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soloses:

the a in lgbtqa should stand for allies, they deserve the recognition for defeating the axis powers and winning world war 2

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"I remember the turning point moment. I was watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with my roommates, and it went into a backstory flashback set in high medieval Germany. ”Why are you sighing?” one asked, noticing that I’d laid back and deflated rather gloomily. I answered: ”She’s not of sufficiently high social status to have domesticated rabbits in Northern Europe in that century. But I guess it’s not fair to press a point since the research on that hasn’t been published yet.” It made me laugh, also made me think about how much I don’t know, since I hadn’t known that a week before. For all the visible mistakes in these shows, there are even more invisible mistakes that I make myself because of infinite details historians haven’t figured out yet, and possibly never will. There are thousands of artifacts in museums whose purposes we don’t know. There are bits of period clothing whose functions are utter mysteries. There are entire professions that used to exist that we now barely understand. No history is accurate, not even the very best we have."

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  • Question: Also, regarding having stupid amounts of fabric in your clothing being a display of wealth, I'd been taught that that was part of why the slash-and-puff technique became such a fad among nobles. Not only did it make you a bigger, more imposing figure, but it also shouted, "I'm so rich I can just cut up this fabric without caring. Also underneath my fabric is MORE FABRIC! Suck it, peasants!" - sputnik-sweetheart-888
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    medievalpoc:

    Yes, and also this is too funny not to publish.

    You literally cannot read this without picturing Henry VIII.

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ancientart:

A quick look at: Baal, the Canaanite god of fertility and rain, whom is known at Ugarit as “the Rider of Clouds” -which is where this artifact of him was found.

Baal is actually a title meaning master or lord. There was a large number of local Baals, such as Baal-hamon (Cant 8:11), Baal-gad (Josh 11:17), and Baal-zephon (Exod 14:2).

Of these Baals was the “Great Baal,” or “the Rider of Clouds.” Baal was the son of El (the Father of the gods) and brother of Yam-Nahar (god of the rivers and seas). He is a fertility god, who represents the beneficial aspects of water as rain. Baal worship likely included a number of rituals, such as a ritual dance which involved participants limping around the altar (1 Kgs 18:26).

According to Ugaritic texts there were two stories which played a particularly significant role in shaping Canaanite thought about Baal:

These were the stories of Baal and Yamm, the Sea, and Baal and Mot, Death. In these accounts Baal is featured as a god who faced extremely powerful destructive forces, confronted the challenge at hand, appeared to be near defeat at the heart of the confrontation, but in the end emerged victorious.

The story of Baal’s encounter with the dragon, Yamm, highlights Baal’s role as a god who confronted and defeated the monster who was the source of chaos. […] The story of Baal’s encounter with Mot, Death, highlights Baal’s role as a god of fertility. The story features the cycle the Canaanites believed Baal passed through each year. In the encounter Baal was defeated by Mot, sent to the underworld -the realm of the dead- and eventually reappeared victorious over Mot. (Mills & Bullard 1990)

The shown artifact is courtesy & currently located at the Louvre, France. Bronze, dates to the 14th-12th centuries BCE, and was found in Ras Shamra (ancient Ugarit). Photo taken by JastrowWhen writing up this post the Mercer Dictionary of the Bible (1990) by Watson E. Mills & Roger Aubrey Bullard was of great use.

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thelodeman:

Wanna know what else the mayans didnt predict? the spanish

I can’t even explain how loud I just laughed.

History jokes are the best.

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I actually was under the impression that the Mayan calendar did account for the arrival of Europeans, but I went searching for sources and couldn’t find anything. All I could find was discounting the idea that the Aztec thought Cortez was a god. (Surprise, Europeans came up with that)

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Hey kids, it’s time for Rewriting History with Judge Andrew

Napolitano. 

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sexbathorrorvampiresex:

So in fifth grade while studying the American Revolution one of my assignments was to make a diorama that illustrated a particular event.

I chose Fort Ticonderoga for some reason and I needed figures to represent Ethan Allen and I guess Lt. Feltham so I used a figure of Han Solo from like K-Mart I think and a figure of cartoon Rasputin from Anastasia that I think was from a happy meal or something.

To simulate a cannon (apparently I had decided that the actual historical event didn’t have enough spice so I took it upon myself to change that) I used an old plastic film container and made a cannon ball out of construction paper so it looked like Han!Ethan Allen was being fired upon by Rasputin.

I wish I still had it so I could take pictures.

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sodomymcscurvylegs:

Technically more accurate than 300.

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