Neverland from Finding Neverland
Jeremy Jordan as J.M Barrie
Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
A study of King Richard III’s bones uncovered 11 injuries inflicted near the time of death by common Late Medieval weapons.
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FEELINGS ABOUT THIS
so here’s an interesting fact: in the entirety of genesis and exodus, monotheism is not mentioned once.
not once! not at all! not until much later does anyone say “oh yeah there is only one god, none of the others exist.”
"but cat," you say, "what about the ten commandments?" well, i say, commandments #1 and 2 read, "i am god; you shall have no other gods before me.” the micha mocha, song of joy after traversing the red sea, says, “micha mocha ba-elim adonai?” which is usually translated as “who is like you among the gods that are worshiped”, but actually translates as “who is like you, adonai, among the gods?”
so there’s historical evidence that the early hebrews were henotheistic— they worshiped el/yahwe/adonai/whatever you wanna call him, but that didn’t necessarily mean that other gods didn’t exist.
now: reread the old testament in this light. it begins with this god creating the heavens and the earth— so he’s a creator god— and making the first man and woman, adam and eve.
so adam is our ancestor. then why are judaism, christianity, and islam called “the abrahamic religions” instead of “the adamic religions”, or something like that?
because when god comes to speak to humans in the old testament, every single time he begins, “i am the god of abraham”. because it’s abraham that he made the bargain with— if you will be my people, then i will be your god— and it’s abraham’s descendants who he’s agreed to keep the bargain with.
and chapter after chapter of the tanakh is lineages— they trace back the heritage of noah, of abraham, of moses, of david. who’s this prophet’s father? who was his father’s father? what was his exact family tree?
think about this group of middle easterners, shepherds and soldiers. when they sat down to write a book, what did they want that book to do? if you were in this great ancient desert, with other tribes constantly at war with you, no stable villages, no stable homes, what would you want from your god?
you want, firstly, a god who will unite you. and, secondly, a god who will defend you.
you’re lost and lonely, and the desert is wide, and you don’t know where your family is, or even who— you want a god who promises you will always be one people. you always will be safe. and your family will be as numerous as the grains of sand, as numerous as the stars in the sky.
so here is the point:
the point of the god of the tanakh is not to be kind, or to give you comfort, or to send you to some better afterlife.
it is to be metal as hell.
c’mon y’all. turning an entire river into blood? that is super metal. splitting an ocean? metal as shit. the god of the tanakh is not meant to be loving. he is meant to be hella punk rock. (why do you think they call him “awesome” all the time?)
because the old testament isn’t a story about god. it’s a story about family. it’s a family tree, it’s a family history, it’s a family set of rules. it’s a family with a god who is not the only god, but cooler than all the other gods, and more likely to be able to defend you.
which is why the torah is not in heaven, and why there really isn’t that much emphasis in judaism on loving god— i know christians are quite big on this, i know i heart jesus stickers are a thing, but we just really never did that. it’s not about god.
it’s just about us.
Gone with the Wind, 1939.
My dream for the 2016 presidential election is not having to choose which human rights I’m feeling like compromising on.
O L Y M P I A S; Ὀλυμπιάς
Olympias, (born c. 375 BC—died 316 BC), wife of Philip II of Macedonia and mother of Alexander the Great. She had a passionate and imperious nature, and she played important roles in the power struggles that followed the deaths of both rulers.
“Olympias had long been a devotee to the cult of Dionysos, something that angered many of the Macedonian people and she may even have introduced the practice of handling snakes to the cult…(x)”
The daughter of Neoptolemus, king of Epirus, Olympias apparently was originally named Myrtale. Later she may have been called Olympias as a recognition of Philip’s victory in the Olympic Games of 356 BC. Philip’s polygamy did not threaten her position until 337, when he married a high-born Macedonian, Cleopatra. Olympias withdrew to Epirus, returning after Philip’s assassination (336). She then had Cleopatra and her infant daughter killed. Olympias quarreled repeatedly with Antipater, regent of Macedonia during the early years of Alexander’s invasion of Asia, and eventually retired again, about 331 BC, to Epirus. Upon the death of Antipater in 319 BC (Alexander had died in 323), his successor, Polyperchon, invited Olympias to act as regent for her young grandson, Alexander IV (Alexander the Great’s son). She declined his request until 317 BC, when Antipater’s son Cassander established Philip II’s simpleminded son Philip III (Arrhidaeus) as king of Macedonia. The Macedonian soldiers supported her return. She put to death Philip Arrhidaeus and his wife, as well as Cassander’s brother and a hundred of his partisans. In response Cassander entered Macedonia and blockaded Olympias in Pydna, where she surrendered in the spring of 316. She was condemned to death by the Macedonian assembly, but Cassander’s soldiers refused to carry out the sentence. She eventually was killed by relatives of those she had executed. (x)
hades isn’t a badass. hades named his three-headed-guard-of-the-underworld-dog spot. hades whispers to his flowers to make them grow. hades grows fruit. there’s no sun in the underworld.
hades isn’t a badass. stop saying this false thing
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I was tagged by: wnterschild
Nickname: Em and a few that are inside jokes.
Birthday: June 19
Time zone: Central (UTC - 6)
What time and date is it there: 9/20, 7:56pm
Average hours of sleep I get each night: Depends on the night.
The last thing I Googled was: Ronald Reagan’s first wife
My most used phrase(s): God damn it.
First word that comes to mind: Shadow
What I last said to a family member: “That dragonfly was basically a hummingbird, jesus.”
One place that makes me happy & why: Lake Michigan because it’s gorgeous and peaceful.
Favorite beverage(s): Water, Diet Coke.
The last movie I watched in the movie theater: Into the Storm because Armitage and TORNADOES.
I can’t live without: Apart from family and my pup? Books, my iPod, laptop. I mean, I can live without these things but I’d really prefer to have them.
Something I plan on learning: I plan on re-learning high school math so I can get a good GRE score next month. Sigh.
You all have to listen to this song: One Day Like This- Elbow.