Gallery of the Strange..

aeorthia:

Changelings possess characteristics which otherwise belong to faeries or animals, such as sharp teeth, claws, fur, antlers, jewel-toned hair or eyes, scales, bronze or golden freckles, or ethereal beauty. Traits have a tendency to come in complementary packages, more so than is expected by chance; for example, changelings with gills are likely to also have smooth, stiff skin and webbed digits, the better for swimming with.

They are also sometimes made of wood..

fullmoonheathen:

I was given an antique cabinet a while ago. At the time we were living in a small space and it was just used as a junk cabinet. Since we have moved into a much larger space, I was able to move it into my bedroom and use it as my working cabinet.
I keep my herbs and spell ingredients, candles, jars, incense, reference books and anything else I need for my craft in it. I also have an altar space in the bottom shelf. It still needs a bit of work, but it is getting there!
It feels so good to finally be able to have a space just for all my witchy needs!!
Blessings!

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Very cool idea.

cryptidchronicles:

"Modern maps, which lack these fantastic beasts, have absolutely lost something."

This book is wonderful ❤
Im sorry I’ve been neglecting my tumblogs ;.; remedying this.

florian-ayala-fauna:

Ayin Ein Æon - The Book Ov Baphomet

transcribed by Florian-Ayala Fauna

deannawr:

Jewel Caterpillars mutherfuckers.

formally known as the acraga coa caterpillar.

crawling around in the open on top of leaves and stuff because these gooey little badasses don’t even give a fuck.

each little translucent cone can detach from its body given the even gentlest pinch. similar to how a lizard detaches its tail, which likely helps it gets away from potential predators.

They come in different colors and stuff and they look fucking fabulous. people aren’t really sure if it’s to serve as a sign of poison to animals. even if it’s mimicry, it probably works just fine.

Also, a few random scientists stuck one in a dish and threw in a couple of ants. There are after all, certain types of ants that  do eat caterpillars. The ants just kinda poked it and then avoided it. the few who tried to bite it got goo in its face and had to wipe its mandibles. The ordeal didn’t hurt the ants, they were just like “gross, that stuff is sticky.”

also, that cocoon is fucking cool. there are spikey things on it even though there are holes. it’s like its own fancy napping net.

and then it becomes the opposite of gooey. it turns into a magnificent, orange, fluffy and cuddly looking moth and it’s like “touch me, I’m soft” except “J.K. I’m gonna fly away now, lol”


the whole concept of the jewel caterpillar is like “look at me, bitches. I’m fucking beautiful. but keep your filthy hands off my fab-ness”

sciencesoup:

The Jewel Caterpillar

This bizzarely gelatinous, semi-translucent little creature is sometimes referred to as the “jewel caterpillar”, but it’s actually the larvae of a fuzzy orange moth called Acraga coa. This moth is native to Central and South America and belongs to a family known as Dalceridae. There are at least 84 different species of moths in this family, and all of their larvae are so gooey that they’re often nicknamed “slug caterpillars.” At the moment it’s unclear as to why they’re so strangely and conspicuously coloured—biologist Daniel Janzen at the University of Pennsylvania has raised Dalceridae in captivity and reports that the bright, conscpicuous larvae actually spend a lot of their time hanging out on the tops of leaves in full view, like they don’t fear birds at all. Some caterpillars use colour to indicate their toxicity and therefore warn predators away, but there’s no evidence that the Dalceridae caterpillars are poisonous at all. But they do appear to have one defense mechanism: their gooey, gumdrop-like spines break off easily, just like some lizard’s tails break off upon a predator’s touch. So, perhaps this allows the caterpillars a chance to get away from predators. In an attempt to study this function, insect biosystematist Marc Epstein placed Dalcerides ingenita larvae in the same environment as several ants, which would usually devour caterpillars, but these ants backed right away. The ones that tried to attack became stuck in the larvae’s jelly-like body, so the caterpillars seem to repel predators simply by being sticky and uncomfortable. “Jewel caterpillar” is a pretty fitting nickname, then—look all you want, but don’t touch.

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toxicpuppys:

An abandoned Victorian tree house somewhere in South Florida

Oh my fuckking cmksmdkdksmdm

biologizeable:

brb crying over extinct animals

odditiesoflife:

Extreme Body Modification Rituals Around the World

Teeth sharpening, ear elongation, lip plates, nose studs, body scarring and giraffe necks – tribes and ethnic enclaves throughout the world have and continue to engage in incredible practices and rituals of body modification and body art for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

Body modification or alteration is the deliberate altering of the human anatomy and it’s done for a variety of reasons: aesthetics, sexual enhancement, rites of passage, religious beliefs, to display group membership or affiliation, to create body art, and as self-expression. 

Ritual modification is used in many tribes and ethnic groups in Africa, India, New Zealand, Australia, and South East Asia. It can be done by burning, cutting, or elongating parts of the body. It’s used to identify members of certain tribal families. It is also done for social and culture acceptance. And it’s not only done to the men of the tribes, but also to women and children as a coming of age rite of passage. In women, it’s seen as something beautiful, marks showing they are suitable mothers and wives.

Unfortunately body-mod tourism isn’t that rare. Although an influx of tourists has brought attention to cultural practices and money to impoverished tribes, some argue that it is deteriorating their way of life and cheapening their traditions and values.

source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Amazing cultural body mods.