Sunday 19 February 2012

MW Style Challenge - February

Model/ Photographer: Debbie Jasper

For this theme, Year of the Dragon, I am inspired by the many myths and legends of dragons both in the Asian and European world. In contrast to European dragons, which are considered evil, Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. With this, the Emperor of China usually uses the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power.

Japanese dragons are diverse legendary creatures in Japanese mythology and folklore. Japanese dragon myths amalgamate native legends with imported stories about dragons from China, Korea and India.

For this challenge, I present to you the story of Yamata no Orochi (八岐の大蛇) a legendary 8-headed and 8-tailed Japanese dragon. The story tells that once upon a time, there was a dragon called Yamatano Orochi. Its eyes were red like boiling blood and had eight heads and eight tails with the length of eight valleys. Every year, this monster took a beautiful virgin from a village as a sacrifice. A samurai called Susanoo heard this tragedy; he fought Orochi and slew its eight heads apart. His spirit became immortal and his strength was given to four young samurais, who control the Land of Sun since the year 16.

I am wearing an outfit of a warrior with the golden dragon embroidery on it. It is believed that the dragon’s symbol will protect the wearer and give her the strength of an immortal and thus remarkable power to defeat Yamata no Orochi.

Styling Card:

Outfit: B@R ::: Year of The Dragon Lady (include shoe)
Hair: Maiko updo hair with Japanese hair stick
Skin: Yuko Skin BND blackskin
Eyes: Ducksnake Demonic bloody black
Eyelash: **Irresistible Look Eyelashes**
Makeup: Miamai_XGen Makeup_Basic Lashes B Black, Flirt - Eyeliner 4, ee. Linter 1L promo-Noir
Nails: NAIL/Female[MANDALA] short
Accessories: Lady-Orochi Animated Dragon, *Secret Shelf* Nihon Dreams Spine Wrap, *KK* Dash Katana (Basic Sword) with Hud

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