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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 [...]

Angkor Wat: The Largest Religious Monument in the World

By |2019-10-22T21:56:36+03:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and is the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist [...]

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 [...]

Annapurna: The Hindu Goddess of Food and Nourishment

By |2019-10-11T00:29:20+03:00October 11th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Annapurna or Annapoorna is the goddess of food and nourishment in Hinduism. Worship and offering of food are highly praised in Hinduism and therefore, the goddess Annapurna is regarded as a popular deity. She is an avatar (form) of Parvati, the wife of Shiva, and [...]

Horus: Egyptian God of the Sky

By |2019-09-19T02:52:08+03:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Horus is one of the most significant ancient Egyptian deities who served many functions, most notable god of kingship and the sky. He was worshipped from at least the late prehistoric Egypt until the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Roman Egypt. Different forms of Horus are recorded [...]

Lamassu – An Assyrian Protective Deity

By |2019-09-12T02:55:05+03:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

A lamassu is an Assyrian protective deity, often depicted as having a human head, the body of a bull or a lion, and bird wings. In some writings, it is portrayed to represent a female deity. A less frequently used name is shedu, which refers [...]

Yggdrasil: A Mythical Tree in Norse Cosmology

By |2019-08-22T02:19:12+03:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

Yggdrasil is an immense mythical tree that plays a central role in Norse cosmology, where it connects the Nine Worlds. Yggdrasil is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by [...]

Dragon Dance: A Form of Traditional Dance in Chinese Culture

By |2019-08-17T04:10:11+03:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

The dragon dance is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. Like the lion dance, it is most often seen in festive celebrations. The dragon dance is performed by a team of experienced dancers who manipulate a long flexible figure of a [...]

The Bodhisattva Samantabhadra

By |2019-08-12T01:36:04+03:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Samantabhadra is a bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism associated with practice and meditation. Samantabhadra with Gautama Buddha and his fellow bodhisattva Manjusri, he forms the Shakyamuni trinity in Buddhism. He is the patron of the Lotus Sutra and, according to the Avatamsaka Sutra, made the ten [...]