Art of Fashion 2012, Valentino. Photographed by Erik Madigan Heck.
Rania Matar’s recent collection of photographs, A Girl in her Room, explores the teenage girl in her habitat (her room), to further understand the origin of a teenager’s way of being. Matar wanted to capture the universality of teenage behavior by photographing girls in the U.S and the Middle East- both cultures she is very familiar with.
I became fascinated with the similar issues girls at that age face, regardless of culture, religion and background, as they learn to deal with all the pressures that arise as they become conscious and aware of the surrounding world wherever this may be.
MYTHOLOGY MEME | (3/9) GREEK GODS OR GODDESSES
ARTEMIS was the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals. She was also a goddess of childbirth, and the protector of the girl child up to the age of marriage. Her twin brother Apollon was similarly the protector of the boy child. Together the two gods were also bringers of sudden death and disease—Artemis targeted women and girls, and Apollon men and boys. In ancient art Artemis was usually depicted as a girl dressed in a short knee-length chiton and equipped with a hunting bow and quiver of arrows. (x)
Those fringed pants tho. She’s like a unicorn.
Edie Campbell wears Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda as she stars in “Cinderella Story”, in US Vogue September 2013, photographed by David Sims
something else that’s been on my mind for a while
I’m going to be intentionally walking away from reconstructionism.
Not because I don’t think our religion needs to be rooted in ancient sources and academic research. I do, very strongly. I think that you need a damn good reason to diverge from it.
But that’s not reconstructionism, that’s just good research techniques.
There’s too much in a recon practice that I see no point in. It’s all style, and maybe it matters for some deities, but damn it, I worship a war god who has made it clear repeatedly that He doesn’t give a shit about excess fluff and superficial glitter and that what He values is the heart of it. The devotion. The loyalty. The willingness to serve. The faith. What you wear and whether you pray in a specific manner or in a specific ancient dialect? What difference does it make?
Research is vital. Academics are vital. It puts a check on our innate human tendency to mistake personal desire for divine command. If I start getting the feeling like I need to turn into a meek little housewife I can go back to my research about Ares and about ancient practices and go “okay this is against everything He has historically stood for, so that’s probably not coming from Him.”
But. That doesn’t mean I have to recreate an ancient practice for Him.
Ancient practices are by definition not new. Ares has had plenty of ancient worshipers. Plus, there are more than a few people who DO worship in a recon fashion today. The “worshiping in an ancient Greek fashion” game is covered.
Me participating in it gains Ares nothing new, only more of what He already has. I have no interest in offering Him what He already has.
I don’t want to reconstruct. I want to expand.
I am not an ancient Greek. I do not want to be Greek, ancient or otherwise. Why would I? I’m American, and I like that about myself. And I’m Floridian, and I like that about myself. And I’m a Jew, and I’m Scottish, and I’m a modern person who grew up in the Internet Age, and I like all that about myself too.
I already have a culture. I have no intention of giving that up when my God has not asked it of me. I don’t want to recreate the culture of people who used to worship Him but who have since abandoned Him. I want to bring Him into my culture and give His worship the home there it was denied in its native culture.
So I have to ask myself: what would be of more value to Him?
Yet another “ancient Greek” practitioner across the centuries?
Or a practitioner willing to evolve His worship into a new arena?
Reconstructionism is great and has its uses. It’s actually really useful when you’re just starting out because it gives you a framework when you don’t know what to do. And if you need that tie to your ancestors (genetic or spiritual), you’ll thrive there.
But if we are all reconstructionist, we stagnate. And in turn, the Gods’ worship stagnates.
And I have no intention of letting Ares’ worship do that.
Liu Wen - Backstage at Dolge & Gabbana Spring 2014 | MFW
Ulyana Sergeenko, haute couture for spring/summer 2013
MYTHOLOGY MEME - [3/8] LEGENDARY CREATURES: JÖRMUNGANDR
In Norse mythology, Jörmungandr is a sea serpent, the middle child of the giantess Angrboða and the god Loki. According to the Prose Edda, Odin took Loki’s three children by Angrboða, the wolf Fenrir, Hel and Jörmungandr, and tossed Jörmungandr into the great ocean that encircles Midgard. The serpent grew so large that he was able to surround the earth and grasp his own tail. When he lets go, the world will end. (x)
Photos from this year’s carnival celebration of Benghazi being designated as Libya’s Capital of Culture in 2013.
images from NBC & Washington Post
Extreme close-ups of human eyes by Suren Manvelyan
This is why I stare into people’s eyes and they think I’m crazy.