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The Hollow Earth Hypothesis

By |2020-03-30T17:48:19+03:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Hollow Earth is a concept proposing that the planet Earth is entirely hollow or contains a substantial interior space. Notably suggested by Edmond Halley in the late 17th century, the notion was tentatively disproven by Pierre Bouguer in 1740, and definitively by Charles Hutton [...]

The Lotus Sutra

By |2020-03-28T21:42:08+03:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Lotus Sutra is one of the most popular and influential Mahayana sutras and the basis on which the Tiantai, Tendai, Cheontae, and Nichiren schools of Buddhism were established. According to British professor Paul Williams, "For many East Asian Buddhists since early times, the Lotus [...]

Rusalka: A Female Water Entity in Slavic Folklore

By |2020-03-07T02:09:36+03:00March 7th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

In Slavic folklore, Rusalka is a female entity, often malicious toward mankind and frequently associated with water. Folklorists have proposed a variety of origins for the entity, including that they may originally stem from Slavic paganism, where they may have been seen as benevolent spirits. [...]

Patasola: A Female Vampire in South American Folklore

By |2020-01-26T03:34:33+03:00January 26th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Patasola or "one foot" is one of many myths in South American folklore about female monsters from the jungle, appearing to male hunters or loggers in the middle of the wilderness when they think about women. Patasola appears in the form of a beautiful and [...]

Samodiva: A Woodland Fairy in Slavic Folklore

By |2020-01-12T01:56:29+03:00January 12th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Samodiva, Samovila or Vila is a woodland fairy or nymph found in South and West Slavic folklore. Samodiva is commonly depicted as an ethereal maiden with long, loose hair, and in some cases, wings. They are typically dressed in free-flowing, feathered white gowns, which give [...]

Christmas Tree Origin and Environmental Issues

By |2019-12-16T02:52:07+03:00December 15th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually, an evergreen conifer, such as spruce, pine or fir, or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas. The custom was developed in medieval Livonia (present-day Estonia and Latvia), and in early modern [...]

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 [...]

Melusine: A Spirit of Freshwater in European Folklore

By |2019-11-18T02:02:19+03:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Melusine or Melusina is a figure of European folklore and mythology, a female spirit of freshwater in a sacred spring or river. She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down (much like a mermaid). She is [...]

Elemental: A Mythic Being in Occult and Alchemical Works

By |2019-11-07T20:13:02+03:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

An elemental is a mythic being that is described in occult and alchemical works from around the time of the European Renaissance and particularly elaborated in the 16th-century works of Paracelsus. According to Paracelsus and his subsequent followers, there are four categories of elementals, which [...]

Baba Yaga – A Supernatural Old Woman in Slavic Folklore

By |2019-10-29T01:03:05+03:00October 29th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , |

In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a deformed or ferocious-looking old woman. In Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle, and dwells deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing [...]