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The Eight Immortals in Chinese Mythology

By |2020-02-27T04:27:05+03:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , |

The Eight Immortals are a group of legendary xian ("immortals") in Chinese mythology. Each immortal's power can be transferred to a vessel that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight vessels are called the "Covert Eight Immortals". Most of them are said to [...]

Deity Yoga – A Practice of Vajrayana Buddhism

By |2020-02-23T02:25:16+03:00February 23rd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Deity yoga is a practice of Vajrayana Buddhism involving identification with a chosen deity through visualizations and rituals and the realization of emptiness. According to the Tibetan scholar Tsongkhapa, Deity yoga is what separates Buddhist Tantra practice from the practice of other Buddhist schools. Deity [...]

Hathor: Goddess of Joy and Beauty

By |2020-02-19T03:29:03+03:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Hathor was a major goddess in ancient Egyptian religion who played a wide variety of roles. As a sky deity, Hathor was the mother or consort of the sky god Horus and the sun god Ra, both of whom were connected with kingship, and thus [...]

Chaldean Oracles: The Bible of the Neoplatonists

By |2020-02-11T03:11:27+03:00February 11th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Chaldean Oracles are a set of spiritual and philosophical texts widely used by Neoplatonist philosophers from the 3rd to the 6th century CE. While the original texts have been lost, they have survived in the form of fragments consisting mainly of quotes and commentary [...]

Yahweh – The Creator of the Cosmos

By |2020-02-05T03:58:45+03:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Yahweh was the national god of the kingdoms of Israel (Samaria) and Judah. His origins reach at least to the early Iron Age and apparently to the Late Bronze, and in the oldest biblical literature, he is a storm-and-warrior deity who leads the heavenly army [...]

Helios: The Greek God of Life and Creation

By |2020-01-23T23:37:28+03:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Helios in ancient Greek religion and myth is the god and personification of the Sun. Though Helios was a relatively minor deity in Classical Greece, his worship grew more prominent in late antiquity thanks to his identification with several major solar divinities of the Roman [...]

Metatron: The Angel of the Veil

By |2019-12-06T01:47:28+03:00December 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Metatron is an angel in Judeo-Islamic mythology, mentioned in a few brief passages in the Aggadah and in mystical Kabbalistic texts within the Rabbinic literature. The name Metatron is not mentioned in the Torah and how the name originated is a matter of debate. In [...]

Benzaiten: The Goddess of Everything that Flows

By |2019-12-03T01:24:02+03:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Benzaiten is a Japanese Buddhist goddess who originated from the Hindu goddess Saraswati. Worship of Benzaiten arrived in Japan during the 6th through 8th centuries, mainly via the Chinese translations of the Sutra of Golden Light, which has a section devoted to her. She is [...]

Poseidon – The God of the Sea

By |2019-10-30T17:05:26+03:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Poseidon was one of the Twelve Olympians in ancient Greek religion and myth, the god of the sea, storms, earthquakes, and horses. In pre-Olympian Bronze Age Greece, Poseidon was venerated as a chief deity at Pylos and Thebes. His Roman equivalent is Neptune. He was [...]