INDICE SECCIONES ACCESO RAPIDO:
Albania: Holy Mary holding Baby Jesus in her right arm
Andorra: Apse fresco of Sant Miquel d’Engolasters church
Austria: The Kiss; Belarus: The Fiddler
Belgium: The Son of Man
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mountain landscape
Croatia: Roman Woman Playing A Lute
Cyprus: Work by Stelois Votsis
Czech Republic: The Absinthe Drinker
Denmark: The Little Mermaid
Estonia: Half Nude in Striped Skirt
Finland: The Wounded Angel
Germany: Wanderer Above the Sea of Frog
Greece: Venus de Milo
Hungary: The Old Fisherman
Ireland: Three Studies of Lucian Freud
Italy: Mona Lisa
Latvia: After Church
Liechtenstein; Lithuania: Tale of the Kings
Luxembourg: Stretch of the Moselle at Greiveldange with Stadtbredimus
Macedonia (FYROM): Scene from the Paris Psalter
Moldova: The Girl From Ciadar Lunga
Monaco: Raniero I
Montenegro: Our Lady of Philermos
Netherlands: The Girl with Pearl Earrings
Norway: The Scream
Portugal: Le Fado
Romania: Car Cu Boi
Russia: Golden Autumn
Serbia: The Wounded Montenegrin
Slovakia: Work by Albin Brunovsky
Slovenia: Pomlad (Spring)
Sweden: Breakfast Under the Big Birch Tree
Switzerland: The Walking Man
Turkey: The Tortoise Trainer
Ukraine: Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks
United Kingdom (UK): The Fighting Temeraire
Vatican City: Creation of Adam
Mencionaremos tres de cada continente o región:
América del norte y central: Pedro Páramo, de Juan Rulfo (México), To Kill a Mocking Bird, de Harper Lee (EUA), Anne of Green Gables, de Lucy Maud Montgomery (Canadá).
América del sur: Ficciones, de Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), La casa de los espíritus, de Isabel Allende (Chile), Lituma en los Andes, de Mario Vargas Llosa (Perú).
Europa occidental: Don Quijote de La Mancha, de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (España), El conde de Montecristo, de Alexandre Dumas (Francia), La divina comedia, de Dante Alighier (Italia).
Europa oriental: La guerra y la paz, de León Tolstoi (Rusia), Pan Tadeusz, de Adam Mickiewicz (Polonia), Eclipse de la luna creciente, de Géza Gárdonyi (Hungría).
África: El extranjero, de Albert Camus (Algeria), The Antipeople, de Sony Labou Tansi (Congo), Desgracia, de J. M. Coetzee (Sudáfrica).
Asia: Mi nombre es rojo, de Orhan Pamuk (Turquía), Sueño en el pabellón rojo, de Cao Xueqin (China), Kokoro, de Natsume Sōseki (Japón).
Oceanía: Cloudstreet, de Tim Winton (Australia), The Bone People, de Keri Hulme (Nueva Zelanda), Death of a Muruk, de Bernard Narokobi (Papua Nueva Guinea).
the school of life : literature
Distopias-Ciencia ficción moderna
La trilogía de la Fundación son libros de ciencia ficción escritos por Isaac Asimov. Una obra tan ambiciosa que abarca magnitudes colosales en el tiempo y el espacio. Fundación nos sitúa en el planeta Trántor, núcleo de la galaxia y centro neurálgico del Imperio Galáctico. Estamos ante el culmen de la civilización, con inimaginables avances científicos e intelectuales. Pero la estabilidad no es eterna, todo lo que sube tiende a bajar. El Imperio Galáctico caerá tarde o temprano.
Hari Seldon es un prestigioso científico que trabaja con la Psicohistoria. Una nueva rama de las matemáticas capaz de predecir el comportamiento de la sociedad con el estudio de grandes datos como pueden ser influencias, economía, creencias o tecnologías. Los resultados sobre el Imperio Galáctico son poco alentadores, está condenado al fracaso. A pesar del momento de estabilidad y bienestar, la corrupción junto con el estancamiento conducirán a la sociedad a fracturarse. El hombre volverá a la Edad de Piedra. Una decadencia que necesitará unos 30.000 años para volver a la situación actual.
La crisis es próxima, Hari Seldon elabora un plan para reducir el tiempo de regeneración de la sociedad a tan solo 1.000 años. Decide construir dos Fundaciones en los extremos opuestos de la galaxia. La Fundación es una gran enciclopedia galáctica que reúne todos los conocimientos científicos alcanzados hasta el momento. Con la Fundación, Hari Seldon salvaguarda la ciencia pero también planta la semilla para superar una serie de problemas críticos que sufrirá la civilización. La sociedad se volverá bárbara, reinarán nuevas religiones sobre los conocimientos científicos, los planetas serán gobernados por tiranos y perderán el contacto. La propia Fundación influirá en los sistemas cercanos para comenzar la regeneración.
Fundación e Imperio
Conoceremos a diferentes protagonistas mientras el plan de Heri Sheldon se antepone a las diferentes crisis que llegan con el paso de los siglos. Pero se produce un problema que hace temblar el objetivo de la Fundación, un detalle que no podía pronosticar la Psicohistoria. Aparece un mutante.
El Mulo tuerce los planes de Seldon, mermando la regeneración de la civilización. El Mulo es un mutante con poderes extraordinarios, un auténtico monstruo que se apodera de cada sistema que visita. Parece que no existe nadie capaz de hacerle frente. Presenta su propio plan para unificar la galaxia, tratando de apoderarse de la Fundación.
A diferencia de lo que podría parecer, forzar la unificación de la galaxia es contraproducente. Es un medio antinatural de regeneración. Los sistemas no están preparados para ello, el tiempo y la muerte del mutante produciría una incertidumbre imposible de predecir.
Los planes de Heri Seldon han fracasado. El Mulo ha alterado el curso de la Fundación sin que nadie lo tuviera en cuenta. Aunque todavía queda una esperanza, solo ha encontrado una Fundación. Desde la caída del Imperio Galáctico existen rumores de dos Fundaciones pero la Segunda Fundación permanece en secreto. Se convierte en la llave de la regeneración.
La sombra de la Segunda Fundación se esconde en los detalles más inverosímiles. Nuevos personajes vienen y se van, hasta la culminación de una de las obras más grandes de ciencia ficción jamás escrita.
Una trilogía imprescindible para los amantes de la ciencia ficción que nadie se puede perder.
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PINTORES DE FANTASIA: GONZALO ORDÓÑEZ ARIAS (SELECCIÓN)
Gonzalo Ordoñez Arias, Is an extraordinary digital artist and painter of fantasy art. He was born in Arica, in the north of Chile (a port city) and now lives in the capital, Santiago. He started copying drawings of his favorite cartoonists and comics at school. At that time, manga and videogames were a huge hit and as such became a huge inspiration. He now dedicates his full-time on freelance fantasy art & character design Illustration.
Greek Gods, Heroes And Fiends From Mythology.
GODS & TITANS
In Greek mythology, Gaia, (gay-əorgah-yə; from Ancient Greek Γαῖα, a poetical form of Γῆ Gē, Ge, “land” or “earth”) also spelled Gaea, was the personification of the Earth and one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia was the great mother of all: the primal Greek Mother Goddess; creator and giver of birth to the Earth and all the Universe; the heavenly gods, the Titans, and the Giants were born to her. The gods reigning over their classical pantheon were born from her union with Uranus (the sky), while the sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea). Her equivalent in the Roman pantheon was Terra.
Uranus (/ˈjʊərənəs/ or /jʊˈreɪnəs/; Ancient Greek Οὐρανός, Ouranos[oːranós] meaning “sky” or “heaven”) was the primal Greek god personifying the sky. His equivalent in Roman mythology was Caelus. In Ancient Greek literature, Uranus or Father Sky was the son and husband of Gaia, Mother Earth. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Uranus was conceived by Gaia alone, but other sources citeAether as his father. Uranus and Gaia were the parents of the first generation of Titans, and the ancestors of most of the Greek gods, but no cult addressed directly to Uranus survived into Classical times, and Uranus does not appear among the usual themes of Greek painted pottery. Elemental Earth, Sky and Styx might be joined, however, in a solemn invocation in Homeric epic.
Cronus/ˈkroʊnəs/ or both Cronos and Kronos/ˈkroʊnɒs/ (Greek: Κρόνος [krónos]) was in Greek mythology the leader and the youngest of the first generation of Titans, the divine descendants of Uranus, the sky and Gaia, the earth. He overthrew his father and ruled during the mythological Golden Age, until he was overthrown by his own son Zeus and imprisoned in Tartarus.
Hera (/ˈhɛrə/, Greek Ἥρα, Hēra, equivalently Ἥρη, Hērē, in Ionic and Homer) is the wife and one of three sisters of Zeus in theOlympian pantheon of Greek mythology and religion. Her chief function was as the goddess of women and marriage. Her counterpart in the religion of ancient Rome was Juno. The cow, lion and the peacock were considered sacred to her. Hera’s mother is Rhea and her father Cronus.
Zeus in Greek mythology is the king of the gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus and the god of the sky and thunder. His symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak. In addition to his Indo-European inheritance, the classical “cloud-gatherer” also derives certain iconographic traits from the [more]
Hades, In Greek mythology, Hades and his brothers Zeus and Poseidon defeated the Titans and claimed rulership over the universe ruling the underworld, air, and sea, respectively; the solid earth, long the province of Gaia, was available to all three concurrently. Because of his association with [more]
Poseidon (Also known as Neptune) was the god of the sea and, as “Earth-Shaker,” of earthquakes in Greek mythology. In most accounts he is swallowed by Cronus at birth but later saved, with his other brothers and sisters, by Zeus. However in some versions of the story, he, like his brother did not [more]
Athena (/əˈθiːnə/; Attic Greek: Ἀθηνᾶ, Athēnā, or Ἀθηναία, Athēnaia; Epic: Ἀθηναίη, Athēnaiē; Doric: Ἀθάνα, Athānā) or Athene(/əˈθiːniː/; Ionic: Ἀθήνη, Athēnē), often given the epithet Pallas (/ˈpæləs/; Παλλὰς), is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic war, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill in ancient Greek religion andmythology. Minerva is the Roman goddess identified with Athena.
Athena is portrayed as a shrewd companion of heroes and is the patron goddess of heroic endeavour. She is the virgin patroness ofAthens. The Athenians founded the Parthenon on the Acropolis of her namesake city, Athens (Athena Parthenos), in her honour.
Aphrodite (/æfrəˈdaɪti/ af-rə-dy-tee; Greek: Ἀφροδίτη) is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. HerRoman equivalent is the goddess Venus. She is identified with the planet Venus.
As with many ancient Greek deities, there is more than one story about her origins. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus’s genitals and threw them into the sea, and she arose from the sea foam (aphros). According toHomer’s Iliad, she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. According to Plato (Symposium, 180e), these two origins were of entirely separate entities: Aphrodite Ourania and Aphrodite Pandemos.
Ares, In Greek mythology, Ares is the son of Zeus and Hera. Though often referred to as the Olympian god of warfare, he is more accurately the god of bloodlust, or slaughter personified: “Ares is apparently an ancient abstract noun meaning throng of battle, war.” He is an important Olympian god in the [more]
Medusa, from greek mythology was a monstrous chthonic female character; gazing upon her would turn onlookers to stone. She was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head as a weapon, until giving it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity and today [more]
Delphi is perhaps best-known for the oracle at the sanctuary that was dedicated to Apollo during the classical period. According to Aeschylus in the prologue of the Eumenides, it had origins in prehistoric times and the worship of Gaia. In the last quarter of the 8th century BC there is a steady [more]
Leda (/ˈliːdə, ˈleɪ–/; Greek: Λήδα [lɛ͜ɛ́da͜a]) was daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, and wife of king Tyndareus(Τυνδάρεως) of Sparta. Her myth gave rise to the popular motif in Renaissance and later art of Leda and the Swan. She was the mother of Helen (Ἑλένη) of Troy, Clytemnestra (Κλυταιμνήστρα), and Castor and Pollux (Κάστωρ καὶ Πολυδεύκης, also spelled Kastor and Polydeuces).
Leda was admired by Zeus, who seduced her in the guise of a swan. As a swan, Zeus fell into her arms for protection from a pursuing eagle. Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband Tyndareus, resulted in two eggs from which hatched Helen (later known as the beautiful “Helen of Troy”), Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux (also known as the Dioscuri (Διόσκουροι)). Which children are the progeny of Tyndareus the mortal king, and which are of Zeus and thus half-immortal, is not consistent among accounts, nor is which child hatched from which egg. The split is almost always half mortal, half divine; although the pairings do not always reflect the children’s heritage pairings. Castor and Polydeuces are sometimes both mortal, sometimes both divine. One consistent point is that if only one of them is immortal, it is Polydeuces. It is also always stated that Helen is the daughter of Zeus.
Heracles (/ˈhɛrəkliːz/ herr-ə-kleez; Ancient Greek: Ἡρακλῆς, Hēraklēs, from Hēra, “Hera”, and kleos, “glory”), born Alcaeus(Ἀλκαῖος, Alkaios) or Alcides (Ἀλκείδης, Alkeidēs), was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, foster son of Amphitryon and great-grandson (and half-brother) of Perseus. He was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity, the ancestor of royal clans who claimed to be Heracleidae (Ἡρακλεῖδαι) and a champion of the Olympian order againstchthonic monsters. In Rome and the modern West, he is known as Hercules, with whom the later Roman Emperors, in particularCommodus and Maximian, often identified themselves. The Romans adopted the Greek version of his life and works essentially unchanged, but added anecdotal detail of their own, some of it linking the hero with the geography of the Central Mediterranean. Details of his cult were adapted to Rome as well.
Sirens of Greek mythology are sometimes portrayed in later folklore as mermaid-like; in fact, some languages use the same word for both bird and fish creatures. Much like sirens, mermaids would sometimes sing to people and gods and enchant them, distracting them from their work [more]
HECTOR VS ACHILES
Achilles (/əˈkɪliːz/; Ancient Greek: Ἀχιλλεύς, Akhilleus, pronounced [akʰilːéu̯s]) was a Greek hero of the Trojan War and the central character and greatest warrior of Homer’s Iliad. His mother was the nymph Thetis, and his father, Peleus, was the king of the Myrmidons.
Achilles’ most notable feat during the Trojan War was the slaying of the Trojan hero Hector outside the gates of Troy. Although the death of Achilles is not presented in the Iliad, other sources concur that he was killed near the end of the Trojan War by Paris, who shot him in the heel with an arrow. Later legends (beginning with a poem by Statius in the 1st century AD) state that Achilles was invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel. Because of his death from a small wound in the heel, the term Achilles’ heel has come to mean a person’s point of weakness.
Helen of Troy (Greek ἙλένηHelénē, pronounced [helénɛː]), also known as Helen of Sparta, was the daughter of Zeusand Leda, and was a sister of Castor, Pollux, and Clytemnestra. In Greek myths, she was considered the most beautiful woman in the world. By marriage she was Queen of Laconia, a province within Homeric Greece, the wife of King Menelaus. Her abduction by Paris, Prince of Troy, brought about the Trojan War. Elements of her putative biography come from classical authors such as Aristophanes,Cicero, Euripides and, of course, Homer (both The Iliad and The Odyssey).
Leonidas ( literally “lion’s son”) was a king of Sparta, who was believed in mythology to be a descendant of Heracles, possessing much of the latter’s strength and bravery. The date of Leonidas’ birth is not known, although Paul Cartledge argues he must have been born around 540 BC. This, [more]
Fantasy Art Of Egyptian Gods, Pharaoh’s And Prophets.
Anubis is the name for a jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in Egyptian mythology. Anubis was the most important god of the Dead but he was replaced during the Middle Kingdom by Osiris. He takes names in connection with his funerary role, such as He who [more]
Ra is the ancient Egyptian sun god. By the Fifth Dynasty he had become a major deity in ancient Egyptian religion, identified primarily with the mid-day sun. In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was merged with the god Horus. He was associated with the falcon or hawk. When in the New [more]
Horus is one of the oldest and most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion, who was worshipped from at least the late Predynastic period through to Greco-Roman times. Different forms of Horus are recorded in history and these are treated as distinct gods by Egypt specialists. These various forms may possibly be different perceptions of the same multi-layered deity in which certain attributes or syncretic relationships are emphasized, not necessarily in opposition but complementary to one another, consistent with how the Ancient Egyptians viewed the multiple facets of reality. He was most often depicted as a falcon, most likely a lanner or peregrine, or as a man with a falcon head.
Ramesses II (known as Ramesses The Great and also known as Ozymandias in the Greek sources ) was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as Egypt’s greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh. He is believed to have been the Pharaoh of the Exodus. [more]
Religion, Demon & Angel Fantasy Art Illustrations.
Michael is an archangel in Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition. He is viewed as the field commander of the Army of God. He is mentioned by name in the Book of Daniel, the Book of Jude and the Book of Revelation. In the book of Daniel, Michael appears as “one of the chief princes” who [more]
Gabriel, is an angel who serves as a messenger from God. He first appears in the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible. In some traditions he is regarded as one of the archangels, or as the angel of death. He is also known as Saint Gabriel to some Christian denominations. [more]
Lucifer generally refers to the Devil, although the name is not applied to him in the New Testament. The use of the name “Lucifer” in reference to a fallen angel stems from an interpretation of Isaiah 14:3–20, a passage that speaks of a particular Babylonian King, to whom it gives a title that refers [more]
Uriel (אוּרִיאֵל “El/God is my light”, Auriel/Oriel (God is my light) Standard Hebrew Uriʾel, Tiberian Hebrew ʾÛrîʾēl) is one of thearchangels of post-Exilic Rabbinic tradition, and also of certain Christian traditions.
In apocryphal, kabbalistic and occult works Uriel has been equated or confused with Urial, Nuriel, Uryan, Jeremiel, Vretil, Sariel, Suriel, Puruel, Phanuel, Jacob, Azrael and Raphael.
Metatron (Hebrew מטטרון) or Mattatron is an archangel in Judaism and in Christian folklore as well as the Chancellor of Heaven (effectively making Adramelech his infernal counterpart). According to Jewish medieval apocrypha, he is Enoch, ancestor of Noah, transformed into an angel. There are no references to Metatron as an angel in the Jewish or Christian scriptures; however, Genesis 5:24 is often cited as evidence of Enoch’s bodily ascension into heaven —”And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Although he is mentioned in a few brief passages in the Talmud, Metatron appears primarily in Jewish mystical texts and other post-scriptural esoteric sources, such as the Books of Enoch: 1 Enoch: Book of Parables, 2 Enoch, and 3 Enoch. In Rabbinic tradition, he is the highest of the angels and serves as the celestial scribe.
Angra mainyu ancient Persian (Iran) religion and books of Zoroastrianism, Angra Mainyu is the god of darkness, the eternal destroyer of good, personification and creator of evil, bringer of death and disease. He is seen as the personification of evil, he leading the dark forces against the hosts of Spenta Mainyu, the holy spirit, who assisted Ahura Mazda, the wise lord, and final victor of the cosmic conflict. He is what in Christian religion can be called Satan.
Baal Zebu = In Christian demonology, he is one of the seven princes of Hell according to Catholic views on Hell. The Dictionnaire Infernaldescribes Beelzebub as a demonic fly who is also known as the “Lord of the Flies.”
Baal, also rendered Baʿal (Biblical Hebrew בַּעַל, pronounced [ˈbaʕal]), is a North-West Semitic title and honorific meaning “master” or “lord” that is used for various gods who were patrons of cities in the Levant and Asia Minor, cognate to Akkadian Bēlu. A Baalist or Baalitemeans a worshipper of Baal.
“Baal” may refer to any god and even to human officials. In some texts it is used for Hadad, a god of thunderstorms, fertility and agriculture, and the lord of Heaven. Baal is often represented by the symbol of the bull. Since only priests were allowed to utter his divine name, Hadad, Ba‛al was commonly used. Nevertheless, few if any biblical uses of “Baal” refer to Hadad, the lord over the assembly of gods on the holy mount of Heaven; most refer to a variety of local spirit-deities worshiped as cult images, each called baal and regarded in the Hebrew Bible in that context as a false god.
Naamah or Na’amah (meaning pleasant) is a figure in Jewish mysticism. She is a succubus and fallen angel, and is generally regarded as an aspect or relation of Lilith. Naamah is said to have engaged, like Lilith, in intercourse with Adam. Naamah and Lilith lived in the Red Sea coast where they were expelled by God. Her appearance is similar to Lilith, but Lilith being more sensual, young and beautiful and as one that corrupted the fallen angels and their leader Semyaza.
Eve was, according to the Book of Genesis, the first woman created by God, and an important figure in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Her husband was Adam, from whose rib God created her to be his companion. She succumbs to the serpent’s temptation via the suggestion that to eat the forbidden [more]
Count Dracula is a centuries-old vampire, sorcerer and Transylvanian nobleman, who claims to be a descended from Attila the Hun. He inhabits a decaying castle in the Carpathian Mountains. Contrary to the vampires of Eastern European folklore, which are portrayed as repulsive, corpse-like [more]
Oriental Mythology, Fantasy Art & Folktales.
Amaterasu is described in the Kojiki as the sun goddess who was born from Izanagi’s left eye. She was also accompanied by her siblings Susanoo, the storm deity, and Tsukuyomi, the moon deity. In the Kojiki, Amaterasu is described as the goddess from which all light emanates and is often referred [more]
Izanami And Izanagi “In Japanese mythology the two deities Izanagi (The Male Who Invites) and Izanami (The Female Who Invites) are the creators of Japan and its gods. In one important myth, they descend to Yomitsu Kuni, the underworld and land of darkness.”
More Mythology Character Designs & Female Mermaid Art.
Thor (/θɔr/; from Old Norse Þórr) is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees,strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing and fertility. The cognate deity in wider Germanic mythology and paganism was known in Old English as Þunor and in Old High German as Donar, stemming from a Common Germanic*Þunraz (meaning “thunder”).
Loki (/ˈloʊki/), Loptr, or Hveðrungr is a god or jötunn (or both). Loki is the son of Fárbauti and Laufey, and the brother of Helblindi and Býleistr. By the jötunn Angrboða, Loki is the father of Hel, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr. By his wife Sigyn, Loki is the father of Narfi and/or Nari. By the stallion Svaðilfari, Loki is the mother—giving birth in the form of a mare—to the eight-legged horse Sleipnir. In addition, Loki is referred to as the father of Váli in the Prose Edda.
Odin (/ˈoʊdɨn/; from Old Norse Óðinn, “The Furious One“) is a major god in Germanic mythology, especially in Norse mythology. In many Norse sources he is the Allfather of the gods and the ruler of Asgard. Homologous with the Old English “Wōden”, the Old Saxon”Wôdan” and the Old High German “Wôtan”, the name is descended from Proto-Germanic “Wōdanaz” or “*Wōðanaz”.
“Odin” is generally accepted as the modern English form of the name, although, in some cases, older forms may be used or preferred. His name is related to óðr, meaning “fury, excitation”, as well as “mind” or “poetry”. His role, like that of many of the Norse gods, is complex. Odin is a principal member of the Æsir (the major group of the Norse pantheon) and is associated with war, battle, victory and death, but also wisdom, Shamanism, magic, poetry, prophecy, and the hunt. Odin has many sons, the most famous of whom is the thunder god Thor.
A valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja “chooser of the slain”) is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. Selecting among half of those who die in battle (the other half go to the goddess Freyja’s afterlife field Fólkvangr), the valkyries bring their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. There, the deceased warriors become einherjar (Old Norse “single (or once) fighters”). When the einherjar are not preparing for the events of Ragnarök, the valkyries bear them mead. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, sometimes accompanied by ravens, and sometimes connected to swans or horses.
Brynhildr is a shieldmaiden and a valkyrie in Norse mythology, where she appears as a main character in the Völsunga saga. Brynhildr is the daughter of Budli. She was ordered to decide a fight between two kings: Hjalmgunnar and Agnar. The valkyrie knew that Odin himself preferred the older king [more]
Alraune, The basis of the story of Alraune dates to the Middles Ages in Germany. The humanoid-shaped Mandrake root or Mandragora officinarum was widely believed to be produced by the fluids of hanged men under the gallows. Alchemists claimed that when hanged men broke his necks, vital fluids [more]
In Babylonian mythology, Tiamat is a goddess who personifies the sea. Tiamat is considered the monstrous embodiment of primordial chaos. Some sources identify her with images of a sea serpent or dragon. In the Enûma Elish, the Babylonian epic of creation, she gives birth to the first generation of deities; she later makes war upon them and is killed by the storm-god Marduk. The heavens and the earth are formed from her divided body.
Nintu, mother goddess, Mesopotamian (Sumerian and Babylonian-Akkadian), broke off, according to legend, fourteen pieces of primordial clay to form the womb deities, seven on the left and seven in the right with a brick between them, who produced the first seven pairs of human embryos. She is closely identified with the goddess Ninhursaga and may have become Belet Ili (mistress of the gods) when, at Enki’s suggestion, the gods slew one of themselves and used his flesh and blood, mixed with clay, to create humankind.Enki (/ˈɛŋki/; Sumerian: dEN.KI(G)) is a god in Sumerian mythology, later known as Ea in Akkadian and Babylonian mythology. He was originally patron god of the city of Eridu, but later the influence of his cult spread throughout Mesopotamia and to the Canaanites, Hittites and Hurrians. He was the deity of crafts (gašam); mischief; water, seawater, lakewater (a, aba, ab), intelligence (gestú, literally “ear”) and creation (Nudimmud: nu, likeness, dim mud, make beer). He was associated with the southern band of constellations called stars of Ea, but also with the constellation AŠ-IKU, the Field (Square of Pegasus). Beginning around the second millennium BCE, he was sometimes referred to in writing by the numeric ideogram for “40”, occasionally referred to as his “sacred number”. The planet Mercury, associated with Babylonian Nabu (the son of Marduk) was in Sumerian times, identified with Enki.Enlil (nlin), (EN = Lord + LÍL = Wind, “Lord (of the) Storm”) is the god of breath, wind, loft and breadth (height and distance).It was the name of a chief deity listed and written about in Sumerian religion, and later in Akkadian (Assyrian and Babylonian), Hittite,Canaanite and other Mesopotamian clay and stone tablets. The name is perhaps pronounced and sometimes rendered in translations as “Ellil” in later Akkadian, Hittite, and Canaanite literature. In later Akkadian, Enlil is the son of Anshar and Kishar.In Sumerian religion, Ninlil (DNIN.LÍL”lady of the open field” or “Lady of the Wind”), also called Sud, in Assyrian called Mulliltu, is the consort goddess of Enlil. Her parentage is variously described. Most commonly she is called the daughter of Haia (god of stores) and Nunbarsegunu (or Ninshebargunnu [a goddess of barley] or Nisaba). Another Akkadian source says she is the daughter of Anu (aka An) and Antu (Sumerian Ki). Other sources call her a daughter of Anu and Nammu.
She lived in Dilmun with her family. Impregnated by her husband Enlil, who lie with her by the water, she conceived a boy,Nanna/Suen, the future moon god. As punishment Enlil was dispatched to the underworld kingdom of Ereshkigal, where Ninlil joined him. Enlil impregnated her disguised as the gatekeeper, where upon she gave birth to their son Nergal, god of death. In a similar manner she conceived the underworld god Ninazu when Enlil impregnated her disguised as the man of the river of the nether world, a man-devouring river. Later Enlil disguised himself as the man of the boat, impregnating her with a fourth deity Enbilulu, god of rivers and canals. All of these act as substitutes for Nanna/Suen to ascend. In some texts Ninlil is also the mother of Ninurta, the heroic god who slew Asag the demon with his mace, Sharur.
After her death, she became the goddess of the wind, like Enlil. She may be the Goddess of the South Wind referred to in the story of Adapa, as her husband Enlil was associated with northerly winter storms. As “Lady Wind” she may be associated with the figure of the Akkadian demon “Lil-itu”, thought to have been the origin of the Hebrew Lilith legend.In Mesopotamian mythology, Ereshkigal (DEREŠ.KI.GAL, lit. “Queen of the Great Earth”) was the goddess of Irkalla, the land of the dead or underworld. Sometimes her name is given as Irkalla, similar to the way the name Hades was used in Greek mythology for both the underworld and its ruler, and sometimes it is given as Ninkigal, lit. “Great Lady of the Earth” or “Lady of the Great Earth”.
Ereshkigal was the only one who could pass judgment and give laws in her kingdom. The main temple dedicated to her was located in Kutha.
The goddess Ishtar refers to Ereshkigal as her older sister in the Sumerian hymn “The Descent of Inanna” (which was also in later Babylonian myth, also called “The Descent of Ishtar”). Inanna/Ishtar’s trip and return to the underworld is the most familiar of the myths concerning Ereshkigal.
Ishtar is the Assyrian and Babylonian counterpart to the Sumerian Inanna and to the cognate north-west Semitic goddess Astarte. Is a goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. In the Babylonian pantheon, she “was the divine personification of the planet Venus”. Ishtar was above all associated with sexuality: her cult involved sacred prostitution; her holy city Uruk was called the “town of the sacred courtesans”; and she herself was the “courtesan of the gods”.
Shamash (Akkadian: Šamaš, “Sun”) was a native Mesopotamian deity and the Sun god in the Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian pantheons. Shamash was the god of justice in Babylonia and Assyria, corresponding to Sumerian Utu. Akkadian šamaš is cognate to Syriac ܫܡܫܐ šemša oršimšu Hebrew שֶׁמֶשׁ šemeš and Arabic شمس šams.
Gilgamesh (/ˈɡɪl.ɡə.mɛʃ/; Gilgameš, originally Bilgamesh) was a king of Uruk, Mesopotamia, who lived sometime between 2800 and 2500 BC. He is the main character in the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Akkadian poem that is considered the first great work of literature, and in earlier Sumerian poems.
In the epic, Gilgamesh is a demigod of superhuman strength who built the city walls of Uruk to defend his people and travelled to meet the sage Utnapishtim, who survived the Great Deluge. According to the Sumerian King List, Gilgamesh ruled his city for 126 years. In the Tummal Inscription, Gilgamesh and his son Urlugal rebuilt the sanctuary of the goddess Ninlil in Tummal, a sacred quarter in her city of Nippur.
Shiva (/ˈʃivə/; Sanskrit: Śiva, meaning “The Auspicious One”), also known as Mahadeva (“Great God”), is a popular Hindu deity. Shiva is regarded as one of the primary forms of God. He is the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism. He is one of the five primary forms of God in the Smarta tradition, and “the Destroyer” or “the Transformer”[among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine.
Ganesha (/ɡəˈneɪʃə/; Sanskrit (IAST): Gaṇeśa; also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations.Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India.
Oberon: Is a fairy king of the fairies in medieval and Renaissance literature. He is best known as a character in William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which he is Consort to Titania, Queen of the Fairies ..
The Morrígan (“phantom queen”) or Mórrígan (“great queen”), also written as Morrígu or in the plural as Morrígna, and spelled Morríghan or Mór-ríoghain in Modern Irish, is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have been considered a goddess, although she is not explicitly referred to as such in the texts.
The Morrígan is a goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors, and in the Ulster Cycle she also takes the forms of an eel, a wolf and a cow. She is generally considered a war deity comparable with the Germanic Valkyries, although her association with a cow may also suggest a role connected with wealth and the land.
In Irish mythology, Balor (modern spelling: Balar) was king of the Fomorians, a group of supernatural beings. He is often described as a giant with a large eye in his forehead that wreaks destruction when opened. He has been interpreted as a god or personification of drought and blight.
Ekchua is a deity of the Mayan culture, started off as a God of Conflict, the Patron of the Cacao Bean a God of Chocolate. Those delicious dark beans were once used as currency
Quetzalcoatl (Classical Nahuatl: Quetzalcohuātl [ketsaɬˈko.aːtɬ]) is a Mesoamerican deity whose name comes from the Nahuatl language and has the meaning of “feathered serpent”. The worship of a feathered serpent deity is first documented in Teotihuacan in the first century BC or first century AD.
Viracocha is the great creator god in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology in the Andes region of South America. Full name and some spelling alternatives are Wiracocha, Apu Qun Tiqsi Wiraqutra, and Con-Tici (also spelled Kon-Tiki, source of the naval vessel’sname) Viracocha. Viracocha was one of the most important deities in the Inca pantheon and seen as the creator of all things, or the substance from which all things are created, and intimately associated with the sea. Viracocha created the universe, sun, moon, and stars, time (by commanding the sun to move over the sky) and civilization itself. Viracocha was worshipped as god of the sunand of storms. He was represented as wearing the sun for a crown, with thunderbolts in his hands, and tears descending from his eyes as rain.
Malinche: Named Malinalli after the Goddess of Grass & Later Tenepal meaning- one who speaks with liveliness. She was Cortés interpreter & spoke Mayan and Nahuatl. She spoke to emissaries from Moctezuma & pointed to Cortés as the chief Spaniard. She learned the plan of Cholula to cooperate with the Aztecs to destroy the Spanish army. She alerted Cortés & pretended to be cooperating with her native informants while Cortés foiled their plot to a trap & slaughtered many Cholulans
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Cris Ortega (Valladolid, 1980) es una pintora, escritora y autora de cómic española. Su estilo es una mezcla de realismo y manga, un semi-realismo un poco oscuro. Forgotten, una de sus obras principales, combina elementos góticos y románticos, así como una mezcla de terror y fantasía. crisortega.com
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