around the sunken city of Pavlopetri.
Along with the rise of technology, we are constantly manipulating the world’s natural landscape for the benefit of human beings. In return, nature fights back with more and more catastrophic natural disasters which is a vicious cycle that is devastating to the population and animals alike.
In this piece, I wanted to take on the “world” in the perspective of the animals. Imagine waking
up to fires caused by gender reveal parties, mounds of garbage in your yard, strange objects driving through your backyard, giant dams in your homes, the heater is suddenly on, and the countless unrecognizable/unnatural “things” invading your natural world. I often think the animals are asking themselves everyday, “what the f*** is happening”.
Awaits the answer veiled
Who lives, who dies she moans
- a riddle in travail
Atop her perch of stone
She’s hungry for your answers
But will make do with bone
Although myth was traditionally transmitted through the oral tradition on a small scale, the film industry has enabled filmmakers to transmit myths to large audiences via film. In Jungian psychology myths are the expression of a culture or society’s goals, fears, ambitions and dreams.
The basis of modern visual storytelling is rooted in the mythological tradition. Many contemporary films rely on ancient myths to construct narratives. The Walt Disney Company is well-known among cultural study scholars for "reinventing" traditional childhood myths. While many films are not as obvious as Disney fairy tales, the plots of many films are based on the rough structure of myths. Mythological archetypes, such as the cautionary tale regarding the abuse of technology, battles between gods and creation stories, are often the subject of major film productions. These films are often created under the guise of cyberpunk action films, fantasy, dramas and apocalyptic tales”
A Giant Protector of London named after the Oaks of Albion
"A giant stood tall with the tenacity and charm that is London- can only be a dog."
Characteristics: The Blue Dala Quilter - affectionately known as the Swedish
Thief - is one of the only birds in the animal kingdom that uses tools. Unlike its Asian cousin (the Tailorbird) the Quilter does not use natural elements, such as leaves and plant fibers, to build its nests. Instead, the Quilter steals* pieces of fabric, thread, and sewing needles from local craftspeople, and uses those elements to skillfully sew its nest. The assembly of random shapes and
colors of fabric gives each nest the unique look of a patchwork quilt.
The floor of Quilter nests is typically grass and small fabric strips, though it’s not
uncommon to find cotton batting inside. Quilters usually suspend their nests from
tree branches with yarn or decorative ribbon. It is believed that these nests were
the inspiration for modern Christmas ornaments.
The nests are built by a nesting pair, which mate for life. The males are a rich indigo with black beak and wings. The females are light blue with blueish grey wings.
Characteristics: This elegant shark is a large and deadly hunter. Considering its
size (averaging 18 to 26 feet in length) and its long flowing fins, the Skirted Shark
is not a fast swimmer. Instead, it hunts via slow stealth attacks. Its graceful fins
allow it to move so soundlessly that its prey almost never knows it is approaching.
Skirted Sharks do not migrate, and have a relatively small home range. It prefers cold and dark environments, usually spending its days between 1800 and 3000 feet below the surface, occasionally feeding on squid and jellyfish. At night, it moves to shallower water to hunt catshark, small whales, and a variety of fish.
This species was first discovered during an exploratory submersible dive in 1998, near the southern tip of Greenland. None were seen again until 2016. No Skirted Shark has ever been photographed or captured. Remains have been found on three occasions since their discovery. One of these, found on the shore of Newfoundland, was estimated to have been over 200 years old when it died.
Characteristics: The Eurasian Deer Fox is one of the most elusive creatures in the animal kingdom. They are rarely seen by people, as they actively avoid the sounds, lights, and smells that accompany human activity. Their long legs and sleek bodies make them fast and skillful hunters. They are equally adept at sprinting over the vast steppe as they are darting through the forests at the feet of the Ural Mountains. Their main prey are ground squirrels
and marmots, but they also eat berries, herbs, and grasses. They are also a prey animal to larger carnivores, such as brown bears and grey wolves. Lone animals are not fast enough to catch a Deer Fox - they can only be caught with coordinated group attacks. As Deer Fox are hard to find, study is limited. It is unknown what it uses its antlers for, or how this unique adaptation developed in an omnivore, as they are the only known meat-eater to grow antlers. There is some anecdotal information about them gathered from Eurasian
nomadic groups, as they consider Deer Fox sacred animals. The nomads revere them as the embodiment of duality and universal balance. The Deer Foxes’ desire for privacy is so respected by local herdsmen and nomads that it is considered extremely unlucky to look at, let alone kill, a Deer Fox. However, it is acceptable to take antlers found on the steppe, paint them half black - half white, and display them above their doorway.
Aztecs used to offer human sacrifices to Huitzilopochtli . The victims were usually prisoners captured in the frequent wars that Aztecs were fighting against their neighbors. The sacrifices were intended to secure rain, harvests and success in war. The hummingbird is often worn by warriors as a necklace for good luck . The hummingbird is white to represent purity, it’s wing is of a butterfly to represent our ancestors and it’s blood drop eye is a representation of the many sacrifices for huitzilopochtli. The rose represents the universe in which huitzilopochtli ( the sun ) rules.
It’s hard to exist in a society where you are condemned as a monster or a freak of nature just because you’re different. The people in the village closest to me think i’m a Shinigami or a God of Death, brought down to wreak vengeance on the region.
Its funny that they think I’m meant for evil, because that is so far from true... I actually bring sustenance to the land and a sense of magic to the people. Many have attempted to kill me on countless occasions and time after time they eventually realize I’m immortal. What they don’t realize is, if I died, the land would surely die with me.
Oil on Wood Panel, 12.5 x 15 inches (Framed, 17 x 19.5 inches)
In the case of the mango, the tree spirit is accompanied by a small serpent-dragon who acts as the guardian of the tree’s roots, and of the fruit, until it is ripened and ready to donate to the creatures of the forest— this aids in the spreading of the seeds and propagation of mango groves.
The tree spirit does not control the dragon, who is a smaller emanation of its water Naga
ancestors. Though the dragon is reptilian and wild by nature, it typically respects the tree spirit as a wise being and follows her watchful advice on how best to serve the tree. By evolution, the Mango Dragon has dark colored scales, as it is mostly crepuscular to fend off the twilight diners of the forest. During the daytime, it sleeps beneath the shadows of the long leaves of the mango, but it does guard the tree until the sun rises each morning.
About the tree spirit— in Thai, นางไม (pronounced, “Naang Mai”), นาง Naang (woman) + ไม Mai (tree), translates to “Lady of the Tree”, or “Tree Spirit”. Along the Thailand-Burma border, this variety of Naang Mai is known as ผแมมะมวง (pronounced “Phi Mae Ma-Muong”), ผ Phi (ghost) + แม Mae (mother) + มะมวง Ma-Muong (mango). Phi Mae Ma-Muong are not malicious ghosts— but they are motherly guardians of the tree, and will act accordingly to safeguard it.
Today in North-Western Thailand along the border, while coming across a Phi Mae Ma-Muong in a mango grove, one might be surprised to see that she is dressed in traditional Burmese attire, as the modern day borders do not apply to the spirit realm, and the crossover of cultures there has long been blurred.
A Western Buddhist monk from the Thai Forest Tradition, Ajahn Brahm, is fond of saying,
“When life gives you a truckload of animal dung on your doorstep, use it to fertilize your mango
tree”. It’s life’s challenges that bring growth and rebirth, and 2020 is indeed a year of fertilizer for our trees.
cúcara, mácara, títere fue,
alza la pata caballo blanco
mira ve' quien fue
O María, O José
¿Quién tiene lo pié alreve'?
que si no duermes
el Cuco vendrá"
such as good and evil, male and female, etc.