Thursday, April 17, 2014

Oman #atozchallenge

Yanomami Child
O - According to Yanomami belief, Oman (or Omam or Omao) is the creator of their people. The Yanomami live in small tribes in the Amazon. Each tribe has its own beliefs and stories, most of which are passed on orally. As a result, the creation story differs greatly from tribe to tribe.

In the Sanema tribe, Oman was one of two tadpoles saved by Curare when the Original Jaguar ate Waipili, their mother. Oman grew very fast, and was soon able to kill Jaguar by convincing him to climb a tree. Jaguar fell to his death. With him out of the way, Oman set about convincing Lalagi-gi to help him grow food so he did not starve. Lalagi-gi agreed to teach him, and Oman learned to plant and care for the food he needed to survive.

With that done, Oman decided to make people. He planned to do so with hardwood trees so they would live forever. But his brother brought him softwood trees instead, and the people he made from them died easily. Angry, Oman found his own hardwood trees and made anacondas from them. With the Yanomami thus created, Oman left the Earth to live in the sky.

You can read a more complete version of this creation story here.

In another story of the Yanomami creation, Oman was attempting to repair holes in the world when a big chunk fell to the ground. Angered that his work seemed to be getting him nowhere, he said to heck with it, and decided to go fishing instead. In the river, he found the first Yanomami woman. But the woman wasn't quite right, so Oman used piranha teeth to shape her into something more suitable. Once completed, he made her a mate, and thus created the Yanomami people.

According to that particular story, everyone else was made from river foam.

I think flying to Venezuela, tracking down the Yanomami, learning their language, and then asking about Oman would be easier than finding anything more significant on him has proven to be. It's truly amazing how little we know about indigenous Amazonian tribes and their beliefs!


xoxo,

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nine Worlds #atozchallenge

N - According to Norse mythology, the first creatures to exist were a Giant named Ymir and a cow named Audumla. In the north a land of darkness and cold called Niflheim existed. In the south was Muspellsheim, a land of fire. Ymir created the first male and female from his sweat. They were Giants. Audumla created a being (Buri) from a block of salt encrusted ice. Buri gave birth to Bor, who married Bestla, Ymir's daughter. Their union gave birth to Odin, Vili, and Ve. 


Yggdrasil
Together, the first of the Æsir killed Ymir and the Giants... all except two who fled to Niflheim.

From Ymir's body, Odin, Vili, and Vi created Midgard (Earth). As the Earth took shape, the gods created Asgard (home of the gods) above Earth so they could keep watch over their creation, and the Bifrost, so they could travel between the two realms. This placement established three levels... Asgard on the first, Midgard on the second, and Niflheim on the third.

They then created Alfheim (home of the light Elves), Svartalheim (home of the dark Elves), Vanaheim (home of the Vanir), and Nidavellir (home of the Dwarves), scattering each among the three levels. Underneath Niflheim, they placed Helheim (home of the dead). The two giants who fled the slaughter of their people had begun to rebuild their race, so Odin, Vili and Vi also created Jotunheim which became home of the Giants. When Odin learned of Ragnarok, the doom of the Gods, he established Valhalla in Asgard.

With all these worlds thus created, Yggrdrasil began to grow. It's roots connected the three levels. On each level, a fountain existed... Hvergelmir in Niflheim, Mimir in Jotunheim, and Urd in the heavens were the Norns (Fates) lived. These fountains sustained Yggdrasil which in turn sustained the Nine Worlds. 

And thus the Nine Worlds were created.


xoxo,
Ayden
  

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Artful by @wilbert_stanton

Hi, lovelies!

I'm a little late to the game today, but am very happy to help reveal the cover for The Artful
from Wilbert Stanton. This dystopian sci-fi is schedule to release on May 27, 2014
from Curiosity Quills Press. 


Wilbert Stanton: The Artful
New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.

Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels – their playground. They aren’t heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.

On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world.

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorwilbertstanton
Twitter: @wilbert_stanton

Isn't the cover fabulous?? I can't wait to pick this one up. 


xoxo,

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Manticore #atozchallenge

Artist unknown
M - In Persian and Greek mythology, the Manticore (or Martyaxwar) was a creature much like the Sphinx. This beast had the body of a lion, the head of a human with an extra row of teeth, the wings of a bat, and the tail of a scorpion. His tail had spikes on it which he would shoot at his victims to paralyze them before eating them whole.

The Manticore was incredibly fast and agile, making it all but impossible to escape him once he had you in his sights. But there was hope of avoiding a Manticore. While the creature couldn't speak, he had a trumpet-like voice and would make musical sounds as he roamed. Those that heard the music knew to run for cover while they had a chance. That said, the beast was reportedly very clever too. He would hide in the grass, only revealing himself when a person was too close to escape.

This beast roamed the jungles of India, where he was an omen of misfortune. Considering that he ate people whole, I can see why they might not view him favorably. :)

The Manticore came to Greece by way of the sophist Flavius Philostratus who wrote about the creature in The Life of Apollonius of Tyana. Philostratus recounted the following tale, supposedly passed to Apollonius by an Indian:

As the hunters gathered round in the dusty night, they wondered whether hunting the fabled Manticore was a wise idea. It didn’t matter now, the decision had been made, and no musical sounds had been heard yet. However as the hunters settled in their camp, they heard some muffled whistling, with their weapons ready, the hunters felt their heartbeat rise, was this the legendary Manticore or just a trick of the wind. Only one hunter made it back, he never saw the Manticore with his own eyes, but his colleagues fell one by one, until he could stand firm no longer.
Interestingly enough, Pausanias of Greek thought the creature described was actually an ordinary tiger. People have a tendency to embellish things they fear, making them seem much larger and more terrifying than the reality. Not to say a wild tiger wouldn't be terrifying enough, but given wings... well, the animal enters an entirely new level of "How screwed are we?", don't you think?

What is your favorite mythical creature?



xoxo,

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Destruction by @SharonBayliss #decemberpeople #newrelease



Introducing a new dark wizard family drama, Destruction by Sharon Bayliss, Book One in The December People Series.
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David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn't a choice.

Eleven years ago, David's secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David's wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.  

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.


Destruction (Book One of The December People Series)





The Author

Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.



xoxo,

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