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fuckyeahpaganism:

The goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone. 
Scena Illustrata 

fuckyeahpaganism:

The goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone. 

Scena Illustrata 

peashooter85:

Garum —- The official condiment of the ancient Roman Empire

In the ancient Roman world a salty, oily condiment made from fermented fish guts took the Roman Empire by storm.  Called garum, it became an important commodity all over the empire, providing fats, protein, salts, vitamins, minerals, and most importantly flavor to places in the empire were little could be found.  Originally a Greek creation, the Roman obsession with garum would propel the fish sauce to become the most popular condiment in the Roman Empire.

Our modern society is a very wasteful society, we take it for granted that we can just use something and throw it away.  However, our ancestors had a completely different attitude.  Nothing went to waste and everything was put to use.  “Waste not, want not” was not simply a saying, but a mantra that meant life or death, prosperity or disaster for ancient people’s.  So if an animal was slaughtered, it was guaranteed that every part was consumed or used in some way. 

Garum was a result of this culture.  When the fishmongers gutted the daily catch, the guts, scales, and other inedible parts were not merely thrown away, rather they were gathered by the garum maker.  The guts were coated with salt, layered in large urns, and left out to heat in the sun for one to three months.  During this time the ingredients would liquefy and ferment, forming a thick paste.  When ready, a clear amber colored fluid would separate for the thicker material.  This clear fluid was pure garum, and was skimmed, bolted, and sold for a hefty price.  The skimming of more fluid would lead to cloudier and less pure forms of garum, which were much cheaper.  The remaining paste was called “allum”, and was sold as a budget “poor mans garum sauce”.  All grades of garum were flavored with different herbs and spices, depending on local tastes.

Because the Roman Empire was centered in the Mediterranean, the Roman economy was also heavily dependent on fishing.  Numerous fisheries and ports dotted all along the Mediterranean coast, and where there fisheries, there were garum makers.  Usually, however, the garum makers were relegated to the outskirts of a city, as the process of garum making tended to create an enormous stench.  Garum itself became one of the most important commodities of the Roman world, being shipped all over Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.  It was issued regularly as rations for Roman soldiers and was even accepted as money.  Garum was also valued for its medicinal value; used to treat dog bites, diarrhea, ulcers, dysentery, to remove unwanted hair, and to remove freckles.

Alas the fall of the Roman Empire would lead to the fall of garum, especially as Germanic peoples who turned their noses at fermented fish sauce settled Europe and carved out kingdoms from the former Roman Empire.  Today garum still can be found, though only produced by small business who cater to specialty gourmet foods.  At around the same time the Romans were making garum, peoples in Southeast Asia were making a remarkably similar fish sauce called  nước mắm, which today is still widely popular in Vietnamese, Thai, and Cambodian cuisine.

escapekit:

Papers for Characters

Spanish design studio Atipo has created a collection of minimalistic movie posters that are made from paper. 

Awesome. 

cosmic-nerd-angel:

If Sherlock was an animated show. 

I took random screencaps from A Scandal in Belgravia and redrew them as cartoons.  

HOW BRILLIANT.

kosmonauttihai:

twitchytwitchtwitch:

The Rio Caño Cristales - most colorful river (caused by algae and moss seen through the water), Colombia.

kosmonauttihai
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Thank you!!!!

kosmonauttihai:

twitchytwitchtwitch:

The Rio Caño Cristales - most colorful river (caused by algae and moss seen through the water), Colombia.

kosmonauttihai
 !!!

Thank you!!!!

valinaraii:

Medina Azahara (Madīnat al-Zahrā). Reception hall of Abd al-Rahman III. This was the palatine-city founded by Abd al-Rahman III, al-Nasir, caliph of Cordoba. Legend says that the city was built as a tribute to one of Abd al-Rahman’s favorites, Zahra. Political and symbolic reasons after his self-proclamation as caliph are probably the ones behind the creation of the city. Abd al-Rahman’s son, Al-Hakam II, would extend and embellish the city. In 1010 during the civil war that marked the end of the caliphate the city was sacked. Abandoned, its ruins only would be unearthed in the 20th century. Still, Medina Azahara was more fortunate than Madinat Al-Zahira, the city of Almanzor, completely destroyed  one year before Medina Azahara.
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I visited this place in 2010, when I was travelling around (mostly southern) Spain with a friends of mine, and it was like stepping into a fairytale. What  a wonderful site.

valinaraii:

Medina Azahara (Madīnat al-Zahrā). Reception hall of Abd al-Rahman III. This was the palatine-city founded by Abd al-Rahman III, al-Nasir, caliph of Cordoba. Legend says that the city was built as a tribute to one of Abd al-Rahman’s favorites, Zahra. Political and symbolic reasons after his self-proclamation as caliph are probably the ones behind the creation of the city. Abd al-Rahman’s son, Al-Hakam II, would extend and embellish the city. In 1010 during the civil war that marked the end of the caliphate the city was sacked. Abandoned, its ruins only would be unearthed in the 20th century. Still, Medina Azahara was more fortunate than Madinat Al-Zahira, the city of Almanzor, completely destroyed  one year before Medina Azahara.

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I visited this place in 2010, when I was travelling around (mostly southern) Spain with a friends of mine, and it was like stepping into a fairytale. What  a wonderful site.

cumberbatchweb:

Louise Brealey reads Virginia Woolf’s suicide note at Letters of Note.

Sorry I missed the beginning. First time filming with the camera.

thecakebar:

Rose Apple Pie Tutorial {click link for FULL tutorial}