loveromania:

The symbolism of Easter eggs should be sought before the birth of Christ, in ancient times. Egg was given as a gift being considered a symbol of balance, creation, fertility, symbol of life and of the renewal of nature.

The red colour that is used to paint eggs for Easter, it symbolizes on the one hand the fire with its purifying power, and the blood of Jesus that has passed the cross for the salvation of the world.

The lines that are drawn on painted eggs represent:
- the Straight vertical line = life;
- the Straight horizontal line = death;
- the Double straight line = eternity;
- the Line with rectangles = thinking and knowledge;
- the Slightly wavy line = water, purification;
- the Spiral = time, eternity;
- the Double spiral = connection between life and death

(Photos taken in Bucovina)

(Source: facebook.com, via scarybalkanlady)

mojomomo:

I like seeing characters of people like me but most of the time it’s a stereotype, usually a Hijabi Muslim Brown Arab Woman. Let’s address this one at a time:

Hijabi

The hijab’s popularity among Muslim Arabs of today is a modern phenomenon that was largely viewed as a protest against Westerners, especially Israelis.

My grandmothers never wore hijab in their lives, but most of their daughters, including my mother, did. They did because the culture they grew up in, the culture of the generation before me, was the one that experienced revolution and emancipation. A lot of women of my generation are actively rejecting the hijab (as well as Islam), but women from more Western countries may sometimes embrace the hijab as a form of pride or as a means to cope with dysphoria.

Years of independence for an abbreviated list of Arab nations:

  • UAE, 1971
  • Qatar, 1971
  • Bahrain, 1971
  • Yemen, 1967 *
  • Kuwait, 1961 **
  • Syria, 1961
  • Jordan, 1946

* Yemen is a complicated situation due to the North/South Yemen split. The unification occurred in 1990.

** Kuwait had a recent independence from Iraq in 1991, but the 1961 is largely considered the independence date.

Religion != Race

Arab != Muslim. Though the majority, a significant number of Christians live in the Arab World, especially in countries that border the Mediterranean. For example, Lebanon’s Nancy Ajram, a huge pop star in the area, is Christian, not Muslim. There are a few Arab Jews as well, Bob Azzam is a prominent one.

Also, Iranians are not Arabs. Turks are not Arabs. Afghanis are not Arabs. Kurds are not Arabs. Azerbaijanis are not Arabs. Please understand this. We get grouped together a lot because the primary religion is Islam but our cultures are pretty different from one another, as are our languages. In fact, Arabic is closest most to Hebrew when it comes to major languages, not Farsi or Turkish or anything like that.

Skin Color and Hair Color

Arabs are legally recognized as white by the majority of the world.

The only reason you see us identify as non-white is because we have been othered by white America after the events of 9/11.

There is an incredible amount of diversity in the appearance of Arabs. Within my immediate family extended to include first colors you will find red, blonde, brown, and black hair. You will find brown, blue, and green eyes. You will find pale skin like mine and then dark brown skin. This is not uncommon whatsoever.

Final Statements?

Be more creative with your designs. Here’s a classic clip from a 1961 film called Al 7ob Keda. Notice the alcohol, the style of dance, the style of music, the interactions between men and women, etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JLcP5S2k2K4#t=5093

The Arab World has changed drastically since the aforementioned independence dates. Please take that into consideration. While some of us embrace the change and return to more “traditional” times, other of us think “progress” actions should be taken. There is a lot to our culture, so please be mindful. Hijabi Muslim Brown Arab Woman isn’t always the answer, and without thinking fully you are likely to end up with a stereotypical token character.

Thank you.

(via scarybalkanlady)

caskett-copop83:

This is like the cutest thing ever. It’s from the gif-set I reblogged.

Taking its first steps, and after successfully doing so, the chick goes “Yay!”

image

It’s so freaking cute.

(via squidsqueen)

mediumaevum:

I wanted to share with you our Serbian traditional way of dying Easter eggs - no artificial colors or dyes needed.

Put any leaves you like on the surface of the egg and carefully place them in a stocking. Boil these eggs in water full of onion skins. The result are beautiful, earthly colors and interesting patterns. 

(via scarybalkanlady)

thespacegoat:

straight girls tho, do you ever get confused by your sexuality because not only do men suck but also like 90% of women are fucking bombshells and only like 20% of men are like most chicks could pass for models and most men could pass for bridge trolls i mean wow

my friend and I had a conversation when we were 18 about how there are so many more attractive girls than attractive guys

we both thought we were straight

we both turned out to be bi

I wonder if there are actually straight girls who think/talk about this?

(via equalseleventhirds)

awp2014:

awp2014:

This is the official announcement for the International Asexuality conference on 28 June 2014 at Ryerson University. Our conference is a now a WorldPride affiliate event, and details can be found on their website.

You can now register for the conference here!

WHERE?
It will take place in…

In addition, there will be free lunch and cake! Forgot to add this earlier.

THERE’S GONNA BE CAKE???

"I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people. For example, I am black. I know that. I also know that while I am black I am a human being. Therefore I have the right to go into any public place. White people don’t know that. Every time I tried to go into a public place they stopped me. So some boys had to write a bill to tell that white man, “He’s a human being; don’t stop him." That bill was for the white man, not for me. I knew I could vote all the time and that it wasn’t a privilege but my right. Every time I tried I was shot, killed or jailed, beaten or economically deprived. So somebody had to write a bill to tell white people, “When a black man comes to vote, don’t bother him." That bill was for white people. I know I can live anyplace I want to live. It is white people across this country who are incapable of allowing me to live where I want. You need a civil rights bill, not me."

Stokely Carmichael, setting shit straight and placing responsibility for the “race problem” squarely where it belongs. 

 

The very language in regards to civil rights in this country is embedded in white supremacist ideology. How many of us have been duped into accepting the fallacious notion that whites have “given” blacks rights? The notion itself presupposes black inferiority while failing to acknowledge the root problem: white racism. Change the language, change your mind.

(via chancellorschamber)

OMG

(via weakdaes)

Pair with “Racism is the white people’s disease”. Ya’ll brought on the problems.

(via scarybalkanlady)

(via scarybalkanlady)

chrismolyneaux asked: Why do you think the "person-first" language is dehumanizing?

goldenheartedrose:

Because it is. It makes autism something that can be separated from ourselves. You wouldn’t call a woman a “person with womanhood”, would you? A black person a “person with blackness”? But educators and mental health professionals insist that we call autistic people “people with autism”  rather than autistic people because why? We are more than our disorder? Well, maybe. We are more than a label but that label is also an inseparable part of who we are.

Here’s some more :

http://www.goldenhatfoundation.org/about-us/blog/157-i-define-myself-by-amy-sequenzia

http://yesthattoo.blogspot.com/p/dont-call-me-person-with-autism.html

https://autisticadvocacy.org/identity-first-language/

http://timetolisten.blogspot.com/2011/05/i-dont-have-autism-i-am-autistic.html

tittily:

tittily:

are you guys really going to make me blacklist the word ‘metaphor’ are you really

image

i hate everything u choose to be

(via minionier)

Tags: honestly

gradientlair:

As I’ve written about before, I am an agnostic atheist. Agnostic means “don’t know deities exist with certainty” versus “know deities exist with certainty” which is gnostic. Atheist means “don’t believe in deities’ existence” versus “believe in deities’ existence” which is theist. I’m not…