Ladakh (meaning ‘land of the passes’) is a cold desert in the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is divided into the mainly Muslim Kargil district and the primarily Buddhist Leh district. The people of Ladakh have a rich folklore, some of which date back to the pre- Buddhist era.
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girls fighting evil: icarus
who cares that he fell back to the sea?
-to a friend whose work has come to triumph, anne sexton
(icarus fell. but icarus also learned what it was like to fall, to die burning. so she sweeps those in danger of demons under her wings and teaches them as best she can. she stitches them golden feathers from her own body, feathers that fused to her when she fell and now spring from her in death. she warns them of the dangers of men, of demons, of teeth and hell. she does not warn them about the sun.)
girls fighting evil: the selkie
Selkie women are the ones you can’t keep.
— Theodora Goss.
(she sheds her skin to save a human girl from the demons tearing at her. once she does, though, a demon grabs her seal skin. he takes her to his castle of horrors, where he keeps her as his wife. she misses the sea and dreams of returning. finally, while her demon husband is preparing his latest catch, she finds her seal skin hidden under his pillow. she finds strength in this skin she didn’t have in her delicate human skin and saves his prey with her sharp, small teeth. she slips back into the sea, swearing vengeance on all evilkind.)
girls helping evil: the administrative assistant of his horribleness the underlord
baby you were made just to be a secretary
-secretary’s song, sawyer brown
(she’s a monster with a trapper keeper and can take over worlds after she’s had a warm cup of blood. the underlord growls and grunts at her, sure, but she is the one putting things into play. his awfulness thinks of her as a handy lackey, and he’s wrong. he thinks of her as a pretty yesman, and he’s wrong. when the overlord makes a mistake, he doesn’t realize she makes a mark of it for herself. and when he trips and falls into the depths of his own hell, she is the one who steps up. she’s had a crown of bones prepared for years for just this reason.)
girls fighting evil: the goth girl they made fun of in high school
Mixed up women, do you have one in your house?
She’s in the forbidden vampire underground
In the cult of the cobra snakes in her hair
She looks so macabre with her cobweb stare
-sheena’s in a goth gang now, the cramps
(goth girl sees familiar faces cornered by demons. she remembers the boys teasing her, making fun of her boots and her hair and the safety pins she used to decorate her clothes, to armor herself before she even knew how. she approaches. the demons turn to her, their mouth bloody and her old bullies look at her with wide and tearful eyes. she strikes, slicing throats with her sharp bracelets and tossing poison from her rings. the demons wither and die screaming. the boys look at her, open their mouths to thank her maybe, or apologize, but she hisses at them too. she watches them scatter and she smiles. she has never been soft.)
girls fighting evil: a girl from the stars
The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.
(stargirl came to earth when she saw the demons chewing up human bones. she comes with a great understanding, that these humans are made of stardust and they don’t quite realize their own glory. “you are enormous,” she tells the human girls in awe, “and you think you are small. you are an entire universe, and i am merely a star.”)