"Many of my movies have strong female leads - brave, self-sufficient girls that don’t think twice about fighting for what they believe in with all their heart. They’ll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a savior. Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man." - Hayao Miyazaki
(Source: preludetowind, via catnipcharge)
Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish, 1865 – 1931)
Lemminkäinen’s Mother, 1897
In the Finnish epic Kalevala, Lemminkäinen drowns in the river of the underworld while attempting to capture the Black Swan. His mother fishes her dead son’s body parts from the river and sews him back together. The only thing that can restore his life is a drop of honey from the dwelling of Ukko, the God of the Sky.
In this painting, Lemminkäinen’s mother waits for the bee to deliver the precious drop of honey to revive her son.