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Tainted Love

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The story of Hades and Persephone is one of a wicked game. Persephone is the Greek goddess of the bounty of spring and the daughter of Demeter, who herself is the goddess of agriculture. According to legend, one day, Hades, the God of the Underworld, caused the earth beneath Persephone's feet to open up while simultaneously, he appeared in his chariot and sucked her downwards, abducting her to his realm. Demeter went into a deep depression while searching the world for her daughter. Her grief caused her to neglect her duties and, therefore, the world became barren and sent the humans into famine. Eventually, Persephone's whereabouts were discovered, and Zeus, the King of the Gods, began to negotiate her release. Persephone was free to leave so long as she had consumed nothing from the Underworld... However, after eating nothing for months throughout her ordeal, she had finally eaten a few pomegranate seeds to sate her hunger. Now tainted by underworldly materials, this now obligated her to remain bound to Hades as his queen. A bargain was struck; Persephone would spend most of the year with her mother Demeter, but she must always return to her husband. Thus, the earthly seasons were born, Autumn signifying Demeter beginning to grieve the loss of her daughter, and Winter representing Demeter's depression while Persephone is in the Underworld with Hades.

While this may sound like a terrifying ordeal, many have reimagined this story for the modern age. Perhaps Hades was not a manipulative kidnapper but a lover who desired to free Persephone from an overbearing, codependent, and emotionally enmeshed mother. Perhaps Persephone did not eat the pomegranate in desperation or through trickery but instead happily feasted with her partner as they rejoiced in the eternal bond they were creating together. After all, even according to tradition, they had one of the happiest marriages in the pantheon, and neither ever had an affair, a rare feat in Greek mythology.


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Spears of Love at Karbala!

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The Battle of Karbala is one of the most significant battles in Islamic history and of extreme importance to Muslims. This battle pitched Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, against Yazid, the second Caliph who ruled over the early Muslim nation. Hussain's party of about 70 was slaughtered by Yazid's army of 1000, and the death of Hussain and his family are commemorated and mourned annually to this day. Because of this event, the name "Yazid" is equivalent to evil itself for millions of Shia Muslims. We think it is very telling when so many foundational stories of a religion take place during wars and battles. Perhaps a religion that promoted the use of a different kind of spear on the battlefield would have lent itself more readily to the improvement of mankind.

Blasphemous Bikini

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Nowadays, Christians are not generally known for their knee-jerk outraged reactions to blasphemy of their faith, especially in comparison to the Christians of yore. Surprisingly, a simple bikini is what set them off. When global TikTok star Addison Rae posted an image of herself wearing a white bikini with the words "Father" and "Son" on each breast and "Holy Spirit" on her nether regions, suddenly, this was the moment for the Christain community to spring into action! The backlash was swift; her "blasphemy" against the Holy Trinity was decried, and she quietly deleted the photo without addressing the "disrespect." Little did she know that Mother Mary herself was quite the fan of that little bikini; she wears it to all the latest bapstisms.

Amaterasu's Bind

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The Japanese Shinto goddess Amaterasu is famed for being the highest deity, quite literally because she is the goddess of the sun. A prominent legend about her is that one day she became frightened by her brother and hid within a cave, plunging the world into cold darkness and chaos. The other gods begin to plot how to entice her to leave the cave. Eventually, they have Amenouzume, the goddess of comedy, dance and perform outside of the cave, and hundreds of gods sing her praises, causing great envy in Amaterasu. When Amaterasu began to peak outside the cave to see if this goddess was more powerful than her, the other gods held up a mirror, tricking Amaterasu. When she emerged more fully, the gods yanked her out of the cave, bringing light back to the world. This mirror became one of Amaterasu's most important symbols and also a symbol of the Japanese imperial family, who claim direct lineage and divine legitimacy from the sun goddess herself. Here, Amaterasu has been bound in shibari, decorative Japanese rope bondage, to prevent her from returning to the cave and plunging the world into darkness again.

Heaven Within

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It is a shame that so many people have spent decades of their lives denying themselves pleasures for the sake of finding peace within heaven, when for many heaven can be found within the embrace of their lover.

Goddess Dalikamata & Her Priestess

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In Filipino Visayan mythology, the Goddess Dalikamata is the thousand-eyed diety of health. The eyes covering her body have given her the power of omniscience, for she can see all the good and bad within a person. People often worship her in the hopes of being granted good eyesight, and it is believed that she curses the cruel and unkind with blindness. According to legend, morning dew is a result of Dalikamata crying over all of the evil deeds of mankind that she witnesses. The indigenous priestesses, known as the Babaylan, would collect this morning dew for use in their healing and divination practices. Babaylan were exclusively either cisgender or transgender women who held crucial roles in pre-colonial society. Following the colonization by the Spanish, they were demonized as witches and were persecuted. Here we see Dalikamata meeting with one of her devoted priestesses. While the babaylan would often offer Goddess Dalikamata incense flowers as a token of their devotion, here this priestess has decided to offer herself instead.

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