ww . hidden villages
Welcome to hidden villages, the inspiration blog for sheworlds. Photos and art not (c) to me unless otherwise specified. Happy worldbuilding!


vestilibrium
vamprincess | vincere
crash | super girl magical time
co-valence | rattrash
enchanted
bakemono-tono:

bakemono-tono:

The Bakemono Tono Demo is available for download!
Play as FBI Agent Sam Sawyer as they investigate the murder of Lady Latrelle, the latest in a series of insect homicides in Seattle. Question witnesses, find evidence, and see through time with Sam’s special ability! The demo encompasses the prologue to the eventual full game, giving the player a taste of Sam’s character, and showing how exactly they wind up in the titular town of Bakemono Tono!
Contains: Swearing, minor blood + gore
[Mediafire | Dropbox | Google Drive] Contains both Windows and Mac versions!
(created by ohcorny)

I added a Google Drive option!
guyrim:

dezeen:

The “first man-made biological leaf” could enable humans to colonise space»

if you aren’t hyped about synthetic life and colonizing space then get out of my face
Hi Maya, I am writing to ask you what you know about the differences between Western and Eastern Russian culture. I would like to know if there are main differences in superstitions and religious practices? I am working on a comic based in Western Russia, and eventually I want to feature a character in the story who is an upir/black shaman from Buryatia. I want to know what sort of issues I should bear in mind, when he comes into the Western half of Russia (with an amur tiger!)
marigodepaolo

coelasquid:

mayeko:

EDIT: Tried to put the mass amounts of texts under a cut but my theme is balls so I’m just gonna put all this out there while I attempt to tinker with CSS.

PUBLISHING THIS SO ANYONE CAN JUMP IN AND OFFER MORE ACCURATE INFORMATION. I KNOW MY SIBERIBROS ARE OUT THERE AND I AM 16 YEARS REMOVED FROM THE MOTHERLAND SO ALL OF THIS IS FROM WHAT LITTLE MY FAMILY HAS TOLD ME AND HOURS SPENT ON WIKIPEDIA AND VARIOUS SMALL ONLINE RESOURCES. I AM NOT AN EXPERT. I REPEAT I AM NOT AN EXPERT. Also you’ll note some ~<{[=***contentious personal opinions***]}>~ but I’m having a pretty furious week so please allow me to indulge:

The Buryats ( = boor-yatt) are a separate tribe to my own, the Yakut ( = yah-koott) and much further south. I’m assuming they’re a lot more similar to the native Mongol populations just south of them. I’d recommend doing some reading on Tengriism for general mythology, but keep in mind that modern Tengriisim is a weird revived version of the original pagan oral tradition, which varied from tribe to tribe and religious diversity was something that was encouraged by Temujin (Genghis Khan).

As for black shamans, my Yakut ancestors were white shamans, so I know more of what the white half was up to, and even then it was pretty vague since it’s been kept rather hush hush for the last 400 years since the Christian missionaries came and converted everyone under threat of destruction. Black shamans and white shamans have pretty much the same skillset, they only differ in what they do with those skills. Black shamans hurt while white shamans heal. They can both commune with nature, talk to spirits/gods, have a mastery of herbalism and know all the best psychedelic plants and their preparation by heart. They can also shapeshift apparently so you may not need a tiger companion at all (also why would you do that, tigers are so hard to draw, SO MANY STRIPES OF GOD AND THEY HAVE TO BE CONSISTENT NOOOOOO). Oh and white shamans live with a community and are highly revered while black live in isolation and are shunned (because if you go see the black shaman it means you want to order a curse or something similarly anti-social in a small close knit village so DOOONT DOOO THAAAAT unless you want everyone giving you the side eye). They’re pretty much just classic fairy tale witches with hexes and curses and poisons and the like.

As for social differences… that depends on the time frame for this story? But in general the the two thirds of Russia east of the Ural mountains are:

A) Considered part of Asia
B) Given it’s own distinct region name: Siberia

From the above statements you can extrapolate that the Western, predominantly SLAVIC culture of Russia is quite distinct (although still fairly similar, after some 400 years of Russian rule) from the considerably more TURKIC and NORTHERN NOMAD tribes of Siberia. First of all there are still some nomadic tribes wandering around who herd caribou and ride either Siberian horses (Somewhat considered a subset of the Przewalski’s horse, they look like The Hobbit horses) or the caribou themselves (speaking of, fffffuuuuuck youuuuu fRozennn, Northern nomads are the same everywhere and Sven is NOT what an 1800’s northerner would have looked like, no matter what your focus groups freakin responded to, I am super tired of everyone being SHOCKED that the north and Siberia are filled with people who look “Asian” or “Inuit” like YO WE’VE BEEN HERE FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS WHAT THE FUCK GET ON OUR LEVEL PLANET EARTH). Second the religion is much more muddled and specific to each individual place/tribe/person/practitioner. Third there is a greater connection to nature simply due to the weather’s monumental role in every day life. People still hunt, and technology/tools can vary wildly from tribe to tribe.

For example my people were considered more “civilized” and possessing of secret magic because they put down roots on top of a load of precious metals, gems and high quality iron ore, and were able to hold our ground at this sweet spot by the river with our superior weapons. So basically a groups surroundings will dictate the society that takes form.

Also I’ve never heard of Upir in Russia ….they’re just called vampires in Russian. Literally. We say it “Vam-peer”. I’d never in my life heard the term Upir until I watched Hemlock Grove. Pretty sure McGreevy just plucked a name from European folklore to make it authentic/exotic to Americans.

Some info about Siberian shamanism from my Siberibro with a lot of family history involved in this sort of thing.

corisete:

pawtism:

helioscentrifuge:

breastforce:

imagine somebody who’s immortal having a gigantic room where all the walls are completely covered up with photos.

each one is of a different loved one whom they have outlived 

STOP RIGHT THERE

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imageahhh this already has like fifty million notes but i just thought this was a really sweet idea… i didn’t get to draw the room as big as i wanted too ;_; but this is only 1/4th of that room or something!!!!

guys there are two wedding photos

accras:

Smooth motion