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Nazar: An Eye-Shaped Amulet Against the Evil Eye

April 11th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , |

A Nazar (a word deriving from Arabic, meaning sight, surveillance, attention, and other related concepts) is an eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye. Albanian, Urdu, Pashtun, Bengali, Kurdish, Persian, Punjabi, and other languages have borrowed the term as well. In Turkey, it is known by the name Nazar boncuğu (the latter word being a derivative of boncuk, "bead", and the former borrowed [...]

Hydra Constellation Mythology

April 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , |

Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, measuring 1303 square degrees, and also the longest at over 100 degrees. Its southern end abuts Libra and Centaurus and its northern end borders Cancer. It was included among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy. It is commonly represented as a water snake. It should not be confused with the similarly named constellation [...]

Alpha and Omega Christian Symbol

April 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet and a title of Christ and God in the Book of Revelation. This pair of letters are used as Christian symbols and are often combined with the Cross, Chi-rho, or other Christian symbols. Origin The term Alpha and Omega come from the phrase "I am Alpha and Omega", an appellation of Jesus [...]

Egyptian Scarab Beetles

April 9th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Scarabs were popular amulets and impression seals in Ancient Egypt. They survive in large numbers and, through their inscriptions and typology, they are an important source of information for archaeologists and historians of the ancient world. They also represent a significant body of ancient art. For reasons that are not clear (although no doubt connected to the religious significance of the Egyptian god Khepri), amulets [...]

Amitabha Buddha: The Buddha of Immeasurable Light and Life

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

Amitabha Buddha, also known as Amida or Amitāyus, is a celestial buddha according to the scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism. Amitabha is the principal Buddha in Pure Land Buddhism, a branch of East Asian Buddhism. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Amitabha is known for his longevity attribute, magnetizing red fire element, the aggregate of discernment, pure perception and the deep awareness of emptiness of phenomena. According to these scriptures, [...]

Giants Mythology From Around the World

April 8th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Giants are beings of human appearance but of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many different cultures. The word giant, first attested in 1297, was derived from the Gigantes of Greek mythology. In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature, and they are frequently in conflict with the gods, be [...]

Top 15 Quotes by Bob Marley

April 7th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Music|Tags: , , , , , |

Robert Nesta Marley was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career has been marked by blending elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as forging a smooth vocal and distinctive songwriting style. Bob Marley was born 6 February 1945 in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica. Marley began his professional musical career in 1963, after forming [...]

What is Archetypal Psychology?

April 5th, 2019|Categories: Consciousness, Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

Archetypal psychology was initiated as a distinct movement in the early 1970s by James Hillman, a psychologist who trained in analytical psychology and became the first Director of the Jung Institute in Zurich. Hillman reports that archetypal psychology emerged partly from the Jungian tradition whilst drawing also from other traditions and authorities such as Henry Corbin, Vico, and Plotinus. Archetypal psychology relativizes and deliteralizes the [...]

Thangka: Tibetan Buddhist Art

April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A thangka, variously spelled as thangka, tangka, thanka, or tanka, is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll paintings, with a further silk cover on the front. So treated, thangkas can last [...]