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The Mythological Kunlun

By |2020-05-20T22:42:23+03:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Kunlun or Kunlun Shan is a mountain or mountain range in Chinese mythology, an important symbol representing the Axis Mundi and divinity. The mythological Kunlun is based on various sources, mythologic and geographic, the modernly so-called Kunlun Mountains of the Tibetan Plateau and Mount [...]

Mana – The Life Force Energy in Melanesian and Polynesian Culture

By |2020-05-18T23:02:56+03:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Mana is the spiritual life force energy or healing power that permeates the universe, in the culture of the Melanesians and Polynesians. Anyone or thing can have Mana. It is cultivation or possession of energy and power, rather than being a source of power. It [...]

The Legendary Unicorn Horn

By |2020-05-17T13:31:35+03:00May 17th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A unicorn horn, also known as an alicorn, is a legendary object whose reality was accepted in Europe and Asia from the earliest recorded times. The unicorn horn comes from the imaginary creature known as a unicorn, also known in the Hebrew Bible as a [...]

The Metternich Stela

By |2020-05-15T13:15:42+03:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Metternich Stela is a magico-medical stele that is part of the Egyptian Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Metternich Stela dates to the thirtieth dynasty of Egypt around 380–342 B.C. during the reign of Nectanebo II. The provenance [...]

Raskovnik: A Legendary Herb in Slavic Folklore

By |2020-04-20T16:34:09+03:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , , |

In Slavic folklore, the raskovnik or razkovniche is a magical herb. According to lore, the Raskovnik has the magical property to unlock or uncover anything that is locked or closed. However, legends claim it is notoriously difficult to recognize the herb, and reputedly only certain [...]

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 [...]