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Celestial Spheres – History and Visual Expressions

By |2020-04-13T12:11:02+03:00April 13th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The celestial spheres, or celestial orbs, were the fundamental entities of the cosmological models developed by Plato, Eudoxus, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, and others. In these celestial models, the apparent motions of the fixed stars and planets are accounted for by treating them as embedded in [...]

The Miasma Theory

By |2020-04-08T15:56:25+03:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The miasma theory (also called the miasmatic theory) is an obsolete medical theory that held diseases—such as cholera, chlamydia, or the Black Death—were caused by a miasma (ancient Greek: "pollution"), a noxious form of "bad air", also known as the night air. The miasma theory [...]

The Rod of Asclepius

By |2020-04-07T17:03:01+03:00April 7th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In Greek mythology, the Rod of Asclepius, also known as the Staff of Aesculapius, is a serpent-entwined rod wielded by the Greek god Asclepius, a deity associated with healing and medicine. The Rod of Asclepius symbol has continued to be used in modern times, where [...]

The Pyramid Texts

By |2020-04-06T12:27:04+03:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Pyramid Texts are the oldest known corpus of ancient Egyptian religious texts dating to the Old Kingdom. Written in Old Egyptian, the pyramid texts were carved onto the subterranean walls and sarcophagi of pyramids at Saqqara from the end of the Fifth Dynasty, and [...]

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 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 [...]

Palmistry: The Language of the Hands

By |2020-03-26T17:35:48+03:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Palmistry, or chiromancy, is the claim of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also known as chirology, or in popular culture as palm reading. The practice of palmistry is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who [...]

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 [...]

Shankha – The Divine Conch Shell

By |2020-03-21T19:40:07+03:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A Shankha is a conch shell of ritual and religious importance in Hinduism and Buddhism. It is the shell of a large predatory sea snail, Turbinella pyrum, found in the Indian Ocean. In Hindu mythology, the shankha is a sacred emblem of the Hindu preserver [...]