Dragon Snake (Xenodermus javanicus)



Finest etchings by Taga Shin.

Versions of some of the ritual authorities responsible for Kongo herbalistic healing and divination appeared in the Americas and served as avatars of Kongo and Angola lore in the New World. Kongo ritual experts in Cuba took the appropriate ancient name banganga; those in the United states were known largely as ‘conjurors’ and ‘root-persons’; and others in Brazil were called pae de santo and mae de santo, names apparently originating in Yoruba worship — babalorisha and iyalorisha, ‘father of the saint’ and ‘mother of the saint.’ These ritual authorities were largely responsible for the dissemination of Kongo religious and artistic culture throughout the New World.
La Vinia Delois Jennings, "Banganga: the specialists — medicine (wo)men and preist(esse)s" (via hoodoo-seed)


My babies growing up. Photos date from February 24th - July 28th. Both lots of babies were laid on Valentine’s Day


A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn’t entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term  “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.


Pejac. Seppuku


To form a picture of a particular pterosaur species, paleontologists must often gather information from several fossils, borrow details from living animals with similar ways of life, and draw conclusions from related pterosaurs that are better known. 

Learn more in Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs


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