Saturday, September 4, 2010

True Blood's Jesus is a Brujo !

thanks marquest

This is the new HBO t shirt for Jesus - I would suggest reading carefully especially about the glamouring and shapeshifting. I think this is where this is going for season 4 ...

From Wikipedia 

Brujería is the Spanish word for witchcraft. Brujeria also refers to a mystical sect of male witches in the southernmost part of Argentina. Both men and women can be witches, brujos and brujas respectively. Brujos is the plural term that can mean either a group of male witches or both male and female witches.


There is no sound etymology for this word, which appears only in Portuguese, Galician and Spanish (other romance languages use words derived from Latin strix, -igis, originally an owl or bird of evil omen).

Cultural variants & history

The brujería of Hispanophone America is a combination of Spanish and the indigenous people of those regions (predominantly Mesoamerican and other South American indigenous regions), so it is heavily influenced by ancient paganism.
Further south of that region, brujería is diverse, from a similar mix of indigenous and Spanish culture, to the European styles found in Argentina and Uruguay. In these latter countries, brujería often takes on Christian, specifically Catholic, influences.
However, the term bruja/o has just as many negative connotations as does its English counterpart 'witch'. To refer to somebody as a bruja/o is often to label them an 'evil doer'. So most South Americans of European descent refrain from using it in reference to themselves. Some of these people have adopted the term curandero (shaman), a family reference, or simply no term at all. In Spain and European descendant South Americans, the witch is considered by many to be fictional. In contrast, brujos from Central America or the north of South America are usually respected members of the community. They are sought for their powers of healing, divination and spellwork, and can often be found selling amulets and such curios openly on the street.
Curanderismo is also a practice that is totally distinctive from witchcraft, in that they do not use spells or divination but rather, work as psycho-spiritual healers doing such things as soul retrievals.
The brujos from Spain are either Christian or pagan-witches. The first group use folk magic and combine it with Catholic ritual and beliefs. This group includes priests and nuns. This group usually informs the person that they are performing a hex or, that they are responsible for the consequences of said spell. The latter group are not Christian and either practice secretly or veil their practices under Catholic ones. Non-Christian brujería from Spain is predominantly influenced by the ancients, either Greco-Roman, Celtic, Phoenician or a combination. This latter group does not tend to use folk magic, but instead practices what is commonly known to English people as traditional witchcraft.
With the large Hispanic emigration into North America, brujería has naturally gone there as well. The brujos of America are either traditionalists, combine brujería with vudú, or have reconstructed a modern style where one does not have to be of Spanish descent.
So essentially there are three distinct forms: ancient pre-Christian form, Christian or modern form, and a contemporary reconstruction.

Beliefs and practices

Beliefs vary between traditional and modern brujos. Traditional brujos hold core beliefs that are similar to or identical to the witchery around the world. Modern brujos are diverse and can resemble faith healers, be shamanic, spiritualists, or pagan.
Practices are greatly diverse and are dependent upon the locale and the form of brujería. Ancient forms tend to reflect the religions of the indigenous cultures, whilst modern forms tend to be syncretic and use the current dominant religion (usually Catholic).
The most well known practices are similar to English witchcraft: spells (hechizos), charms, amulets, divination, and use of plants (usually herbs). Other practices might include phenomena similar with traditional English witchcraft; namely shapeshifting, glamoury and hedgeriding of the hedgewitch, including use of entheogens. Brujos paganos (pagan-witches) might participate in ritual or ceremonial ecstacies.
Among certain Hispanic and Native American cultures of the Southwest, the practice of brujería is feared as a manifestation of evil. Those who use rituals, spells, incantations, potions, and powders to work ill against others are known as brujas (witches), who are primarily female in number (the male witch is known as a brujo). All the negative facets of witchcraft feared by people throughout the world are practiced by the brujas: manifesting the evil eye, casting spells to cause physical or mental illness, bringing about bad luck, even death. The brujas create dolls in which they insert bits of the victim's hair, fingernail clippings, or pieces of clothing and focus their evil intent upon the miniature representative of the person to be cursed. If an Anglo doctor with modern medical techniques cannot cure someone who has fallen suddenly ill, a bruja is suspected as being the cause of the problem.
Brujas are also thought to be accomplished shapeshifters, possessing the supernatural ability to transform themselves into owls, coyotes, or cats. In the form of an animal, they may spy upon potential victims and may even administer a potion into their unsuspecting quarry's food or water or hide a bad-luck charm on his or her premises. There are certain amulets or rituals that offer some protection from the brujas, but the only sure way to rid oneself of their evil deeds is to employ the services of a curandero. Sometimes the curandero is able to contact the bruja through supernatural means and demand that the curse or spell be removed. In more severe cases, the curandero may have to direct a spell toward the bruja and defeat her on the spiritual level in order to force her to remove the evil directed toward the victim.

Some of the cast of True Blood made their way to Dragon*Con 2010

Some of the cast of True Blood made their way to Dragon*Con 2010 to chat about their characters on the show and a little bit about the season finale.
“There’ll be blood,” said Nelsan Ellis who plays Lafayette jokingly on the panel that also featured Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) and Kristin Bauer (Pam). “You will definitely find something out about my dude [Jesus].”
Ellis spoke about how he wasn’t crazy about the idea of Lafayette having a serious love interest, but said he changed his mind upon seeing the episodes because it showed whole new “tender” dimension to the character.
In reference to the finale, Trammell mentioned something about “death,” but quickly retracted the statement and changed the topic to the subject of nudity on set. He couldn’t recall whether his character is naked in the season 3 finale episode and as anyone who watches the show knows, it tends to happen often.

Trammell also told the crowd that his grandfather owned the land in the field he ran naked through from a previous episode.
In response to a fan who asked why Pam, who has managed to stay clothed during the entire run of True Blood, has all the best lines, Bauer said she couldn’t take all the credit since she and the other castmates don’t have much creative input.
“I’m not privy to what the writer and producers think, but apparently Pam in the books just gets… more important,” Bauer said.
The True Blood season 3 finale airs September 12 on HBO.

Go Ask Dallas : What was that ring tone that Eric phone was playing in the last True Bood episode?

Dear Dallas

What was that ring tone that Eric phone was playing it was Classic =)

Thanks Marquest

Well, Marquest it was "Ain't We Got Fun"Maybe Eric know  these guys in the 20s . Remember in the books how vampires love to buy cds of old music. Wikipedia describes it like this:

"Ain't We Got Fun?" is a popular foxtrot published in 1921 with music by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Raymond B. Egan and Gus Kahn.

It was first performed in 1920 in the revue Satires of 1920, then moved into vaudeville and recordings. "Ain't We Got Fun?" and both its jaunty response to poverty and its promise of fun "Every morning / Every evening", and "In the meantime, / In between time" have become symbolic of the Roaring Twenties, and it appears in some of the major literature of the decade, including The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and in Dorothy Parker's award-winning short story of 1929, "Big Blonde". 

This is the chorus you are probably familiar with
Ain't We Got Fun by Peggy Lee

Ev'ry morning, ev'ry evening
Ain't we got fun?
Not much money, Oh, but honey
Ain't we got fun?
The rent's unpaid dear
We haven't a bus
But smiles were made dear
For people like us

In the winter in the Summer
Don't we have fun
Times are bum and getting bummer
Still we have fun
There's nothing surer
The rich get rich and the poor get children
In the meantime, in between time
Ain't we got fun?

Andy Swist releases the King Russell Edginton True Blood paperdoll

Thanks Andy-- get them all here

NEED TO KNOW | A chat with Charlaine Harris, author behind "True Blood" | PBS Video

Have I said today how much I love this woman ? ha!

‘True Blood”s Joe Manganiello talks to Parade magazine

Have I said today how much I love this guy ?

Walter Scott asks … Joe Manganiello (star of HBO’s True Blood, 33)
WS: Did you get cast as the werewolf Alcide Herveaux thanks to your muscles?
JM: In the books he’s physically imposing, but if he had a beer gut and a comb-over and was missing his teeth, that’s how I’d look in the part.
True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Talks ‘Werewolf Dating’
WS: You were an athletic kid. How did your dad react when you wanted to become an actor?
JM: Any father who has a 6-foot-5 kid who can run, throw, catch, dunk, and slide — I mean, you’re gonna be upset. But recently he wrote me a poem about a werewolf and framed it and brought it to me. I started crying. It was just this magical moment.

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If you are at DragonCon this weekend you might want to give blood or Pam will take it from you!

If you haven’t given blood yet, please consider it. The 2010 Robert A. Heinlein “Pay it Forward” Blood Drive is well underway. The goal this year is to beat 3,000 units drawn. Find them in the Marriott Marquis on the Atrium level in rooms A701-A702 and A705-A708.

On Friday, Kristin Bauer, the actress who plays Pam, the vampire co-owner of Bon Temps’ Fangtasia bar in the television series True Blood, dropped by. It’s a “natural thing that Pam would show up at the blood drive,” she said. “[Donating] is such a pure and selfless thing. I wanted to bring attention to it, and help break the record for this year.”

As she toured the facility, Kristen was interested in the different forms of donation and the ways the blood and blood products can save the lives of burn victims, cancer patients, surgical patients, and accident victims.

Who knows what other celebrities (undead or living) might be spotted, either motivating others to donate, or giving blood themselves. All donors receive a T-shirt and the quintessential juice and cookie

Dragoncon Atlanta GA  more info

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Eric Northman - Frisky Music Video

Eric Northman - Frisky Music Video
thanks, alexguitargirl