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In general forest-dwelling giants seem to be nicer than their most other giant races. (Probably a resource thing: forests have food and resources, whereas mountains have icy, craggy death.) That doesn’t mean the neutral jungle giants are benevolent like wood giants; it just means they might…

Voodoo probably isn’t what you think it is. It might be easier to start with what Voodoo isn’t:

Voodoo isn’t accurately portrayed in most movies, TV shows and books. Even some documentaries and non-fiction books are misleading. Voodoo isn’t a cult, black magic or devil worship. People who practice Voodoo are not witchdoctors, sorcerers or occultists. Voodoo isn’t a practice intended to hurt or control others. Most Voodooists have never seen a “Voodoo doll” (unless, like you, they saw it in a movie).

Lycanthropy is a major epidemic among Native Vespuccians. Lacking the (very limited ) natural immunities of Europeans to the disease, as well as the necessary tools (such as silver and wolfsbane) to defeat and cure the poor creatures, the sickness runs rampant in Native communities. There are even reports of entire villages contracting the disease, turning the entire settlement into an orgy of violence and bloodshed once a month, until only the strongest lycanthropes remain.

Lycanthropy is a major epidemic among Native Vespuccians. Lacking the (very limited ) natural immunities of Europeans to the disease, as well as the necessary tools (such as silver and wolfsbane) to defeat and cure the poor creatures, the sickness runs rampant in Native communities. There are even reports of entire villages contracting the disease, turning the entire settlement into an orgy of violence and bloodshed once a month, until only the strongest lycanthropes remain.

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Voodou is a much-maligned and misunderstood religion, a syncretism of Catholic dogma, Native Caribbean practices, and West African spiritual traditions.

Despite fierce repression by both the Church and plantation-owners, the faith has seen a dramatic increase in followers in recent years, leading some to suspect that a few island-hopping priests (or “bokor”) have been prosletyzing in secret among the slaves of the Caribbean.

With such charismatic and unifying leadership, can a wide-scale slave revolt be far behind?

The Flagellant Brotherhood (commonly known as the Scarred Monks, though rarely to their faces) are the heirs of the Holy Office of the Inquisition. They walk a fine and dangerous line between redemption and damnation by absorbing the arcane power of destroyed pagan artifacts and spellcasters, and using that power to root out heresy and blasphemy against the Church. To counteract the damning effects this willful use of witchcraft would have upon their immortal souls, the Scarred Monks practice merciless self-flagellation and mortification of the flesh as penance (hence, their name).

The Flagellant Brotherhood (commonly known as the Scarred Monks, though rarely to their faces) are the heirs of the Holy Office of the Inquisition. They walk a fine and dangerous line between redemption and damnation by absorbing the arcane power of destroyed pagan artifacts and spellcasters, and using that power to root out heresy and blasphemy against the Church. To counteract the damning effects this willful use of witchcraft would have upon their immortal souls, the Scarred Monks practice merciless self-flagellation and mortification of the flesh as penance (hence, their name).

The orishas are the emissaries of Olodumare or God almighty. They rule over the forces of nature and the endeavors of humanity. They recognise themselves and are recognised through their different numbers and colors which are their marks, and each has their own favorite foods and other things which they like to receive as offerings and gifts. In this way we make our offerings in the manner they are accustomed to, in the way they have always received them, so that they will recognise our offerings and come to our aid.

The orishas are often best understood by observing the forces of nature they rule over. For instance, you can learn much about Oshún and her children by watching the rivers and streams she rules over and observing that though she always heads toward her sister Yemayá (the Sea) she does so on her own circuitous route. Also observe how the babbling brook and the flash flood reflect her changeable moods. As you observe the orishas at work in the world and in your own lives you will gain a better understanding of them and their ways. Yes, they are complex, but no more so than any other living being such as you or I. We are also blessed from time to time in the religion with the opportunity to meet the orishas face to face during a wemilere (drumming ceremony) where one or more of their priests will be mounted (see trance possession).

Read more about the orishas at http://www.orishanet.org/ocha.html

And good ol’ Chris Columbus, sex slaver, mass murderer, and champion of sociopathic imperialism, HAS HIS OWN FEDERAL HOLIDAY.

This is an honor shared by Abraham Lincoln and [Dr.] Martin Luther King Jr.

I repeat: THE FATHER OF THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE IS HONORED ON THE SAME LEVEL AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not), by The Oatmeal

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day, from all of us here at Crossroads: The New World.

Sic Semper Tyrannis, by bergamind

Artist’s Statement
Colonization and cultural contamination are two subjects (or maybe just one) that I always been interested in. Nothing good could result when a developed society invades (either in a friendly or unfriendly manner) a more primitive culture. There is plenty of examples for this in our history but this image explores specifically the colonization of South America. It was commissioned by chilean band Huinca (term for the non-aborigine in Mapuche language) as cover art. The concept is a mix of a little bit of mythology with modern politics… it blends the ancient battle of the common man against an impossible adversary (like David and Goliath), which in this case is represented by a massive Lovecraftian creature; in its back, it carries what I call the “unholy trinity” of powers… war (missiles), religion (a cathedral) and economics (oil plants).Our heroes, are representatives of the three main aboriginal cultures of the lower part of South America: Mapuche, Incas and Rapa-nui (although Rapa-Nui is in the middle of the pacific, it belongs to Chile). All three against an all-powerful and evil adversary… will they succeed??? 

Happy Columbus Day Indigenous People’s Day, everybody.

Sic Semper Tyrannis, by bergamind

Artist’s Statement

Colonization and cultural contamination are two subjects (or maybe just one) that I always been interested in. Nothing good could result when a developed society invades (either in a friendly or unfriendly manner) a more primitive culture. 

There is plenty of examples for this in our history but this image explores specifically the colonization of South America. It was commissioned by chilean band Huinca (term for the non-aborigine in Mapuche language) as cover art. The concept is a mix of a little bit of mythology with modern politics… it blends the ancient battle of the common man against an impossible adversary (like David and Goliath), which in this case is represented by a massive Lovecraftian creature; in its back, it carries what I call the “unholy trinity” of powers… war (missiles), religion (a cathedral) and economics (oil plants).

Our heroes, are representatives of the three main aboriginal cultures of the lower part of South America: Mapuche, Incas and Rapa-nui (although Rapa-Nui is in the middle of the pacific, it belongs to Chile). 

All three against an all-powerful and evil adversary… will they succeed??? 
Happy Columbus Day Indigenous People’s Day, everybody.