M Y T H O L O G Y : D R A G O N S
Dragons are awe-inspiring patchwork creatures found in the myths and legends of cultures all around the world.
In Europe, they are nightmarish fire-spewing reptiles, large and lizard-like, with the forked tongue of a snake and wings like a bat. In the legends, they are reviled and feared because they liked to imprison maidens, destroy villages and hoard over mountains of gold.
In the ancient cultures of Mexico and South America, a divine feathered serpent known by various names was believed to renew the world after each cycle of destruction.
In China, dragons are amphibious creatures that dwell in oceans, lakes, rivers and even raindrops. They are revered as life-giving symbols of fortune and fertility, capable of unleashing rain in times of drought. They are animal mosaics, possessing the body of a snake, the scales of a fish, the talons of an eagle, the antlers of a stag, and the face of a gilin—another mythical creature that resembles a deer but whose body is wreathed in flames.
Qing dynasty gold deer, 18th century, China. At the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
The character for ‘deer’ is pronounced similar to the character for ‘good income’, and with the lingzhi (mushroom of immortality) in its mouth the figure symbolises a wish for financial prosperity into old age.
i am yes! uni permittng but should be okay (its going well i think so far making the thing). hope your move is going well
Awesome! I have no idea how much of Athos I’ll be able to take with me, but I’d love to meet (& take photos..).
Got the music (went for something else anyway…), got the clips (ish), got a page of notes… but lost my inspiration. :\
Me: *complains loudly*
Little sister: “I cannot help you find your inspiration, I can’t even find my socks!”
Well, I’ve just decided (I think…) on the music for the new Musketeers video I’m making! It’s for the all4onebigbang, and it involves special effects…
So I figured I needed a photography-only blog as a sort of portfolio to point people at when they ask about my photography (rather than this messy blog) and was dreading coming up with a name, but that turned out surprisingly easy!
It’s still very much under construction and probably won’t be very active any time soon, but here it is: http://samtakesphotos.tumblr.com/
Also, cats. :3