My muse is Scheherazade, teller of tales for One Thousand and One Nights in order to save her own life and those of the women in the harem. My Scheherazade is from the artist Hani El-Masri. She appears to be the ancient (as opposed to classical) Middle Eastern Aphrodite. Hani was kind enough to send me a digital copy of her portrait to print out. She is right in front of me over my desk for inspiration. Once you see her you might agree she belongs in the realm of The Goddess!
You can see my beautiful goddess at http://www.hanielmasri.com/1001/index.html
(scroll down the images at the left)
( http://www.hanielmasri.com home page includes link to an interview of Hani by Dick Gordon from The Story Archives.)
The goddess Sita loves her husband Rama unconditionally although Rama puts the subjects of his kingdom first; perfect relationship for singing the blues.
Movie by Nina Paley "Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.""
http://www.archive.org The Internet Archive web home. Sita Sings the Blues
When you do a search for myths or mythology you will find many short films and feature films concerning the subjects by new filmmakers on Babelgum.com.
Ai A young Japanese woman struggles with honoring the Samurai warrior's code as grapples with revenge and forgiveness. Surprising plot twists in only 12 minutes 44 seconds of film.
The Formorian A Celtic tale from Ireland, only five minutes in length yet pulls you totally into the ancient world.
Tezcatlipoca Beautiful animation of an Aztec myth.
Fatima's Hand Karina, a modern BASE-Jumper goes to Mali, West Africa.
"They (the ancient Tellum) knew the secret of flying like birds."