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Who Was Hermes Trismegistus?

By | 2018-11-16T15:25:22+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Hermes Trismegistus is the purported author of the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism. Hermes Trismegistus may be associated with the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. Greeks in the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt recognized the [...]

Amaterasu – The Goddess of the Sun and the Universe

By | 2018-11-10T17:45:23+00:00 November 10th, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Amaterasu, Amaterasu-ōmikami, or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami is a deity of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is seen as the goddess of the sun and the universe. The name Amaterasu is derived from Amateru and means "shining in heaven". [...]

Atlas: The God with the World Upon His Shoulders

By | 2018-10-23T21:33:16+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan condemned to hold up the sky for eternity after the Titanomachy. Although associated with various places, he became commonly identified with the Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa (modern-day Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia). Atlas was the son of the [...]

Rainbow Myths Around the World

By | 2018-09-23T11:17:45+00:00 September 23rd, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

The rainbow, a natural phenomenon noted for its beauty and mystical appearance has been a favorite component of mythology throughout history. Rainbows are part of the myths of many cultures around the world. The Norse saw it as Bifrost; Judeo-Christian traditions see it as a [...]

Imhotep: “He Who Comes in Peace”

By | 2018-09-18T14:48:23+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

Imhotep was an Egyptian chancellor to the pharaoh Djoser, probable architect of the step pyramid, and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis. Very little is known of Imhotep as a historical figure, but in the 3000 years following his death, he was [...]

Varuna: The God of the Oceans

By | 2018-09-17T17:08:59+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Varuna is a Vedic deity associated first with the sky, later with waters as well as with Ṛta (justice) and Satya (truth). Varuna is found in the oldest layer of the Vedic literature of Hinduism, such as the hymn 7.86 of the Rigveda. He is [...]

What is Religious Experience?

By | 2018-09-12T01:20:27+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Categories: Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A religious experience (sometimes known as a spiritual experience, sacred experience, or mystical experience) is a subjective experience which is interpreted within a religious framework. The concept originated in the 19th century, as a defense against the growing rationalism of Western society. William James popularised [...]

Star Cluster Pleiades in Folklore and Literature

By | 2018-09-08T01:57:39+00:00 September 8th, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The high visibility of the star cluster Pleiades in the night sky has guaranteed it a special place in many cultures, both ancient and modern. The heliacal rising of the Pleiades often marks important calendar points for ancient peoples. North Africa (Berber people) The Tuareg [...]

Lord Surya – Hindu God of the Sun

By | 2018-09-04T18:46:36+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Surya is a Sanskrit word that means the Sun. Synonyms of Surya in ancient Indian literature include Aditya, Arka, Bhānu, Savitru, Pushana, Ravi, Mārtanda, Mitra, and Vivasvāna. Also connotes the solar deity in Hinduism, particularly in the Saura tradition found in states such as Rajasthan, [...]

The Secrets of Mount Olympus

By | 2018-09-03T11:41:26+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , |

Unbelievable stories have been heard about this mountain. One thing is certain, however, that the inhabitants of the surrounding areas of Olympus have many stories telling you because they live these legends every day. In all these, the inexplicable natural phenomena of Olympus also play [...]