In a sense the priest helped to bring about the sunrise by lighting the torch in the temple ritual. He did this in the way prescribed by the old ritual texts, not so much out of fear or out of a conviction that the sun would not rise if he did not make light in the temple as because one has to come to terms with the cosmos. Otherwise, the sun might rise, but its rising would have no meaning for the country’s welfare, for victory over death and enemies, and for everything that the Egyptian worldview associated with sun-rise. The creation theology that was practiced or performed in the cult did not simply commemorate the great mythological deeds of the gods or express the coherence and process of the created world; it was, in effect, creation itself. An Egyptian term for performing ritual is “doing things.” The priest had to “do things” to make sure that the order of the cosmos would be maintained and that the universe, the state, and the individual would continue their ordered existence.
Herman Te Velde, “Theology, Priests and Worship in Ancient Egypt” (via intaier)

prokopetz:

prokopetz:

Rape is the only crime on the books for which arguing that the temptation to commit it was too clear and obvious to resist is treated as a defence. For every other crime, we call that a confession.

I’ve gotten more angry asks about this post than I have actual reblogs.

jtotheizzoe:

The oldest living thing in the world: These actinobacteria, recovered from the subterranean brrrrr-osphere that is Siberian permafrost, are estimated to be 500,000 years old. While many ancient microbes have been revived from ancient dormant states, these bacterial cells have been continuously living for half a million years. It’s known that the bacteria aren’t mobile in the frozen Earth, so by radioactively dating the layers of soil around the microbes, scientists were able to estimate their age.
Unable to divide and reproduce, these microbes were shown to be actively repairing their DNA despite the frigid temperatures, their enzymes uniquely adapted to an environment that would mean certain death for perhaps every other creature on Earth. While not growing, moving, or reproducing, this sort of cryostasis counts as living if you ask me (and the scientists who study them).
What do you think this means for the possibility of life on other planets?
(via Rachel Sussman and Brain Pickings. Check out the original 2007 research paper here)

jtotheizzoe:

The oldest living thing in the world: These actinobacteria, recovered from the subterranean brrrrr-osphere that is Siberian permafrost, are estimated to be 500,000 years old. While many ancient microbes have been revived from ancient dormant states, these bacterial cells have been continuously living for half a million years. It’s known that the bacteria aren’t mobile in the frozen Earth, so by radioactively dating the layers of soil around the microbes, scientists were able to estimate their age.

Unable to divide and reproduce, these microbes were shown to be actively repairing their DNA despite the frigid temperatures, their enzymes uniquely adapted to an environment that would mean certain death for perhaps every other creature on Earth. While not growing, moving, or reproducing, this sort of cryostasis counts as living if you ask me (and the scientists who study them).

What do you think this means for the possibility of life on other planets?

(via Rachel Sussman and Brain Pickings. Check out the original 2007 research paper here)

When we say BLACK girls and BLACK boys must be protected at all costs, it is because society has shown time and time again that their/our lives, their/our dignity, and their/our future is of little to no importance to them.

We don’t say ‘ALL’ for a reason; ‘all’ of us are not afforded the same things, like justice. “All” of us are not seen as precious enough to be protected. “All” of us are not lost, stolen, or forgotten.

You step up and puff out the crooked ‘S’ on your chest and say ‘all’ when you’re already in that number. We speak out and say ‘black’ because we should be, too.

bitchcraftandwiggatry

This is why I always say that SPECIFICITY is not “oppression olympics” for Black people. It is survival. Rejecting erasure through co-opt and generalization that ignores structural realties and anti-Blackness. Survival.

(via gradientlair)

Realness

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Very Important

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vulgarweed:

TOO SOON

vulgarweed:

TOO SOON

deutsche-bishoujo:

"you don’t need medicine it’s all poison"

"nature is better than therapy just look at a waterfall"

"real medicine is fruits and vegetables"

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gradientlair:

1) Doesn’t require social quid pro quo. I don’t have to tell him anything other than “thanks.” (And even “thanks” is not obligatory. It’s still a choice. No one is required to speak to a stranger.) I am not then demanded to smile (as that is a form of street harassment). I…

"feasting on the weak souls of the Heterosexual community" is literally the most metal description ever.

feministroosterteeth:

sounds like a badass metal song, doesn’t it? i think there needs to be a queer metal band who does the thing.

declareityours:

I can’t even reblog the things I wanna reblog because my ex watches my tumblr religiously.
It’s like AUGH!!
WATCH FUCKING NETFLIX OR SOMETHING.
If I leave you alone in real life what makes you think I want more of you over the internet?!

I have no comment to make.  I’m just going to be over here in the corner. You know. Looming.

barbidreamdumpster:

hey i just thought of a fun game called Lets Stop Citing Stats About Violence/Poverty Among Bisexuals Without Also Acknowledging That Bi People Are “disproportionately women and people of color