Kukulkan, God of Wind and Hurricanes

Mayan Name: Kukulkan; Gucumatz Aztec Equivalent: Quetzalcoatl Associated Animal: Feathered serpent Role: Wind, Hurricanes Kukulkan is the god of wind and hurricanes. He is often depicted as a plumed serpent, but can take human form as well. Little is known about the myths surrounding Kukulkan. There is more information about his Aztec counterpart, Quetzalcoatl, who … Continue reading Kukulkan, God of Wind and Hurricanes

Mermaids: In Folklore and In Fiction

Mermaids and mermen are mythological marine creatures that are typically depicted to be half human and half fish or sea serpent. They’re often known to be both mysterious and enchanting as well as possess magical and prophetic powers. First appearing around 1000 B.C. in ancient Assyrian mythology, mermaids and mermen have be recorded in different … Continue reading Mermaids: In Folklore and In Fiction

Tall Ship: Brigantine

Brigantines are one of my favorite tall ships! They have two-masts with square rigging on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigging on the mainmast. And its gaff-rigged mainsail distinguishes it from the completely square-rigged brig. A typical brigantine in the 18th century displaced 100 tons, were 65-80 feet long, held 8-10 guns, and carried a crew … Continue reading Tall Ship: Brigantine

Ah Puch, God of Death, Darkness, and Disaster

Mayan Name: Ah Puch; Ahal Puh; God A; Cizin; Yum Cimil Aztec Equivalent: Michlantecuhtli Associated Animal: Owl or dog Role: Death, Disease, Disasters, War, Childbirth, and Beginnings Ah Puch is one of many names associated with the god of death in Mayan religion. He is the ruler of Metnal (Xibalba), the Mayan underworld. To the … Continue reading Ah Puch, God of Death, Darkness, and Disaster

Pirate Profile: Anne Bonny

Name: Anne Bonny (Anne Cormac) Birth Year: 1698 Birth Location: Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland Year of Death: 1782? Location of Death: Charles Towne, S.C. *Note: Much of what we know about several pirates’ lives, including Anne Bonny’s, come from the 1724 text General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates by … Continue reading Pirate Profile: Anne Bonny

The Pharaohs and Queens that Inspired My Novel

Natara Stone, the main character from Descendants of Isis, stems from a long Egyptian bloodline that once served the goddess Isis. In ancient Egypt, women held more rights than women do today. They could divorce their husbands, own their own land, and a few held high power over political matters. However, there were three primary … Continue reading The Pharaohs and Queens that Inspired My Novel

Egypt

Ancient Egypt existed in a landscape of extremes. Around 5,000 B.C., climate change turned the Sahara grasslands into a vast desert, and nomadic hunter-gatherers were pushed toward the Nile Valley. Through the Nile Valley flows a river that runs 56 miles long before reaching the Delta. There, the river traverses into seven branches. At the … Continue reading Egypt

Axes and Other Egyptian Weapons

The earliest arms differed little from hunting weapons and craftsmen’s tools. Bows, knives, and axes were sufficient enough to halt any local rebellion or conquer a neighboring area along Egypt’s border. However, as Egypt expanded its influence, Egyptians started to arm their military with maces, daggers, throw sticks, and spears. In addition, infantries were armed … Continue reading Axes and Other Egyptian Weapons

Egyptian Writing

In ancient Egypt, writing was considered to have magical properties, where written words breathed life into reality. And there was no more important job than that of the scribe. To form the sacred symbols known as hieroglyphs, ancient Egyptians took their inspiration from the world around them: animals, plants, natural elements, household objects, and buildings. … Continue reading Egyptian Writing