Roger Dean, Tales from Topographic Oceans, 1973.
#Roger Dean #Tales from the Topographic
William Blake, The Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun. 1805, watercolor on paper. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, United States.
What has tumblr done for you with regards to your work?
Tumblr is a great place to find inspiration. I found a lot of photographers and other artists that I admire and look up to, and it is the best motivation to keep going even when you feel you’re not creating anything good. Using tumblr is also very easy. I started my blog when tumblr wasn’t half as big as it is now, so there was zero pressure (as opposed to, for example, flickr or 500px) and instead of focusing on exposure and popularity, I just focused on doing good work and improving at my own pace. I like to believe it worked :)
Raijin is a god of lightning, thunder and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology. His name is derived from the Japanese words rai (雷, meaning ‘thunder’) and shin (神, ‘god’ or ‘kami’). He is typically depicted as a demon-looking spirit beating drums to create thunder, usually with the symbol tomoe drawn on the drums. He is also known by the following names:
Yakusa no ikazuchi nokami: Yakusa (八, eight) and ikazuchi (雷, thunder) and kami (神, spirit or deity)
Kaminari-sama: kaminari (雷, kaminari, thunder) and -sama (様, a Japanese honorific meaning “master”)
Raiden-sama: rai (雷, thunder), den (電, lightning), and -sama (様, master).
Narukami: naru (鳴, thundering/rolling) and kami (神, spirit or deity)
According to Kojiki, eight kinds Raijin(Yakusa no ikazuchi no kami) was born from Izanami. The “eight kinds of thunder kami” that festered inside Izanami’s corpse as seen by her consort Izanagi in the underworld of Yomi. Suffering mortal injury from giving birth to the fire kami Kagutsuchi, Izanami died and went to the underworld, where she was followed by Izanagi. Disobeying Izanami’s warning not to look upon her, Izanagi lit a torch and saw her rotting body swollen and covered with maggots, and inhabited by the “eight thunder kami.”
Photo, from left to right: Raijin and Fujin.
Marten de Vos. The Temptation of St. Anthony. 1591-94.
#Martin De Vos
The festival started sometime between 1716 and 1735 and was celebration that coincided with Kurosuke Inari festival at the Yoshiwara Shrine. The courtesans as well as patrons would wear fox masks and play music, dance, put on skits and then proceed in a procession with paper lanterns as the day melted into night in the heat of the 8th month.
Photography and text by Rekishi no Tabi on Flickr. Image taken August 3, 2014
Juan Gatti. Ciencias Naturales. Anatomical Collage.