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Maui – A Culture Hero in Polynesian Mythology

By |2019-10-21T23:35:33+03:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Maui is a great culture hero and trickster in Polynesian mythology. Very rarely was Maui actually worshipped, being less of a deity and more of a folk hero. His origins vary from culture to culture, but many of his main exploits remain relatively similar. Tales [...]

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. [...]

The History of Calendars

By |2019-03-27T15:20:18+03:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The history of calendars means that people creating and using methods for keeping track of days and larger divisions of time covers a practice with ancient roots. Archeologists have reconstructed methods of timekeeping that go back to prehistoric times at least as old as the [...]

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 [...]