Archive for August 24th, 2011

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What the Frock?

August 24, 2011

Guinevere (Vanessa Redgrave)

Image Credit: Bettman/CORBIS March 15, 1967

Take me back home
There is nothin’ fair in this world
There is nothin’ safe in this world
And there’s nothin’ sure in this world
And there’s nothin’ pure in this world
Look for something left in this world
Start again
Come on

It’s a nice day for a white wedding
It’s a nice day to start again.

~ lyrics Billy Idol

The White Wedding Dress presents the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s superb collection. Every woman wants to look beautiful for her wedding and today the traditional, Western European white wedding dress is the garment of choice for brides across countries and cultures. This exhibition asks why and how this has happened.

All dressed up for the big day – A new exhibition of historic and famous wedding dresses at the Bendigo Art Gallery [click here for video]


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Falco Columbarius

August 24, 2011

Merlin

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Barinthus

August 24, 2011

Whaddya mean you don't have any nuts?

Barinthus
A Cymric Deity: The Wrathful One

This deity is known from a single mention in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini where he is named as the ferryman who takes the wounded Arthur to the Island of Afallach (Avalon). As such, Barinthus is a psychopomp of the ‘Charon’ type.

Barinthus is known as The Navigator, as he was an accomplished sailor to whom the waters and the stars of heaven were well known.

The mythological existence of Barinthus is also supported by the Irish Navigation Sancti Brendani (The Brendan Voyages) as St. Brendan was inspired to take his wondrous voyage to the Promised Land of Saints, a Christianized version of the Isle of the Blessed in the West, by St. Barrind (Barinthus), who had just returned from a journey there.

Barrinthus epitomizes the Charonic ferryman of the dead and may be drawn from the mythos of Manawyddan. Though his name may be derived from the Cymric word baran which stands for fury or wrath.