Thought of the week:
"The same sun that melts the wax hardens the clay"
Halloween in the month of Ramadan, you say? Well, why not? Just a few days back, we celebrated the Durga Puja amidst much fanfare. This season is a special one indeed, to have so many religious celebrations packed into it, seeing that Eid will be closely followed by Christmas. Maybe it's a sign that it's time we all forgot our differences and learnt to coexist in harmony…either that, or the fasting's getting to me and making me overly idealistic and philosophical.
Well, our RSanime fan forum is gradually gaining momentum…it's an invite-only site, so far, I'm afraid, so you'll have to mail me if you want to join. Speaking of anime, our discussion on the subject closes this week. The first letter we have this week is from DeWan, who writes:
get right to the point. Firstly I am going to thank Niloy for bringing
in the whole broad concept that is adult animation .It is surprising
how much the anime fans narrow down this concept. Seriously does adult
animation always have to be generated around rather large eyed stubby
nosed characters with unusually large samurai swords on so called serious
missions (or should I say quests) which fail to make any sense? I don't
think so. It has a lot more potential, people. As Niloy had already
brought Simpsons and South Park to the light I'm not going to talk about
that but I am going to talk about "MEN IN BLACK" the series
(Cartoon Network), "SPIDER-MAN" the series (Cartoon Network)
or X-men the original series,(Star World), this series is based in Stan
Lee's original comics by the way. Then again, X-men Evolution is a healthy
dose of adult animation. Now I do admit that these shows aren't particularly
violent. A large portion of these shows is based around teen culture
and are made for teens. Others uphold concepts that can only be analysed
fully by adult minds (X-men: Prejudice). Then again if you are in the
mood for something violent or truly adult why not check out the "Hell-SPAWN"
series, the series thought of as the mother of adult animation (yes
anime freaks, adult animation started in the United States not Japan).
SO there you have it...my take on the whole adult animation genre
I have a feeling you stepped on a lot of toes there, DeWan. I'm no expert, but I believe anime is a separate genre based on the Japanese manga characters brought to life by animation. While adult animation might have started in the US (I really have no idea), anime is a separate art form altogether. It's like Impressionism and Classicism are both art, but different genres. Or did I get it wrong?
Moving on, here's
a piece from Shuvom, who says:
Well, that's all we have space for this week. Thanks for making this a thorough discussion. Take care, and Happy Halloween.
your polls, opinions, and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or
Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula, werewolves, banshees…you're probably familiar with most of these creatures, and if you're not, just take a gander at the cover story this week.
Bangladeshi folklore has its own share of eerie entities. Since we're getting scary this Halloween, why not take a look at some of our local spooks?
Jinn: this one pops to mind first because even people who normally don't believe in the occult are sitting on the fence about jinns. The Holy Quran acknowledges them [Surah Falaq ("Dawn") and Surah Nas ("Mankind")], and describes them as beings made of 'smokeless fire'. Sometimes identified with serpents, and sometimes with Satan's evil minions, they are said to be invisible unless they choose to appear before someone. Popular belief has it that the jinn is identifiable by its feet, which face the opposite direction from the body.
Pret-atma: the stuff of popular horror stories, the pret-atma is basically a disembodied soul that is denied access to the afterlife. Generally associated with suicide or murder victims, the pret-atma walks a thin line between the living and the dead. It may be invisible in the style of a poltergeist, or visible as a shadow-less form that casts no reflection on the mirror, or even an invisible entity that you can only see as a reflection in the mirror. The pret-atma are usually harmless spirits that are looking for human assistance in resolving some unfinished business, whereby they can safely pass on to the next world.
Bhoot: this is a generic term for a number of spirits and demons. Here are a few common examples:
Meccho bhoot: This fish-loving demon resides in the water, and during a certain time of the day, prevents boatmen from crossing the water body it inhabits.
Shakchunni: According to the ancient Pan-Indian Soul Theory of the Upanishads, every being, rational or irrational, possesses an immortal soul which passes from one body to another. This goes for trees. There are good tree-spirits, and bad ones, the latter being the Yakkha (male), and the Yakkhani (female). The Yakkhani is the predecessor of the modern shakchunni, a menacing spirit that inhabits mangrove and tetul trees, and bamboo groves, and possesses whichever unlucky fool goes near these places alone at night.
Petni: A malodorous and unsightly spirit, the petni lives in barren, uninhabited areas like swamps, rubbish heaps and abandoned houses. It loves eating fish, and can sometimes be spotted extending a long, thin arm out and demanding fried fish in an uncannily nasal voice.
The rural folklore of Kushtia maintains that if a person dies leaving the family in debt, he returns in the shape of a dog, and guards the family until the debt is paid back. Oh Padfoot, here boy!
Well, these were some of the well-known ghosts and ghouls…makes you want to look over your shoulder, doesn't it?
By Sabrina F Ahmad
Bits & pieces
Trick or Treats!
Why didn't the skeleton go parachute jumping?
Of Cats, Dogs and Lightbulbs
The Question: "How
Many Dogs Does It Take to Change A Light Bulb?"
The Cat's Answer:
"Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So,
the real question is: How long will it be before I can expect some light,
some dinner, and a massage?"
Compiled by Mistress of Legends
Do It Yourself
A spine-chilling night out
With Ramadan on in full swing, big-scale Halloween hungama is out of the question. However, if you still want to add a little spook to your day, here's a freaky recipe you can try out for iftar:
By Shayera Moula
A guy (we'll call him Aaron) was laying down the carpet in some woman's home. As he was finishing his job, he got a craving for a cigarette. Aaron looked around and discovered that his cigarettes were missing. He did, however, notice a bump in the carpet, and figured that he had laid carpet over the pack without noticing it there. Aaron decided rather than to take up the carpet, he would get a hammer and pound it into the ground so no one would know.
When he finished that, the owner of the house walked into the room and commented on what a nice job he had done.
''Aaron, The carpet looks wonderful!'' she exclaimed. ''Here are your cigarettes; I found them in the kitchen. Oh yes, and by the way, have you seen my pet hamster?''
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