Mermaid, Siren, Harpy, or Banshee? (part 2 of 2)

To read more about the historical differences in physicality and abilities between mermaids and sirens please see part 1 of this ratified research series –> Mermaid, Siren, Harpy, or Banshee? (part 1 of 2)

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Harpies are physically similar to sirens although there is some debate on whether the human sections were beautiful or hideous and foul-smelling like the harpies in the tale of Jason and the Argonauts or as Celaeno in Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn – described as “…a creature with the body of a great bronze bird and a hag’s face…deadly talons…but down her scaly shoulders, mingling with the bright knives of her plumage, there fell hair the color of moonlight, thick and youthful around the hating human face.” Beagle’s story makes a connection between Celaeno and the Greek tale in which Zeus sent harpies to punish King Phineus for revealing a secret gift by stealing and befouling any food set before Phineus before he could eat it.  I have a sneaking suspicion that Tamora Pierce’s stormwings, first introduced in The Immortals quartet, were inspired by the harpies that harried King Phineus as they befouled bodies on the battlefield which they also consumed, and their plumage cuts as Celaeno’s did the unicorn in Beagle’s story.

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Harpies were originally wind spirits and extensions of the whims of the gods via the weather in Greece. Perhaps in future literature an author will attribute harpies with the ability to affect the weather and generate great gusts of wind with their wings. Another task of the harpy was to snatch up evildoers and deliver them to furies, the deities of vengeance.

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In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing Benedict calls Beatrice a “harpy” in the way of an annoying woman (at one point a harpy was also slang for ‘street prostitute’). The original meaning of harpy is “snatcher” from Latin origin and seen from the tale of King Phineus. On a side note there is a very real, gigantic eagle known as a harpy eagle that ranges across Mexico and Argentina. It is the heaviest and most powerful bird of prey and the females, almost twice the size of males, are outranked in size only by the Andean condor. It’s legs are the width of a small child’s and its deadly talons are 5 in (13 cm) – that’s larger than the average grizzly bear claws!

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The last figure is of Irish and partly Scottish origin and is known as a shrieking herald of death: the banshee. A banshee is human in form and can change her appearance. While she is most often depicted as a disheveled old hag she can also appear as a beautiful young woman. The wailing originates as a traditional part of mourning in which sometimes professional keeners would be paid to mourn a death. Women who were murdered or died during childbirth could become a banshee. A banshee’s wailing would be heard by someone who’s family member has died no matter where the family member is located. If the person who died was greatly revered or holy then more than one banshee would appear and wail. You can see some of this folklore used in the TV series Lost Girl where the writers also elaborate on the origin and abilities of the banshee. Scottish origins told of banshees whose cries were so piercing they could shatter glass and they could also be seen washing bloodied clothes and armor of those persons who were to die soon.

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Irish folklore tells that the first banshee was Irish battle goddess the Morrígan, who is also associated with the Valkyries in Norse mythology who decided who may or may not die during battle. She may be the first banshee because in W.M. Hennessy’s The Ancient Irish Goddess of War she predicts the death of a prominent warrior. The Morrígan would appear as a crow and fly over the battlefield. When her presence was noted by the warriors she could inspire fear or courage depending on whose side they were on. Banshees and valkyries can influence the outcome of a battle simply by appearing and becoming a symbol of imminent death.
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That is it! Thank you for hanging out for two consecutive posts after a long spell of no posts. If there are any other comparisons you are curious about let me know, I’m always looking for more topics for future ratified research blogs. If you want to learn more some of the images above actually like to other articles. You may also want to check out the sources I have linked below as they also have sub-links that will let you expand further on the information I provided.

 

Sources:

Other Ratified Research posts:

  1. What Colors do Horses See?
  2. The Purple Heart
  3. another link coming soon
  4. another link coming soon

 

Mermaid, Siren, Harpy, or Banshee? (part 1 of 2)

The powers and attributes of these mythological figures are commonly mixed but I’m particularly curious as to the original distinctions which, as you will see, vary depending on culture. As always each image is linked back to the source simply click to follow. Also, let’s be clear: I like seeing different mixes but we are dealing with the traditional figures in these two posts.

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Let’s start with the most common mix up, ey? Mermaids have appeared in Walt Disney Pictures’ 2011 film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, stories about Peter Pan, and C.S. Lewis’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The earliest mermaid comes from Assyrian mythology in 1000 BC by the Goddess Atargatis – the first mermaid (known as Derketo in Greek mythology). Goddess Atargatis was the goddess of fertility and responsible for the conservation of fish – fish were sacred to her and it was forbidden to consume them especially in Ascalon. Atargatis fell in love with a human shephard who she then accidentally killed during lovemaking. Guilt overcame her and she threw herself into the ocean to become a fish but her beauty was so great that the transformation was not completed. Why? Because the waters refused to conceal her divine beauty.

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Another origin story belongs with Thessalonike of Macedon, Alexander the Great’s sister. Her story is tied to that her hair was bathed in water from the fountain of immortality in the Aegean. After Alexander’s death she was so stricken with grief that she threw herself into the sea to drown but was instead transformed into a mermaid who thereafter lived in the Aegean. Any sailors who discovered her were asked only one question: “Is Alexander still the king?” Should they answer no, she transformed into a gorgon and summon a deadly storm. Should the sailors answer yes, she would grant them calm seas for the remainder of their journey. There is also the African water spirit, Mami Wata/Mamba Muntu, who was a source of healing and good luck for her followers but dealt sickness, delusion, and drowning for those who disobeyed. She sometimes appeared as a mermaid but never as a human and was often associated with a snake. There was also the chance that she could return a person to land with increased wealth, beauty, and psychic power. Mermaids from the One Thousand and One Nights were anatomically similar to humans but could breathe underwater. They could and would reproduce with humans and their children would have the ability to live underwater as well as on land.

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In most cultures where mermaids were present it was always considered bad luck to do anything unkind to them. They could grant wishes or present humans with cures They could not thrive out of water except for the ‘Merrow’ from Scotland and Ireland who would sometimes marry and live with humans. Some mermaids wore a red cap which if it was stolen and hidden from them they would shed their tails and live on land much like with selkies when their whole skins were hidden. However, in British folklore seeing one was a sign of bad luck and they were attributed of causing storms that brought ships to wreckage. Though mermaids lived for a long time none of them had souls, particularly in Slavic mythology where mermaids came from the spirit of a drowned woman who then lured men to their death, dragging them down to their underwater kingdom.

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Any recorded biological possibility of becoming a mermaid surfaces in the medical condition of sirenomelia (Mermaid Syndrome) where an infant is born with their legs fused together. Historically they never live more than a few days due to bladder and kidney malfunctions but there are modern cases when the mutation has been corrected for prolongued land life. It seems the rule of thumb is the more beautiful the mermaid the less likely they were to outright kill you and the more sympathetic and helpful they were likely to be – although mermen were typically wilder, uglier with green seaweed for hair, and had little interest in humans.

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Sirens are the most commonly crossed with mermaids. The physical distinction is that mermaids and mermen were part fish while sirens were part bird although they also lived by the sea on an island or cliffs. Though mermaids had beautiful singing voices their power lay in the ability to cause storms which wrecked sailors and their ships while sirens mesmerized men into a trance with their voices, compelling them to reach the siren whereby she brought sailors to death from her perch upon rocky islands, cliffs, and the shore. Sirens are present in the 2003 Dreamworks movie Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, before that they are notably present in Homer’s Odyssey and date as far back as the Greek story of Persephone and Hades. In the original Greek story the Sirens began as the human companions of Persephone. After Persephone was abducted by Hades they were turned into half-bird, half-woman by Persephone’s mother Demeter. In some versions Demeter did this to help the women locate her daughter but in others it was punishment for failing to either prevent Persephone’s capture or locate Persephone. A siren’s song is irresistibly sweet yet sad, an eternal call for Persephone’s return.

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In India they are usually depicted with harps, lutes, or lyres which were used in combination with their voices to lull men to sleep before then tearing the men to shreds with their talons. Sirens were said to be so gifted musical talents that they could calm the wind. The bane of the siren comes in the elaboration by post-Homeric writers: if someone heard a siren’s song and escaped alive that siren would die as after Odysseus passed their island unharmed the sirens singing to him flung themselves down to perish among the rocks and waves. When Jason and his Argonauts came across sirens in their search for the Golden Fleece, Orpheus drowned out the siren call with his lyre. When Christianity took over sirens became a mere symbol of worldly temptations such as that of prostitutes.

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There is abundant research to be had on all of these figures and their variations and I have only covered bare basics for each of the umbrella nominations as far as origin, appearance, and attributes. Want to delve into more information but not sure where to start? Check out my references below!

 

Part 2–> Mermaid, Siren, Banshee, or Harpy? (part 2 of 2)

Sources:

 

Other Ratified Research posts:

  1. The Luckdragon
  2. Beneficial Stress
  3. another link coming soon
  4. another link coming soon

1000 Words on the Legend of Korra

Hey guys and gals, I know it’s been a while since this series ended but at the time it was airing I was following other series and this was one of the sacrifices I made in order to keep some peace of mind. I finally finished it earlier this year and here’s what I thought!

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Confluence

I have heard a lot of chatter on how Korra’s story is not as good as Aang’s. I disagree and find this opinion the majority of the time crops up from persons clinging to an extension of Aang’s journey. While the Avatar is a streamline of rebirth into each generation I believe each individual Avatar’s story is unique to themselves.

Of course we became attached to Aang – the kid was pure happy energy and believed in no limits. He came to us from a spiritual place where everything was possible, the world less strict for a mind to open to the possibilities. His lessons learned and wisdom were easy to sneak in with head-fakes (indirect learning) disguised in light hearted jest. As you progressed through Aang’s show seasons he eased you into the material world – a world of limitations and rules and fire nation tyranny.

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Aang

Korra starts on the other end of the circle: her journey as the Avatar beings with rules and walls and limitations from the moment the White Lotus confirms her the next Avatar. This well-meaning organization takes charge of Korra’s path, choosing her lessons, making decisions for her. A flash back of young Korra shows her to be tenacious and as brightly burning in spirit as Aang ever was. Her rebellious flashes are a mix of her make-it-happen attitude in a world of limitations and typical cooped-up-teenager frustration.

The burning-brightly-fire of Korra’s personality was very pretty and shiny and when you have an instant-hook like that it’s hard to keep the fire going all the time. Her constant antics wore me out at first no matter how much I related with her. The first time I started watching the Legend of Korra (LoK) I had recently finished re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender and was still raw to Aang’s story. I feel my love for Aang’s character was more of a slow burn. He started at a much lower energy and strung you along with attractive laughter. I have never watched the live action film after such strong negative feedback from the fanbase and even without the desire for redemption the viewers probably felt going into Korra’s story I was left wanting – so I stopped watching halfway through the first season.

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Awakening

From a creative perspective I would like you to note a few things:

  1. you can see in LoK how legends are fluffed with meringue and the grandiose over time is exaggerated from Aang’s legacy.
  2. the effect of a long-ruminated story has a stronger, clearer base of execution in the first ‘novel’ (Aang’s series) versus when something is pushed faster (Korra’s series).
  3. In watching each Avatar we needed to be mindful of what they lacked while watching to help stoke long-burnin embers: for Aang we needed seriousness and and understanding of the gravity of his world; for Korra we needed the patience as she struggled to learn not only air bending but flexibility of nature in any given situation.

Difficult as Korra was to swallow I find it hard to believe anyone did not feel chills when Vaatu struck Raava and disintegrated Korra’s connection to the previous Avatars: Aang, Roku, Kyoshi, and the male water bender and female air bender Aang called on for advice when meditating on the lion turtle. Don’t tell me you didn’t feel a surge of familiarity and pride on discovering that Wan started the sequence of elements each subsequent Avatar learned not only in turn but in rebirth; that the order was established not by a grand or philosophical design but by Wan’s motivation to be a protector of the helpless. Seeing the framed story of Wan built up that sense of nostalgia we had for Aang in layers by the time Korra reconnected with Raava and we were back, rooting for the water tribe Avatar.

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Harmonic Convergence

Aang set an example of what greatness could look like and how to nurture the inner child – our inner magic. If you want desperately for the unexplainable magic of a miracle you have to start by believing in magic. Korra and Wan showed us a person of great influence, power, and inspiration can rise from anywhere and anyone.

“Before he fused with Rava, Wan was just a regular person.” 

“You have always been strong, unyielding, and fierce.”

— LoK Season 2, ep 14

The ancient lion turtle that aided Aang before his confrontation with fire lord Ozai taught us that the greatest and purest form of bending was the bending of energy in oneself. This lesson was brought back in LoK and first glimpsed at the end of season one when Korra, brought low when her bending was blocked by Amon, learned to bring back the bending of herself and others. She continually shows us how to stand up and believe in the limitless power inside of ourselves. Wan also taught us this lesson on a less magical level when he focused on his motivations to provide aid and reached past his limitations. They teach us to believe in ourselves and affirm, at least for me, that magic comes in many forms.

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Raava and Vaatu

Aang’s journey was more focused on the external movement of the war and Korra’s was the internal journey of who she was and what degree if significance she held in the world. As a sequential series yes, perhaps Aang’s was better, subjectively. He was first and, let’s face it, it was sentiment for his journey that brought us fans back for Korra. For me they are separate. From Aang’s story I only pulled the lore forward with me. These two avatars are presented in the same world but they had to work in differing eras. I saw the making of two legends.

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Aang and Korra Collab

Last Major Contest + Raffle of 2016: And Scene!!

Hey guys and gals, it’s been a while – and what better way to start a chunk of ‘regular weekly posts’ again than with a bang?

It’s that time again! Please note: this is the LAST FULL ON raffle or contest I will host until 2017. Any other raffles will be minor and most likely related to live streams. Information on future raffles will be provided in December 2016/January 2017. Thank you to all returning and new participants for allowing me to be part of your journey during these events~

This time your raffle entry is given mainly on writing or sequential art but you may also enter by submitting an illustration. Please keep reading for details!~~

Time to put your storytelling skills in gear! Imagine one of your OCs has gotten into a dire situation. Perhaps they are robbing La Louve, about to be kidnapped from a desert mansion for ransom, escorting children in a special events evening tour of an aquarium, obtaining evidence on an antagonist from some remote mountain ruins, sneaking behind troop lines to change the balance in power play of the enemy commanders, etc. Then imagine something starts to go terribly wrong – oh no!! The next thing your OC hears is shattering glass from above. When everyone looks up they see the following:

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* * * Y o u r G o a l * * *

You are to describe either by writing a piece of flash fiction (word limit in next section) or illustration (media defined in next section) the scene leading up to Kaipo crashing through the ceiling. Try your best to write/illustration an answer to one or more of the following questions:
  1. How did your OC get into the situation – were they willing or were they coerced?
  2. Is the full moon significant to the situation?
  3. What is at stake for your OC? How could this effect your OC’s future if they succeed/fail?
  4. Is your OC alone or with a team? How do they feel at this interruption? Did they anticipate Kaipo’s entry or does this derail their entire plan?
  5. Is Kaipo your ally, a complete stranger, a neutral party, or the ultimate enemy – and is he coming for your soul or to save you?
*Important: your content is the most important thing here. I’m hoping this prompt will help you in the development of your own characters.

 

* * * L i m i t a t i o n s * * *

  • WORD LIMIT: minimum 300 words, maximum 2000 words (equivalent to 4 pages single spaced with 12pt Times New Roman)
  • ILLUSTRATION: any digital, traditional, or mixed media that depicts the scene – you still need at least a 300 word depiction of the scene.
  • SEQUENTIAL ART: as in comic – you may complete comic pages or strips in response to this prompt in lieu of a written piece – your entire storyline must be submitted before the deadline (no page/strip limit).
  • SETTING: you may use ANY setting/genre – futuristic, steampunk, apocalyptic, medieval, supernatural, ancient, present, fantasy, cyberpunk, etc.
  • Be careful only to define only Kaipo’s relationship (existent or not) to your OC, not what Kaipo is. If you have any questions about what he is to enhance your depiction of your entry please let me know!
  • If you would like you can write/draw your character’s reaction to the dragon’s entrance or indicate what may happen next but please do not write more than a few sentences beyond Kaipo’s entrance.

* * * S u b m i s s i o n D e a d l i n e * * *

October 31, 2016
~ may be extended if needed – please comment below or note me if this becomes the case – extension period is at my discretion ~

 

* * * Y o u r R a f f l e E n t r y * * *

 

This is a contest-raffle so both placed winners and one raffle winner will be an option. Placed winners are excluded from the raffle to keep this as fair as possible. You may make submissions of multiple characters or in multiple options outlined above but you only receive ONE raffle entry. Remember, your content is the most prudent here.

*****While there is no extra entry for commenting on your peers’ entries this time around I strongly encourage you to check them out, again for that you might be inspired or find a new writer/artist to follow – go here.*****
When will the winners be announced?

The drawing date for the raffle and prize announcements will be released soon after all entries are in and I have had a chance to review all material.

The raffle winner will be drawn during a live stream as per past tradition for us to interact live – come hang out and let me know what you thought of this contest-raffle!

Date: TBA
Time: TBA ; Eastern Standard Time

You can save the link to my channel but I will post the link again on Facebook, dA, and Twitter. Stay tuned~

*You do not have to be present for the stream in order to win a slot at the raffle drawing*

 

How will you randomize the draw?

During the live stream I will use an online randomizer depending on the number of entries.

* * * P r i z e s * * *

this is your choice of yourself, a pet portrait, or your OC

1st prize = detailed color illustration of your choice and a journal interview feature (if you already have the later we shall discuss options)
art examples:
Dev ID update 2016 by KiriRamdeo  Memory by KiriRamdeo  Raffle Prize: Boys Night In by KiriRamdeo

journal interview feature example: Artist Intervew: Ag-Cat

2nd prize = flat color illustration of your choice (some gradient possible at my discretion)
examples:
Ask Us Anything by KiriRamdeo Squirrel Boy by KiriRamdeo
3rd prize = lined and colored chibi
examples:
Unicorn Chibis by KiriRamdeo  Requests Closed Kiri Chibi by KiriRamdeo
Raffle winner = icon (with option for motion)
examples:
Raffle Prize: Val Annoyed by KiriRamdeo  Assassin Amara Icon by KiriRamdeo  Amara Horse Light by KiriRamdeo


If you have any questions or if anything unclear please let me know and remember – have fun!!  :squee: :dance: :happybounce: :squee: :dance: :happybounce: :squee: :dance: :happybounce: :squee: :dance: :happybounce: 

**Special Notes**

  • Link back to the raffle and spread the word at your discretion!
  • Constructive feedback is always, always welcome – I appreciated all the notes I received after the previous raffle from those of you who enjoyed it – both winners and participants~
  • I do these because as stated above the majority of participants have expressed that these are fun! I am more than happy to host and provide prizes. However, sometimes I can get myself eyeballs deep in multiple projects, so if you have suggestions for dynamic prizes or would like to help me provide prize art in the future, please note me! I’ll contact you before future raffles and ask if you are able to participate in providing prizes (please note that this does bar you from an entry into the contest but you are more than welcome to participate in the prompt).

Artist Interview: Ag-Cat

Happy weekend guys and gals! Briefly: As you know regular posts are on hiatus until August. I will post as often as I can until then as I prep for Metrocon and moving!

Today we have the pleasure of learning more about deviant Artist Ag-Cat! I’ve interacted with Ag-Cat on and off before and again have the pleasure of completing some prize art of her characters. She has a great resiliance to sticking with it and you can see the color selection and anatomy adjust and change to improve across her pieces.

On the Bus
On the Bus

Ag-Cats started out on traditional mediums such as pencil, crayon, paper, and anything else she could get her hands on. Partially due to the cost of traditional supply she she started practicing digital art in 2012 and now works primarily in that medium. Ag-Cat views her artistic activity as a passionate hobby and she is looking to build a career with it in the future. At the moment she takes a particular interest in working on original characters and enjoys fleshing each one out in both design and personal development. Recently I’ve noticed a different shimmer to her shading and I enjoy her colorful combinations!

Fall Leaves
Fall Leaves

So what should you do if you are on a similar journey and are looking to improve? Ag-Cat’s advice is this: “Learn the basics first…then practice, practice, practice.” She cautions not to rush into copying your favorite artists and idols but encourages you to examine the pieces by those persons you admire. Pay attention to the form, light, shadow, anatomy and flow of those pieces to understand what you do like and can apply to your own work versus what you would want to do differently. Your process is also improved by asking for critiques from others, by nursing your motivation to improve, and believing you can do better. “Don’t forget to look back on how much progress you have made and give yourself a highfive!”

Sweet Demure & Sweeter Demure
Sweet Demure & Sweeter Demure

Ag-Cat finds it relaxing to spend time developing a piece and helps take her mind of things she worries about. While spending time with friends and family is important to her and can also be stress relieving Ag-Cat reminds us it is important to let your loved ones know that you also need time for yourself. Simply talk to them. Creating art is one of Ag-Cat’s methods to handle stress and her internal struggles. Sit down with your craft and let the stress bleed away into the simple fact in the work of it.

Jawesa
Jawesa

What does Ag-Cat do when she’s not creating artistic pieces and is looking for a break and recharge? “I like listening to music. I hope that I will have time (and money) to learn an instrument one day. I have also started to dapple on film critique, just for my own enjoyment. It gives me an insight on what make a movie good: script, screenplay, cinematography, etc.”

Blue Ruin
Blue Ruin

Finally, a last few encouraging words from Ag-Cat no matter what you are pursuing: “Do you want to create? Then pick up your chosen tool and just do it! If you only have five minutes to draw a day, draw something in that five minutes.” You got this!

Thank you for taking time with us today for this interview and thank you Ag-Cat for taking time to participate in the recent raffle! Please take a moment to peruse Ag-Cat’s gallery: Ag-Cat @ dA

All prizes from the raffle are now posted on deviantArt – follow the links below to see them:

The next raffle is projected for August/September. Keep your eye out on Twitter, deviantArt, and Facebook for the notifications! I’ll see you in a bit my wonderful, patient blog checkers. Have a great weekend!

 


Other Artist Interviews:

  1. Artist Highlight: Shannon Hogan (Khezix)

The White’s of Their Eyes

It’s a battle cry that has trickled down from history and into group role playing games, common in phrase and easy to make sense of. Where did it come from? When did you first hear it?

It may be that this was among the tactical ideas shared by military commanders across the world so perhaps we cannot attribute it to one person, one culture, one time. The phrase is most popularly associated in American culture with the battle of Bunker Hill in May 1775. For 18th century armies this battle command increased the possibility of a hit when your troops only had access to the inaccurate smooth-bore muskets and risked a shortage of ammunition.

You can track similar statements back through leaders such as General James Wolfe leading his troops on the Plains of Abraham in September 1759; it was used by Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Andrew Agnew in the Battle of Detingen in June 1743; by Frederick the Great in 1755; again from Prince Charles of Prussia in 1745; all the way back to General-King Gustavus Adolphus who instructed his musketeers “never to give fire, til they could see their own image in the pupil of their enemy’s eye.”

While these variations have common military recollections, what comes to mind for me is a display of fear from animals. For a time I was around a lot of show horses and got to visit a small barn to see some roadster ponies. Now, I am by no means an equine expert but I am knowledgable to the account of interpreting body language very well. These horses were fearful, something I noted not only by that they jumped and scrambled away from the stall entrances as fast as they could with taunt necks and turned, trembling bodies, but also by the amount of white sclera I could see.

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At normal, or resting, position the white sclera is not usually visible all the way around the iris on horses.

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It can be seen most often in appaloosas but its not a trait limited to the breed.

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Fargonon/Syd’s cute Orion

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Dogs have a similar display. You know the look, the one that makes us all feel pathetic and off-set inside.

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Yep. That one. What about you? Are you most familiar with the phrase from a military aspect or from your pets at home?

Equine Tip for the Week: Horses are very aware of their personal space and when you venture into that space I highly recommend you both let the horse know you are there and that you be very respectful of a prey animal whose build is designed to be a weapon. Make sure you can see the horse’s eye when approaching. This guarantees that the horse has you in its field of vision and is much better than if you approach from a blind spot. Why? If the horse cannot immediately identify if you are a friend or foe it will strike out. More of this can be explained in an earlier post:What colors do Horses See.

Go learn something new about a topic that interests you. Share it with me in the comments below!

Sources:

  1. The Battle of Bunker Hill – Wikipedia
  2. White’s of Their Eyes – Teaching History
  3. Appaloosa

Other Ratified Research Posts:

  1. Glaucus atlanticus: The Blue Dragon
  2. People, Horses, and Halitosis
  3. Beneficial Stress
  4. (another link coming soon)

Raffle Nearing End and Potential Faux Wolf Tails

Yes, another raffle reminder! Go here for the journal with all instructions and dates: RAFFLE OC MEME – ART and/or WRITING

Deadline: Friday May 27th 2016

Stream: Saturday June 4th 2016 @ 4pm

View the entries so far – eee I’m so excited for you guys! It looks like a lot of people have many different types of characters and a few of you are learning new things about your cast with questions they never considered or were never asked.

I found a tutorial for how to make a fluffy wolf-like tail from braiding and brushing yarn. I’m planning on experimenting with that this week in the hopes that I can offer a few at Metrocon this year for cosplayers. If all goes well I may be able to offer commissions of it in different colors, patterns, length, and animal type. I could be getting a little ambitious but we shall see!

What have you guys and gals been up to this weekend?