October 16th, 2007

Keelhauling / Psychopomps

 Hey folks, I've got two very different questions. ^^

First, I'm looking for different psychopomps beliefs, up to the middle of the 18th century. I'm interested in all kinds of religion/myths, but European, Africans and Caribbeans are at the center of my research.
I'm interested in figures like Charon and Phlegyas, who are not really guides, but ferrymen, but what I'm REALLY interested in are myths featuring real guides, like L'Ankou, the Valkyries, Gwynn ap Nuud : where they actually COLLECT the souls of the dead from world of the Living, and take them to the Underworld / Paradise / Wherever.
Any kind of superstitious things (nautical, like Davy Jones) is more than welcome.
I have extensive knowledge about Charon, Plegyas and L'Ankou, but other than these three, my knowledge is wobbly at best, so every bit of inofrmation will be treasured!

Googled : psychopomps, mythological guides, death guide, ferrymen of the underworld ; trolled pantheon.org and theoi; checked wikipedia and others yahoo search engines in three languages.


Second :
I'm wondering about the use of Keelhauling in the Royal Navy in the first half of the 18th Century. Was it *really* used? I know there are traces of use in the Dutch Navy, but what about the Royal Navy? And if yes, what kind of offenses did it punish?
From what I've read, you were unlikely to survive such a thing : being keelhauled meant death. So surely it would only be used for grave offenses, like mutiny or things like that, right?
My question is : if keelhauling was indeed used in the RN (which I'm not sure at all), could it have been used to punish a woman who joined the crew by pretending to be man? Or would the punishment be mere flogging, and then trial when they reach the next town?

Googled : Keelhauling, Royal Navy Punishements, Cruel and Unusual Punishment in the Navy, Women posing as men in the RN; spent a couple of days reading sites like Blinkat and such.

Thank you all in advance!

Italian terms of endearment (friendship)

Modern day setting, London UK.

Background: Four boys in a band, age between 19-22, been together for four and a half years and have the tightest friendship imaginable. Eldest band member has a girlfriend whose parents are Italian; family are very much into their culture. Their relationship pre-dates the band. The band lived together for three years, but now own their own homes on the same street. Eldest band member lives with his girlfriend.

I need a term of endearment for the girlfriend to refer to the littlest band member. He is very much the baby of the group, having moved in with the band when he was fifteen, and as such the eldest member and his girlfriend are very much surrogate parents to him. Something along the lines of 'little boy' or 'little one', but not something too babyish. Even something like 'seed'. (and if you can work in a name pun about wanking then that would be even more awesome, cos, yeah. 19)

I also need an affectionate insult; something for her to throw at her boyfriend on nights he insists she goes out the house so he can have a boys night in, and something she can refer to the group as a whole as (bitches, retards, etc) in the same situation. She isn't really mad at them in these situations, which is why it needs to be affectionate.

I searched 'italian terms affection' and 'italian terms endearment', but came up with lots of terms for lovers or biological children, which isn't quite what I'm wanting.

Thank you!


And I totally realised they sound like some kind of soap opera storyline. Except it's a RL band. O_o
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native american legends

i read somewhere about a native american myth, where people turn into monsters once they kill a member of their family. i remember the idea, but i can't remember the name of the creatures these people turned into.

i've been googling and using wikipedia, but there are so many different legends out there, its almost impossible to find.

does anyone know the name of what i'm talking about?

eta that i know for sure its not a wendigo. maybe i should have said that originally, sorry.