The dame de voyage (French) or dama de viaje (Spanish) was a direct predecessor to today's sex dolls that originated in the seventeenth century. Dames de voyage were makeshift fornicatory dolls made of sewn cloth or old clothes, used by French and Spanish sailors while isolated at sea during long voyages.
Evil Tongues: Exorcism work in progress Lusaka Zambia 22.09h 11.10.2011
I have been making Evil Tongues to add to a new/other Monster. Evil Tongues, where words are conducts for thoughts aimed at hurting, wounding, and disabling. The Evil Tongues are made from black cotton cloth and stitched together. This continues to be a work in progress.
Linear Photographic documentation (milk) Villnachern Harvest Moon 13.09.2011 01.24-01.33h
linear |ˈlinēər|adjective1 arrangedinorextendingalong a straight or nearly straight line : linear arrangements | linear in shape | linearmovement.• consistingoforpredominantlyformedusing lines or outlines : simple linear designs.• involving one dimensiononly: linearelasticity.• Mathematics ableto berepresentedby a straight line on a graph; involving or exhibiting directly proportionalchangein tworelatedquantities: linear functions | linear relationship.2 progressingfrom one stage to another in a singleseries of steps; sequential: a linearnarrative.DERIVATIVESlinearity|ˌlinēˈarətē| nounlinearly adverbORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latinlinearis, fromlinea ‘a line’ (seeline 1 ). Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
performance documentation (video from photographs)
The term instinctual impulse (Triebregung), designating the initial, productive, and local form of an instinct active within the psyche, emphasizes its intrinsic emotional dynamic. Trieb is the "instinct" or "drive." Regung means "movement of the heart or soul, a nascent feeling, a stirring of the heart, an emotion." Literally, Triebregung is the "emotional momentum of the instinct."
Instinct or innate behavior is the inherent inclination of a livingorganism toward a particular behavior.
The simplest example of an instinctive behavior is a fixed action pattern, in which a short sequence of actions, without variation, are carried out in response to a clearly defined stimulus. However, instinctive behaviors can also be variable and responsive to the environment. Any behavior is instinctive if it is performed without being based upon prior experience, that is, in the absence of learning.
Chair (that she may not fall soft) photographic documentation Pétion Ville, Port au Prince, Haiti 04.06.2011 22.09h
photographs courtesy Martin Siegrist
..."The South Slavonian peasant believes that witches ride in the dark hail-clouds; so he shoots at the clouds to bring down the hags, while he curses them, saying, "Curse, curse Herodias, thy mother is a heathen, damned of God and fettered through the Redeemer's blood." Also he brings out a pot of glowing charcoal on which he has thrown holy oil, laurel leaves, and wormwood to make smoke. The fumes are supposed to ascend to the clouds and stupefy the witches, so that they tumble down to earth. And in order that they may not fall soft, but may hurt themselves very much, the yokel hastily brings out a chair and tilts it bottom up so that the witch in falling may break her legs on the legs of the chair. Worse than that, he cruelly lays scythes, bill-hooks, and other formidable weapons edge upwards so as to cut and mange the poor wretches when they drop plump upon them from the clouds."
Source: The Golden Bough, a study in magic and religion, by Sir James George Frazer, first published 1922; Wordsworth Editions Ltd. 1993 pp649-pp650
…"Sempre in Sicilia, per neutralizzare una fattura, una donna che opera, la famiglia affatturata ed altre persone si rinchiudono nella casa, e la maga accende due candele della Candelora e sparge di acqua e sale il pavimento e le pareti, le donne si denudano le mammelle, si sciolgono i capelli, battono tre volte le ginocchia e recitano uno scongiuro."…
…"Also in Sicily, to neutralise a spell, a woman who operates, the bewitched family and other people close themselves up in the house, the sorceress lights two candles from Candlemas, and spreads salt and water on the floors and walls, the women bear their breasts, losen their hair, bet their knees three times, and recite a counter-spell."…
(my own translation)
Source: Lo specchio e l’olio, le superstizioni degli Italiani, by Alfonso M. Di Nola, 1993, Gius. Laterza & Figli, Bari, Italy
Walpurgisnacht performance documentation (milk) Firenze 30.04.2011 18.41h
... "In Christian Europe the old heathen custom of expelling the powers of evil at certain times of the year has survived to modern times. "...
... "In Central Europe the favourite time for expelling witches is, or was, Walpurgis Night, the Eve of May Day, when the baleful powers of these mischievous beings were supposed to be at their height. "...
... "The people believed that on that evening and night the witches were abroad and busy casting spells on cattle and stealing cows' milk"...
Source: The Golden Bough, a study in magic and religion, by Sir James George Frazer, first published 1922; pp560, pp620; Wordsworth Editions Ltd. 1993
... “Connected with St. Boniface and the early German martyrs and missionaries, in pictures, in architectural ornament, and in the stained glass of the German churches, we find two famous female saints, ST. Walburga and St. Ottilia.
The various names borne by the former saint, according to the various localities in which she has been honoured, in Bavaria, Alsace, Poitou, Flanders, and England, testify to her popularity ; - she is St. Walpurgis, Walbourg, Valpurga, Gualbourg, and Avamgour. Her Anglo-Saxon name, Walburga, is the same as the Greek Eucharis, and signifies gracious. …
… “Her death took place about the year 778.
Like many of the religious women of that time, Walpurgis had studied medicine for the purpose of ministering to the poor. The cures she performed, either through faith or skill, were by the people attributed solely to her prayers. After her death she was laid in a hollow rock, near the monastery of Eichstadt, a spot where a kind of bituminous oil exuded from the stone. This oil was for a long time supposed to proceed from her remains, and, under the name of Walpurgis oil, was regarded by the people as a miraculous cure of all manner of diseases.” …
.. “She died on the 25th February; but, in the German and Belgic calendars, the 1st of May, the day on which she was enshrined as a saint, is recorded as the chief festival, and it was solemnised as such over all Germany. On this night, the famous Walpurgist Nacht, the witches held orgies on the Blocksberg.” …
Source: Legends of the monastic Orders, as represented in the fine arts, by Mrs. Jameson, London 1852, pp 7, pp 78
... "The stories of the flying forth and riding about of magicians in the air, usually by night, but sometimes by day, appear in the fifteenth century, and are of old heathenish origin, and connected with women of bad character. Amongst the resolutions of the Council of Ancyra, in the middle of the fifteenth century, is one concerning women who profess to ride about at night on all kinds of beasts with Diana and Heroidas. ... Grimm, indeed, traces the general assemblies of witches for play and lewdness, for cooking and feasting, to an earlier period. The Salic laws speak of witch-kettles and witch-kettle-carriers. They held their assemblies especially at salt springs, and Tacitus himself says (Ann. xiii 57), "If the women or priestesses attend to the preparation of salt, the salt-kettles also stood under their care, and thus people of after ages connect the boiling of salt and witchcraft. On certain festival days the witches assembled in the sacred wood on the mountain, where the salt boiled up, bringing with them cooking vessels, spoons, and forks. Their salt-pans, however, were boiled at night. Halle in Austrian means Salzaha, Sala, or the huts at the salt-springs; whence the popular belief that fiends rode on besoms, oven-forks, or faggots, over bill and dale to Halle" (Grimm, 589). " ...
Source: The history of magic, Volume 2By Joseph Ennemoser, translated from the German by William Howitt, London MDCCCLIV (1854) pp 143 http://books.google.com/