Nice try, but a mask won’t hide a voice she can recognize!
Portugal is a land of many traditions and among them, there’s one in particular that has been officially recognized as part of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO this month of December 2019! It is none other than the Caretos from Podence, in Trás-os-Montes e Alto-Douro, Portugal. A millenarian tradition celebrated in Winter, but festivities are more intense on Shrove Tuesday and its previous day.
There are several speculations about its origin and it’s believed to have Celtic roots, from a pre-Roman period. Probably related to the existence of the Gallaeci and Bracari in Galicia and North of Portugal.
A rather interesting theory also speaks of the connection to the Roman Saturnalia, the agricultural god Saturn and Lupercalia festivities, in honour of Pan, god of shepherds and flocks. And when you think of satyrs and their chase on the nymphs… Well, let’s keep going.
The Caretos are creatures that blur the lines stipulated by religion and profanity, born yearly when groups of men and boys dress in Continue reading
The linework for the Healthy body and Mind illustration shows a bit better how we parted its three elements: The lion for the strength; the purple heron for the tranquillity, intelligence and patience and finally the flowering plant horehound representing the health.
Finding the balance between all these elements will surely better equip us to face whatever lemons Life throws, even if sometimes they come at us like curve-balls. We’re hopeful we can minimize the bruises by having managed a clear mind and A healthy body, as advised in “Mens sana in corpore sano”- healthy mind in a healthy body!
Please check the full colour illustration post where we explore a bit more the aphorism “Healthy mind in a healthy body”. Just follow the link below!
Aphorisms, proverbs and expressions. They permeate our days in discrete appearances and references until they fall out of use to the point of being forgotten and sometimes that means losing important pointers.
There’s one in particular we have been hearing less and less since we were younger. In latin “Mens sana in corpore sano” translates to English as “Healthy mind in a healthy body” and is an aphorism with an earlier similar Greek saying: What man is happy? “He who has a healthy body, a resourceful mind and a docile nature”.
To the both of us, it reminds us that the secret to the best life is to take care of both body and mind, to cultivate knowledge (not just the type you get out of books, but also the practical kind) since mind or body alone won’t become healthy without the other in the long run. We interpret the “docile nature” not in the literal meaning, but to be someone who doesn’t jump to conclusions.
For such a plan, we remind ourselves that change comes with small or even baby steps, let alone some studies mentioning that a new habit -in average- will need from 1-2 months to become an automatic behaviour and being so close to the popular time line of habit turn-arounds – New Year – it’s never a bad idea to think about what would bring us closer to our personal most favourable mind and body healthy ideal.
He that gives his goods before he’s dead, take up a mallet and knock him on the head (Scottish verse)
Elderly people who trick their ungrateful children into caring for them is yet another recurrent theme in the world of folktales.
The first records of such tales appear in the Middle Ages and spread across Europe, but the theme also appears in places as far as Kashmir and Sri Lanka.
As for the Portuguese version, we found one nearly identical to the German story, though the latter is shorter and provides dialogue to the characters, and also sets the number of daughters to three, unlike the Portuguese version, where there are only two daughters (guess the Portuguese decided to be more cost-effective).
Let us narrate the StarTwo translated adaptation of the next folktale.
This is the linework where you can see clearly all the elements we picked for this Magician’s apprentice illustration.
Each one of them is meant to link to the story, so make sure you don’t miss it by reading the tale and see the full version of the original illustration. You can quickly go there by clicking on the link below!
Click here to see the story and full colour illustration!