January 31st, 2009

Goddess-Exclusive Mythology

searched on Google, BananaSlug, Yahoo, and Ask: goddess exclusive mythology, lack of gods/abundance of goddesses, pure goddess religion

Hey! I'm writing a fantasy book, and my religious system consists of eighteen goddess. (Eighteen seemed necessary, one for every month of their year.) I'm trying to see if there are any other religions or any mythology that is goddess-exclusive as well, both to confirm or deny my originality on the idea and to gain an insight on how other such religions might work.

Now, I know that in most mythology, regardless of the origin, there tends to be a kind of hierarchy. I don't feel like I can do that with my goddesses, though, because they were all created by one very powerful woman. They're more like sisters. Each has her own specific duties, however, and I think that will help me avoid most of my problems.

Just in case you feel the need to know more, here's the story of their arrival and all of their names. Thanks ahead of time for your help.

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Person on parole/licence/visits to probation officer, uk

Hiya, this might be a sort of un-answerable question - but I'm hoping someone here may have some experience to share!

Basically, I've got a character who's just been released from prison, so now he's out on licence.

I was wondering if anyone knew how often he would need to see his probation officer. Once a week? Less often?

I also need to know what might happen if the guy comes into contact with people who he isn't allowed to see, or if he got into trouble but there was no way he could avoid it. Obviously he can easily be recalled to complete the rest of his sentence if he does something wrong - but he doesn't want to see these other people - they're after him for some payback. So if he totally co-operates with the police and probation service, and is otherwise doing well, what would they do about the fact his old gang are after him? (them being after him involves the police being called at least once to the address he's licenced to.)

I've googled 'early release from prison', 'probation', 'release on licence' and similar. They're helpful with the basics, but don't go into any sort of detail - I imagine this is because it varies so much, but any help anyone can give me to make this realistic would be grand.

Info: The guy was convicted of possession with intent to supply, served out half his sentence, did well and was released on licence. He wants to change, and is totally co-operative with the authorities. This takes place in the UK (London) probaly early 2000s-ish...it doesn't matter, to be honest, as long as it's the last five-ten years, really.

Thanks in advance!

Krugerrand Packaging?

Setting- Modern Day/Recent NYC
Genre- Spying, Smuggling and other Illegal activities abound!

For the purposes of my tale, my villian is converting his illegaly gotten cash into Krugerrand coins. Crash course is that Krugerrands are coins minted in South Africa, and 'Full' Krugerrands have exactly 1 Troy ounce of gold, which makes them perfect to trade, buy and sell. And in my tale the hero raids the (former) hideout of the villian and while he doesn't find the villian or the gold he does find whatever the coins were packaged in.

Here's the question, how the heck are Krugerrands packaged in amounts greater than a few coins? I'm talking about a 6-7 figure amount of gold here! I tried Google, Wiki, and got tons of sites on how to buy and sell the suckers, and most dealers sell by the dollar amount rather than by coin or rolls.

I known that Canadian Maple Leaf Coins are packaged in plastic envelopes and there are 25 of these per box, I think the American Eagles are also sealed individual plastic cases, I don't want to use either since the Krugerrand is considered the 'Standard' for Bullion Coins and the longest running name for them.

Are they in rolls, Coin tubes, or are they packaged separate and sold in a box?

Thank you!
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