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The History of Tea

January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

The history of tea is long and complex, spreading across multiple cultures over the span of thousands of years. Tea likely originated in the Yunnan region during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink. An early credible record of tea drinking dates to the 3rd century AD, in a medical text written by Hua Tuo. Tea was first introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in [...]

Crescent Shape Symbolism and History

December 31st, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

A crescent shape is a symbol or emblem used to represent the lunar phase in the first quarter (the "sickle moon"), or by extension a symbol representing the Moon itself. Crescent is used as the astrological symbol for the Moon, and hence as the alchemical symbol for silver. It was also the emblem of Diana/Artemis and hence represented virginity. In Roman Catholic Marian veneration, it [...]

Maneki Neko: A Japanese Lucky Charm

December 29th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

The Maneki Neko (literally "beckoning cat") is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. The figurine depicts a cat beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed in—often at the entrance of—shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, laundromats, dry cleaners, salons, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a [...]

The Yellow River Map

December 27th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , |

The Yellow River Map, Scheme, or Diagram is an ancient Chinese concept. It is related to the Lo Shu Square. The origins of the two from the rivers Luo and He are part of Chinese mythology. The development of the two is part of Chinese philosophy. The Yellow River or Huang He is the second-longest river in Asia, following the Yangtze River, and the sixth-longest [...]

The Star of Bethlehem

December 25th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

The Star of Bethlehem, or Christmas Star, appears only in the nativity story of the Gospel of Matthew where "wise men from the East" (Magi) are inspired by the star to travel to Jerusalem. There, they met King Herod of Judea, and asked him, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We have come to pay homage to the newborn [...]

Origami: The Art of Paper Folding

December 24th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , |

Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word "origami" is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Modern origami practitioners generally discourage the use of cuts, [...]

The Great Smog of London

December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , |

The Great Smog of London, or Great Smog of 1952, was a severe air-pollution event that affected the British capital of London in early December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants—mostly arising from the use of coal—to form a thick layer of smog over the city. The Great Smog of London lasted from Friday 5 [...]

Pablo Amaringo – A Shaman Visionary Artist

December 22nd, 2019|Categories: Arts, Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

Pablo Amaringo was a Peruvian artist, renowned for his intricate, colorful depictions of his visions from drinking the entheogenic plant brew ayahuasca. Pablo Amaringo was first brought to the West's attention by Dennis McKenna and Luis Eduardo Luna, who met Pablo in Pucallpa while traveling during work on an ethnobotanical project. Pablo worked as a vegetalista, a shaman in the mestizo tradition of healing, for [...]

Siddha Medicine: A Traditional Treatment System from Tamil Culture

December 20th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |

Siddha medicine is a traditional medicine originating in Tamil Nadu in India. The Supreme Court of India and the Indian Medical Association regard Siddha medicine as quackery. Practitioners of alternative medicine, including those practicing Siddha medicine, are not authorized to practice medicine in India unless trained at a qualified medical institution, registered with the government, and listed as physicians annually in The Gazette of India. [...]