In the same vein as Peculiar Perspectives: “The Streets of London“ from a couple of weeks ago, same European trip as well, let’s take a walk along the canals of Venice.
Even though it’s in Italy, and Italy is notorious for its (pretend?) piety, howsoever genuine, I can’t say walk on the canals of Venice due to fact the canals get quite deep and I lack the requisite omnipotence.
They’re also not the most of inviting of waterways, which may be referred to locally as ‘rios’ or rivers. Note the name of this one ==>
(As per always on pHantaBlog, double-click to enlarge, then hit back arrow to return here.)
As a public service I googled up the word ‘Toletta’ and, yep, the word does mean ‘toilet’ in Italian. As to whether Venetians regard their canals as toilets I wouldn’t want to speculate.
Mind you, I wouldn’t want to fall into one either. Might explain why I’ve never seen anyone swimming in them. Have seen dragon boaters racing up the Grand Canal but they’re pretty well covered.
Have swum in the Adriatic at its Lido (civic beach — off of map below to the south and west) on a small island beyond Venice. Very nice, warm, clear, but not in port area and certainly not in canals.
<== Don’t have to swim or paddle to enjoy canals. There are vaporetti aplenty using the Grand Canal as the city’s only viable (water) bus line and of course everyone knows of the gondolas.
Unless you really must, the cost for the latter is prohibitive whereas the former aren’t cheap either. Unless again you consider 40 Euros for a three day pass cheap, that is.
Fortunately Venice is not a big place for a city. Not even as big as downtown Vancouver, if I’m any judge. So I walked a great deal, even on the days when I did have a pass.
And, yes, I do carry an umbrella in my backpack. Have done for decades of travel. Perhaps because I’m from aforementioned Wet Coast of Canada, I attract rain even in deserts.
And rain it did; daily, if (happily) not all day. Which is most of the reason I didn’t make a return visit to the Lido. Besides, I was only there for five days this time so didn’t really have the time. (Nine years earlier I was there for a week.)
Rain actually started on the day I landed in Split, Croatia, a couple of weeks prior to Venice. First rain there in something like four months I heard.
Sometimes I figure parched countries should pay me to visit them. Are you listening South Africa?
<==> Buildings, as one might expect, are often old. At least one of them must be so old it needs helping hands to prevent it from tumbling into the Grand Canal.
These two aren’t the Hands of God. I know. I checked.
(Also the name of a character who appears in “Hidden Headgames“; except it’s spelled in the Greek or Etocretan manner as Ino, after a daughter of the perhaps mythological King Cadmus, brother of Europa, who brought the Phoenician alphabet to Greece circa 1500 BC.)
<== Got close enough beneath them to take confirmatory snaps. Then again I knew that already. As per Stellar Serendipity, have had a shot of the Hand of God on pH-Webworld for years.
Equally unsurprisingly, given it’s Italy, Venice is packed with churches. Some of them might even be world renowned, albeit not to me. Considering I write about little gods using the correct term for them, namely devils, that’s not surprising either.
Which brings me to one of the reasons I so often go walkabout in places I visit. I’m looking for Phantacea Mythos character likenesses or else character suggestiveness.
==> In this regard one of the most frequent I came across was Carcinogen the Leper, aka Plague, from “The War of the Apocalyptics” and, albeit to a much lesser degree, both “Feeling Theocidal” and “Goddess Gambit“.
In the original PHANTACEA comic book series, he, along with Mars ‘War’ Bellona appeared on the back cover of Phantacea Three.
<== Carcinogen’s also on the full cover of Phase One #1 (and only), alongside Mater Mater (pHant‘s favourite Medusa), and Nakba ‘Catastrophe’ Ramazar, the Apocalyptics of (Mundane) Death and Disaster respectively.
(If you click over to link and don’t immediately spot Ramazar, that’s because he’s headless.)
Additionally, aka the Apocalyptic of Disease might have shown up in “Contagion Collectors“, howsoever briefly. The four Horsemen in that mini-novel were Thrygragos Lazareme and his three firstborn, the then Unities of Chaos, Order and Harmony.
Venetians call him Dr Peste, the Plague Doctor. He’s so well known his traditional costume has its own Wikipedia page.
From it, have a quote:
==> The mask had glass openings in the eyes and a curved beak shaped like that of a bird with straps that held the beak in front of the doctor’s nose. The mask had two small nose holes and was a type of respirator which contained aromatic items.
The beak could hold dried flowers (including roses and carnations), herbs (including mint), spices, camphor, or a vinegar sponge. The purpose of the mask was to keep away bad smells, which were thought to be the principal cause of the disease in the miasma theory of infection, before it was disproved by germ theory.
Doctors believed the herbs would counter the “evil” smells of the plague and prevent them from becoming infected.
Then there’s Pyrame Silverstar. Rather, there’s the All-Seeing Eye of Providence, which (Providence) is one of the alternative titles Pyrame uses throughout the Phantacea Mythos. The Pauper Priestess is another.
<== This All-Seeing Eye looks to have something to do with the Freemasons. Note the triangle inside the circle inside yet another, much larger circle.
It’s on a huge building that I first took be a church. Don’t think it is … but can’t say for sure as I got no closer.
Like so many other devils (Master Devas) to appear in the Phantacea Mythos novels, mini-novels and the thus far solitary collection of novellas, Pyrame never showed up in the original comic book series.
Seemingly through no fault of his own, said Diver gets stuck into the action depicted in the Master’s Dream sequence contained near the middle of 2016’s “Decimation Damnation“, the first mini-novel excerpted from the as yet ongoing saga of “Wilderwitch’s Babies“.
The statue of him is part of Venice’s 2017 Biennale. <== So is that of the metallic Rhino, not far away.
Can’t say I can recollect any rhinos in the Phantacea Mythos. Unless one of the Emperor’s Mammalian’s Manimalians in the pH-Webworld‘s serials was a rhino, which he may have been.
May have been metallic; possibly even gold. Could have been codenamed Rhinegold; not to be confused with the treasure containing the Ring of the Nibelung. (Unless you want to confuse it, that is. Which I would.)
In any case, haven’t got back to him yet. Maybe in a couple of years.
==>Could well get back to another (occasionally) horny character then as well.
Raven’s only unicorn-horny when there are devils in the vicinity. Which, other than the big one, the Moloch Sedon himself, there aren’t in “Decimation Damnation“. Plenty left on the Hidden Headworld, though.
Then again, horny has other meanings … Who’s to say there aren’t other ravendeer on Sedon’s Head? Answer’s mostly me of course.
pHanta-pHact is, may have made mention of their existence in a couple of tales told already. For the future file, that.
Goes so far as to consider himself the central protagonist of ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories‘, an epic trilogy that spans somewhere in the vicinity of 1500 years.
Have one that’s only partially disappearing. it was taken in St Mark’s Square on a very rainy afternoon. Area’s usually chock-a-block with tourists so, even if I am one myself, I tend to stay away from it.
Rain was so hard I came thinking to go into the Correr Museum, which I may or may not have missed last time I was in Venice. Guess what? It was raining so hard I was hardly the only one who had that idea.
==> Finally, and not just because I haven’t highlighted the first PHANTACEA graphic novel, “Forever & 40 Days“, as yet, how about Cain and Abel? Actually, now that I think about it, Abel’s already dead by the time I got to Cain.
Apparently, the tree (whence the branches and the strategically placed leaves) is that of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Apparently you can tell that because there’s a snake ravelling up it. Note his head near top.
Might that be Bad Rhad as Daemonicus? Probably not. If Abel’s around then he and Lethal Lily are likely still between-space being digested by Andy and Ginny, the romping sphinxes from early pages of “Feeling Theocidal“, which overlaps somewhat with “Forever & 40 Days“.
Unless I’m confusing my mythologies, which I’d never do since they’re all from the same source, human imagination, this is the prototypical tree that bears the Golden Apples of Juvenescence.
Wish I had a tree full of them in my yard right now.