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Gankyil Symbol – The Wheel of Joy

By |2020-04-05T20:56:45+03:00April 5th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Gankyil or "wheel of joy" is a symbol and ritual tool used in Tibetan and East Asian Buddhism. It is composed of three swirling and interconnected blades. The Gankyil as the inner wheel of the Dharmachakra is depicted on the Flag of Sikkim, Joseon [...]

Medical Renaissance – A Period of Progress in Medical Knowledge

By |2020-04-04T13:08:14+03:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Medical Renaissance, from 1400 to 1700 CE, is the period of progress in European medical knowledge, and a renewed interest in the ideas of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, along with Arabic-Persian medicine, after the Latin translation movement. Such medical discoveries during the [...]

The Myth of Er

By |2020-04-02T21:14:21+03:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Myth of Er is a legend that concludes Plato's Republic. The story includes an account of the cosmos and the afterlife that greatly influenced religious, philosophical, and scientific thought for many centuries. The story begins as a man named Er the son of Armenios [...]

Hyperborea: Legends and Modern Interpretations

By |2020-04-01T18:38:23+03:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In Greek mythology, the Hyperboreans were a race of giants who lived "beyond the North Wind". The Greeks thought that Boreas, the god of the North Wind lived in Thrace, and therefore Hyperborea indicates that it is a region beyond Thrace. Hyperborea was supposed to be [...]

The Hollow Earth Hypothesis

By |2020-03-30T17:48:19+03:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Hollow Earth is a concept proposing that the planet Earth is entirely hollow or contains a substantial interior space. Notably suggested by Edmond Halley in the late 17th century, the notion was tentatively disproven by Pierre Bouguer in 1740, and definitively by Charles Hutton [...]

Top 14 Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

By |2020-03-29T22:29:50+03:00March 29th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. Ralph Waldo Emerson was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts [...]

The Lotus Sutra

By |2020-03-28T21:42:08+03:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Lotus Sutra is one of the most popular and influential Mahayana sutras and the basis on which the Tiantai, Tendai, Cheontae, and Nichiren schools of Buddhism were established. According to British professor Paul Williams, "For many East Asian Buddhists since early times, the Lotus [...]

Asclepius – The Greek God of Healing

By |2020-03-28T01:02:06+03:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Asclepius or Hepius is a hero and god of medicine in ancient Greek religion and mythology. Asclepius is the son of Apollo and Coronis, or Arsinoe, or of Apollo alone. He represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia ("Hygiene", the [...]

Ksitigarbha – The Bodhisattva of the Great Vow

By |2020-03-24T15:31:47+03:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism and usually depicted as a Buddhist monk. His name may be translated as "Earth Treasury", "Earth Store", "Earth Matrix", or "Earth Womb". Kṣitigarbha is known for his vow to take responsibility for the instruction of [...]

The Canterbury Tales

By |2020-03-23T16:05:59+03:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 24 stories that runs to over 17,000 lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer between 1387 and 1400. The Canterbury Tales (mostly written in verse, although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling [...]