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5 Philosophies for a Better Life

In the search for wisdom in life, one can often find it difficult to have so many philosophical schools, wise thoughts and quotations, approaches, even religions. However, there are philosophies and teachings that are worth considering that would help you understand...

Halloween Meaning and Symbolism

holiday-festival. Their symbolic significance is very reminiscent of an ancient theater, such as in the Ellada period, or in the sarcophagi of the pharaohs, where a mask is placed on the mummy: a symbol of the image that resonates over the millennia. The ancient Balkan people, as well as later the Romans (including the expansion of the Roman Empire to the Balkans), used masks not only as an easy incarnation, but were also practical: an actor with many masks could play a whole mythological scene of different characters.

Origin of Halloween: Jack-o-Lantern, Treats, Costumes

Halloween is on October 31 against November 1-st. Like many modern holidays, Halloween has its roots in paganism, the Celts, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Native American tribes: a tribute to the dead and their souls, as the “barrier” between the world of the living and the dead is considered to be the thinnest. Halloween (Hallowe’en, Alhalloween, All Hallows ’Eve, All Saints’ Day) is also a time of homage to saints, martyrs, all who died in the “true faith” (after the Christianization of the holiday), relatives and friends.

Hollow Earth – Underground Mountains Found

In a study published this week in "Science", Princeton geophysicists Jessica Irving and Wenbo Wu, in collaboration with Sidao Ni of the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics in China, used data from a huge earthquake in Bolivia to find mountains and other layer...

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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Bluebeard Fairy Tale Full Story

Bluebeard Fairy Tale Full Story

There was, some time ago, a gentleman who was very rich. He had fine town and country houses, his dishes and plates were all of gold or silver, his rooms were hung with damask, his chairs and sofas were covered with the richest silks, and his carriages were all gilt...

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The Fairies – Story by Charles Perrault

The Fairies – Story by Charles Perrault

The younger girl, who was a true likeness of her father in the gentleness and sweetness of her disposition, was also one of the most beautiful girls imaginable. The mother doted on the elder daughter naturally enough, since she resembled her so closely; and she disliked the younger one just as intensely. She made her eat all her meals in the kitchen and work from morning till night.

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