Skylab and Earth, February 8, 1974.

Skylab and Earth, February 8, 1974.

Behold the future of computing, circa 1967.
(Mondorama 2000)

Behold the future of computing, circa 1967.

(Mondorama 2000)

Liège, Belgium in 1650.
(Wikipedia)

Liège, Belgium in 1650.

(Wikipedia)

The Sun, as of October 2, 2014.

The Sun, as of October 2, 2014.

Boris Karloff in a publicity still for The Mummy (1932): “It was not only this body I loved, it was thy soul. I destroy this lifeless thing! Thou shall take its place but for a few moments and then… RISE again, even as I have risen!”
(Doctor Macro)

Boris Karloff in a publicity still for The Mummy (1932): “It was not only this body I loved, it was thy soul. I destroy this lifeless thing! Thou shall take its place but for a few moments and then… RISE again, even as I have risen!”

(Doctor Macro)

Some of Earth’s tallest mountains seen from 130 nautical miles up in space during the Apollo 7 mission on October 15, 1968: “The 29,028 ft. high Mount Everest is at lower center. On the central horizon can be seen the 28,250 ft. high Mount Godwin-Austen (K-2) some 800 miles northwest of Mount Everest. In the lower right, Mount Kanchenjunga rises 28,208 ft. to separate Nepal from Sikkim. The snow line on the peaks was at 17,500 ft. In the upper right the lake-studded highlands of Tibet are visible.” (NASA)

Some of Earth’s tallest mountains seen from 130 nautical miles up in space during the Apollo 7 mission on October 15, 1968: “The 29,028 ft. high Mount Everest is at lower center. On the central horizon can be seen the 28,250 ft. high Mount Godwin-Austen (K-2) some 800 miles northwest of Mount Everest. In the lower right, Mount Kanchenjunga rises 28,208 ft. to separate Nepal from Sikkim. The snow line on the peaks was at 17,500 ft. In the upper right the lake-studded highlands of Tibet are visible.” (NASA)

Statuette of a Hippopotamus, Middle Kingdom, circa 1981–1885 B.C., courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Statuette of a Hippopotamus, Middle Kingdom, circa 1981–1885 B.C., courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hungarian poster for Fahrenheit 451, 1969, designed by György Kemény.

Hungarian poster for Fahrenheit 451, 1969, designed by György Kemény.

madamespider:

humanoidhistory:

A vintage postcard recreates a drawing Aztec god Xipe-Totec by Miguel Covarrubias, after a 16th-century codex. (Smithsonian)

Xipe Totec, Mesoamerican fertility god, is honored during the Spring Equinox. He accepts flayed human flesh as sacrifice for he flayed his own to feed humanity (as he is here depicted, the skin hanging loosely from his limbs), to promote a good harvest. During Tlacaxipehualiztli, or Snake Festival, there would be sacrificing of war captives through gladitorial contests. 
A ’god impersonator’ would dress as the god for 40 days and then be sacrificed, his skin removed and dyed yellow. The teocuitlaquemitl "golden skin” was then worn by priests to perform ritual dance in later a ceremony or by young men until the skin rotted and fell away.
The flaying, adorning, and finally removing of the skin represents the renewal of seasons. 

madamespider:

humanoidhistory:

A vintage postcard recreates a drawing Aztec god Xipe-Totec by Miguel Covarrubias, after a 16th-century codex. (Smithsonian)

Xipe Totec, Mesoamerican fertility god, is honored during the Spring Equinox. He accepts flayed human flesh as sacrifice for he flayed his own to feed humanity (as he is here depicted, the skin hanging loosely from his limbs), to promote a good harvest. During Tlacaxipehualiztli, or Snake Festival, there would be sacrificing of war captives through gladitorial contests.

A ’god impersonator’ would dress as the god for 40 days and then be sacrificed, his skin removed and dyed yellow. The teocuitlaquemitl "golden skin” was then worn by priests to perform ritual dance in later a ceremony or by young men until the skin rotted and fell away.

The flaying, adorning, and finally removing of the skin represents the renewal of seasons. 

The “De Baca” nuclear test in Nevada, part of Operation Hardtack II, October 26, 1958.

The “De Baca” nuclear test in Nevada, part of Operation Hardtack II, October 26, 1958.

Danjuro, dressed as a samurai, late 19th century. My best guess is that this is Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (1838-1903), a big-time Kabuki actor in the Meiji period. He was ninth in a line of actors to hold that name, most of whom were blood relatives or adopted into the Ichikawa family.
(Smithsonian)

Danjuro, dressed as a samurai, late 19th century. My best guess is that this is Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (1838-1903), a big-time Kabuki actor in the Meiji period. He was ninth in a line of actors to hold that name, most of whom were blood relatives or adopted into the Ichikawa family.

(Smithsonian)

30 Doradus, aka the Tarantula Nebula or NGC 2070, courtesy of NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Chandra X-ray Observatory.

30 Doradus, aka the Tarantula Nebula or NGC 2070, courtesy of NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Chandra X-ray Observatory.

October 1, 1971 — A close-up of soybean tissue culture growing in a combo of synthetic medium and Apollo 15 lunar material. (NASA)

October 1, 1971 — A close-up of soybean tissue culture growing in a combo of synthetic medium and Apollo 15 lunar material. (NASA)

Egyptian mummies illustrated in a 1683 edition of Description de L’Universe by Alain Manesson Mallet, Paris.

Egyptian mummies illustrated in a 1683 edition of Description de L’Universe by Alain Manesson Mallet, Paris.

From NASA, dated October 1, 1966: “Goggles which will be worn by Gemini-12 astronaut as he photographs sodium cloud ejected from French Centaure rocket launched from Hammaguir, Algeria.”

From NASA, dated October 1, 1966: “Goggles which will be worn by Gemini-12 astronaut as he photographs sodium cloud ejected from French Centaure rocket launched from Hammaguir, Algeria.”