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The Veil of Isis

By |2020-09-19T02:08:25+03:00September 19th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The veil of Isis is a metaphor and allegorical artistic motif in which nature is personified as the goddess Isis covered by a veil or mantle, representing the inaccessibility of nature's secrets. The veil of Isis is often combined with a related motif, in which nature [...]

Kamadhenu – The Mother of all Cows in Hinduism

By |2020-06-12T11:57:29+03:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kamadhenu, also known as Surabhi, is a divine bovine-goddess described in Hinduism as Gou Mata, the mother of all cows. Kamadhenu is a miraculous "cow of plenty" who provides her owner whatever he desires and is often portrayed as the mother of other cattle. In [...]

Ecstatic Dance: Traditions and Reception

By |2020-05-01T19:48:23+03:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Consciousness, Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ecstatic dance is a form of dance in which the dancers, sometimes without the need to follow specific steps, abandon themselves to the rhythm and move freely as the music takes them, leading to trance and a feeling of ecstasy. The effects of ecstatic dance [...]

The Pyramid Texts

By |2020-04-06T12:27:04+03:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Pyramid Texts are the oldest known corpus of ancient Egyptian religious texts dating to the Old Kingdom. Written in Old Egyptian, the pyramid texts were carved onto the subterranean walls and sarcophagi of pyramids at Saqqara from the end of the Fifth Dynasty, and [...]

Asclepius – The Greek God of Healing

By |2020-03-28T01:02:06+03:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Asclepius or Hepius is a hero and god of medicine in ancient Greek religion and mythology. Asclepius is the son of Apollo and Coronis, or Arsinoe, or of Apollo alone. He represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia ("Hygiene", the [...]

Shankha – The Divine Conch Shell

By |2020-03-21T19:40:07+03:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A Shankha is a conch shell of ritual and religious importance in Hinduism and Buddhism. It is the shell of a large predatory sea snail, Turbinella pyrum, found in the Indian Ocean. In Hindu mythology, the shankha is a sacred emblem of the Hindu preserver [...]

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 [...]