Tanit was a Punic and Phoenician goddess, the chief deity of Carthage alongside her consort Baal-Hamon. She was adopted by the Berber people. Tanit is called Tinnit, Tannou, or Tangou; the name appears to have originated in Carthage, though it does not appear in local theophorous names. She was equivalent to the moon-goddess Astarte, worshipped in Roman Carthage in her Romanized form as Dea Caelestis, Juno Caelestis, or Caelestis. In modern-day Tunisian Arabic, it is customary to invoke Omek Tannou or Oumouk Tangou, in years of drought to bring rain. Tunisian and many other spoken forms of Arabic refer to "Baali farming" to refer to non-irrigated agriculture. Tanit was worshiped in Punic contexts in the Western Mediterranean, from Malta to Gades into Hellenistic times. From the fifth century BCE onwards, Tanit's worship is associated with that of Baal-hamon, she is given the epithet the female form of rab. In North Africa, where the inscriptions and material remains are more plentiful, she was, as well as a consort of Baal-hamon, a heavenly goddess of war, a "virginal" mother goddess and nurse, less a symbol of fertility, as are most female forms.
Several of the major Greek goddesses were identified with Tanit by the syncretic interpretatio graeca, which recognized as Greek deities in foreign guise the gods of most of the surrounding non-Hellene cultures. Her shrine excavated at Sarepta in southern Phoenicia revealed an inscription, speculated, but as of yet not proven, to identify her for the first time in her homeland and related her securely to the Phoenician goddess Astarte. One site where Tanit is uncovered is at Kerkouane, in the Cap Bon peninsula in Tunisia The origins of Tanit are to be found in the pantheon of Ugarit in the Ugaritic goddess Anat. There is significant, albeit disputed, both archaeological and within ancient written sources, pointing towards child sacrifice forming part of the worship of Tanit and Baal Hammon; some archaeologists theorised. Lawrence E. Stager, who directed the excavations of the Carthage Tophet in the 1970s, believes that infant sacrifice was practiced there. Paolo Xella of the National Research Council in Rome summarized the textual and archaeological evidence for Carthaginian infant sacrifice.
Tophet is a Hebrew term from the Bible, used to refer to a site near Jerusalem at which Canaanites and Israelites who strayed from Judaism by practicing Canaanite idolatry were said to sacrifice children. It is now used as a general term for all such sites with cremated animal remains; the Hebrew Bible does not specify that the Israelite victims were buried, only burned, although the "place of burning" was adjacent to the place of burial. We have no idea how the Phoenicians themselves referred to the places of burning or burial, or to the practice itself. Several apparent tophets have been identified, chiefly a large one in Carthage, dubbed the Tophet of Salammbó, after the neighbourhood where it was unearthed in 1921. Soil in the Tophet of Salammbó was found to be full of olive wood charcoal from the sacrificial pyres, it was the location of the temple of the necropolis. Animal remains sheep and goats, found inside some of the Tophet urns suggest that this was not a burial ground for children who died prematurely.
The animals were sacrificed to the gods in place of children. It is conjectured that the children unlucky enough not to have substitutes were sacrificed and buried in the Tophet; the remains include the bodies of both young children and small animals, those who argue in favor of child sacrifice have argued that if the animals were sacrificed so too were the children. The area covered by the Tophet in Carthage was over an acre and a half by the fourth century BCE, with nine different levels of burials. About 20,000 urns were deposited between 400 BCE and 200 BCE, with the practice continuing until the early years of the Christian period; the urns contained the charred bones of newborns and in some cases the bones of fetuses and two-year-olds. These double remains have been interpreted to mean that in the cases of stillborn babies, the parents would sacrifice their youngest child. A detailed breakdown of the age of the buried children includes pre-natal individuals – that is, still births, it is argued that the age distribution of remains at this site is consistent with the burial of children who died of natural causes, shortly before or after birth.
Sergio Ribichini has argued that the Tophet was "a child necropolis designed to receive the remains of infants who had died prematurely of sickness or other natural causes, who for this reason were "offered" to specific deities and buried in a place different from the one reserved for the ordinary dead". He adds that this was part of "an effort to ensure the benevolent protection of the same deities for the survivors." However, this analysis is disputed. Long after the fall of Carthage, Tanit was still venerated in North Africa under the Latin name of: Juno Caelestis, for her identification with the Roman goddess Juno; the ancient Berber people of North Africa adopted the Punic cult of Tanit. In E
Tanith Maxwell is a female South Africa runner who has competed over distances ranging from 10 km to the marathon. She represented South Africa at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Australia, 2007 All Africa Games, Algiers, 2007 World Athletic Championship, Japan, 2009 World Athletic Championship, Germany, 2010 World Athletic Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics, running in the marathon. Tanith competed in various races in Europe since 2004, she competed in 2004 Edinburgh marathon, Scotland, 2005 Vienna City marathon, Austria, 2005 South Africa half marathon championship, Durban, 2005 Frankfurt City marathon, Germany, 2006 Norton Radstock half marathon, UK, 2006 Frankfurt City marathon, Germany, 2007 South Africa marathon Championship, Port Elizabeth, 2007 All Africa half marathon, Algiers, 2008 Rome City marathon, Italy, 2008 Vienna City marathon, Austria, 2008 Warsaw City marathon, Poland, 2009 Warsaw half marathon, Poland, 2010 Xaimen International half marathon, China, 2010 Bristol half marathon, UK, 2010 London marathon, UK, 2010 Berlin marathon, Germany, 2010 South Africa half marathon championship, Port Elizabeth, 2011 Reading half marathon, UK, 2011 London marathon, UK, 2012 Rotterdam marathon, Netherlands 10 km – 33.58 15 km – 51.22 Half-Marathon – 1:18:27 – Alger, 22 June 2007 Marathon – 2:32:33 – Berlin, 26 September 2010 Boxer Superstores, Adidas International, Adidas Eyewear, Virgin Active, PeptoPro
The Devil Rides Out
The Devil Rides Out is a 1934 novel by Dennis Wheatley telling a disturbing story of black magic and the occult. The four main characters, the Duke de Richleau, Rex van Ryn, Simon Aaron and Richard Eaton, appear in a series of novels by Wheatley; the book was made into a film by Hammer Film Productions in 1968. There is an abridged, young adult version "retold" by Alison Sage for the "Fleshcreepers" series. Set in 1930s London and the South of England, the Duc de Richleau and Rex van Ryn discover that their friend Simon Aaron has become involved with a cult of devil worshipers headed by the sinister Mr. Mocata. Following a daring rescue from a Grand Sabbat on Salisbury Plain, they take Simon to the country house of Richard Eaton and his wife, the Princess Marie-Lou, where they are besieged by unearthly forces, discover the true purpose of Mocata's cult. James Hilton, reviewing The Devil Rides Out, described it as "The best thing of its kind since Dracula". In 1968, the novel was made into a film by the British film company Hammer Film Productions.
It starred Christopher Lee as de Richleau and Charles Gray as Mocata
Tanith Belbin White
Tanith Jessica Louise Belbin White is a Canadian-American ice dancer and Olympic program host for NBC Sports. Though born in Canada, she holds dual citizenship and has competed for the United States since she began skating with Benjamin Agosto in 1998. With Agosto, Belbin is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, four-time World medalist, three-time Four Continents champion, five-time U. S. champion. Tanith Belbin was born in Kingston and raised in Kirkland, Quebec. In 1998, she moved to the Detroit area in the United States and received an immigrant worker visa in 2000. Due to immigration rules at the time, she did not receive a green card until July 2002 and would not have been granted U. S. citizenship until 2007. An amendment was passed which allowed Belbin to be sworn in as an American citizen on December 31, 2005; the amendment was authored by Senator Carl Levin who stated, "This amendment corrects an anomaly in the law that unfairly disadvantaged some people who had begun their naturalization process before 2002.
Tanith Belbin began her naturalization process in 2000, but due to changes that were made to the law in 2002, the process has taken longer than it would have if she had filed her paperwork 2 years later."Belbin lived and trained in Canton, for many years, before moving to Aston, Pennsylvania. After 2010, Belbin decided to move back to Michigan to attend Eastern Michigan University and be closer to friends and family, including then-boyfriend Charlie White. Belbin and White became engaged in June 2014 and were married on April 25, 2015. In December 2017 their son was born, her father, Charles Belbin, is a public relations manager, while her mother, Michelle Belbin, is a former figure skater and costume designer. Michelle made some of Tanith's costumes. Tanith Belbin began skating when she was three and started ice dancing at about eight or nine, she competed both as a pair skater and ice dancer in Canada before deciding to concentrate on ice dancing. She competed with partner Liam Dougherty, her pairs partner was Ben Barruco, with whom she placed 2nd at the novice level at the 1997 Canadian Championships.
She did not compete with either partner internationally. After a year without a partner in Canada, Belbin moved to Detroit in 1998, where she was partnered with Benjamin Agosto by their coach Igor Shpilband. In the 1999–2000 season, they won a pair of medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and finished 4th at the JGP Final, they went on to win the U. S. junior national title and took the bronze medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships. In 2000–2001, Belbin / Agosto competed again on the JGP series, taking gold in all three of their events including the Final, they appeared on the senior level at the 2001 U. S. Championships and won the silver medal, qualifying them for their first senior World Championships, where they finished 17th. In 2001–2002, Belbin / Agosto made their senior Grand Prix debut and won another silver medal at the U. S. Championships, which would have qualified them for the 2002 Winter Olympics if Belbin had been an American citizen. Instead and Agosto were sent to all the other ISU Championships for which they were eligible: Four Continents, Junior Worlds, Worlds.
They won the 2002 World Junior Championships. Following that season, Agosto aged out of juniors. Belbin / Agosto won the 2004 U. S. national title and would go on to repeat four times. At Nationals in 2005, the last year of the 6.0 system, Belbin / Agosto received straight perfect sixes for presentation in their free dance. Of the 30 6.0s given out in ice dance at U. S. Nationals, Belbin / Agosto have 14 of them, their total 6.0 count at the U. S. Championships is second only to Michelle Kwan. Belbin / Agosto won the silver medal at the 2005 World Championships. Fans of Belbin / Agosto wrote letters and signed petitions asking for a special act of Congress to allow Belbin to become a citizen in time for her to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where many believed they could win a medal. In addition, it was Belbin / Agosto who earned a third spot for the U. S. in the Olympic ice dancing event, by winning a medal at the 2005 World Championships, without which the U. S. would have had only two spots.
However, the mother of fellow American ice dancer David Mitchell sent a letter to Senator Hillary Clinton, asking her to vote against it. She believed that it was unfair to bend the requirements for U. S. citizenship for Belbin, when other "aliens of extraordinary ability" were denied expedited citizenship. By a special act of Congress sponsored by Senator Carl Levin that passed on December 28, 2005, which President George W. Bush signed on December 31, 2005, Belbin became a naturalized citizen, allowing her to compete for the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In January 2006, Belbin / Agosto won their third consecutive national title and qualified for the Olympics. At the Turin Olympics and Agosto won the silver medal in ice dancing, the first American ice dancers to win an Olympic medal in 30 years, they went on to win the bronze at Worlds. Belbin / Agosto began the 2006–2007 season with a free dance called That's Entertainment but arrived at Nationals with a new program to the music of Amelie.
They won gold at Nationals, the silver medal at Four Continents, the bronze at Worlds. In 2007–2008, they won gold medals at both Skate America and Cup of China which qualified them for the Grand Prix Final, where they took the silver medal, they won their 5th national title and placed 4th at the 2008 Worlds after a fall by Belbin in the compulsory dance. Belbin / Agosto
Gaunt's Ghosts is a series of novels written by Dan Abnett. It is a military science fiction series set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe; the series spans 15 novels which document the efforts of the Tanith First-And-Only, a skilled yet unappreciated light infantry regiment of the Imperial Guard, during the Sabbat Worlds Crusade. The protagonist is Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt, one of the few political commissars of the Imperium to be awarded command of a regiment. Although Gaunt is the primary character, the perspective from which the novels are told shifts to encompass a wider view of events – it is told from the Imperial point of view, though the perspective is seen through the eyes of antagonists; the series alludes to other series by Dan Abnett, such as Eisenhorn and Ravenor, has resulted in three spin-off works. The series began as a continuing set of loosely connected short stories in the Black Library magazine Inferno!. The next short piece, entitled "Vermilion Level", was written out to novel length as First and Only and published as the Black Library's first original novel.
The original short pieces subsequently appeared as flashback-chapters in Ghostmaker, the second book. There are ancillary novels devoted to minor characters in the main series and a mock "historical book" about the war in which the books take place, as well as merchandise such as badges, T-shirts, special editions of the books themselves; the novels fall into a series of four-story arcs, of which three have been completed while publication of the last is still ongoing. The Founding: First and Only published 1999 – ISBN 1-84416-164-1 Ghostmaker published 2000 – ISBN 0-671-78410-2 Necropolis published 2000 – ISBN 0-7434-1159-5 The Saint Honour Guard published 2001 – ISBN 1-84154-151-6 The Guns of Tanith published 2002 – ISBN 1-84154-232-6 Straight Silver published 2002 – ISBN 1-84154-262-8 Sabbat Martyr published 2003 – ISBN 0-7434-4360-8 The Lost Traitor General published 2004 – ISBN 1-84416-113-7 His Last Command published 2005 – ISBN 1-84416-238-9 The Armour of Contempt published 2006 – ISBN 1-84416-400-4 Only in Death published 2008 – ISBN 1-84416-428-4 The Iron Star published 2008 – ISBN 978-1-84416-716-6 The Victory, Part 1 Blood Pact published 2009 – ISBN 978-1-84416-692-3 Salvation's Reach published 2011 – ISBN 978-1-84416-820-0 The Victory, Part 2 The Warmaster published 2017 – ISBN 1-84970-530-5 The Anarch published 2019 – ISBN 1-78496-851-XAfter November 2002, the first five novels were reprinted with new cover art by Adrian Smith.
Cover artwork had been created by a variety of artists. The Founding and Saint story arcs have been released as hardcover omnibus editions, with paperback editions which were released in February and August 2007 respectively; the publication of The Iron Star took the form of a 1,200-copy limited edition novelette, only available for purchase at the 2008 UK Games Day and the 2009 Games Day in Germany. The series follows the exploits of Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt and his regiment of scouts and recon specialists, the Tanith First-and-Only, as they serve in the Sabbat Worlds Crusade, their battles are against the forces of Chaos, although they face orks on Typhon Eight. Up until Guns of Tanith the Ghosts are pitted against heretical rebels armies, but on Phantine and in most of the campaigns following it they face the well-trained and elite Blood Pact. By the end of Only in Death, the Ghosts have been serving in the Crusade for twelve years; each novel begins with an extract from a fictional book called A History of the Later Imperial Crusades, which explains the situation in which the Ghosts have been deployed.
These extracts are written in a past tense, implying that they were written after the Sabbat Worlds Crusade ends, do not refer to the Tanith First. The first two books are collections of short stories printed in the short fiction magazine Inferno!, published by the Black Library. They are not sequential. Disregarding the fall of Tanith, during which little fighting took place, the action of the two books is focused on four main theatres of operation: Voltemond is described in Ghostmaker as a temperate world, similar to Earth, with extensive marshlands around Voltis City, the planetary capital, under Chaos control before the events of Ghostmaker; the chapter begins with the Tanith First "Gaunt's Ghosts" saving the Ketzok 17th "Serpents" artillery regiment f
Goa'uld characters in Stargate
This is a list of the Goa'uld characters that appear in Stargate, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis. In the Stargate fictional universe, the Goa'uld are a parasitic alien race that use other beings as hosts. Ra had stated in the original Stargate film that he had used humans as hosts for millennia, because Goa'uld technology can repair human bodies so that by inhabiting human forms they can be in effect ageless, though they can still be injured or killed. Most Goa'uld pose as gods in order to control slave armies, are considered evil, egocentric megalomaniacs by those who do not worship them; the Goa'uld are intelligent and have an aptitude for understanding, working with, using technology, superior to that of humans. They each have full access to their species' genetic memory from the moment of birth; as a result, no Goa'uld has to learn. Anubis played by David Palffy when he appeared only as a cloaked figure with an obscured face, is an powerful Goa'uld System Lord who replaces Apophis as the main enemy in Stargate SG-1.
The character is first mentioned in the season 5 episode "Between Two Fires", although he is not seen in person until "Revelations". In "Reckoning", he is seen in two different host bodies, played by Rik Kiviaho. In "Threads", in the persona of "Jim", he is played by George Dzundza. Anubis has a tendency to make pronouncements that are excessively melodramatic by Goa'uld standards. Anubis was believed to have died thereafter, but in fact he had instead tricked the Ascended being Oma Desala into helping him Ascend. Once his evil became apparent to them, the other Ascended beings "descended" him—but incompletely, allowing him to retain Ancient knowledge and to do everything he had been able to do as a regular Goa'uld. Anubis thus becomes an incorporeal being, given form by a shield. In secret, Anubis gathers his strength and develops advanced technologies that would give him an advantage over the other Goa'uld. Anubis recruits the Goa'ulds Tanith and Osiris to further his various goals, he has himself reinstated into the ranks of the System Lords despite having attacked their holdings, with the promise of eliminating the Tau'ri.
In the season 6 premiere "Redemption", Anubis makes good on his promise by employing an Ancient weapon that would have detonated the naqahdah in Earth's Stargate, which would have wiped out all life on Earth. O'Neill flies the Stargate to a safe distance from Earth before it explodes, the weapon is destroyed by Rya'c. In "Full Circle", Anubis seeks out six powerful artifacts to power a superweapon on his mothership. SG-1 finds the last artifact, the Eye of Ra, on Abydos, at Daniel Jackson's behest hands it to Anubis in exchange for sparing Abydos. Anubis uses his superweapon to devastate the collected fleet of the System Lords before breaking his agreement and destroying Abydos. In "Fallen", SG-1 lures his mothership to Vis Uban and launches an F-302 attack that disables the superweapon. Anubis travels to Langara to investigate naqahdriah as an alternate power source for his weapon, based on information he extracts from Jonas Quinn's mind; the System Lords destroy his mothership, though Anubis escapes.
In the second half of season 7, Anubis creates a new army of nearly invincible Kull Warriors to replace his Jaffa. He assassinates a number of minor Goa'uld, absorbing their forces into his own in preparation for the upcoming war against the System Lords. In "Lost City", Anubis launches a full-scale assault on Earth with a fleet of over thirty motherships, his fleet is annihilated by the Ancient drone weapons launched from the Antarctica outpost by SG-1. Anubis possesses several SGC personnel in a bid to reach the Stargate. Carter sends him, in the body of Colonel Vasilov, to a frozen wasteland. Anubis frees himself and secretly establishes dominance over Ba'al, possessing a succession of host bodies as each one deteriorates under his influence. During the Replicator invasion of the Milky Way, he plans to use the Dakara superweapon to destroy all life in the galaxy and repopulate it to his own designs. Anubis continues his plan after the Replicators are destroyed, outmaneuvering the Free Jaffa and conquering Dakara.
At the same time, as a man named "Jim", he converses with Daniel Jackson and Oma Desala at an illusory diner between the normal and Ascended planes of reality. "Jim" reveals to Daniel that the reason Anubis was allowed to keep his Ascended memories is to punish Oma, who must watch helplessly as he wreaks havoc on the galaxy. Just as Anubis prepares to use the Dakara superweapon, Oma engages him in battle, ensuring that for all eternity he would be forced to contend with her to the exclusion of anything and everything else. Apophis, played by Peter Williams, is a Goa'uld System Lord and the main villain for most of the first four seasons of Stargate SG-1, he is based on the god Apep of Egyptian mythology. As in mythology, Apophis is the enemy of Ra, gains power after Ra is killed by Daniel Jackson and Jack O'Neill. Apophis' firs
Tanith Lee was a British science fiction and fantasy writer. She wrote more than 90 novels and 300 short stories, was the winner of multiple World Fantasy Society Derleth Award, the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Horror, she wrote a children's picture book, many poems. Additionally, she wrote two episodes of the BBC science fiction series Blake's 7, she was the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award best novel award, for her book Death's Master. Tanith Lee was born to professional dancers Bernard and Hylda Lee. Despite a persistent rumor, she was not the daughter of Bernard Lee. According to Lee, although her childhood was happy, she was the "traditional kid that got bullied," and had to move around due to her parents' work. Although her family was poor, they maintained a large paperback collection, Lee read weird fiction, including "Silken Swift" by Theodore Sturgeon and "Gabriel Ernest" by Saki, discussed such literature as Hamlet and Dracula with her parents.
Lee attended many different schools in childhood. She was at first incapable of reading due to a mild form of dyslexia, diagnosed in life, but when she was aged 8, her father taught her to read in about a month, she began to write at the age of 9, she worked as a waiter before she tried herself as a writer. Because Lee's parents had to move for jobs, Lee attended numerous primary schools Prendergast Grammar School for Girls. Three subjects inspired Lee: English and religion. After high school, Lee attended Croydon Art College for a year. Realizing, not what she wanted to do, she dropped out of her course and held a number of occupations: she has been a file clerk, shop assistant, assistant librarian, she began publishing work of genre interest with The Betrothed, a short story printed by a friend, but started her career proper with several Children's Fantasies. Of these, The Dragon Hoard, her first novel, is a comic fantasy, in which an affronted Enchantress compels the Quest-ridden protagonist to shapeshift humiliatingly into a raven at unpredictable moments.
Princess Hynchatti & Some Other Surprises puts its cast through various travails. In Companions on the Road the Companions are the Villains, a trio of hellish Revenants who kill through their control of Dreams as they search for the holders of a magic chalice; the Winter Players – assembled with the previous book as Companions on the Road and The Winter Players: Two Novellas – dramatizes the interaction between a young woman and the Accursed Wanderer whom she redeems. In these early works, several characteristic motifs dominate: the Rite of Passage whereby a young protagonist comes to terms – via Metamorphosis – with his or her extraordinary nature, strives for Balance in a riven world, her first professional sale came from "Eustace," a ninety-word vignette at the age of 21 in 1968. She continued to work in various jobs for another decade, due to rejection of her books, her first novel was The Dragon Hoard, published in 1971 by Macmillan. Many British publishers rejected The Birthgrave thus she wrote to DAW Books.
Her career took off with the acceptance in 1975 by DAW Books USA of her adult fantasy epic The Birthgrave – a mass-market paperback. Lee subsequently maintained a prolific output in popular genre writing; the Birthgrave allowed Lee to be a full-time writer and stop doing "stupid and soul-killing jobs." During the 90's her books were not published due to the changes in publishing. The style that made her whole career met strict objections from publishers at that time, she produced adult and young adult novels, science fiction, horror, spy fiction, erotica, a historical novel, radio plays and two episodes of the television space opera Blake’s 7. Yet all her work shares a tone – Lee captured like few other modern writers a gothic, not to say goth, sensibility in which the relentless pursuit of personal autonomy and sensual fulfillment leads her characters to the brink of delirium, as well as to a fierce integrity that can co-habit with self-sacrificing empathy. Major publishing companies were less accepting of Lee's works.
The companies which Lee worked with for numerous years refused to look at her proposals. Smaller companies were publishing just a few of Lee's works; the refusals did not stop her from writing and she had numerous novels and short stories which were just sitting in her cupboard. Mail from fans asked if she were dead because no new Lee works had been released. Lee tried changing her genre, but to no success. However, Internet sales succeeded in reviving her writing. Lee had "quietly phenomenal sales" at certain periods throughout her career; when she tried changing her genre some of her works were liked by critics and published by small publishers, but it made no difference. The royalties were good. In 1987, Lee met writer John Kaiine. In 1992, the couple married; when Lee was younger, she could write for long periods of time into the early morning hours. Lee's routine began to modify. Lee ended her workday around 6pm to break for dinner as opposed to writing all ni