Reblogged from gynocraticgrrl December 12th, 2013 2,717 notes #PREACH #sexism #language
A woman does not dress “provocatively”, since she’s not provoking anything.
A woman does not dress “suggestively”, because her clothing does not speak for her.
“ If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you.
we’re doing this rn in theology class but im gonna be That Person and ask for a source because this sounds legit but if im gonna talk about this im gonna need to cite something
ok found a few sources for this actually so Yes this seems like a solid reading of the quote
http://www.ualberta.ca/~cbidwell/DCAS/third.htm (about a third of the way down)
I need someone to preach this. I’ll have to use it in some spoken word at church.
Yay, sources! I heard this a while ago but didn’t have any evidence to go on. I’m so glad. That passage isn’t about being nice to your oppressors, turning the other cheek isn’t an act of passivity. It’s about turning the tables and taking back dignity. It’s about shaming those who would oppress. People don’t seem to get that Jesus wasn’t a ‘bear your yoke quietly’ kind of guy. He was an agitator and a radical, and these kind of readings inspire me so much to fight, not just people on the street but people in the church who would have us accept their toxic teachings and ask for more.
Yeah, shit like this? Just proves how much those in power deliberately warp shit to their benefit. They twist any sort of resistance to the status quo to be utterly useless and then sneak it into everything as subtle propaganda. Like how “violence is never the answer” and “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind” are the twisted versions that deprive folks of justice. No revolution was truly 100% bloodless, tho history can be rewritten to erase that fact, or skew it to serve as fear-mongering bullshit.
I will reblog ever time it’s on my dash. This is important.(via queennubian)
(via asugarprince)Reblogged from thefullnessofthefaith December 12th, 2013 33,395 notes
This Guadalupe-Tonantzin story was taught to me as an example of the religious syncretism also found in both African-American and European Christian traditions.
Really? That’s interesting. :)December 12th, 2013 0 notes #freemasonic-yowl #i had to look-up the word syncretism #lol
Reblogged from hangthecode December 12th, 2013 263,085 notes #pirates #his character is the only one worth caring about really
Jack was employed into service for the East India Trading Company and was given command of the Wicked Wench. However, after he set free a cargo of slaves, his employer, Cutler Beckett, had Jack branded as a pirate and the Wench set aflame and sunk. After failing to rescue the Wench, Sparrow struck a bargain with the ghostly captain of the Flying Dutchman, Davy Jones, to resurrect his beloved vessel. Jones returned the ship to Jack in near perfect condition except for the permanently charred hull. This prompted Jack to rename her the Black Pearl.
Jack Sparrow just got way cooler.
Yo, this is why Norrington said he’s the “worst pirate I’ve ever heard of,” and then Jack followed it up with, “But you have heard of me.”
Because Jack was branded a Pirate because he freed people rather than stealing anything. So Norrington, with his sense of duty, knows that Jack has been branded a criminal for actively not being a terrible human being. Norrington is torn between his duty as a naval officer and knowing that Jack is right.
He freed exactly 100 people, that’s why his debt to Jones was 100 souls. Davy has a sick sense of irony after all. Jack freed 100 souls and as a consequence his ship got sunk. Now his ship has been raised and as a consequence, he has to enslave 100 souls. This explains his reluctance to actually pay back the debt.
Crap, the latter portion of this franchise was a lot smarter than I thought it was…
There’s so much people don’t get about this franchise, the story is really more complex than just “funny drunken pirate meets hottie lady and hottie man with occasional visits from squid man”.
"Occasional visits from squid man"
From chocolates and cookies to burgers to pizza, you can “print” all kinds of food with a 3-D food printer. Are 3-D-printed meals the future of food?
we’re on our way to making replicatorsReblogged from mothernaturenetwork December 12th, 2013 801 notes #Science #pizza #food #chocolate #tech #3-D printing
lol @ an “entire” week try your entire life but this is a good thing to be doing
I’m glad this is how congress people are raising awareness for food stamps. cause I wouldn’t know how my family and I would get by with out it.
congress, politics, snapReblogged from napoleonbonerhard December 12th, 2013 2,436 notes
Reblogged from thecakebar December 12th, 2013 2,492 notes #thecakebar #food #diy #recipe #recipes #baking #cake #cakes #christmas #christmas cookies #christmas cake #christmas dessert #dessert #desserts #foodporn #yum #yummy #delicious #christmas recipes #holiday #holidays #chocolate
TheCakeBar’s Pastel Christmas!
I love getting inspiration for all of my roundups! teehee….
As many of you know by now, I’ve decided to make a new series of posts that will highlight what’s trending @TheCakeBar!!! (what’s popular right now)
Why? Cuz I’m trying to add new twists to the blog and make it more interesting for you guys!
So….above are pictures of recipes that I’ve collected recently or over the years from wonderful blogs all over the internet with fun ideas for Christmas themed party recipes!
But these recipes are not your traditional Christmas green & red color palette! These are pastel colored cookies, cakes and other edible goodies! Fun times!!!!
Click the links below to get the rebloggable link/and resource links to all recipes and tutorials!
Stay tuned for other ‘themed’dessert trending posts! I’ll have them all tagged here @ TheCakeBar
- Ombre Pastel Cake Tutorial (with video!) - Gorgeous gradient cake with enough sparkle and pizazz for any Christmas party!
- Snowflake Macarons - Simple Snowflake decoration can change the entire look and feel of your favorite french macaron cookies!
- Aqua and Pink Asian Sugar Cookies - Ice blue Japanese style decorated sugar cookies! (in Japanese)
- Lavender Cake Balls Tutorial - Sparkly, and festive! almost too gorgeous to eat!
- Penguin Winter Cookies Tutorial - Beautiful tutorial on how to decorate pastel sugar cookies!
- Purple Petal Cake Tutorial - Even without any Christmasy decorations it’s a perfect cake for just about any holiday party!
- Christmas Tree Cookies Tutorial- Cute! cute! cute! Yummy for eating but so pretty you can even hang them as ornaments on your Christmas tree!
- Mini Graham Crackers Houses 8 different mini gingerbread style houses but made with graham crackers instead!
- Meringue Roses - Chocolate dipped rose shaped pink meringue cookies! A lovely and elegant Christmas treat!
- Ice Blue Igloo Cake Tutorial - Winter cake tutorial for ambitious and creative bakers! The perfect centerpiece for any Christmas party!
- Christmas Tree Meringues - Pastel green meringue cookies shaped like Christmas trees! How creative!
- Pastel Peppermint Patties - Peppermint+Christmas+Pastel = Perfect Christmas combinations!
- Pink Pastel Gingerbread House Tutorial - How-to silver & pink gingerbread house tutorial!
- Tips and Baking Help - Useful guide to help you learn more about baking!
- Search The Cake Bar for more Christmas Tutorials and Recipes!
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My friend and I were having a conversation about how people in his city (in what will remain for this post as an unnamed location in Mexico) celebrate the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and what that means for Catholics and even Christians. Now, he isn’t a practicing roman catholic, but he was raised as one and he does believe in God/Jesus (which still makes him Christian!) and I’m a Christ-believing non-denominational Christian (which still makes me Catholic, uppercase C).
Also, before anyone jumps down my throat, we have been friends for almost a decade now; so he knows good and well that I have issues with Catholic and even Christian church dogma, but he wanted to know what I thought about this story. So he and I were debating the voracity of it. (Also, I only remembered random parts of the story and he had to fill in some blanks for me.) And by debating, I mean I asked him what I thought to be basic questions that all followers of Christ would ask and he spent most of the discussion verbally walking around what happened in the story.
Let me break this down for you. I’m just gonna use the summary of the story from Wikipedia for those who don’t know it, and insert the questions I had between the sentences.
Official Catholic accounts state that on the morning of December 9, 1531 Juan Diego saw an apparition of a young girl at the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City. [Me: Wait, wait, wait! Is this the same place where what’s-her-face [Tonantzin] was originally? […] Come to find out she was honored there 1st and then the Spanish priests burned her temple to the ground cuz they were all “convert or die” and stuff? And then after that, the indigenous people who lived there started to associate Guadalupe as like the new—for lack of a better word—“incarnation” of what’s- her-face [Tonantzin].]
Speaking to him in Nahuatl, the girl asked that a church be built at that site in her honor; from her words, Juan Diego recognized the girl as the Virgin Mary. [Me: Hmmm…now that would have been a red flag for me. There’s a bible verse that says that we are required to test spirits to see if they are from God, and if they don’t claim obedience to God/Christ, then they’re not of God (1John:4-6). So, I’m wondering why this dude didn’t do that. Maybe Juan Diego was like still in the process of converting or something? […] I forgot to mention to him that this should be off-putting because this spirit is specifically asking for a church to be built in HER honor and not in GOD/JESUS’S honor. Which as a follower of Christ should be off-putting. Because biblically, as well as in our fellow Abrahamic religions, there are strict and detailed requirements for a place to be considered a place of worship; and most importantly, these buildings are onlyto be built in God’s honor for us to WORSHIP GOD. Period.]
Diego told his story to the Spanish Archbishop of Mexico City, Fray Juan de Zumárraga, who instructed him to return to Tepeyac Hill, and ask the “lady” for a miraculous sign to prove her identity. The first sign was the Virgin healing Juan’s uncle. The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill. Although December was very late in the growing season for flowers to bloom, Juan Diego found Castilian roses, not native to Mexico, on the normally barren hilltop. The Virgin arranged these in his peasant cloak or tilma. When Juan Diego opened his cloak before Bishop Zumárraga on December 12, the flowers fell to the floor, and on the fabric was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. [Me: So at this point, my friend asked me what I thought of the story, and I walked around that question. Except to mention that the story never once mentions God or Jesus. I should have told him how every time God has given the people a sign of His Glory (or however I’m supposed to call it), He never left a physical image, because reasons (Ex. 20:4–6; Col 1:15-20).]
Now mind you, my friend isn’t a practicing Catholic, but he still believes in God. Also, I didn’t want to offend his culture, which is why I phrased my questions and statements the way that I did.
But wait, we aren’t done yet.
One time, his parent’s home in Mexico flooded up to 8 inches of water, and guess which room was the only room that didn’t flood, or even have a drop of water in it? (I kid you not, there’s photographic evidence.) Just guess.
But wait!, we still aren’t done yet!
One of his parents has an image of the virgin in their house in Mexico. This image faces the street. And creepily enough, people in their neighborhood have been known to see the spirits, those who have passed on in the community, praying in front of the window.
Now, even if I weren’t Christian, I’m still African American and my family is Southern. My culture has too many ghost/trickster stories for me not to question all this.
Fellow Catholics/Christians, and even non-Christians, what do you think of these events?December 12th, 2013 3 notes #christianity #catholic #catholicism #dogma #our lady of guadalupe #virgin of guadalupe #roman catholic #culture #religion #christian #jesus #GOD #mary
All dialects, from the very fanciest to the ones held in lowest esteem, are rule-governed systems. Here are three examples from three different commonly disparaged dialects that illustrate how dialects have grammar.
(via violetlanguage)Reblogged from mentalflossr December 11th, 2013 585 notes #linguistics
Have you guys ever paid much attention historical accents and what texts sounded like in their original pronunciation?
In college, the professor who taught my class on History of English Lit part I had a KILLER Middle English accent. One day, he read Chaucer out loud to us…and it was like magic. The poem, which had always felt a bit lumpy and uneven to me, came alive with an earthy, rhythmic musicality that I’d never heard in Chaucer before. It completely revolutionized my conception of early English literature—and it also brought alive so many puns and jokes that don’t connect for us in modern pronunciation. Just incredible.
So you can see that phenomenon here. This is a really cool video where a pair of linguistic historians who work with the Globe Theatre actually demonstrate what Shakespeare sounded like in (one of) the original pronunciations. The younger guy is kind of soft-spoken, which can make him a bit mumbly and hard to understand, but the pronunciation makes the plays even more beautiful and gripping. In particular, toward the end, they recite one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets—and it puts a chill down my spine. In the original pronunciation, it’s not just a beautiful literary artifact; it’s living poetry, and it tugs at your heartstrings.
This is such a fantastic reminder of why I love linguistics, and why I love following the evolution of language. Plus, it reinforces one of my deeply held beliefs: the language you use and the way you use language are directly tied to how you can view the world and your place in it.
Also, as a bonus, here’s a video of the Prologue from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales being recited in Middle English, complete with the shifted vowels and rolling R’s.
(via zahnie)Reblogged from prettyarbitrary December 11th, 2013 657 notes #shakespeare #accent #english
by Dash Harris
1. Not everyone speaks Spanish
There are many languages and dialects spoken even within countries where the official language is Spanish. We have English, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol, and other creole languages and dialects as well as indigenous languages such as Quechua.
There were about a two thousand other languages spoken throughout what is now Latin America before the sixteenth century…the number of languages spoken by non-Conquest peoples (i.e., indigenous, “native” Americans) in the region of Latin America (excluding Anglo North American regions) now stands at about 500, many spoken by so few people that those languages will cease to be native languages during this course of this century.
(via reclaimingthelatinatag)Reblogged from youdontlooklatino December 11th, 2013 631 notes
The IPA vowel chart is a thing of beauty, a joy forever, and sometimes a bit of a pain to learn. Here are some ways of remembering what all the English vowels are in IPA.
I strongly recommend learning IPA symbols at the same time as you learn their position on the charts. The charts are designed like that for a reason and they’ll help you remember which sounds are similar to each other and where they’re pronounced in the mouth. Why? Because the chart is a really stylized representation of where in the mouth the sounds are pronounced, as you can see in the diagram below. (The consonant chart is similar but even more stylized.)
(via life-isnotaparagraph)Reblogged from allthingslinguistic December 11th, 2013 319 notes
Reblogged from diasporicroots December 11th, 2013 3,521 notes #japan
Yasuke African Samurai of the Japanese Warlord Nobunaga Oda.
“Japan is not a place one would usually associate with immigrants from Africa or the Caribbean. Yet in the late 16th century Japan’s most powerful warlord, Oda Nobunaga, had a African page named Yasuke it is belived that Yasuke was either a Makua originally from Mozambique or from somewhere in the Congo region. Yasuke was not only a cultural curiosity but also served as Nobunaga’s bodyguard and was granted the prestigious rank of Samurai.
Yasuke arrived in Japan in 1579 as the servant of the Italian Jesuit Alessandro Valignano, who had been appointed the Visitor (inspector) of the Jesuit missions in the Indies, i.e. S. and E. Asia, an extremely high position, so Yasuke must have been quite trustworthy. He accompanied Valignano when the latter came to the capital area in March 1581 and caused something of a sensation. In one event, several people were crushed to death while clamouring to get a look at him. Nobunaga heard about him and expressed a desire to see him. Suspecting the black color of his skin to be paint, Nobunaga had him strip from the waist up and made him scrub his skin.
We do not know this Yasuke’s original Makua name but the Japanese called him Yasuke (彌介), the reason for this name is unknown as it does not have a clear meaning and that it is most likely a “Japanization” of his actual name.
He was apparently 6ft 2in and would have towered over the Japanese of the day. Nobunaga first heard of Yasuke when the news reached him in 1581 of the great crush that had occurred when Valignano had brought him to Kyoto where his skin colour and height attracted a huge crowd. Nobunaga ordered the Jesuit to bring Yasuke to his court so that he could see this sensation in the flesh.
Upon seeing Yasuke, Nobunaga allegedly ordered him stripped to the waist and scrubbed believing that his skin was painted. Japanese sources described Yasuke as “looking between the age of 24 or 25, black like an ox, healthy and good looking, and possessing the strength of 10 men. Nobunaga was further intrigued by the fact that Yasuke could speak Japanese (albeit not perfectly) and ordered Valignano to leave Yasuke in his care when the Jesuit prepared to leave again.
Yasuke became a permanent fixture in Nobunaga’s retinue, his size and strength acting as a deterrent to assassination not to mention a flavour of exoticism to accompany the warlord’s other Western possessions. Apparently Nobunaga became so fond of Yasuke that rumours abounded that the slave was going to be made a Daimyo (a Japanese land-owning lord). These rumours were proven wrong, however, Yasuke was given the honour of being made a member of the samurai class, a rare honour among foreigners. “
You can read more about Yasuke here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuke
Important note: Obviously this is not a 16th century photo because there weren’t any cameras back then. The people in this photo were just stage actors who posed for this shot.
Out of curiosity…reblog if you have a Bachelor’s Degree. Like if you have…
Linguistic StudiesReblogged from makaeru December 11th, 2013 1,033 notes