“Oculata Fides” (“The Eyes of Faith”?) from Gloria Crocodilis (1634)
parker posey by jason mecier
The Peacock and the Tortoise
The peacock and the tortoise were great friends. One day a bird-catcher stumbled upon the stunning bird, and wished to catch it and bring it back home. The peacock requested to at least say his farewell to his friend, the tortoise. He offered the bird-catcher a pearl which he caught in the sea as a replacement for his friend. He accepted and freed the peacock. The bird-catcher returned to claim a second priceless treasure. If he didn’t acquire it, he would capture the peacock and this time bring the animal to town. The clever tortoise asked for the pearl back in order to find a similar one in the sea. A foolish man he was, for the bird catcher gave back the pearl to the sea creature, who ultimately dived in the sea and left the greedy and gullible bird catcher without any treasure.
Melektaus by Adam Scott Miller
Historical reports often confuse Marie Laveau I with her daughter Marie Laveau II, who succeeded her mother as voodoo queen. While there is little that is certain about the life of Marie Laveau I, it is known that she was a lifelong member of St. Louis Cathedral and, beyond her supernatural powers, was beloved for her kindness. She nursed yellow fever patients and comforted those awaiting the gallows, reportedly bringing gumbo to the condemned.