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Idol of Shigir – Oldest Wood Idol in the world – 11 600 years

The interesting sculpture was discovered on January 24, 1894, at a depth of 4 meters in Shigir (about 100 km from Ekaterinburg, Siberia). According to data from 2014, as it was previously thought that the idol is about 9500 years old, the new research pushes the dating even earlier – to 11,600 years! Much of the wooden sculpture has survived, it is about 3.35 meters and is stored in the Regional Museum in Sverdlovsk.

Scythians – In the Roots of Expansion of Euroasia

In both popular culture and the academic record, the Scythians have been described as a force to be reckoned with. For hundreds of years, they ruled the Eurasian steppe, fierce warriors given an even bigger advantage by their highly mobile, nomadic lifestyle. Or so we...

Mount Etna in Mythology

Mount Etna Various Myths Etna is a volcano in the northeastern part of the island of Sicily in Italy. Its height reaches 3323 meters with 200 craters and lava flows on its slopes. The age of the volcano is about 300 thousand years. The first historical eruption was...

Olympic Games – Next to the Ancient World

The Olympic Games might be rescheduled due to the Pandemic in 2020, but there is stil light in the tunnel: it might be this year in 2021 (In Tokyo, Japan, from 23 July to 8 August 2021), that we see the Olympics again. In appreciation of the games, let us look into the past and see the mythology and ancient ways, just to be in that “olympic spirit”, when the games begin again.

Idol of Shigir – Oldest Wood Idol in the world – 11 600 years

The interesting sculpture was discovered on January 24, 1894, at a depth of 4 meters in Shigir (about 100 km from Ekaterinburg, Siberia). According to data from 2014, as it was previously thought that the idol is about 9500 years old, the new research pushes the dating even earlier – to 11,600 years! Much of the wooden sculpture has survived, it is about 3.35 meters and is stored in the Regional Museum in Sverdlovsk.

Werewolf Origin and Legend

Werewolf Origin and Legend

The origin and legend can be tracked down all the way to Proto-Indo-European mythology and it has been added and evolved to present day variations.
Werewolf or lycanthrope (from Ancient Greek λυκάνθρωπος lukánthropos (from λύκος lúkos “wolf” and ἄνθρωπος, ánthrōpos “human”) , sometimes refereed as therianthropic hybrid (the ability to shapeshift into an animal), is typically referred to interpretation of the Germanic and Balkan representations in spite of its more ancient origins.

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Mummies- Origin and Practice

Mummies- Origin and Practice

Mummies - Origin Practices The origin and the practice of mummification is directly viewed by the ancient people as connecting to the Heavens, the Gods, the Afterlife and prosperity in the Other side. One of the good examples that is preserved until today, is the...

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Chinese New Year – 2020

Chinese New Year – 2020

Chinese New Year - 2020 The 2020 Chinese New Year falls on January 25th and is on the Metal Rat. The calendar and the zodiac are two related components of Chinese tradition. The calendar is lunar, and its distribution with the zodiac is in 12-year cycles - each year...

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Christmas Origin and Pagan Roots

Christmas Origin and Pagan Roots

Christmas - Origin The holiday of Christmas as a symbolic origin story has a lot of history behind it from different cultures. And inspite of that, no matter the culture or the epoch in the center there is the timeless struggle between the Good and the Evil, Light vs....

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5 Parables of La Fontaine

5 Parables of La Fontaine

The Horse and the Ass An Ass and rude horse were travelling together. The Horse carried little beyond his own tether. While the poor laden beast beside him did struggle; So overburdend that he finally faltered. He pleaded with the Horse to show him some pity, Else he...

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5 Parables of Aesop

5 Parables of Aesop

The Alkion Alkion is a bird that loves deserted places and lives permanently in the sea. They say that in order to keep people from catching her, she breeds her little ones on the coastal rocks. Once, when he was about to lay his eggs, an alkion landed on one nose and...

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