is a symbol and ritual tool in Tibetan Buddhism. It represents the central unity and indivisibility of all the teaching, philosophical and doctrinal triune of Dzogchen. It is also an attribute of the Snow Lion.
No, occulture is a name for the broad social network of various occultists and their differing philosophies. It's a portmanteau of 'Occult' and 'Culture'. If you google-fu the term, this is the definition most used. I believe the yahoo link actually is the only one to confuse its meaning.
The victorian hair receiver was commonly found on a woman’s vanity. After brushing her hair, she would remove the hair from the brush and place it through the opening of the receiver for storage. Once enough hair had accumulated, it could be used to construct rats, or could be woven or plaited and put into lockets, left visible through cut-glass windows of a brooch or even made into watch chains, bracelets or jewelry. Hair receivers were usually made from ceramic, bronze or crystal.
A hairy bogeyman creature with long fangs in Native American mythology. One interpretation is that it is a myth used to instill fear into children from venturing into areas alone and without parental guidance.
The Apotamkin is sometimes considered to be a native American's version of a vampire.
A small to moderate-sized container, usually attractive to the eye, where you hide your recreational drug goodies to be used when necessary. Meant to be placed in a highly secretive area; few will share a glimpse of someones statchery.
Also known as 'Scheisse', it is the vulgar term for excrement. For those who long to know, it is pronounced (shy-zah) with stronger emphasis on the first syllable, at least according to the few germans I've had the pleasure to hear swearing.
The rabbit test was an early pregnancy test developed in 1927. The test consisted of injecting a woman's urine into a female rabbit, then examining the rabbit's ovaries a few days later, which would change in response to the hormone (hCG), which is only secreted by pregnant women. The rabbit test became a widely used bioassay (animal-based test) to test for pregnancy. The term "rabbit test" was first recorded in 1949 but became a common phrase in the English language.
Modern pregnancy tests still operate this basis. Due to medical advances, use of a live animal is no longer required.
It was a common misconception that the injected rabbit would die only if the woman was pregnant. This led to the phrase "the rabbit died" being used as a euphemism for a positive pregnancy test.
Also written shojo or shoujo, it is a Japanese word derived from a Chinese expression. It means 'young/little/few' and 'woman' respectively. In Japanese, these kanji refer specifically to a young woman approximately 7-18 years old. Sh�?jo can often be translated with the English word girl.
Also known as D�?ksh�?yani, she is a Hindu goddess of marital felicity and longevity. She is worshiped particularly by Hindu women to seek a long life for their husbands. An aspect of Devi, D�?ksh�?yani is the first consort of Shiva, second being Parvati, her reincarnation. In Hindu Mythology, Sati plays the role of luring Shiva from ascetic isolation into creative participation in the world. The Act of Sati, in which a Hindu widow immolates herself on her husband's funeral pyre as the final act of loyalty and devotion, is patterned after the Goddess Sati, from whom the name of the act is derived.
Also known as K�?lik�?; a Hindu goddess associated with death and destruction. The name Kali means "black", but has come to mean "force of time (kala)". Tantric beliefs sometimes extend her role so far as to be considered the "ultimate reality" or Brahman.
Sanskrit: Prakrti or Prakriti, according to Vedanta philosophy, is the basic matter of which the Universe consists. It is composed of the three gunas or modes, known as tamas (ignorance), rajas (passion) and sattva (goodness).
Roman: observed on February 13 through February 15 to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. The god Lupercus (synonymous with Faunus) celebrated the founding of his temple on February 15, which was also considered Lupercalia. His priests were nude save for a girdle of goatskin. A goat and a dog would be sacrificed.
Japanese bathroom spirit that looks like a frog-like human with wild hair, has a long tongue, and feet that end in a single clawed toe. It can be found in bathrooms by toilets and bathtubs. It enters at night and uses its tongue to lick the bathroom surfaces clean.
An evil female spirit that manifests as a snake. She is said to be the mother of the devil. She spreads disease and pestilence, any that look at her become ill, and she's said to suckle serpents. Known as the 'Devil of the Woods'.
Ajattara is a five-piece black metal band from Helsinki, Finland.
A snow-white bird that only lives in a kings house. The bird refuses to look at any patient that is not going to make a full recovery. It is able to take the sickness into itself and fly away, dispersing the sickness and healing both itself and the sick person.
A combination of dog and wolf with impossibly strong teeth and instant digestion. It digs up the buried dead and prowls around farms at night. It was said that it would lure dogs to their death by imitating the sound of a human in distress. The eyes of a slain crocotta were said to be striped gems that would give the possessor oracular powers when placed under the tongue.
Latin -- toothed vagina Various cultures have folk tales about women with toothed vaginas, frequently told as cautionary tales warning of the dangers of sex with strange women and to discourage the act of rape.
A great tongue-in-cheek movie concerning this is 'Teeth'. I highly recommend it. It is more dark humour than horror, if that helps you.
A term used to describe the gibberish sung by the band Sigur Rós. It is also commonly known by the English translation of its name, Hopelandic. Vonlenska is not an actual language people speak in, as it lacks a consistent grammar structure, word meaning, or even distinct words. Instead, it consists of emotive syllables and phonemes.
A confused, and often repetitious, language that is symptomatic of various mental illnesses. It is characterized by an apparently confused usage of words with no apparent meaning or relationship attached to them. In this context, it is considered to be a symptom of a formal thought disorder.
asemic -- having no specific semantic content. A wordless open semantic form of writing. Illegible, invented, or primal scripts (cave paintings, doodles, children's drawings, etc.) are all influences upon asemic writing. But instead of being thought of as mimicry of preliterate expression, asemic writing can be considered as a postliterate style of writing that uses all forms of creativity for inspiration.
A caul covering a newborns face. To be "born in the caul" simply means a child is born with the amniotic sac or membranes still intact around the body. The sac consists of two adherent membranes (chorion and amnion) of fetal origin which separate the amniotic fluid and fetus from the maternal uterine wall. When a baby is born in the caul, the sac balloons out at birth, covering the baby's face and body as he or she emerges from the mother. A child born in this way is known as a caulbearer.
Jan 28, 2009
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Hi mechanolatry, hang in here, it can be quite rewarding. I'm interested to read your contributions. People who are frequent this site are passionate about words so maybe you picked up on that in a negative. I'm sure there was no malice intended. Your feminine mystique list looks promising, I hope it keeps growing. Cheers!
Bridgette, who offended you? I am a bit surprised, since all I can read on your profile page is a comment by rolig (who also tried to help on one of your lists) and VanishedOne. None of them sounded offensive to me. New Wordies often need some guidance (see second comment here), mostly because most people (including me) don't pay much attention when they start. Their suggestion was meant to be helpful for you as well as all users, I believe. Sorry for the misunderstanding, and hope you'll start enjoying social activity on Wordie. If you really prefer not to interact with anyone, though, rather than joining a web community you should create a Word document with a bulleted list. Which in my opinion is a pity. P.
Hi, Mechano, welcome to Wordie! I just want to point out a couple of things about the site. First, there is a row of icons under each word which will take you to a definition of that word from several online dictionaries, so for ordinary words found in most dictionaries (e.g. voluptuary), you really don't need to provide a dictionary definition in your comment – unless of course, there is something special about your definition. It will probably be more helpful, to you and everyone else using the site, to provide a quotation showing the word being used, or perhaps your own personal thoughts (reactions, questions) about the word. The second thing (which I almost forgot) is that you may want to skim through the other comments on a word page before adding your own; you might find them interesting, or not, and have something new to add, and you will avoid repeating what has already been said. Feel free to ask my or anyone else for tips about using Wordie. And have fun!