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21st April 2014

Question reblogged from monarobot with 650 notes

Anonymous asked: Wasn't Quetzalcoatl basically a godly feather boa?

monarobot:

iguanamouth:

sit your butt down quetzalcoatl was one of my favorite mythological deities when i was younger lets talk about this thing

its a mesoamerican god whose name translates to feathered serpent in several mayan languagues (most notably nahuatl) who originated from between 400-600 ce as a main figure in a religion known as cholula, although it didnt gain its name until a while later

in aztec culture it was credited with the creation of mankind, and as it had the power of flight, was a symbol for wind and represented the boundry between earth and sky. it was also the patron god of the priesthood, bringing knowledge to the devout (it symbolized other things as well, but the mythology changed as it was passed through different cultures)

it also had different forms, notably ehacatl, who was the aspect of quetzalcoatl that represented the wind

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but of course, its more recognized appearance is

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theres actually a lot of feathered serpents that appear throughout mesoamerican history, although not all of them are confirmed to be quetzalcoatl. its interesting to note that the first representations of the god are completely serpentine, and its only as the myth progresses that it gains human features and the ability to take an anthropomorphic form

quetzalcoatl is ALSO the name of a fake looking red and green bird with insanely long tail feathers

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and quezalcoatlus is the name of a pterosaur with a ridiculous body and weird ass head

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boop doop and now you know

^^^

Alright this is great but I’m going to add some stuff because it’s neat and you need to know it because this shit is interesting but also confusing as fuck I swear:

Náhuatl is not a Maya language, it was actually spoken by the people known as the Aztecs (Also known as the “Mexica”).

The Maya are more ancient and had their own separate language, they came to speak hundreds of dialects, the root is commonly just called “maya”, tho. 

The name of that bird is actually just “Quetzal”, from the náhuatl quetzalli, which can be translated to “covered in feathers” or “tail covered in feathers” (“cōātl” means “serpent”, hence quetzalcōātl’s name).

As you said there are several feathered serpents, Quetzalcoatl is an Aztec deity:

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Kukulkán, for example, is a far more ancient deity, it’s also related to the wind, thunder and rain. “Kukulkán” is a maya deity (k’ukulk’an: k’u’uk’um"feather" and kaan "serpent"), it’s also present in olmec and toltec culture, and it might have been where Quetzalcoatl came from, it’s often depicted as a serpent with its mouth open with a person emerging from inside. Wtf but awesome.

Either way the feathered serpent seemed to be hugely important all through mesoamerican history and became very widespread, each deity has different attributes depending on where they are (water and rain vs the sun and so on), quetzalcoatl did become hugely important all over.

Bonus thing: This is one confusing but amazing thing about mesoamerican deities, if they represent water, for example, they are not just “god of rain” or something like that, they are “the very rain that touches the earth and is absorbed, and also underground water in caves and moisture”, they have incredibly specific attributes and there is not just a single deity per thing ever.

and finally the Quetzalcoatlus is amazing and one of my favorites ever, just look at this huge dork:

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I want to ride it forever.

Source: iguanamouth

20th April 2014

Photo reblogged from Gothic Charm School: pretty things with 3,416 notes

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19th April 2014

Quote reblogged from Girl Shaped Storm with 118,182 notes

I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.
Helena Bonham Carter  (via thebeldam)

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18th April 2014

Post reblogged from Clockwork Creature with 87 notes

A digression regarding internet/art business

clockworkcreature:

Pardon me while I dust off the old soap box and talk about some business stuff.

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17th April 2014

Photo reblogged from Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies. with 1,794 notes

amazingmodifications:

Over used designs made better.

amazingmodifications:

Over used designs made better.

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17th April 2014

Photoset with 2 notes

Badgesplosion! 

Just a bunch of badges I’ve done in the past couple of months!

All characters belong to their owners!

Art: Amy “Dragonmelde” Hus

Tagged: dragonmeldemy artfurryfurry artanthrodholewolfhuskyfoxreindeerdeertiger

15th April 2014

Photo reblogged from Cryptid-Creations with 388 notes

cryptid-creations:

Speed Paint Insomniganza 12/20 by Cryptid-Creations

It’s so derpy and I love it

cryptid-creations:

Speed Paint Insomniganza 12/20 by Cryptid-Creations

It’s so derpy and I love it

14th April 2014

Photo reblogged from The Art and Photography of Omnia Studios with 2,629 notes

omniastudios:

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omniastudios:

Alright our lovely little witches, here is your chance to win some ghostly goodies from Omnia Oddities!

Win the following items:
· One (1) “The Séance” sterling silver amulet
  with natural moonstone on 24” sterling chain.
· Two (2) Planchette Omnia logo tees in sizes
  s - xxxl. (One for you, one for a friend you tag.
  If you do not tag a friend only ONE shirt will be
  awarded.)
· One (1) “The Séance” clear resin bangle in size
  small or standard.

The Rules:
· You must reblog and FOLLOW.
· Do not delete the original text.
· No giveaway only blogs.
· Must be atleast 18 years old or have parent or
  guardian’s permission to enter.
· Tag a friend. (optional)

Giveaway ends and winner chosen at random on:
04/21/14 @ 9pm EDT.

Contest is open to all, we ship world-wide. :)

Good Luck

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14th April 2014

Photoset reblogged from ♆ • ΤΣΝ†ΛςℒΣδ-ΛηÐ-§†Λ℟Ðμ䆕☾ with 74,068 notes

instructables:

Fiber Optic Dress by Natalina

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12th April 2014

Photoset reblogged from Art and Reference point with 14,148 notes

natsubutart:

I did this very quickly I hope there aren’t any mistakes

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