Reblogged from undyingrealm
Merlin (pictured in the beautiful drawing by Alan Lee above) is a figure intimately connected with forests in Arthurian lore. After the disastrous Battle of Arderydd, Merlin goes mad and spends years as a wild man in the woods, living a solitary, animal existence, before he emerges into his full power as a magician and seer. His prophesies are contained in Welsh poems said to be written by Myrddin himself from the 9th century onward;
many can be found in the Llyfr Du Caerfryddin and The Black Book of
Carmarthen. In the “Afallennau” and “Oineau” poems (from The Black Book, translated by Meirion Pennar), Myrddin portrays his life among apple trees in the forest of Celydonn: “Ten years and two score have I been moving along through twenty bouts of madness with wild ones in the wild; after not so dusty things and entertaining minstrels, only lack does now keep me company. . . .” He despairs that he, who once lay in women’s arms, now lies alone on the cold, hard ground, with only a wild piglet for company (a creature much revered by the Celts).
Reblogged from vetstudent-microbiologymaniac
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Ask the Romanian Government and Parliament to stop killing stray dogs.
Urged this week by President Basescu to legalize mass killing of all stray dogs, it is expected that the Romanian Government and Parliament will take a quick emotional and tragic decision on September 10th. The demand of the President comes after recent tragic casualities. In the meantime animal haters have started mass violence and killing of stray dogs even in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Authorities are tolerating these actions.
Stray dogs are part of the urban and rural Romanian landscape since decades. Coexistence was possible so far. Incidents unfortunately occur due to lack of public awareness and proper management of the situation by the local authorities.
Tens of thousand of dogs might be killed in the upcoming days and months to follow the wish of the country leaders and animal haters. However this emotional and unethical decision has nothing to do with the real solution to manage the situation in a humane way. All we have to do is to think outside the box and choose one of the many solutions that open minded people might offer. FOUR PAWS has one and is inviting you to share is with the decision makers from Romania.
Reblogged from cultcult-deactivated20140221
A relic hunter has lifted the lid on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe.
Art historian Paul Koudounaris hunted down and photographed dozens of gruesome skeletons in some of the world’s most secretive religious establishments.