Egyptian creation myth
Egyptian creation myth. 19th-century artwork of a story from the Egyptian creation myths from the third and second millennia BC. The Egyptians told the stories of creation as a series of births and cosmic battles between the gods. Shu the air god (centre) is raising Nut the sky goddess (blue, forming the arch of the sky) to separate her from Geb the earth god (across bottom). Nut is adorned with stars, while Geb is adorned with leaves. The sky, to the Egyptians, was a heavenly Nile, along which the boat of the sun-god Ra (upper left and upper right) sailed from east to west. Artwork from Pioneers of Science (Oliver Lodge, 1893).
© SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
St Keyne's well, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The well, much overgrown, with a cottage on the right hand side. St Keyne was a holy woman from Wales who lived as a hermit in Cornwall in the 5th century. The church and well are named after her. According to legend, whichever partner drinks from the will first will have the upper hand in marriage. There is a poem by Richard Southey "The well of St Keyne". Photographer: Unknown.
© From the collection of the RIC
Zmey Goynych (Slavic Three-headed dragon)
Reproduction of a painting by Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin depicting the Zmey Goynych (Slavic three-headed dragon). The Russian version (pictured) has three heads, is green, walks on two back paws, has small front paws, and spits fire. According to one byline, Zmey Gorynych was the dragon killed by Dobrynya Nikitich. Date: 1912
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection