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Erik van den Ham on August 24, 2009

My Pot of Gold

Shake the Pllanet - Lowlands 2009 . What a way to start the best Festival in the’ Lowlands’ of Holland. Some of my best friends had tickets to the festival, I didn’t. I was a little l8te and the event was completely sold out months in advance. My first thoughts where ‘I can do another year without’ because I did miss it last year too.

But as the festival date came closer and more and more performing artist where announced I felt sorry for myself I was going to miss this fantastic event. I decided to go there on Thursday with my friends hoping to find someone with a spare ticket.

When I arrived there where a lot of people (mostly from UK or Scotland) asking for tickets. Perhaps one of the factors was the rumour about the mystery band playing the festival. The word was out it was the new super band Them Crooked Vultures formed by Dave Grohl (drummer from the band Nirvana, and singer guitar player from The Foo Fighters), Josh** Homme, bass player John Paul Jones choose the link in the middle, (ex- Led Zeppelin) and Alain Johannes.

We had some wonderful weather but the predictions told us some real heavy summer (thunder)storms where coming up. Within an hour the weather changed from beautiful to heavy rainfall with lots of heavy thunders and lightning’s With the sun still shining it produced this great rainbow. The wind soon blew away the rains and thunderstorm and it was dry again. I wrote Ticket Wanted on a small piece of paper and waited for the people passing by on their way to the festival terrain.

I finally found My Pot of Gold, someone with a spare ticket! It was a festival to remember, great bands, fantasic music, Culture, wonderful people, Sun, Fun & Friends.

Rainbows in mythology From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The rainbow, a natural phenomenon noted for its beauty and inexplicability, has been a favorite component of mythology throughout history. The Norse saw it as Bifrost; Judeo-Christian traditions signs it as a covenant with God not to destroy the world by means of floodwater. Finding a mythology that does not include the rainbow somewhere may be the true challenge. Whatever the culture or continent, our species' earliest rainbow is the rainbow of the imagination. Whether as bridge, messenger, archer’s bow, or serpent, the rainbow has been pressed into symbolic service for millennia. The myriad rainbow bridges and myths built by the world’s peoples clearly tell us more about human hopes and fears than they do about nature’s rainbow.

In 1866, Constantino Brumidi's oil on canvas Apotheosis of George Washington "America’s founding father wears a [calm] expression… as he is propelled heavenward on a rainbow... Surrounded by thirteen maidens, Washington serenely supervises an armed Lady Liberty beneath him as she tramples out the powers of kings and tyrants." The Victorians of Brumidi’s age were merely "inheritors of a long tradition of exploiting the rainbow’s powerful visual symbolism," perpetuated by thousands of years of human communication. Even before humans could communicate enough to teach and learn - we have wanted to understand the world around us, and understand the meaning and origin of life. Unable to do this, cultures developed a belief system, a history of their existence to satisfy this innate need for knowledge. It may be no wonder, that the rainbow—bright, elusive, and heavenly—plays a magical, otherworldly part in most ancient and modern belief systems around the world. Again we see the myriad of human belief concerning the rainbow. The complex diversity of rainbow myth is far-reaching; its inherent similarities are also. Whether as a bridge to the heavens, a messenger to the gods, divine archer’s bow, or mystic intangible entity, the rainbow persists as a multifaceted lesson. Because while any particular idea (i.e. the rainbow) can be perceived in one way to one person – someone else can picture that idea in a very different way. And while we may not be able to fully explain the workings of the world or the purpose of life—we cannot avoid exposing our deepest hopes and fears in the search for truth. "Throughout the inhabited world, in all times and under every circumstance, the myths of man have flourished; and they have been the living inspiration of whatever else may have appeared out of the activities of the human body and mind...Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation."

Sumerian mythology

Not all peoples have regarded the rainbow’s power as solely benevolent. A rather ambiguous perception of the rainbow strikes a vein in all world culture, through its entire storied past. The Epic of Gilgamesh, who was an ancient Sumerian king (ca.3000 BC), is our first detailed written evidence of human civilization. In a Victorian translation of a Gilgamesh variant, Leonidas Le Cenci Hamilton's Epic of Ishtar and Izdubar, King Izdubar sees "a mass of colors like the rainbow’s hues" that are "linked to divine sanction for war." Later in the epic, Izdubar sees the "glistening colors of the rainbow rise" in the fountain of life next to Elam’s Tree of Immortality. The Sumerian farmer god Ninurta defends Sumer with a bow and arrow, and wore a crown described as a rainbow.

Norse mythology

The most celebrated rainbow bridge in Western mythology is Bifrost, which connects Earth with Asgard, home of the Norse gods. Bifrost can only be used by gods and those who are killed in battle. It is eventually shattered under the weight of war - the Ragnarok (German Götterdammerung). The notion that the rainbow bridge to heaven is attainable by only the good or virtuous, such as warriors and royalty, is a theme repeated often in world myth. Another theory, first coined by amateur etymologist Christopher Houmann, is that, in view of the common history of Indo-European peoples, the symbolic meaning of Asgård at the end of the rainbow might be connected to ancient knowledge of chakras and their colors.

Greek mythology

"In the Greek pantheon, the antiquity of Iris is as great as her importance is small." The daughter of first-generation gods Electra and Thaumas, Iris dresses in rainbow colors. As messenger of the gods, she flies on golden wings. Iris appears in nine of the twenty-four books of Homer's The Iliad, always speeding with the winds, delivering news. Consistent with the rest of Greek myth, Iris's swiftly delivered messages were rarely of peace or good fortune. One job of Iris was to fill a golden jug with holy water for Zeus, who made misbehaving gods take a most binding oath on this holy water. Another duty of Iris was to sever cheese by cutting their holes out. However, like many Greek gods, Iris is continually being redefined. The rainbow eventually became solely a mode of transportation for Iris, who proves to be as elusive and unpredictable (yet unforgettable) as the rainbow itself.

Australian aboriginal mythology

In Australian Aboriginal mythology, the rainbow snake is the Creator (Kurreah, Andrenjinyi, Yingarna, Ngalyod and others) in the Dreaming, which is the infinite period of time that "began with the world's creation and that has no end. People, animals, and Eternal Beings like the Rainbow Serpent are all part of the Dreaming, and everyday life is affected by the Dreaming's immortals," in almost every Australian Aborigine tribe. In these tribes, of which there are over 50, actual rainbows are gigantic, often malevolent, serpents who inhabit the sky or ground. This snake has different names in different tribes, and has both different and similar traits from tribe to tribe. The theme consistent with most Australian tribes is that the Rainbow Serpent is the creator of the world and all beings. During the dry season, the Rainbow Serpent retreats to deep waterholes. Another common theme among all aboriginal tribes is that the Rainbow Serpent has no gender. And while the Rainbow Serpent can give fertility by creating rain, it can also let loose blindness and disease. "The Aboriginal Rainbow is humanity, because it causes the 'energy' and the 'breath' that gives people life." Ngalyod, first-born son of Yingarna, who is the Rainbow Serpent creator of the Kunwinjku in western Arnhem Land in Australia—sucks up water during the dry season and spits it out as rain during the wet season. Like Iris, Ngalyod helps to ensure fertility with rains, but he can destroy as well as nurture. Yingarna, the creator of the Kunwinjku people, is "nominally female" and androgynous like her son Ngalyod. She possesses cunningly ambivalent form; as she combines elements of snake, fish, crocodile, catfish, emu, and kangaroo. The Estonian Rainbow Serpent, like the Aborigines' Ngalyod, sucks up water and spits rain, and also has a confused identity – it possesses an ox's head on its serpent body.

Christian mythology

Noah's Thanksoffering (c.1803) by Joseph Anton Koch. Noah builds an altar to the Lord after being delivered from the Flood; God sends the rainbow as a sign of his covenant (Genesis 8-9). According to Genesis, after Noah saved the animals from the Great Flood, a rainbow appeared. As the flood had killed all other living beings, the rainbow came to symbolize God's promise that he would never send another flood to destroy all of the earth and that never again would all living things be killed in the waters of a flood. Medieval versions of the story of Noah's Ark merge the celestial and earthly bows, and further turn the rainbow around to its existing arch. The existing rainbow is a weapon God turned towards himself as a symbol of His token of his covenant with the Earth.

Chris10 © on August 24, 2009

Joepieeeeeeee, heel mooi en uniek deze Erik. Kom ik nietsvermoedend buurten en zie deze rode regenboog.

Heb je deze genomen op die dag van het weeralarm? Ja dus. Was op het journaal dat er toen een rode regenboog te zien geweest zou zijn. Hoe het precies in elkaar steekt waarom of ie rood werd, weet ik niet meer... Had ik toch nog iets langer in de Eempolder moeten blijven om hem eventueel ook te zien :(

Leuk dat je toch tickets hebt kunnen bemachtigen...

Doei, Christien.

Chris10 © on August 24, 2009

Sorry, vergeten te zeggen dat ik hem uiteraard een mooi plekje heb gegeven :-)

Tjuus, Christien.

Erik van den Ham on August 24, 2009

Moet zo gaan tennissen dus kijk later ff bij je foto's Chris10 was zo blij als een klein kind met mijn kaartje en natuurlijk ook met de weergoden! Wat en begin van een té gek festival! En in dit geval is het niet eens erg dat er voor staat!

Heb hem natuurlijk ook eigenlijk voor jouw genomen!

Groetjes en bedankt, Erik

Chris10 © on August 24, 2009

Lief. See you later...

Christien.

Nico Huising on August 25, 2009

Pracht shot Erik. Super kleuren, en wederom een prachtige tekst erbij.

Groetjes Nico

© BraCom (Bram) on August 25, 2009

Schitterende foto Erik

Groetjes, Bram

bdeh on August 25, 2009

Heel erg mooi Erik. Geluk met een ticket en eem regenboog. Groeten Berend

Jan de Boer on August 25, 2009

Mooie foto Erik, maar ik ga er niet heen!

Groetjes van zuurpruim jan

Chris10 © on August 25, 2009

Nou Jan, wat zeg je daar nu weer: ZUURPRUIM???

Jan de Boer on August 25, 2009

Goed Christien, ik ben geen zuurpruim maar iemand die zich niet aangesproken voelt om naar dat soort feesten te gaan.

Groetjes Jan

Ria Maat on August 25, 2009

Schitterende opname Erik! Heel uniek en prachtig van kleuren!

Groeten van Ria

jac hendrix on August 25, 2009

Het is al vaak gezegd Erik in een woord SCHITTEREND prachtig van kleur, gefeliciteerd.

Groet, Jac

Erik van den Ham on August 25, 2009

Dank je Nico al met al was het weer een erg gezellig weekend. Veel van mijn (oude)vrienden zijn uitgewaaid over het hele land. Soms is het zo dat dit die ene keer is dat we elkaar per jaar weer eens zien. Gezamenlijk hebben wij een grote legertent van 10 bij 5 meter waar we normaal makkelijk met z'n allen in kunnen (=vrienden van vrienden enz.) De opkomst dit jaar was niet heel groot omdat velen te laat waren voor een kaartje. Dank je Bram die lucht was ook werkelijk heel mooi zo met de regenbogen. Ach Berend geluk is met de domme, dus voor dat ticket was ik niet zo bang:)

Hoeft ook niet hoor Jan maar het is er altijd wel super gezellig. Ik liep daar op gegeven moment met een aantal mensen van de ene tent naar een andere toe toen we aan de kant werden gestuurd voor een elektro wagen (golf kar). Ik grapte, wat is dit nou weer voor Bobo die hier zo word rond gereden. Bleek het een dame te zijn van 100 jaar oud. Haar kleinkinderen gingen ook jaarlijks naar dit festival. Op haar 100 ste verjaardag had ze laten vallen dat ze eigenlijk best eens wilde kijken op het Lowlands Festival. De organisatie heeft dit gehoord en besloten haar uit te nodigen en als een VIP te behandelen.

Ze had het geweldig gevonden, leuk festival met vriendelijke jongelui! Jammer vond ze dat haar man niet meer leefde en dit kon meemaken. Zij gingen vroeger ook vaak uit dansen en naar feesten.

Ja Chris10 heb zelf ook liever zoete pruimen die zure zijn niet te ..... ehhhh pruimen.

Persoonlijk vind ik het altijd een geweldig festival. Het is zo divers in het muziek aanbod, fraaie kunstwerken en decoraties, theater,straat theater, literatuur, politieke discussies en op zondag zelfs een kerkdienst voor diegene die er behoefte aan hebben. Eten kan je er ook prima, van heerlijke gezonde broodjes verzorgt door 'La Place' tot dikke Vlaamse frieten, Thaise wokgerechten, Pizza, Pannenkoeken, Falafel, Broodje beenham, Hamburgers en heerlijke Indische curry's en nog veel mer lekkers.

Die zelfde diversiteit vind je ook bij de bezoekers die er zijn van jong tot oud. De sfeer is eigenlijk altijd goed ik heb in al die jaren dat ik er heen ga nog nooit een vechtpartij meegemaakt. Kortom een aanrader zelfs voor de 'ergste' zuurpruim, want met een heerlijke 'zoete' suikerspin ben je zo van de zurigheid af!.

Bedankt Ria was zelf erg blij dat de foto's zo mooi gelukt waren (heb er natuurlijk meer dan één genomen.)

Heel hartelijk dank Jac zo fraaie regenboog had ik al in geen tijden meer gezien. Een aardig begin van vier mooie dagen plezier.

Groeten, Erik

Chris10 © on August 25, 2009

Ik zal je vertellen Erik, dat ik nog nooit op Lowlands ben geweest, maar er wel veel verhalen over gehoord heb. In Elburg konden we, als de wind goed stond, gratis meegenieten :) Collegaatjes is dit jaar ook geweest en was er zeer lovend over.

Ik heb nog even gezocht naar de rode regenboog.

Doei en slaap zacht. Groetjes van zoetepruim Christien.

David (Laaglander) on August 26, 2009

Hé als ik goed kijk, is dat niet diezelfde ster-verhuur Erik*? Ook wel leuke opvallende kleuren!

groetjes, David

Erik van den Ham on August 26, 2009

David je bent de eerste die het ziet! Of zegt in ieder geval. De 'rare' ronde cirkels in deze foto zijn regendruppels die als een soort mini lensjes op het objectief zitten. Ja kan me niet herinneren dat ik zo'n mooie regenboog ooit gezien had.

Groeten, Erik

helianta on August 28, 2009

Very nice colors. Greetings!!!

Nadia Kushnir on August 29, 2009

Fantastic!

Erik van den Ham on July 30, 2011

Hello Heliantha and Nadia just found your kind comments here so sorry I've missed them.

Cheers, Erik

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