India ~ Nagaland,  Elderly Ao Naga woman, at Chuchuyimlang village. ©Walter Callens

waterfall (by katie.pryor)

Helmet Vanga  (Helmetbird)
The Helmet Vanga, scientifically named Euryceros prevostii (Passeriformes - Vangidae), is a peculiar bird, endemic to Madagascar, impressive for its large, deep and pale blue bill, contrasting with the black body and the chestnut back, rump and central tail feathers. 
Helmet vangas are shy birds that frequently join mixed-species flocks with other large vangas and feed on a range of invertebrates including large insects, snails, spiders and crabs as well as lizards.
Because Euryceros prevostii is only known from primary forest, generally below 800 m, where it is uncommon and patchy in distribution, restricted to the northern part of the humid evergreen forests of eastern Madagascar, the species is regarded as Vulnerable.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Giovanni Mari | Locality: Masoala National Park, Madagascar


© Typedow

1910 Namibia - Herero People

THAT was SO funny! (by Wild Images)

Jellyfish  by Olaf Dziallas

Imaginative Illustrations of Animals Being Built and Colorized by Tiny Figures

Black Gods
    The Greek philosopher Xenophanes (572–480 B.C.), pointed out a profound truth when he observed that the gods men worship very closely resemble the worshippers. In the words of this ancient sage: “Each man represents the gods as he himself is. The Ethiopian as black and flat-nosed the Thracian as red-haired and blue-eyed; and if horses and oxen could paint, they would no doubt depict the gods as horses and oxen”, This being the case; when we find the great nations of the world, both past and present, worshipping black gods, then we logically conclude that these peoples are either members of the black race, or that they originally received their religion in toto or in part from black people.
    The ancient gods of India are shown with Ethiopian crowns on their heads. According to the Old Testament, Moses first met Jehovah during his sojourn among the Midianites, who were an Ethiopian tribe. We learn from Hellenic tradition that Zeus, king of the Grecian gods, so cherished the friendship of the Ethiopians that he traveled to their country twice a year to attend banquets. “All the gods and goddesses of Greece were black,” asserts Sir Godfrey Higgins, “at least this was the case with Jupiter, Baccus, Hercules, Apollo, Ammon. The goddesses Benum, Isis, Hecate, Diana, Juno, Metis, Ceres, Cybele were black.” (Anacalypsis, Vol. I, Book IV, Chap. I.)