Darna (or Pauliina, if you must). 26. Finnish. INFJ/INTP.|
Raised by wolves and born on Halloween.
Occasional librarian. Once and future bookstore clerk. Part-time museum guide. Lifelong student. Currently working for the Red Cross.
Ardent lover of:
art, books, classic rock, comics, dancing, filmscores, history, Ireland, languages, larp, movies, music in general, mythology, nature, paranormal phenomena, period dramas, philosophy, poetry, psychology, tea, traveling, video games.
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Currently airing shows:
Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Elementary, Game of Thrones, Sleepy Hollow, The Vampire Diaries, Vikings.
Shows no longer airing:
Alias, Angel, Band of Brothers, Being Human (original British version, s1-3), The Borgias, BtVS, Farscape, Legend of the Seeker, Life on Mars (again, the original), Sanctuary, Veronica Mars, The X-Files.
My truths of life
100 facts about me
Sights of Ireland I: Newgrange
Newgrange is an enormous 5000 year old neolithic drystone passage grave. Inside (no photos allowed) is a chamber perfectly illuminated by light through the “window” above the entrance at sunrise on the winter solstice. There are three side chambers, where bodies and grave goods were discovered. A beautifully smoothed stone basin is in the center of one of the chambers. Many of the stones bear mysterious markings as do two large stones on the outside. This area is full of dozens of graves, most smaller, but two as large as Newgrange. The sense of history and spiritual continuity is almost overwhelming.
You cant beat a bit of newgrange.
The place older and more technologically advanced than the pyramids at giza. Its water tight and it doesnt fall below 10 degrees celcius even in winter, and thats more than 5 thousand years after it was built.
People see faces and plants, mythological sun chariots and maps of the sky in the art on Newgrange but its the only non representational art style in Europe until the 19th century. So without a rosetta stone we have no idea what any of it meant. People just see what they want to see.
Its one of 3 types of neolithic monuments representing the tribal centres of different stone age ethnic groups at the time. Passage Tombs, Court Cairns and Portal Tombs/Dolmens. It was a subsistance lifestyle back then where people focussed on surviving and leaving that aside to build a monument is huge.
The more complex a monument the more manpower involved and the more dominant the group.The manpower involved in building newgrange probably means that they had to get the other ethnicities to help them construct it. So they might have been the dominant tribal group.
We arent sure which monument in the boyne valley is bru na boinne but newgrange might have been mentioned in medieval lit/myth. The entrance had collapsed but the site still had cultural significance in Ireland 1000s of years on.
Hows that for a building job. My house will probably be pulled down shortly after Im dead.
Statues in Ireland of Goddesses and Heros from Irish Mythology.
We are literally surrounded by mythology in Ireland. When its not in the heritage sites from the stories we are raised on its statues of goddesses and heros legitimising our nation state and mourning our history of unnecessary conflict.
Ireland by florescent
Explosion at the Four Courts during the Irish Civil War which destroyed nearly one thousand years of irreplaceable archives in the Irish Public Record Office, Dublin, 1922.
Pádraig Pearse (via oaken-shield)
Five years ago now. I miss this.
Words! Mere Words!
No Other Troy, W.B. Yeats
The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland (by Maximilian Pilz)
I miss Ireland.
(April 2008 with missevilove)
Aran Island children on the way to school. The boys wore skirts due to a local belief that the Sidhe (people from the underworld) snatched male infants more often than females.
(Maybe I’ve read too much fiction with faeries, but I’m pretty sure the Sídhe don’t care about the silly fashion conventions of silly mortals and just abduct the ones who look prettiest.)
Grafton Street is one of my favourite places in Dublin.
It is being “upgraded”. The red brick paving is going to be replaced by horrible modern grey ones. All bollards and lamp posts etc are going to be replaced with modern ones.
It is going to take at least a year, and will cost about €4 million.
Fucking waste of time and it will ruin the whole vibe that is on Grafton Street and I hate everyone.
I’m in a really moany mood and I am probably going to just complain about the Irish government for the next while.
Oh no no no no NO. :(
W.B. Yeats, In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz (via mixtapes)
Here are some facts about the man behind everyone’s favorite corrupted feast day:
- He might have been two people
- One of those people was Welsh
- The other was possibly French (or, well, Gaulish)
- That one pretty much did jack on his mission
- There had been Christianity in Ireland before either French dude or Welsh dude due to contact with Britain and other semi-Christianized outposts of the Roman empire. Give credit where credit is due (not to him)
- He did not banish the snakes from Ireland, as there have never been snakes to banish
- He is also the patron saint of Nigeria
- The Welsh one’s surviving letters are quite interesting
- He mentions that early Christianity was very attractive to women (see also Itinerarium Egeriae, the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis, etc)
- He also mentions that he wanted to leave Ireland and go home.
- Or even to Gaul. Gaul would be acceptable.
- He would probably be really annoyed at all the debauchery going on in his name
- Really, really annoyed
- He’s a saint, did you expect another reaction
LGBTQ* People You Should Know
The Lavender Leaders of the Emerald Isle
-Irish LGBTQ* Individuals You Should Know-
Kate O’Brien (1897-1974)
Born in Limerick, receiving her education at University College in Dublin, O’Brien parted ways from her husband as she became more comfortable with her lesbian identity. Her first novel, Without My Cloak (1931), won the Hawthornden and James Tait Black prizes in literature. Her following novels would later focus on the struggle of Catholic views and individual freedom for women when paired again the role of family and maintaining society’s standards.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Still considered one of the wittiest playwrights of all time, Oscar Wilde made a name for himself with his quick-paced, sarcastic works which mimicked the very patrons who drove to purchase tickets.
Wilde is often remembered most for his trial. How did it all begin? Ironically(?)
Wilde sued the marquees of Queensberry after Queensberry called Wilde a sodomite (Wilde was having an affair with Queensberry’s son, Lord Douglas). After taking Queensberry to court for libel (and after losing the trial) the government then came after Wilde for “crimes against nature.” Wilde would go on to lose again, being sentenced to two years of hard labor.
Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916)
Casement was actively involved in the nationalist movement from a young age. He joined the Irish military during WWI and assisted in securing aid for the Irish through the war.
Casement is most known for his writings. In a series of his work, he brought light to the plantation owners in the Congo and the acts carried out against unrepresented workers. He is also known for his diaries which he chronicled his love affairs with men throughout his travels and the world.
Casement was hanged for treason, seeking Independence for all and refusing to be shamed by his homosexual history.
Incredibly delighted that Casement is on this list. He deserves oceans more recognition and honour than he gets now
(via Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland - Imgur)