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Ainu mapThe Ainu people of Japan suffered oppression at the hands of the Japanese which was similar to that suffered by various conquered peoples around the world at the hands of the Western World, Russia, China and the Muslim World.

The Ainu migrated south to the Japanese islands from the northern lands of the Inuit. Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog will recognize the similarities between the Ainu and Inuit belief systems and methods of worship. In addition certain linguistic similarities will be noted between the Ainu and the Japanese. The Shinto “kami” becomes the Ainu “kamui”, to cite the most prominent example.

As with the Inuit, exact names and aspects of the following deities can vary, with the most pronounced differences being in Saghalien.

  • NOTE: I am still working out my entry on the Ainu bear god. If you know the Ainu then you know that that entry alone may double…

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Cebuano/Visayan Gods and Goddesses


The Cebuano/ Visayan Mythology

We are really familiar of the Greek and Roman Mythology. What about our own culture. Do you know what are those Gods and Goddesses in our country? Specially in Cebu, the cradle of Philippine History as I consider it. The Queen City of the South, there were lots of hidden mysteries that was in the history of Cebu.

Actually the mythology in the Province of Cebu is connected to the other province in the entire region. Even if the country is an archipelago. I was so amaze that this is a nice topic just to know what, where, when and how does this province was being mold.

Most of this were being called the Diwata and the Encanto. Diwata is the female while the Encanto is the male one. A diwata or an encantado that has a royal blood is called Sang’gre, which can be…

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The Truth About Celtic Runes

Things Medieval

I saw a facebook ap recently called “Celtic Runes”. A friendly note from a frustrated medievalist: I know runes are all mysterious and such (a PSA for another day), and so are the Celts (ditto), but there is no such thing as a Celtic rune.

The system of writing used in Ireland (which, I assume, were the Celts Facebook had in mind) was Ogham, which is actually really cool. It uses strokes oriented around a medial line:

Since this alphabet was mostly used for inscriptions on stone, the medial line was usually the edge of a monument.

Runes were used by continental German tribes, the Norse (so in Denmark, Norway, Sweden (?), Iceland, and Greenland mostly), and Anglo-Saxon England. They could have magical associations, but they were mostly just a normal alphabet for writing a language (Old Norse or Old English, as the case may be). This is the…

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Bleach Girls Measurments Part 1

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Yep for the maker of the Fairy Tail Female measurements, comes the Bleach Female measurements.This would be athree-part measurements chart for all the females within the series or at least the most notable females.The first edition would e dedicated to Humans like Orihime and Shinigami, the Second editionwould be dedicatedto Arrancars and Vizards and the last one would be dedicated toFullbringers and Qunices as well as the Bount females.Anyways enjoy.

One study in the United States estimated the average human head circumference to be57 centimetres(22 1 ⁄ 2 in) in males and 55 centimetres (21 3 ⁄ 4 in) in females., we’ll be using this as comparison in bust width, Cup Size, Hip width and ass depth.

We’ll be using these as reference for the images to scale bobs and asses.

And would be trying our best to…

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SamoaSamoan mythology as a subset of Polynesian mythology will be the subject of this blog post. I have previously covered various deities of the Hawaiian islands and in the future I will address the gods of the other Polynesian island groups.



GEGE – A deity who specialized in ridding the Samoan island of Upolu of demons.Operating out of his base at Falealili heroamed the island, met demons in contests of magic and transformed them into stone.Countless unusual rock formations onUpolu are said to be the petrified bodies of the demons overcome by Gege.

PAPA – InotherPolynesian island groups Papa is theEarth goddess. In the Samoan pantheon she is

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Korea Korea

As always here at Balladeer’s Blog I like to examine topics that I feel don’t get enough attention.The gods and goddesses of Korea are the topic of this latest article on an underappreciated pantheon of deities. Readers interested in myths from around the world may want to also check out my pages on Navajo, Vietnamese and Bunyoro myths. In addition I have done articles on Shinto mythology –

Plus a two-part look at Hawaiian mythology – Part One –

And Part Two –

11. IGONG – Also called Hallakkungi, this god tended the Flower Garden Of Life And Death. This garden contained flowers that were really the souls of each person on Earth and Igong oversaw the

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HaitiVoodoo mythology is a fascinating hybrid of Yoruban, Dahomey, Fon and Christian mythology intermixed with touches from Caribbeanbelief systems. Haiti is the central location of the Voodoo belief system but naturally it has spread throughout the world as have other faiths.

Let me point out that I will use “Voodoo” as the catch-all name, even though to purists Vodou is the Haitian version and Voodoo is the form of Vodou practiced first in New Orleans and then throughout America.

AyidaAYIDA – The goddess of the rainbow and the primary wife of the creator deity Damballah. The pair often manifest in the skies over Haiti as intertwined serpents. Ayida also serves as a fertility goddess. Her favorite color is white as reflected in her favorite offerings: white chickens, white eggs, rice, milk and cotton. Her daughter is Ayizan, the goddess of the marketplace and of initiation into the sacred truths, making…

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Iroquois Confederacy Iroquois Confederacy

The original five tribes of the Iroquois Confederation were the Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, Onondaga and Cayuga. They were later joined by the Tuscarora.

As with Inuit mythology the exact names and roles of the major Iroquois deities varied a bit from tribe to tribe but there is an overall pantheon that is recognized as belonging to the Iroquois belief system. I will be using deity names selected from each of the nations of the Iroquois League so be aware that when looking into the beliefs of one particular tribe the names may be different from the ones I use here.

As always my goal is to restore the figures from these neglected pantheons to their rightful place alongside other world deities like Isis, Odin, Aphrodite and others. The following entries are done in the same style as my examination of gods and goddesses of the Navajo, Choctaw, Polynesians…

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Dr. Richard Spence: Espionage, Secret Societies & the Occult

Espionage History Archive

Dr. Richard Spence, author of Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult and Trust No One: The Secret World of Sidney Reilly, and co-author of the book Empire of the Wheelwith Walter Bosley, joined me in this audio interview to cover the fascinating material in his research on the history of espionage, secret societies and the occult. Seeking to uncover the real Aleister Crowley – well known as a Satanist and black magician – and who his handler might have been, Dr. Spence demonstrates how Crowley’s mystical journeys might have had a more pragmatic design in the field of covert operations. From there we cover Nazi leader Rudolf Hess’s infamous flight to England and what it really may have signified, as well as Bolshevik occultists and the true mysteries of Shambhala, sought by all: British, German and Russian esotericists (and spies!).

Stream or download hour 1 here

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Zalmoxianism (Romanian Paganism)

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written and copyrighted by Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt, June 2014

Due to the lack of written records little is known about the Thracians (~2000 BC – ~375 AC) who settled in nowadays’ Bulgaria, Turkey and Romania).
Information may be scarce, but also there are no two sources that will agree upon who and what the Thracians were exactly, how they lived and worshipped. They were mentioned in the Ilias and Odyssee, by philosophers like Herodot and described as hard-drinking and rough-necked, which paint them as some sort of bon sauvage.
Since Roman and Greek philosophers’ accounts of history and other cultures are best taken with a grain of salt it is unclear whether these depictions of them are somewhat correct or rather misinterpretations of the actual Thracian culture(s). Greek and Scythian sources mainly speak of them as people dedicated to art, “just war”/justice and courage.
Amongst reconstructionists the debate whether…

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