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Half-halfling, half-elf wizard of the geomancer variety.

Faithfull scribe of the Noldor Calastir, Dark Lord of the Phallic Symbols. Currently living in his tower, trying to manage his household and estate while he searches for a cure for old age for his somnostatic human wife, the warpriestess Zena.


alchemy, anatomy, astronomy, geography, mathematics, herbology, maps, mycology, language, script, technology,


history, History of Europe, History of Africa, history of America


mythology, mesopotamian mythology, egyptian mythology, greek mythology, celtic mythology, norse mythology, japanese mythology, west-african mythology, gods, mythical creature,

Magic, folklore and ritual

magic, shamanism, curses, runes, tarot,folklore,magical plant, wizards workshop

Arts and crafts

theater, manuscript, illumination, sculpture, jewelry


Women in Ancient Egypt

  • Women and men in ancient Egypt enjoyed the same legal and economic rights. Women could divorce their husbands and remarry.
  • Women and men were also subject to the same punishments.
  • Women worked many of the same jobs men did, most in the fields. Life was tough, though women did live longer than men (58, 54)
  • Women could hold political office, with several examples of female pharaohs available. There were at least 5, not including the Cleopatras and other Greek rulers.
  • Women could also hold lower political office, with many being scribes.
  • Women who were on their periods were considered to be removing impurities. They were excused from work and forbidden from some religious areas.
  • It is worth noting that when Egypt was conquered by Greece, Egyptian women retained many more rights than their Greek counterparts.

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Commelin, Caspar, 1667?-1731. Beschryvinge van Amsterdam, desselfs eerste oorspronk uyt den huyse der heeren van Aemstel en Aemstellant, 1693.

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Houghton Library, Harvard University

For comparison: the same area om Google maps in 2014. It shows the Hortus Botanicus of Amsterdam.

The channel on the right (Muidergracht / Muyergracht) is still there, but a bit hard to spot because of the trees. The current main building dates from 1912, and was build as a laboratory for Hugo de Vries, as part of his conditions for staying in Amsterdam instead of accepting a position in New York. Some other constructions, like the gate and the small 8-sided dome, are from the 17th, 18th and 19th century.

source 1,  source 2 (in Dutch)



The Irish werewolf is different from the Teutonic or European werewolf, as it is really not a “monster” at all. Unlike its continental cousins, this shapeshifter is the guardian and protector of children, wounded men and lost persons. According to some ancient sources, the Irish werewolves were even recruited by kings in time of war. Known in their native land as the faoladh or conroicht, their predatory behaviour is typical of the common wolf, not beneath the occasional nocturnal raid 

i need stories about this one

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Ulisse Aldrovandi, Puella pilosa annorum duodecim, Monstrorum Historia
Bologna, Italy

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1662. Gaspar Schott. “Physica Curiosa is a large compendium of pictures and stories regarding monsters, physical abnormalities, and bizarre animals. Rather than a work of original scholarship, Schott’s book, like many others of its kind, attempts to gather together as much as is commonly known on the topic. Therefore, many of the descriptions of animals and creatures repeat apochraphyl accounts as if they are fact, and perpetuate belief in unicorns, satyrs, and other mythical beings.”

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Manbear by Ulisse Androvandi, 1640


Detail of an engraving by Hendrick Goltzius illustrating Zeus transforming the Arcadian king Lycaon into a wolf, c. 1589

Detail of this engraving.


King Lycaon, the First Werewolf,

According the Greek mythology Lycaon was a tyrannical king of Arkadia who cursed the gods.  When Zeus came to investigate rumors of his tyranny Lycaon tested Zeus’ divinity by serving him meat from a slaughtered child, the ultimate offense for a god.  Zeus, being divine, immediately knew of the origin of the meat and became so angry that he destroyed Lycaon’s 50 sons with lightning bolts and transformed Lycaon into a werewolf.


Bernard Picart, Lycaon Metamorphosed into a Wolf,1733.


I recently posted this, thought you might find it interesting; King Lycaon, portrayed in this 16th-Century copperplate engraving by Italian artist Agostino de’ Musi as a ferocious wolf-headed man

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Engraving from Basil Valentine’s  Chymische Schrifften (1717 printing).

Source of picture: :http://www.alchemydiscussion.com  (also provides translations of the text). Other sources: 1 ,  2 .

'Three Hares' motif  found on a gravestone in the shtetl of Sataniv, Ukraine. Screenshots from episode 4 of Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews.


The “Three Hares” motif in the painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue repica. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber


The enigmatic symbology of the three hares can be found in Christian, Jewish, Islamic, and Buddhist sites across the globe in England, Western and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.  The historic spiritual meaning remains unclear.

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This example is the Dreihasenfenster (Window of Three Hares) in Paderborn Cathedral


Rabbit ring

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