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Ancient Egypt

Some 5000 years ago a civilization was just awakening that would still leave us mesmerized by it’s beauty, it’s knowledge, it`s culture, it’s love of life and their preparation and belief in a better life to come in the “afterlife”. This civilization was, of course, that of Ancient Egypt. On our journey we will be able to see how this great land evolved to become …

Dinosaur hunters and the earliest discoveries

Megalosaurus as depicted by Richard Owen in 1854, who came up with the name dinosaur.The first dinosaur fossils were probably found in China as early as the fourth century – only they were referred to as dragon bones. It wasn’t until 1824 that the first dinosaur was scientifically described by British geologist William Buckland. A lower jaw of the meat-eating Megalosaurus or ‘big lizard’ was …

Cultural features of Neanderthals and moderns

The Neanderthal culture is generally called the Mousterian, after the cave location (Le Moustier) where the first tools were found in association with Neanderthal remains. It is regarded as Middle Paleolithic because the later tools were of a more advanced (Upper Paleolithic) style. The succeeding cultures are associated with Homo sapiens.and began 40 kya with the entry of these moderns into Europe. The earliest Upper …

Models of the origin and dispersal of modern humans

The oldest modern humans are found in Africa, and are dated about 130 kya. They clearly evolved from local African populations of Homo erectus.All paleoanthropologists agree that such local evolution had to occur in at least one place, but the argument about the origins of modern groups of humans centers on what happened next. The next step in human evolution either involved local evolutionary steps …

Buddhist sculpture

Bddhist sculpture was introduced to from China and Korea, and from the 6th through the 8th century Japanese Buddhist sculpture closely followed continental prototypes.A more native style did not evolve until the 9th century. Most early sculpture was rendered in gilt bronze or wood.Continental models provided the stylistic framework for much of the sculpture produced for Asuka period(593-710)temples. Important examples of early Buddhuist sculpture include …

Buddhist iconography

In Japanese Buddhism, Buddhist deities are divided into four principal gropes:NYORAI,BOSATSU,TEMBU,AND MYOO.Each group has a specific vocabulary of costume, stance, and symbolic gesture represented in paintings and sculpture, and individual deities within each group have additional identifying attributes. A nyorai is a Buddha and is generally shown in plain monk’s raiment,without decoration.Among the nyorai are Amida, the Buddha of light;Ykushi, the Buddha of healing; and …

Buddhist art: Esoteric Buddhism

In part as a reaction to the state Buddhism symbolized by Todaiji and the Nara Daibutu, a new regime moved the capital to Heiankyou(Kyoto)in 794.Largely coincidental with this move was the emergence into prominence of mikkyo”the secret teaching” a system of esoteric Buddhist belief and practice that was tobe articulated in the Shingon sect and the Tendai sect. The Buddha Dainichi, a cosmic force that …

Buddhist art: The BUDDHIST MAINSTREAM

Like Japanese Bbuddhism itself,Japanese Buddhist art was a national variant of an international tradition.In Japan the Buddhist art forms that were periodically introduced from China and Korea were tempered in the crucible of local custom and usage ,to yield a rich tradition of religious art and architecture. Buddhism was formally transmitted to Japan from China and Korea in the 6th century.The forms of Buddhism and …

The Astrological Chart Natal Hexagram or I Ching

The astrological┬áchart Natal Hexagram is one of my major interests in the study of the mysteries is the investigation of parallels between various disciplines. Whether these parallels are the result of independent orgin or by communication between the different cultures in most cases is a gray area that cannot be precisely pinpointed. This is very prominent between Eastern and Western cultures. Many investigators claim these …

The I Ching or the Book of Changes – Introduction

One of the most prominent books in the history of Oriental culture is the I Ching, usually called the Book of Changes. Since the time of Confucius it has never lost its importance, either as a book of divination or as one of Oriental philosophy. Beside its importance in Oriental studies, the I Ching has been invaluable in the history of philosophy, religion and influence …

Diagnosing an enigmatic Pharaoh

One of history’s most enigmatic characters may be one step closer to being understood, thanks to the research of a fledgling Canadian Egyptologist. Alwyn Burridge, an Egyptology doctoral student at the University of Toronto, has been dogging the mystery of the strange appearance of Akhenaten, the “rebel pharaoh” who was one of history’s first recorded monotheists. Her persuasive theory suggests he suffered from the genetic …