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The Love Story of Cupid and Psyche

March 16th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cupid and Psyche is a story originally from Metamorphoses, written in the 2nd century AD by Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis (or Platonicus). The tale concerns the overcoming of obstacles to the love between Psyche, ("Soul" or "Breath of Life") and Cupid (Latin Cupido, "Desire") or Amor ("Love", Greek Eros), and their ultimate union in a sacred marriage. Although the only extended narrative from antiquity is that [...]

History of Poetry

March 15th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Poetry as an art form predates written text. The earliest poetry is believed to have been recited or sung, employed as a way of remembering oral history, genealogy, and law. Poetry is often closely related to musical traditions, and the earliest poetry exists in the form of hymns (such as the work of Sumerian priestess Enheduanna) and other types of a song such as chants. [...]

Bodhisattva Guan Yin Legends

March 14th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Guanyin or Guan Yin is the most commonly used Chinese translation of the bodhisattva known as Avalokiteśvara. In English usage, Guan Yin refers to the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion and venerated chiefly by followers of Mahayana Buddhist schools as practiced in the Sinosphere. Guan Yin also refers to the bodhisattva as adopted by other Eastern religions such as Taoism, where she is revered as [...]

What is Secondary Consciousness?

March 13th, 2019|Categories: Consciousness, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

Secondary consciousness is an individual's accessibility to their history and plans. The ability allows its possessors to go beyond the limits of the remembered present of primary consciousness. Primary consciousness can be defined as simple awareness that includes perception and emotion. As such, it is ascribed to most animals. By contrast, secondary consciousness depends on and includes such features as self-reflective awareness, abstract thinking, volition, [...]

Guarana Health Benefits

March 10th, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Guarana is an effective energy booster. Guarana seeds are rich in caffeine and contain up to 4-8% caffeine, more than coffee beans, which contain approximately 1-2.5% caffeine. The seeds are also rich in tannins and xanthine alkaloids theophylline and theobromine. The Guarana fruits color ranges from brown to red and contains black seeds which are partly covered by white arils. Guarana can be found in [...]

13 Quotes by George Harrison

March 9th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

George Harrison was an English musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", George Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles' work. George Harrison was born in Wavertree, Liverpool, on 25 February [...]

How Spices Shaped Our History

March 8th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , |

Vast fortunes made and squandered, powerful rulers seduced, ailments cured, and nations discovered…all in the name of spice. Spices have always cast a spell on our imaginations. They flatter our senses: our sight with their vibrant colors, our smell with their enticing fragrances, and our taste with their distinct flavors. Spices have been the catalysts of some of the greatest adventures in human histories, like [...]

Vastu Shastra: The Science of Architecture

March 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

Vastu Shastra (vāstu śāstra) is a traditional Hindu system of architecture which literally translates to "science of architecture." These are texts found on the Indian subcontinent that describe principles of design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement, and spatial geometry. Vastu Shastras incorporate traditional Hindu and in some cases Buddhist beliefs. The designs are intended to integrate architecture with nature, the relative functions of various [...]

Xenophobia: The Fear of the Unfamiliar

March 5th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

Xenophobia is the fear and distrust of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. Xenophobia can involve perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup and can manifest itself in suspicion of the activities of others, and a desire to eliminate their presence to secure a presumed purity and may relate to a fear of losing national, ethnic or racial identity. Xenophobia can also [...]