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The Almagest: A Mathematical and Astronomical Treatise

By |2019-08-24T03:43:51+03:00August 24th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Almagest is a 2nd-century Greek-language mathematical and astronomical treatise on the apparent motions of the stars and planetary paths, written by Claudius Ptolemy. The Almagest is of the most influential scientific texts of all time, it canonized a geocentric model of the Universe that [...]

An Introduction to Islamic Astronomy

By |2019-08-16T17:27:06+03:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Islamic astronomy comprises the astronomical developments made in the Islamic world, particularly during the Islamic Golden Age (9th–13th centuries), and mostly written in the Arabic language. These developments mostly took place in the Middle East, Central Asia, Al-Andalus, and North Africa, and later in the [...]

The Books of Chilam Balam

By |2019-08-06T22:41:48+03:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Books of Chilam Balam are handwritten, chiefly 17th and 18th-centuries Maya miscellanies, named after the small Yucatec towns where they were originally kept, and preserving important traditional knowledge in which indigenous Maya and early Spanish traditions have coalesced. Written in the Yucatec Maya language [...]

Charaka Samhita: An Ancient Sanskrit text on Ayurveda

By |2019-07-27T04:05:16+03:00July 27th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Charaka Samhita or Compendium of Charaka is a Sanskrit text on Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine). Along with the Suśruta-saṃhitā, it is one of the two foundational Hindu texts of this field that have survived from ancient India. The pre-2nd century CE text consists of [...]

Popol Vuh: The Book of the People

By |2019-07-23T22:12:42+03:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , |

Popol Vuh is a text recounting the mythology and history of the Kʼicheʼ people, one of the Maya peoples, who inhabit the Guatemalan Highlands northwest of present-day Guatemala City. The Popol Vuh is a foundation narrative of the Kʼicheʼ before the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. [...]

Barlaam and Josaphat: A Christian Legend of the Buddha

By |2019-07-17T02:14:36+03:00July 17th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Barlaam and Josaphat are legendary Christian martyrs and saints. Their life story is likely to have been based on the life of the Gautama Buddha. It tells how an Indian king persecuted the Christian Church in his realm. When astrologers predicted that his own son [...]