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White Buffalo Woman

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A pic done at the beggining of the last year, when I spent a time in the hospital. Done for Myth: Pantheons game... I wanna to do a more clean pic. that´s why almost white.

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The traditional story is that, long ago, there was a time of famine. The chief of the Lakotas sent out two scouts to hunt for food. As the scouts travelled they saw a figure in the distance. As they approached they saw that it was a beautiful young woman in white clothing. One of the scouts was filled with desire for the woman. He approached her, telling his companion he would attempt to embrace the woman, and if he found her pleasing, he would claim her as a wife. His companion warned him that she appeared to be a sacred woman, and to do anything sacrilegious would be folly. The scout ignored his advice.

The companion watched as the scout approached and embraced the woman, during which time a white cloud enveloped the pair. After a while, the cloud disappeared and only the mysterious woman remained. The remaining scout was frightened, and began to draw his bow, but the woman beckoned him forward, telling him that no harm would come to him. As the woman was fluent in Lakota, the young man decided she was one of his tribe, and came forward. When he arrived, she pointed to a spot on the ground where the other scout's bare bones lay. She explained that the Crazy Buffalo had compelled the man to desire her, and she had annihilated him.

The scout became even more frightened and again menaced her with his bow. At this time, the woman explained that she was Wakan and his weapons could not harm her. She further explained that if he did as she instructed, no harm would befall him and that his tribe would become more prosperous. The scout promised to do what she instructed, and was told to return to his encampment, call the Council and prepare a feast for her arrival.

The woman's name was PtesanWi which translated White Buffalo Calf Woman. She taught the Lakotas many sacred rituals and gave them the chanunpa or sacred pipe which is the holiest of all worship symbols. After teaching the people and giving them her gifts, PtesanWi left them promising to return. Later, the story became attributed to the goddess Wohpe, also known as Whope, or Wope.

When Roman Catholic missionaries first came among the Lakota, their stories of the Virgin Mary and Jesus became associated with the legend of White Buffalo Calf Woman. The syncretic practice of identifying Mary with PtesanWi and Jesus with the chununpa continues among Lakota Christians to this day.
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This is wonderful ^^
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Love it
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I'm Lakota and about a year ago I went to the naming ceremony of a white buffalo calf. According to our legends when a white buffalo is born it means that White Buffalo Calf Woman shall return and man and nature will once again live in harmony. 
Just thought I'd add to your explanation. Absolutely gorgeous piece by the way.
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I'd really like a print of this if you can make it available. :)
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Very nice! I love the buffalo!
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love it!!!
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Found this uncredited on another site. [link]

Seems this site just takes a hell of a lot of DA artwork pieces. This journal [link] explains it.
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Great picture. ^_^
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ive seen this image before. its the image on a card from the card game "Myth Pantheons" where the players play as a god trying to gain control of different cities. This image is one of the god's images in the game.
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ive seen this picture before. It's a part of the card game "Myth pantheon", and this image, along with The Morrigan, are the card's image.
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amazing. >w<
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What's Appa doing with this suspect!?
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such an amaizing legend
ive never heard of this one before
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This is amazing...i cant say anymore nuff said
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Maybe she was jusat a Native American human girl with magical powers.

Think Hermione Granger, only Native American instead of British.
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I am half Native American and I enjoyed this very much, although most Native women don't have huge tit's but I admire the art style and the fact that you looked up the myth....Which i know because my father is Lakota.
Epic in every way
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