Omnium Gatherum: January 8, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for January 8, 2019

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  • The Aliites: Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali by Spencer Dew, from University of Chicago Press, due in August, 2019
  • Temple to skinless deity Flayed Lord uncovered in Mexico” — Jack Guy, CNN [HT small and horrible] [also]

    “Archeologists have uncovered the first known temple to the important pre-Hispanic deity called the Flayed Lord, who is represented by a human’s skinless corpse.
    The Flayed Lord, or Xipe Tótec, was linked with fertility, agricultural cycles and war, according to a statement from Mexican authorities released on Wednesday.

    A dig at Popoloca Indian ruins known as Ndachjian–Tehuacán in Puebla state, central Mexico, revealed two skulls and a torso from ancient statues of the deity.”

  • Freed From Copyright, These Classic Works Are Yours To Adapt” — Milton Guevara, NPR

    “Well, the chance to dust off these three — and countless other works originally copyrighted in 1923 — has arrived. A large body of films, music, and books from that year entered the public domain on Jan. 1, the first time that’s happened in 20 years. And that means they can be used according to the will of new creators who wish to adopt or adapt them.”

  • Lunar eclipse 2019: How to watch the ‘super blood wolf moon’: Your next chance to see a total lunar eclipse won’t come until 2021.” — David Freeman, NBC News

    “Skywatchers across the continental U.S. will be treated to a total lunar eclipse overnight on Jan. 20-21, when Earth’s shadow sweeps over the lunar surface to give it a reddish tinge and turn it into what some call a “blood moon.”

    This will be the first lunar eclipse of 2019 and the last total lunar eclipse until 2021. It coincides with the year’s first full moon — a “wolf moon” in the folklore tradition because it occurs at a time of year when wolves howl outside villages — and comes when the moon is slightly bigger and brighter because it’s at the closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit.

    Since it’s a so-called supermoon that’s being shadowed, some media outlets have dubbed this eclipse a “super blood wolf moon.””

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sent beard shavings to Azealia Banks so she could make an amulet to protect him from ISIS” — Nick Reilly, NME

    “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly once sent his beard shavings to Azealia Banks so the rapper could make him an amulet that wards off evil spirits.

    The bizarre claim was first mentioned by Banks on Twitter in 2016, when she claimed that Dorsey ‘sent me his hair in an envelope because i was supposed to make him an amulet for protection.'”

  • Bringing balance to the universe: New theory could explain missing 95 percent of the cosmos” — University of Oxford, Phys.Org

    “Scientists at the University of Oxford may have solved one of the biggest questions in modern physics, with a new paper unifying dark matter and dark energy into a single phenomenon: a fluid which possesses ‘negative mass.” If you were to push a negative mass, it would accelerate towards you. This astonishing new theory may also prove right a prediction that Einstein made 100 years ago.”

  • Festive Satanic statue added to Illinois statehouse” — BBC News

    BBC Festive Satanic Statue Added to Illinois Statehouse

    “Placed between a Christmas tree and a menorah, the four-foot sculpture depicts a snake coiled around an outstretched arm holding an apple.

    It’s the first display sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the Temple of Satan.

    The state government said the temple had the same right as other religious groups to have a display.
    ‘Under the Constitution, the First Amendment, people have a right to express their feelings, their thoughts,’ Dave Druker, spokesman for the Illinois secretary of state, told the State Journal-Register. ‘This recognises that.'”

  • 8-Week Intensive Greek and Latin Summer School” — Chris, The Medieval Academy Blog


    June 17th – August 8th 2019

    For the 20th year running, the Department of Classics at UCC offers an intensive

    8-week summer school for beginners with parallel courses in Latin and Ancient Greek. The courses are primarily aimed at postgraduate students in diverse disciplines who need to acquire a knowledge of either of the languages for further study and research, and at teachers whose schools would like to reintroduce Latin and Greek into their curriculum. Undergraduate students are more than welcome to apply as well.

    The basic grammar will be covered in the first 6 weeks and a further 2 weeks will be spent reading original texts.”

  • Black Mass by Run Vaylor

    Run Vaylor Black Mass

  • Tweet by TwinkleTwinkle; from the I-See-Sigils dept.

  • Damien Echols Tzadkiel Blend by Dead Sled

    Damien Echols Tzadkiel Blend Dead Sled

    “Damien Echols Tzadkiel Blend is a pairing of coffees that together evoke a magic best enjoyed with creative friends, outcast neighbors, or while reading the latest book by Damien Echols, “High Magic: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row.”

    Damien’s blend is named after Tzadkiel, who the archangel of freedom, benevolence and mercy.

    The talisman on this packaging was designed by Damien himself. The coffee comes from the Sito Marmeleiro farm in Brazil and the Finca Nuevo Amanecer coffee from Guatemala.

    Bag size is 12oz.

    Tastes Like: Stout, Coco, Coca; In other words, it is rich, smooth and nutty.”

  • The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch. This season, designers cast a spell with gothic silhouettes, mystical prints, and otherworldly textures.” — Carmen Maria Machado, Harper’s Bazaar; Photographs by Pari Dukovic; from the DEPT dept. [HT Sam Kestenbaum]

    Machado Dukovic The Modern Woman is Embracing her Inner Witch Harpers Bazaar

    “Witchcraft has also spread its wings into the bright halls of fashion, with Gucci leading the way. After Alessandro Michele’s much-discussed fall collection, which included a procession of dragon bearers and cephalophores—saints who are depicted carrying their own severed heads—the artistic director ushered in Resort 2019 with a collection that can best be described as a goth teen’s wildest dream. The show took place in a Roman necropolis in southern France, accompanied by smoke and candles and a dramatic 17th century musical composition sung in Latin. Fashion’s elite surrounded by the dead—and, by extension, reminders of their own mortality. And the clothes were anything but breezy holiday fun. There were crucifixes, lace, brooches, tall boots, capes, veils, crushed velvet, spikes, high collars, long sleeves. Other brands showed similar inclinations: Picture Louis Vuitton’s bone-white Victorian gown, Vera Wang’s jet-black tulle, and Max Mara’s ethereal capes.

    Modern witchiness reveals itself through fashion in clothes that articulate joy and express a healthy relationship with mortality while also being difficult for the male gaze. It’s not about dressing to please an amorphous other but yourself: Grey Gardens meets Wednesday Addams meets Stevie Nicks meets nuns. Luxe meets feeling yourself meets fuck off.”

  • Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site” — who, Bookish Buzz; from the DEPT dept. [HT Lara Maynard]

    Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site Bookish Buzz

    “The German city of Kassel has just become home for one of the most impressive pieces of art that we’ve seen in a while. It was created by the Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, 74, who has decided to bring back the topic of political oppression by making a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon using 100,000 copies of banned books.

    Part of the Documenta 14 art festival the massive structure called ‘The Parthenon of Books’, represents the resistance to political repression by taking the symbol of democracy and coating it with the countless written evidence of oppression.”