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Dahomey’s Warrior Women

Speaking of West Africa, the Dahomey Warrior Women involves a fascinating history that spans nearly 200 years. It was during this time that the elite squad of female warriors fought and died for the border rights and inter-tribal issues in the ancient kingdom of Dahomey.
These women, who outranked their male counterparts, were given far more privileges, including the ability to  come and go from the palaces as they pleased (unlike the men). They were so revered for their warrior prowess, The Smithsonian explains, that men were taught to keep their distance:
“Recruiting women into the Dahomean army was not especially difficult, despite the requirement to climb thorn hedges and risk life and limb in battle. Most West African women lived lives of forced drudgery. Gezo’s female troops lived in his compound and were kept well supplied with tobacco, alcohol and slaves – as many as 50 to each warrior, according to the noted traveler Sir Richard Burton, who visited Dahomey in the 1860s. And “when amazons walked out of the palace,” notes Alpern, “they were preceded by a slave girl carrying a bell. The sound told every male to get out of their path, retire a certain distance, and look the other way.” To even touch these women meant death.”
Yet as colonialist ambitions grew in the region, the Dahomey female warriors eventually grew sparse. Fierce combat missions to crush the independent kingdom eventually succeeded, and in the 1940s, it is said that the last of the female warriors died.

I’ve posted about this incredible military force for 1800s Week previously, and you can read more about women warriors of color in this Masterpost. There’s also Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey by Stanley B. Alpern.


Counting down Scotland to six weeks now. Hope my photographs are anything close to this beautiful. Finally shipped my friend in Montana back her pro camera and after much deliberation over the Iceland outtakes, I have decided to jump into the deep end and buy my own pro pack for travel photography. Thinking a Mark III. I can’t just up and skip off to Scotland without one, now can I? No. The home in the first image is basically my dream home. I might not come back to the States. I might leave my life for that of a Scottish rancher instead.


Elliott Erwitt. “The goddess Diana, in a sculpture in bronze by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, draws back her bow, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City”. 1949. New York, NY, USA.



Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law
S1, E2 "Personal Injury"
September 23, 2001



Lego Microscope

This build was originally inspired by the Lego X-Pod sets. While trying to find a use for the pod itself, I realized that it was very close to a deep petri dish. I used a planetary gear system to allow both coarse and fine adjustment of the objective “lens”. A little more tinkering and I connected the focus to a magnifying glass and fiber optic light in the eyepiece, so adjusting the focus knobs would actually bring the writing on a Lego stud in and out of focus.

via Geeky Gadgets

But how are they supposed to turn the knobs with those useless U-shaped hands?!?


☯ woah | by chloekono






could stay up there forever

i wanna join you mi hermana

Meee too?:)

this looks perfect

meet you guys there

my fav activity





Eye opener


What’s so strange about the Olmec heads is that they are not found naturally covered by earth through time. Archeologists can tell that these heads & other Olmec artifacts where purposely buried. Some,…. Wait for it…..with their noses missing. Sound familiar? So someone made a concerted effort to hide the Olmec legacy. Oh well.

I’m not surprised at all.
White people weren’t the first people to have boats and there is enough evidence throughout the world to prove black people traded and travelled with every continent containing humans.

Read Ivan Van Sertima’s “They Came Before Columbus” for more detailed information.


pages 12, 17 and 22 from Excalibur #61 by Alan Davis, Mark Farmer and Glynis Oliver

Rachel Summers vs. Galactus!

I sometimes feel like I’m the only one who remembers how awesome Rachel is.



Best of 2013: Saint Maurice Masterpost

Lucas Cranach the Elder: Saint Maurice. Germany, c. 1520s

Saint Maurice with Flower Crown. Germany, 1460.

Wilhelm Schorigus II: Saint Maurice. Germany, 1660.

Fragment of a Retable: Saint Maurice. Germany, 1517.

Saint Maurice Fresco. Germany, 1420s.

Wooden Saint Maurice in Full Armor. Germany, c. 1550s.

Alabaster Saint Maurice. Germany, 1467

Carved and Gilded Saint Maurice. Germany, 1521.

The Martyrdom of Saint Maurice and the Theban Legion. Germany, c. 1500.

Wooden Saint Maurice in Full Armor. Germany, 1490.

Saint Maurice and his Companions. Germany, 1520s.

Drawing of a Portable Altar with Saint Maurice. Germany, 1525.

Hans Süss von Kulmbach: Saint Maurice. Germany, 1518.

Drawing of a Reliquary for the Abbey of Halle-Saint Maurice. Germany, 1525.

Altarpiece with Saint Maurice. Germany, 1505.

Drawing of a Reliquary with Saint Maurice. Germany, c. 1525.

Drawing of a Sword for the Abbey at Halle (Scabbard decorated with six figures of Saint Maurice). Germany, c. 1525.

Nikolaus Glockendon I: Armorial Bearings of the Cardinal. Germany, 1524.

Pfirtscher Altar, Left Wing: Saint Maurice. Germany, 1524.

High Altar for Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria. Germany, 1572.

The Martyrdom of Saint Maurice and the Theban Legion. Bohemia, 1402.

Saint Maurice with Pollax. Germany, c. 1400.

Statuette of Saint Maurice. Germany, 1460.

Altarpiece with Saint Maurice. Germany, 1499.

Conrad Von Einbeck: Saint Maurice. Germany, 1411.

Saint Maurice and the Theban Legion. Germany, 1515.

Saint Maurice Movable Relief. Germany, c. 1450.

Saint Maurice and a Benedictine Pope. Bohemia, 1420.

Saint Maurice Figurine. Germany, 1500.

Saint Maurice Stone Statue. Germany, 1613.

Saint Maurice Stone Statue. Germany, 1480.

Discussion: Saint Maurice vs. Sir Morien, the Black Knight of the Round Table.

Altarpiece with Virgin Mary and Saint Maurice. Germany, 1490.

Wooden Saint Maurice. Germany, 1490.

Discussion: The Black Eagle of Saint Maurice, the Holy Roman Empire and the Coat of Arms of Germany

Altar with Wooden Saint Maurice. Germany, 1480.

Reliquary Bust of Saint Maurice. Germany, 1460.

Morell and Bartells: Saint Maurice. Germany, before 1700.

Nicholas Glockendon I: Saint Maurice and his Companions. Germany, 1524.

Scenes from the Life of Saint Maurice. Germany, 1425.

Related Reading and Further Exploration:

reblogging for recent questions re: Saint Maurice. I hope this helps!


Catalogued as NGC 7635 but mostly known simply as The Bubble, this nebula with a radius of 5 light-years is located in the constellation Cassiopeia and is the product of the stellar wind of the massive young star that lives in its centre.