April 17th, 2006

  • egarim

Spirit guides and guardians

For a story I'm working on I need information on different cultures' mythological or folklore-ish spirit guides, guardian angels, supernatural guardians and similar.
I've poked about wikipedia and google some, but I find it difficult to find anything useful, since I'm not quite sure what I'm looking for.

So far I've checked up totems, which isn't really right, since I want people, not animals. I also considered the ushabti statues/guardians of Ancient Egypt, but still not quite right.
Basically I'm out to find something that will fit my idea of a powerful being/spirit/ghost that can be summoned (and possibly bound) to protect and aid a person in life as well as afterlife.

I was hoping, since the members here represent a fair share of the world's different cultures, that you great guys could at least give me some leads on things to check up?
Would be very much appreciated!
Pavel Chekov

Bug Behaviour, Entomology,

I tried typing "Entomology substitute", "Bug subtitute" and "Bees substitute" into Google, however truth is I can't even begin to think how I would Google or Wiki this without reading through every article in existence. I wondered if anyone could help me narrow down my research a little so I can use Google Fu more successfully.

I want one of my characters to explain how the protagonist is pretending not to be interested in something when in fact the reason she is avoiding it is fear. Sort of a Fox and the Grapes thing. As this character is an entomologist I thought it would be cool if she made a sort of sub text allusion to the bug/animal kingdom while giving the protagonist her pep talk. Unfortunately I myself don't know of any bug or animal (Grape deprived fox not withstanding) that exibits useful behaviour for her to describe. Anyone know of what I could google?

Thank you ^_^

Late-Famine Ireland

Google is no help. I'm writing a historical fiction piece and I'd love for it to be as historically accurate as possible. So,with that, I have a few questions.

1. Would a merchant have been able to survive in his profession at that time? Were Catholics allowed to own business'? If not, what were some of the more common place allowed professions for Catholics?

2. Was embrodiery an expensive venture? Was is practiced often to liven up every day clothing?

3. What were the more common liquors in that time period?

4. What was the literacy level(ratio) back then for catholics?(I expected something for this, I got nothing!)
Thank you all very much. Sorry if you find anything too easily. I'm such a dunder-head sometimes.
  • kitsu

Death by drowning

What are some problems that can arise if an amateur is trying to kill someone by drowning? Is it possible for them to pass out then revive once they're out of the water? How long would you have to hold them under to be sure that they're dead?
Saiyaloid Raditz
  • kahteh

Term to describe a military regime?

What is the term to describe a country or regime that is secretly run by the military, under the pretense of being a different type of regime? (Not necessarily a democracy- in my case it's an empire with a puppet emperor.) A [something]cracy term would be great, but I'm looking for anything really.

The only thing I can think of is 'military dictatorship', which doesn't really fit what I mean...

EDIT: Once again, you guys have been incredibly helpful. Thanks!