Dali is a hunting goddess from the mythology of the Georgian people. The
patron of hoofed wild mountain animals, she was said to reward hunters
who obeyed her taboos and to punish violators. She was usually described
as a beautiful nude woman with golden hair and glowing skin, although
she sometimes took on the form of her favored animals. Stories depict
her taking human lovers and jealously killing them, and later clashing
with her rival Saint George. After the rise of Christianity in Georgia,
the stories told about Dali changed; Saint George was presented as
having the power to overrule her, and she began to be conflated with a
malicious nature spirit called the ali. As a patron of the hunt, she has
been compared with Artemis of Greek mythology, a hag in Scottish
mythology called the glaistig, and a maiden from folklore who tames a
unicorn. Her associations with gold, seduction, and the morning star
have led scholars to draw connections with goddesses such as Aphrodite
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dali_%28goddess%29>
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In the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd, publisher Penguin Books
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The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in the 2016
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (dated, poetic) An imaginary flower that does not wither.
2. Any of various herbs of the genus Amaranthus.
3. The characteristic purplish-red colour of the flowers or leaves of
these plants. amaranth:
4. (chemistry) A red to purple azo dye used as a biological stain, and
in some countries in cosmetics and as a food colouring.
5. (cooking) The seed of these plants, used as a cereal.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
If you desire a man to tell you comfortable lies about your
prowess, and so fetter any hope of true excellence, I'm sure you may
find one anywhere. Not all prisons are made of iron bars. Some are made
of feather beds.
--Lois McMaster Bujold
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