Languages do not die. They don’t just grow old, weary and ready to embrace the coldness of death. They are killed, murdered by policies, intergenerational traumas, and external as well as internalised oppression all stemming from another language community which seeks to subdue it by force, either seen or unseen by the very language community being ushered towards the end of its existence.
At first glance the fertility aspect of the Morrigan does not seem as evident. It is an essential part of her character, however. Celtic goddesses combine destructive characteristics with those of nurturing, sexual power, and fertility. Although the juxtaposition seems strange, there is logic in it. Since the goddess is to preserve the tuath, she must be able to protect it in war as well as to provide it with the fruits of the earth, and increase both its cattle and people.
Clark, Rosalind. “Aspects of the Morrigan in Early Irish Literature.” Irish University Review 17.2 (Autumn 1987): 228-229, JSTOR. (via diary-of-demosthenes)
Banned poster from Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill for, featuring Eva Green
"Officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have disapproved of the image due to "nudity - curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown"."
I find this interesting. I’ve certainly seen worse displayed in public places. Why do female breasts cause such offence? Are they not trying to commodify female sexuality? Why not protest about the fact that the lady has a gun? Which is more offensive, female anatomy or a fire-arm?
Could the protest be against the stance of strength of this woman? Ready to protect herself, comfortable in her sexuality? Dark, strong female sexuality.
Following the route of tobacco or incense smoke, whichever you find most sacred, to no avail.
Opening your arms wide to catch the wind that you’re too heavy to drift upon,
Or reaching them out to dance with some Pre-Raphaelite muse who’s not really there.
Inhaling deeply the sea air that rustles through the memory of your senses.
“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.” - Audrey Hepburn
“She was always a little bit surprised by the efforts women made to look young. She was actually very happy about growing older because it meant more time for herself, more time for her family, and separation from the frenzy of youth and beauty that is Hollywood. She was very strict about everybody’s time in life.” -Luca Dotti remembers his mother Audrey Hepburn.
(Left: Audrey Hepburn circa 1958. Right: Audrey Hepburn in 1990)