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Iris Family: Iridaceae Legend of the Iris, meaning ~ rainbow ~ in Greek, from the Greek goddess Iris, goddess of the rainbow, who was a messenger on Mount Olympus.


Triceratops is a genus of herbivorous ceratopsid dinosaur that first appeared during the late Maastrichtian stage of the late Cretaceous period, about 68 million years ago in what is now North America. It is one of the last known non-avian dinosaur genera, and became extinct in the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 66 million years ago.[1] The term Triceratops, which literally means "three-horned face", is derived from the Greek τρί- meaning "three", κέρας meaning "horn", and ὤψ meaning…


The first self-declared Kushan ruler Heraios (1-30 CE) in Greco-Bactrian style. Obv: Bust of Heraios, with Greek royal headband. Rev: Horse-mounted King, crowned with a wreath by the Greek goddess of victory Nike. Greek legend: TVPANNOVOTOΣ HΛOV - ΣΛNΛB - KOÞÞANOY "The Tyrant Heraios, Sanav (meaning unknown), of the Kushans".


This Japanese court sword (kazaridachi) has a wooden scabbard decorated in lacquer of the type known as “nashiji”, meaning “pear-skin appearance”, with mother-of-pearl inlay of pairs of mythical Ho-o birds (a type of phoenix). From the Heian period (794-1185) the kazaridachi was the most common form of mounting for swords worn at the imperial court and this style remained in use until the 19th century.


Anahitais the Persian goddess of water and fertility. She is related to the ancient Iranian goddess of the river that flows down from Mount Hara and the Babylonian Mother Goddess. Anahita is usually depicted as a maiden in a golden cloak, pouring water from her holy pitcher. Her sacred animals are the dove and the peacock, and she was also the patroness of temple prostitutes. Her name means “the immaculate one”


南山海上观音圣像观音 觀音 guān yīn shèng xiàng (Guanyin is the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Goddess of Mercy) Putuoshan South Sea Guanyin.

Maria Makiling is the most widely known and beloved diwata (fairy or nymph) of the Philippines. As the guardian spirit of Mount Makiling, sh...