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Atharva Veda – The Veda of Magical Formulas

By |2019-12-19T00:41:18+03:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Atharva Veda is the "knowledge storehouse of atharvāṇas, the procedures for everyday life". The text is the fourth Veda but has been a late addition to the Vedic scriptures of Hinduism. The Atharva Veda is composed in Vedic Sanskrit, and it is a collection [...]

Carnyx: A Wind Instrument of the Iron Age Celts

By |2019-09-17T04:25:48+03:00September 17th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge, Music|Tags: , , , , |

The carnyx was a wind instrument of the Iron Age Celts, used between c. 200 BC and c. AD 200. Carnyx was a type of bronze trumpet with an elongated S shape, held so that the long straight central portion was vertical and the short [...]

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 [...]

What is Magical Thinking: Forms and Symbolic Approaches

By |2019-05-25T15:26:42+03:00May 25th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Magical thinking is a term used in anthropology, philosophy, and psychology, denoting the causal relationships between actions and events. There are subtle differences in meaning between individual theorists as well as amongst fields of study. In anthropology, it denotes the attribution of causality between entities [...]

Holi: The Festival of Colors and Love

By |2019-05-10T16:26:19+03:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent. Holi is popularly [...]

Mjolnir: The Hammer of God Thor

By |2019-05-09T15:43:08+03:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

In Norse mythology, Mjolnir is the hammer of Thor, the Norse god associated with thunder. Mjolnir is depicted in Norse mythology as one of the most fearsome and powerful weapons in existence, capable of leveling mountains. In its account of Norse mythology, the Prose Edda [...]

The Greek Magical Papyri

By |2019-05-06T17:06:43+03:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Greek Magical Papyri is the name given by scholars to a body of papyri from Graeco-Roman Egypt, written mostly in ancient Greek, which each contain a number of magical spells, formulae, hymns, and rituals. The materials in the Greek Magical Papyri date from the [...]

Amrita: The Drink of the Devas

By |2019-04-16T16:19:06+03:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , |

Amrita, Amrit or Amata is a word that literally means "immortality" and is often referred to in ancient Indian texts as nectar. "Amṛta" is etymologically related to the Greek ambrosia and carries the same meaning. Its first occurrence is in the Rigveda, where it is considered [...]

Anito: Ancestor Spirits and Deities in Philippine Folklore

By |2018-11-16T03:13:27+03:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Anito, also spelled anitu, refers to ancestor spirits, nature spirits, and deities (diwata) in the indigenous animistic religions of pre-colonial Philippines. It can also refer to carved humanoid figures, the taotao, made of wood, stone, or ivory, that represent these spirits. Pag-anito refers to a [...]

Traditional Uses of Mimosa Hostilis

By |2019-12-17T03:18:39+03:00October 11th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Substances|Tags: , , , , |

Mimosa hostilis is a variety of mimosa tree that is native to the Amazon basin in Brazil and can grow as far north as southern Mexico. Traditionally used for leather tanning, dyes, and religious ceremonies, the bark, and roots of this tree have been used [...]