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Kumari Kandam – A Mythical Lost Continent

July 30th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , |

Kumari Kandam refers to a mythical lost continent with an ancient Tamil civilization, located south of present-day India in the Indian Ocean. In the 19th century, a section of the European and American scholars speculated the existence of a submerged continent called Lemuria, to explain geological and other similarities between Africa, Australia, India, and Madagascar. A section of Tamil revivalists adapted this theory, connecting it [...]

The History of Wine

July 29th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The altered consciousness produced by wine has been considered religious since its origin. The ancient Greeks worshiped Dionysus or Bacchus and the Ancient Romans carried on his cult. Consumption of ritual wine was part of Jewish practice since Biblical times and, as part of the eucharist commemorating Jesus's Last Supper, became even more essential to the Christian Church. Although Islam nominally forbade the production or [...]

Charaka Samhita: An Ancient Sanskrit text on Ayurveda

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

The Charaka Samhita or Compendium of Charaka is a Sanskrit text on Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine). Along with the Suśruta-saṃhitā, it is one of the two foundational Hindu texts of this field that have survived from ancient India. The pre-2nd century CE text consists of eight books and one hundred twenty chapters. It describes ancient theories on the human body, etiology, symptomology, and therapeutics for [...]

Mythical Origins of Language

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

There have been many accounts of the origin of language in the world's mythologies and other stories pertaining to the origin of language, the development of language and the reasons behind the diversity in languages today. These myths have similarities, recurring themes, and differences, having been passed down through oral tradition. Some myths go further than just storytelling and are religious, with some even having [...]

14 Sophocles Quotes on Love, Fate, and Wisdom

July 24th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Sophocles is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. Sophocles wrote over 120 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, Women of Trachis, Oedipus Rex, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. Sophocles was born a few years before the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC: the exact year is unclear, although [...]

Popol Vuh: The Book of the People

July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , |

Popol Vuh is a text recounting the mythology and history of the Kʼicheʼ people, one of the Maya peoples, who inhabit the Guatemalan Highlands northwest of present-day Guatemala City. The Popol Vuh is a foundation narrative of the Kʼicheʼ before the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. It includes the Mayan creation myth, the exploits of the Hero Twins Hunahpú and Xbalanqué, and a chronicle of the [...]

Simulation Theory – Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?

July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

The simulation theory proposes that all of reality, including the Earth and the universe, is in fact an artificial simulation, most likely a computer simulation. Some versions rely on the development of a simulated reality, a proposed technology that would seem realistic enough to convince its inhabitants the simulation was real. The hypothesis has been a central plot device of many science fiction stories and [...]

Astral Plane and Astral Experience

July 20th, 2019|Categories: Consciousness, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The astral plane, also called the astral world, is a plane of existence postulated by classical, medieval, oriental, and esoteric philosophies and religions. It is the world of the celestial spheres, crossed by the soul in its astral body on the way to being born and after death, and is generally believed to be populated by angels, spirits or other immaterial beings. In the late [...]

Viracocha: A Creator Deity in the Pre-Inca and Inca Mythology

July 19th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Viracocha is the great creator deity in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology in the Andes region of South America. Viracocha was one of the most important deities in the Inca pantheon and seen as the creator of all things, or the substance from which all things are created, and intimately associated with the sea. Viracocha was worshipped as the god of the sun and of [...]