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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 Book of Healing

By |2020-03-20T00:48:08+03:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Book of Healing is a scientific and philosophical encyclopedia written by Abu Ali ibn Sina from medieval Persia, near Bukhara in Maverounnahr. Also called The Cure it is intended to "cure" or "heal" ignorance of the soul. Despite its title, it is not concerned with [...]

Komainu – The Shrine’s Guardian Lion Dogs

By |2020-03-13T02:10:58+03:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Komainu often called lion-dogs in English, are statue pairs of lion-like creatures. Komainu guarding the entrance or the honden, or inner shrine of many Japanese Shinto shrines or kept inside the inner shrine itself, where they are not visible to the public. The first type, born [...]

Chupacabra – A Legendary Creature

By |2020-02-17T01:06:36+03:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , |

The chupacabra is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas, with its first purported sightings reported in Puerto Rico. The name chupacabra comes from the animal's reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, including goats. Physical descriptions of [...]

What is Collective Unconscious?

By |2020-01-27T02:53:08+03:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Consciousness, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Collective unconscious refers to structures of the unconscious mind that are shared among beings of the same species, it is a term coined by Carl Jung. According to Jung, the human collective unconscious is populated by instincts, as well as by archetypes: universal symbols such [...]

Patasola: A Female Vampire in South American Folklore

By |2020-01-26T03:34:33+03:00January 26th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Patasola or "one foot" is one of many myths in South American folklore about female monsters from the jungle, appearing to male hunters or loggers in the middle of the wilderness when they think about women. Patasola appears in the form of a beautiful and [...]

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 [...]

Bastet: Egyptian Goddess of Cats, Love and Healing

By |2019-11-25T02:36:18+03:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Bastet or Bast was a goddess of ancient Egyptian religion, worshiped as early as the Second Dynasty (2890 BCE).  Her name also is rendered as B'sst, Baast, Ubaste, and Baset. In ancient Greek religion, she was known as Ailuros. Bastet was worshiped in Bubastis in [...]

Totem Poles – A Type of Pacific Northwest Coast Art

By |2019-09-01T04:57:15+03:00September 1st, 2019|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Totem poles are monumental carvings, a type of Northwest Coast art, consisting of poles, posts or pillars, carved with symbols or figures. They are usually made from large trees, mostly western red cedar, by First Nations and indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest coast including [...]