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El Dorado – The Legendary Lost City of Gold

By |2020-01-18T03:21:28+03:00January 18th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

El Dorado, originally El Hombre Dorado ("The Golden Man") or El Rey Dorado ("The Golden King"), was the term used by the Spanish Empire to describe a mythical tribal chief (zipa) of the Muisca people, an indigenous people of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense of Colombia, who, [...]

Top 12 Samael Aun Weor Quotes

By |2020-01-16T02:31:55+03:00January 16th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Samael Aun Weor was born Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez was a spiritual teacher and author of over sixty books of esoteric spirituality. Victor Manuel Gómez Rodriguez was born on March 6 in Bogotá. He was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church but later rejected the [...]

The Avatamsaka Sutra

By |2020-01-14T21:15:39+03:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

The Avatamsaka Sutra is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras of East Asian Buddhism. The title is rendered in English as Flower Garland Sutra, Flower Adornment Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture. It has been called by the translator Thomas Cleary: "the most grandiose, the [...]

Samodiva: A Woodland Fairy in Slavic Folklore

By |2020-01-12T01:56:29+03:00January 12th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Samodiva, Samovila or Vila is a woodland fairy or nymph found in South and West Slavic folklore. Samodiva is commonly depicted as an ethereal maiden with long, loose hair, and in some cases, wings. They are typically dressed in free-flowing, feathered white gowns, which give [...]

Hungry Ghost Festival – A Traditional Buddhist Festival

By |2020-01-11T02:14:55+03:00January 11th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, or Yulan Festival is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in certain East Asian countries. According to the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Hungry Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the [...]

De Materia Medica – The Longest-Lasting Natural History Book

By |2020-01-08T02:01:48+03:00January 8th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , , |

De materia medica is a pharmacopeia of medicinal plants and the medicines that can be obtained from them. The five-volume work was written between 50 and 70 CE by Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician in the Roman army. It was widely read for more than [...]

Zuni Fetishes – Contemporary Native American Art

By |2020-01-05T01:29:20+03:00January 5th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

Zuni fetishes are small carvings made from various materials by the Zuni people. Zuni fetishes have traditionally served a ceremonial purpose for their creators and depict animals and icons integral to their culture. As a form of contemporary Native American art, they are sold with secular [...]

The History of Tea

By |2020-01-02T00:48:32+03:00January 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 [...]

Crescent Shape Symbolism and History

By |2019-12-31T16:44:18+03:00December 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 [...]

Maneki Neko: A Japanese Lucky Charm

By |2019-12-29T01:40:38+03:00December 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, [...]