Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825). Onoe Matsusuke as the Ghost of the Murdered Wife Oiwa, in A Tale of Horror from the Yotsuya Station on the Tokaido Road," 1812. Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Louis V. Ledoux, 1927
Monster of the Week: The Asasabonsam. When we think of vampires, we often envision the European type, not realizing that there are all types of vampires throughout the world. One of the more interesting variations of the vampire myth is a creature known as the asasabonsam. The asasabonsam is a peculiar vampire derived from Ghana lore. The Republic of Ghana is located along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa. The word “Ghana” means “Warrior King.” The legend of the ...
"Panacea, the Greek Goddess of healing, was the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine. She was said to have a potion with which she healed the sick. This brought about the concept of the panacea in medicine, a substance meant to cure all diseases." At and quote from Emily Balivet
Anna Perenna is the Roman Goddess of long life and renewal, health and plenty. Her two names both make reference to the year: anna means "to live through a year", while perenna means "last many years" (still seen in the English words annual and perennial). She seems to be concerned with cycles of renewal, and connecting the past to the present; She Herself is described in some legends as old, and in others as young.
The firebird is symbolic of light and it is said that when one feather from the tail of the firebird falls to the ground, a new artistic tradition is born, hence why it is such a popular motif amongst artists.