Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mythology and Fairy Tales

  • Ancestor Worship in Ancient China
    Ancestor worship in ancient China dates back to the Neolithic period, and it would prove to be the most popular and enduring Chinese religious practice, lasting well into modern times. The family was always an important concept in Chinese society and government, and it was maintained by the twin pillars of filial piety and respect for one’s dead ancestors. The practice of regularly paying homage ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
  • Temples of Palenque Reveal Story of Lady Cormorant and Her Three Sons, The Triad Gods
    In the mountain rain forest of Chiapas, México, sits the ruins of Palenque, considered the most beautiful ancient Maya city. Silhouetted against a backdrop of natural hills and valleys, the elegant pyramids and palace offer fine Maya bas-relief carvings of high-grade limestone and stucco.  Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAncient PlacesAmericas ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By lennie
  • The Secret Keeper review – murder, greed and a chorus of crows in gothic fairytale
    Ovalhouse, London Angela Clerkin’s tale of the burden of keeping secrets has political relevance but in spite of the creepy atmosphere, it needs more urgency and clarity The townsfolk suspect the doll’s house maker has murdered his brother. His daughter asks him to confide in her and, when he does, it is as if a great burden has been lifted. So he and his wife set the girl up as a miracle worker. Soon the ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: FairytalesPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By Lyn Gardner
  • Ancient Chinese Calligraphy
    Calligraphy established itself as the most important ancient Chinese art form alongside painting, first coming to the fore during the Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE). All educated men and some court women were expected to be proficient at it, an expectation which remained well into modern times. Far more than mere writing, good calligraphy exhibited an exquisite brush control and attention to composition ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017
  • The ‘Dynastic Race’ and the Biblical ‘Japheth’ Part II: Ethnology and Influence
    In Part I, the author pieced together the possible genealogy to be found in Mesopotamia and Egypt, taking as his starting point the Biblical account of human developments in the region after the deluge, which, of course, begins with Noah and his family. Part I concluded with the assertion that a New Race referred to as a ‘Dynastic Race’ was evident in the region. What further clues to the ethnology of this race can be ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Saturday, October 14th, 2017By Alexander Jacob
  • Icelander Sagas May Have More Truth to Them than You Think
    Myths and legends – purely the creation of creative and imaginative minds, right? Not necessarily. Numerous stories, sagas, and texts from the ancient past have been proven to hold facts. For example, a 2013 study validates an intriguing idea presented in the Icelander Sagas - Vikings were probably less brutal than many people assume. Read moreSection: ArtifactsAncient WritingsNewsMyths & LegendsEurope ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Friday, October 13th, 2017By aprilholloway
  • The Rise of Quetzalcoatl: From Plumed Serpent to Creator God
    Quetzalcoatl was one of the most important gods in the ancient Mesoamerican pantheon. Its iconic appearance is identified in the name of this god. Quetzalcoatl is a combination of two Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs) words, quetzal, which is the emerald plume bird, and coatl, which means serpent. Therefore, Quetzalcoatl is commonly also known in English as the Plumed Serpent or Feathered Serpent. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAmericas ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Friday, October 13th, 2017By dhwty
  • Demonic Dames: Watch out for the Vengeful Women of Japanese Legends
    Japan has had stories about oni (demons or ogres) and yuurei (ghosts) for hundreds of years. As time passes, new vengeful spirits continue to appear and their stories are told even in the present day.  Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAsia ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Friday, October 13th, 2017By valdar
  • Ancient Chinese Art
    Ancient China covered a vast and ever-changing geopolitical landscape, and the art it produced over three millennia is, unsurprisingly, just as varied. Still, despite continuous indigenous technical developments, changes in materials and tastes, and the influence of foreign ideas, there are certain qualities inherent in Chinese art which make it possible to describe in general terms and recognise ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Friday, October 13th, 2017
  • Battle of Telamon
    Ever since the 4th century BCE, the Gallic tribes of northern Italy clashed with the expanding Roman Republic. In 225 BCE, the Boii forged alliances with fellow Gallic tribes of northern Italy and with tribes from across the Alps. The pan-Gallic army struck for Rome, but they were intercepted by three mighty Roman armies. Trapped at Cape Telamon, the outnumbered Gauls put up a hard fight but were ultimately ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Thursday, October 12th, 2017
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