Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia at the British Museum, London

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I was recently in London for business, and was fortunate to visit the Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia exhibit at the British Museum, organized in cooperation with the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (another place I am hoping to visit in this lifetime). A nomadic people, the Scythians flourished roughly 900 BCE – 200 BCE, […]

Fiber Crafts, Feminism, and Subversion

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Stephanie McCarter’s article “From Penelope to Pussyhats, The Ancient Origins of Feminist Craftivism: On Subversive Uses of Women’s Handicrafts Throughout History” appeared on LitHub a few months ago. As someone who engages in a variety of typically feminine fiber arts (sewing, embroidery, and weaving), the title spoke to me. While I’ve never considered my crafting […]

Hillary Waterman: Herbs & Verbs

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As part of its seasonal festivities, JStor Daily has a good (if brief) article by Hillary Waterman on spoken spellcraft entitled “Herbs & Verbs: How to Do Witchcraft for Real“. Ignore the title—the article is much better than that. Waterman examines Anglo-Saxon spells and a spell from Papua, New Guinea. Although separated by miles and […]

And Then There’s Farbauti: Thoughts on Loki’s Father

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The subject of Farbauti came up on Tumblr in this post, and, well, I Have Thoughts. Pull up a chair, choose a beverage, and let’s chat about Farbauti. We know very little about him from the myths, as the few mentions are both fragmentary and filtered through the lens of the Christian scholars who wrote […]

Adventures in the Kitchen: Viking Bread

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Somehow, on my travels around the internet, I landed on this page at The Dockyards, a Viking history site, which led me to this video on baking Viking bread from Archeosoup Productions. I am fortunate to live in the land of Organic Grocery Stores Which Carry Non-Standard Grains, so I picked up the necessary ingredients last […]

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