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Don’t fool yourself. English isn’t inherently superior, or easier to learn, or more sonically pleasing. Its international usage comes from forceful assimilation and legacy of colonialistic injection. It isn’t a deed that one should take pride in.

—my uncle left this comment on his friend’s Facebook status, a white British man who was bragging about how easy it is to be a native English speaker when trekking to different nations. (via maarnayeri)

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archaicwonder:

Runic Calendar on Ivory, Sweden c. 1500
Calendars in bookform made on ivory are of the utmost rarity. This is probably the most extensively illustrated example extant, and the only specimen in private hands.
The calendar contains Runes of the younger Futhark, some saints’ names added later in French in capitals, 1 solar circle drawn like a ropework spiked wheel with solar numbers in runes, another drawn like a spiked wheel with solar numbers in Gothic book script of medium to low grade and quality, 32 feast day symbols indicated with symbols, runes, crosses and fishes in black and red, 80 drawings of saints in black and red copied after a Flemish book of hours, use of Brughes.
More on Runic Calendars…

archaicwonder:

Runic Calendar on Ivory, Sweden c. 1500

Calendars in bookform made on ivory are of the utmost rarity. This is probably the most extensively illustrated example extant, and the only specimen in private hands.

The calendar contains Runes of the younger Futhark, some saints’ names added later in French in capitals, 1 solar circle drawn like a ropework spiked wheel with solar numbers in runes, another drawn like a spiked wheel with solar numbers in Gothic book script of medium to low grade and quality, 32 feast day symbols indicated with symbols, runes, crosses and fishes in black and red, 80 drawings of saints in black and red copied after a Flemish book of hours, use of Brughes.

More on Runic Calendars…

(Source: schoyencollection.com, via yngvi-viking)

newsweek:

Happy Easter! Glad Påsk! Many Swedes celebrate by painting eggs and eating traditional #Easter food like eggs, fowl, fish and lamb. And children love the tradition of dressing up like colorful Easter witches and receiving Easter eggs filled with candy! 
Photo: Fredrik Nyman/imagebank.sweden.se 

newsweek:


Happy Easter! Glad Påsk! Many Swedes celebrate by painting eggs and eating traditional 
#Easter food like eggs, fowl, fish and lamb. And children love the tradition of dressing up like colorful Easter witches and receiving Easter eggs filled with candy!

Photo: Fredrik Nyman/imagebank.sweden.se 

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Anonymous asked: Off topic questions but how did you afford to pay for school and travel at the same time? Do you have a job? And how are you in so many language classes? Did your college offer them all? You're truly an inspiration btw! Thinking about your progress only makes me want to study more and more!

languageek:

Oh stahp you’re making me blush. Haha but that’s really sweet of you to say *-* Thank you so much. 

How I pay for school: Well…I guess for starters I should say I live in California, so I’m in the U.S. Americans will be familiar with community college, and it is a lot cheaper than state universities, private schools, etc. AND because I don’t have to pay for dorming, I live at home and my parents are gracious enough to let me live here still without paying rent. I receive financial aid which pays for a big chunk of my education at community college. (However I will say that I’m coming to the end of my 2 years at community college and was accepted into my dream school, so my expenses will rise soon, haha). 

How I take so many language classes: I basically took as many units as I could in community college each semester, trying to get all the G.E. classes out of the way ASAP so I could make room for classes I actually wanted to take like Chinese, French, extra classes that don’t really count for a G.E. I also took classes over the summer, and I had some AP credit from high school. 

Did my college offer them all: Thankfully yes…I’m lucky to go to a college that has a good amount of languages. 

Do I have a job? I wouldn’t really say I have a JOB job…it will be explained when I tell you how I “pay” for traveling, hahahaha

How do I afford to travel? After senior year of high school, my mom told me to get a job, haha. I kind of wanted something that would help me out with my future more than just an average job at a grocery store or something (not degrading people who do have jobs like that though!!!) so I found an online internship with a travel blog/magazine (travel magazine because I like languages, I think traveling ties into learning about the culture, and writing has always been one of my main focuses). 

I shot them an email, and we set up an internship. After 7 months, I was promoted to web editor. During all this time I am not paid consistently for the work as an intern or web editor. However, through this time I was given the opportunity to go on press trips to places like Mexico and Spain, that in turn for bringing me to be on-location, I would write about it, take pictures, basically give the location publicity on the blog/magazine. 

I hope that answered all your questions, haha. Good luck with whatever you’re doing! 

historia-polski:

An open-air ethnographic museum of Slavs and Vikings in Wolin is the reconstruction of buildings from the early Middle Ages.

"The area at the mouth of the Oder was inhabited by a thriving Slav tribe of the Wolinians with its main town in Wolin. Wolin is mentioned by Arabic chroniclers as the most beautiful port of the Baltic Sea and the city of twelve gates. Situated at the trade route, Wolin attracted traders, travellers and contemporary pirates – the Vikings. At the end of the 10th century, in Wolin lived an expelled Danish king – Harald Bluetooth – an alleged founder of Jomsborg, the Viking village at the mouth of the Oder. Probably, somewhere at the mouth of the Oder there was Vineta, a legendary port, one of the biggest cities at the Baltic Sea at that time. Even today, the exact location of Vineta remains a mystery. The legend of the rich city survived for several hundred years. In the 18th century, the inhabitants of Wolin were frantically searching for hidden treasures, even in their own houses, digging up cellars to such an extent that the walls of their houses started cracking.

Archaeologists still look for these treasures. They have found the only existing medieval compass, fragments of ships, a port, a former temple, jewellery and weapon. The total weight of discovered silver and gold amounts to over 11 kilos.

In the villages of Slavs and Vikings, you can visit a number of houses, among others the house of an amber jeweller, minter, potter or a fisherman. The houses are surrounded by fortifications and a tower with a gate. An interesting attraction are two runic stones of which one is dedicated to Świętosława, a daughter of Mieszko I of Poland and the second to the Norwegian King – Olaf Tryggvason. In the open-air museum, there are organised workshops of ancient crafts, and every summer a great outdoor event ‘The Slavs and Vikings Festival’ takes place there.”

Fot. Mariusz Cieszewski

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the-unpopular-opinions:

I am sick to death of everyone saying “Native Americans” and glorifying us like we were all one people living in some naked nirvana talking to animals like brown Dr. Dolittles.  
NEWS FLASH: Not all of us like each other. Stop lumping us together.
We had different traditions, values, languages and culture. (The Iroquois people and the Cherokee people are VASTLY different for example.)
Some tribes had matriarchy, some patriarchy, some neither of those. 
Some Natives had a written language (Cherokee and I believe the Creek), some did not. 
Some tribes had polygamy, some did not.
They waged war and killed each other, and some hated each other— they didn’t live a utopia.
Colonialism was terrible and killed many oral tribal traditions leaving generations of native people displaced and lacking in solidity in community and identity which has led to poverty and addictions on the reservations and in displaced natives everywhere, but we are still not all the same and those of us left are keeping our cultures alive any way we can, don’t homogenize us together. 

the-unpopular-opinions:

I am sick to death of everyone saying “Native Americans” and glorifying us like we were all one people living in some naked nirvana talking to animals like brown Dr. Dolittles.  

NEWS FLASH: Not all of us like each other. Stop lumping us together.

  • We had different traditions, values, languages and culture. (The Iroquois people and the Cherokee people are VASTLY different for example.)
  • Some tribes had matriarchy, some patriarchy, some neither of those. 
  • Some Natives had a written language (Cherokee and I believe the Creek), some did not. 
  • Some tribes had polygamy, some did not.
  • They waged war and killed each other, and some hated each other— they didn’t live a utopia.

Colonialism was terrible and killed many oral tribal traditions leaving generations of native people displaced and lacking in solidity in community and identity which has led to poverty and addictions on the reservations and in displaced natives everywhere, but we are still not all the same and those of us left are keeping our cultures alive any way we can, don’t homogenize us together.