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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 [...]

El Dorado – The Legendary Lost City of Gold

By |2020-01-18T03:21:28+03:00January 18th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

El Dorado, originally El Hombre Dorado ("The Golden Man") or El Rey Dorado ("The Golden King"), was the term used by the Spanish Empire to describe a mythical tribal chief (zipa) of the Muisca people, an indigenous people of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense of Colombia, who, [...]

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 [...]

The History of Tea

By |2020-01-02T00:48:32+03:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

The history of tea is long and complex, spreading across multiple cultures over the span of thousands of years. Tea likely originated in the Yunnan region during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink. An early credible record of tea drinking dates to the 3rd [...]

Carnyx: A Wind Instrument of the Iron Age Celts

By |2019-09-17T04:25:48+03:00September 17th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge, Music|Tags: , , , , |

The carnyx was a wind instrument of the Iron Age Celts, used between c. 200 BC and c. AD 200. Carnyx was a type of bronze trumpet with an elongated S shape, held so that the long straight central portion was vertical and the short [...]

An Introduction to Tango Dance

By |2019-04-12T05:29:20+03:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Tango is a popular partner dance and social dance that originated in the 1880s along the River Plate, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay. It was born in the impoverished port areas of these countries, where natives mixed with slave and European immigrant populations. [...]

Traditional Uses of Mimosa Hostilis

By |2019-12-17T03:18:39+03:00October 11th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Substances|Tags: , , , , |

Mimosa hostilis is a variety of mimosa tree that is native to the Amazon basin in Brazil and can grow as far north as southern Mexico. Traditionally used for leather tanning, dyes, and religious ceremonies, the bark, and roots of this tree have been used [...]

Why Do Humans Have an Innate Desire to Get High?

By |2020-01-04T01:43:49+03:00April 15th, 2017|Categories: Knowledge, Spirituality, Substances|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever thought why almost every human being is seeking to get high with different substances? It’s easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain’s reward centers. What’s less easy to explain is the appeal of [...]