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How Spices Shaped Our History

By |2019-03-08T01:33:54+03:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , |

Vast fortunes made and squandered, powerful rulers seduced, ailments cured, and nations discovered…all in the name of spice. Spices have always cast a spell on our imaginations. They flatter our senses: our sight with their vibrant colors, our smell with their enticing fragrances, and our [...]

Platonic Solids and Sacred Geometry

By |2019-01-15T14:30:08+03:00December 26th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The term "sacred geometry" is used by archaeologists, anthropologists, and geometricians to encompass the religious, philosophical, and spiritual beliefs that have sprung up around geometry in various cultures during the course of human history. Sacred geometry involves sacred universal patterns used in the design of [...]

Winter Solstice History and Cultural Significance

By |2018-10-19T01:00:39+03:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. It occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens [...]

Rainbow Myths Around the World

By |2018-09-23T11:17:45+03:00September 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 [...]

Jazz Music: A Major Form of Musical Expression

By |2018-09-16T14:36:33+03:00September 16th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Music|Tags: , , , , , , |

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz music is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s [...]

Star Cluster Pleiades in Folklore and Literature

By |2018-09-08T01:57:39+03:00September 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 [...]

8 Massage Therapy Benefits

By |2018-07-11T14:52:35+03:00July 11th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

f It’s now estimated that in the U.S. alone the massage therapy industry generates over $12 billion annually! Roughly 39.1 million adult Americans (18 percent of the total population) had a massage at least once in the previous year, according to the American Massage Therapy [...]

Circle: Appearances, Meanings and Purposes

By |2018-06-13T22:25:42+03:00May 26th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

With apologies to 1990s alt-rock fans, a perfect circle cannot exist outside the realm of mathematics. From subatomic particles to carefully built structures, nothing in the physical world passes the perfect circle test, where every point on the circumference is exactly equidistant from the circle’s [...]

Swastika: A Pure Spiritual Symbol

By |2019-01-10T03:43:44+03:00April 15th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A Navaho Singer, tracing a rainbow serpent, describes the shores of the heavenly 'whirling lake.' Upon the surface of this lake with no outlet and no bottom, he outlines with colored sand the cross of the 'whirling logs.' He carefully fashions the eight Yei figures [...]

Creation Myths From Around the Globe

By |2018-03-16T18:42:24+03:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Where did we come from and how did we get here? The answer to life’s most fundamental question may remain unknown, but that doesn’t stop narratives from telling of the world’s beginning and how man came to be. Neither proved right or wrong, creation myths [...]