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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 [...]

Ardhanarishvara Deity: The Synthesis of Masculine and Feminine Energies of the Universe

March 28th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Ardhanarishvara is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati (the latter being known as Devi, Shakti, and Uma). Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half-male and half-female, equally split down the middle. The right half is usually the male Shiva, illustrating his traditional attributes. The earliest Ardhanarishvara images are dated to the Kushan period, starting from the first century CE. Its iconography [...]

The History of Calendars

March 27th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The history of calendars means that people creating and using methods for keeping track of days and larger divisions of time covers a practice with ancient roots. Archeologists have reconstructed methods of timekeeping that go back to prehistoric times at least as old as the Neolithic. The natural units for timekeeping used by most historical societies are the day, the solar year and the lunation. [...]

Τilaka Mark

March 25th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |

In Hinduism, the tilaka is a mark worn usually on the forehead, sometimes other parts of the body such as neck, hand or chest. Tilaka may be worn on a daily basis or for rites of passage or special religious occasions only, depending on regional customs. The term also refers to the Hindu ritual of marking someone's forehead with a fragrant paste, such as of [...]

What is Collective Memory?

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

Collective memory refers to the shared pool of memories, knowledge, and information of a social group that is significantly associated with the group's identity. The English phrase "collective memory" and the equivalent French phrase "la mémoire collective" appeared in the second half of the nineteenth century. The philosopher and sociologist Maurice Halbwachs analyzed and advanced the concept of collective memory in the book La mémoire [...]

15 Quotes by Dan Brown

March 21st, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , |

Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author most well known for his thriller novels. His novels are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour period and feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, art, and conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into 57 languages, and as of 2012, sold over 200 million copies. Brown's novels that feature the lead character, [...]

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 [...]