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Sophia: A Central Idea in Philosophy, Religion and Theology

August 2nd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sophia  is a central idea in Hellenistic philosophy and religion, Platonism, Gnosticism, and Christian theology. Sophia originally carrying a meaning of "cleverness, skill", the later meaning of the term, close to the meaning of Phronesis ("wisdom, intelligence"), was significantly shaped by the term philosophy ("love of wisdom") as used by Plato. In the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, the feminine personification of divine [...]

Tripundra: A Reminder of the Spiritual Aims of Life

July 31st, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |

Tripundra is a Śaivite tilaka, and a body art with origins in South India. It consists of three horizontal lines on the forehead, usually with a dot made from sacred ash, and has spiritual meaning in Shiva tradition within Hinduism. A Vishnu tradition related mark consisting of vertical lines is called Urdhva Pundra. History The practice is discussed in medieval era Hindu texts such as [...]

Cantong Qi: The Seal of the Unity of the Three

July 24th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

The Cantong qi is deemed to be the earliest book on alchemy in China. The title has been variously translated as Kinship of the Three, Akinness of the Three, Triplex Unity, The Seal of the Unity of the Three, and in several other ways. The full title of the text is Zhouyi cantong qi, which can be translated as, for example, The Kinship of the [...]

Haoma: A Divine Plant in Persian Culture and Mythology

July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Substances, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Haoma is a divine plant in Zoroastrianism and in later Persian culture and mythology. Haoma has its origins in Indo-Iranian religion and is the cognate of Vedic soma. Both Avestan haoma and Sanskrit soma derived from proto-Indo-Iranian sauma. The linguistic root of the word haoma, hu-, and of soma, su-, suggests 'press' or 'pound'. The Middle Persian form of the name is hōm, which continues [...]

Neidan: A Part of the Chinese Alchemical Meditative Tradition

July 19th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

Neidan, or internal alchemy, is an array of esoteric doctrines and physical, mental, and spiritual practices that Taoist initiates use to prolong life and create an immortal spiritual body that would survive after death . Neidan also known as Jindan ("golden elixir"), inner alchemy combines theories derived from external alchemy (waidan), correlative cosmology (including the Five Phases), the emblems of the Yijing, and medical theory, [...]

Top 12 Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes

July 11th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was an English poet of the Victorian era, popular in Britain and the United States during her lifetime. Born in County Durham on 6 March 1806, the eldest of 12 children, Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote poetry from the age of eleven. Her mother's collection of her poems forms one of the largest extant collections of juvenilia by any English writer. At 15 [...]

Remedios Varo: Life and Career

July 8th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Remedios Varo Uranga was a Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist working in Spain, France, and Mexico. Remedios Varo was born in Anglès, a small town in the province of Girona (Catalonia), in northeast Spain, in 1908. Her mother named Varo in honor of the Virgen de los Remedios (the "Virgin of Remedies") after a recently deceased older sister. Varo's father, Rodrigo Varo y Zajalvo, was a hydraulic [...]

An Introduction to Symbolism Art Movement

July 7th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Symbolism was a late nineteenth-century art movement of French, Russian and Belgian origin in poetry and other arts. In literature, Symbolism originates with the 1857 publication of Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal. The works of Edgar Allan Poe, which Baudelaire admired greatly and translated into French, were a significant influence and the source of many stock tropes and images. The aesthetic was developed by [...]

Dactyls: An Archaic Mythical Race

July 4th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , |

In Greek mythology, the Dactyls or Daktyloi were the archaic mythical race of male beings associated with the Great Mother, whether as Cybele or Rhea. Their numbers vary, but often they were ten spirit-men so like the three Korybantes or the Cabeiri that they were often interchangeable. The Dactyls were both ancient smiths and healing magicians. In some myths, they are in Hephaestus' employ, and [...]