If you only knew what she was up to. . .

Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virile. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.

—Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via tierdropp)

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Assailed on the one hand by white patriarchy and on the other hand by sexist black men and racist white women, black women must be ever vigilant in our struggle to challenge and transform the devaluation of black womanhood.

—bell hooks, The Integrity of Black Womanhood (via hagereseb)

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Someone once told me that human beings have three dimensions: how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you want others to see you. The closer the distance between the three dimensions, the more at peace you are and the more stable you become.

Marwa Rakha, The Poison Tree (via perfect)

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The all-white reinvention of Medieval Europe commonly depicted in popular fiction, films, tv shows and art is entirely that: a fiction. An invention. An erasure. Obviously, people of color have been an essential and integral part of European life, European art, and European literary imagination since time immemorial. To cite “historical accuracy” as a means to project whitewashed images of the past into the future to maintain a fiction of white supremacy is an unconscionable farce.

People of Color are not an anachronism.




1. Don Miguel de Castro, Ambassador for the Kingdom of Kongo to Dutch Brazil (1637)

2. Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine), of the Uighur, in European Armor (1760)

3. Sir Morien, Black Knight of the Round Table (c. 1200s)

4. Manuel I Komnenos and his second wife Maria of Antioch (c. 1150)

5. Sancho I of Castile and Léon (c. 1129)

6. Portrait of Maria Salviati de’ Medici with Giulia de’ Medici (1537)

7. Mulay Ahmad portrait by Rubens (1609)

8. Adoration of the Magi by David (c. 1490)

9. special post about the Fayoum Mummy Portraits (c. 100 B.C.E.)

10. Miniature from a Psalter, Including a Calendar (c. 1240)

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