Femme Fatale: Hel, Nordic Goddess of the Dead

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Baldr had always been a pleasure.  He should be, after all.  It wouldn't do to be the god of joy, purity, and bright summer sunshine and be an asshole. Lately, though, the young god had seemed troubled.  His step was no longer light and his fair brow was often wrinkled in deep thought.  He was … Continue reading Femme Fatale: Hel, Nordic Goddess of the Dead

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Femme Fatale: Persephone, Greek Goddess of the Underworld

While many are familiar with the figure of Hades as ruler of the Grecian underworld, not all are as familiar with the tale of his wife and Queen of the Underworld, Persephone. When the world was still young and man had only newly begun to learn the art of tilling the soil to grow wheat for … Continue reading Femme Fatale: Persephone, Greek Goddess of the Underworld

Femme Fatale: The Feminine Tradition of Death

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Most English-speaking westerners are acquainted with the image of the Grim Reaper: skeletal, hooded, often wielding a scythe. It's an effective visual shorthand, a skeleton wrapped in its death shroud hefting an intimidating and dangerous agricultural tool that often doubled as a weapon when the occasion necessitated.  The metaphor? As the farmer cuts down his … Continue reading Femme Fatale: The Feminine Tradition of Death