TREES: On Tree Lore
T rees, throughout the ages, have been given deep and sacred meanings in many of the world’s mythologies, TREE LORE features in all aspects of culture. … TREES: On Tree Lore
PERU: On the Cuy – Guinea pig – in history, mythology, folklore & everyday life
Cuy, is part of the culture, history, mythology, folklore and every day life, of Peruvians from time immemorial. This small rodent is identified with the life and customs of the local communities, cuyes are also used in medicine and even in magical-religious rituals. Currently the guinea pig has multiple purposes (pets, experimental animals), although in Peru it is a traditional food.
… PERU: On the Cuy – Guinea pig – in history, mythology, folklore & everyday life
AUSTRIA | SOUTH TYROL: On Saint Nicholas and the Krampus in Tyrol
Saint Nicholas with his long white beard, bishop’s miter and crosier rewards the well-behaved with gifts each year on 6th December. His scary counterpart Krampus wears fur, horns and a hand-carved mask with a lolling tongue. During the Christmas season, he comes to warn and punish naughty children (and adults). Discover Saint Nicholas and the Krampus in Tyrol. … AUSTRIA | SOUTH TYROL: On Saint Nicholas and the Krampus in Tyrol
EGYPT : On the CURSE OF THE PHARAOH TUTANKHAMUN
British Archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter along with his sponsor, Lord Carnarvon, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922, in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor. Rumor and speculation of mysterious deaths began to spread. Discover the life of King Tut, and the Curse of the Pharaoh, Tutankhamun or, the Mummy’s Curse. … EGYPT : On the CURSE OF THE PHARAOH TUTANKHAMUN
ITALY: Frozen in Ice – The curse of the Iceman – Ötzi
The Iceman — Ötzi, the Glacier Mummy is forever sleeping in a big refrigerator. The frozen mummy is stored in a specially devised cold cell, chilled to a glacial minus 6.5 degrees Celsius, or 20.3 degrees Fahrenheit, and 99% humidity. We can see him through a small window in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano/Bozen. Discover the curse of the Iceman — Ötzi, his tattoos and ethnomedicne from the Copper Age. … ITALY: Frozen in Ice – The curse of the Iceman – Ötzi
CHINA: On the origin of Rice 稻 – Myths, History and Folklore
There are many origin myths and much folklore about rice. In China goddesses, gods, and sacred animals gave rice to humans and taught them how to grow it. Religious use of rice takes place in China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. Discover Myths, History and Folklore of RICE in China, one of the oldest rice cultures.
… CHINA: On the origin of Rice 稻 – Myths, History and Folklore
INDIA: On cow and bull in History & Mythology
Discover India’s cow and bull in History and Mythology and it’s use in traditional Indian medicine. Explore the varied meanings of the Sanskrit word Go गो … INDIA: On cow and bull in History & Mythology
ARGENTINA: El Gauchito Gil
Along roadsides throughout Argentina we notice mystical shrines with red flags flying around them. Discover the folk saint Gauchito Gil. … ARGENTINA: El Gauchito Gil
TIMELINE: A story of cacao/cocoa and chocolate
The story of how cocoa and chocolate was first discovered and then spread to all of the major countries on Earth is a fascinating tale that includes mythology, romance, politics, slavery, intrigue, heroics, deceit, greed, war and innovation. Discover the story of cacao/cocoa and chocolate.
ARGENTINA: La Difunta Correa
Throughout Argentina, we notice roadside shrines amid of water bottles and a statuette of a lactating mother. Discover the folk saint Difunta Correa or Decreased Correa. … ARGENTINA: La Difunta Correa
MEXICO: On Cacao in Popol Vuh
Discover cacao in Popol Vuh and the iconographic relationship between cacao and maize reflecting their importance within Maya cultures
MEXICO: TREELORE – On the historical and mythical origins of cacao in Mesoamerica
Discover historical and mythical origins of Cacao in Mesoamerica.
… MEXICO: TREELORE – On the historical and mythical origins of cacao in Mesoamerica
MEXICO: TREELORE – CACAO IN CHICHEN ITZA
Discover cacao in Chichen Itza, the most important archaeological vestige of the Maya-Toltec civilization in Yucatan, Mexico.
INDIA: Mythology and Diwali rituals of Narakasur in Goa
Narak Chaturdasi is celebrated for Diwali in Goa. Huge effigies of Narkasur, made of grass and hay, dressed in colorful paper clothes and armed with swords and other armaments, are erected in the days preceding Diwali. Narkasur is paraded in the neighborhood accompanied by drums and songs. After dawn with taunts and insults, Narkasur is beheaded and cremated. Discover Mythology and Diwali rituals of Narakasur in Goa.
… INDIA: Mythology and Diwali rituals of Narakasur in Goa
ITALY | TYROL : Walter von der Vogelweide the Minnesinger of Bolzano
First thing you see when you arrive at the center of Bolzano is the monument in memory of the great poet Walther von der Vogelweide the Minnesinger of Bolzano. He was a Minnesinger that probably lived in South Tyrol in Northern Italy around the year 1200.
… ITALY | TYROL : Walter von der Vogelweide the Minnesinger of Bolzano
OMAN: Mythology, history and use of Frankincense or Hojari
Discover mythology, history and traditional medicinal use of Omani Frankincense Hojari, once and today.
… OMAN: Mythology, history and use of Frankincense or Hojari
INDIA | GOA: Mythology, rituals and history of Ganesh Chaturthi
Traveling and discovering is sometimes about being in the right place on the right day, for us that day was today, when India celebrates Ganesha Chaturthi. This festival is also popularly called Vinayaka Cavithi or Vinayaka Chaturthi. It’s celebrated in honor of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, remover of obstacles, the god of beginnings and wisdom. Discover Mythology, rituals and history of Ganesh Chaturthi in India.
… INDIA | GOA: Mythology, rituals and history of Ganesh Chaturthi
INDIA | Himachal Pradesh: Mool Mahunag Annual fair of Karsog
Discover Myths and Legends of the Mool Mahunag Annual fair of Karsog, where devotees pray, play music, carry the murtis (god statues) and feast.
… INDIA | Himachal Pradesh: Mool Mahunag Annual fair of Karsog
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INDIA: Thaipusam – Lord Murugan festival at Palani
Discover Myths and Legends of the Thaipusam – Lord Murugan festival at Palani, where devotees pray, carry the kavadi and dance at the festival.
… INDIA: Thaipusam – Lord Murugan festival at Palani
ITALY | TYROL : The Legend of King Laurins Rose Garden
At sunset, the Dolomite mountains light up in fiery red, turning to purple before fading into the night: this is the Alpenglühen, riverbero rossiccio, enrosadira or Alpenglow, a phenomenon whose origins are deeply rooted in legend. The Legend of King Laurins Rose Garden talks about why the mountains are sometimes glowing red and orange.
PARAGUAY: On the origins of MATE
Visiting South America, I was often invited to share a mate, by friendly and curious people. Having a mate or terere means sharing stories and being part of a deeply cultural ritual.
BOLIVIA: On the origins of papa – potato
Discover legends, myth, history and folklore of the potato plant in Bolivia and its use in traditional Andean culture.
CHILE: Myths and Legends of the Moai on Rapa Nui-The Easter Island
Rapa Nui offers a world of inquiry that have remained unanswered for centuries. Questions abound surrounding the origins of the people and their culture, the Moai statues, the Tangata manu – Birdman cult and the history of the Islands racial extermination, ecological and natural disasters. Discover Myths and Legends of the Moai on Rapa Nui-The Easter Island.
… CHILE: Myths and Legends of the Moai on Rapa Nui-The Easter Island
ITALY | TYROL : The Legend of the Pale Mountains, the Dolomites
Dolomites beauty derives from a variety of spectacular vertical forms such as pinnacles, spires and towers, with contrasting horizontal surfaces including ledges, crags and plateaus. They rise abruptly above extensive talus deposits and more gentle foothills. Countless legends have grown up in the shadow of these pale mountains, inspired by observation of the natural landscape and influenced by the stories told by the people. The Dolomites must surely, in the popular imagination, be inhabited by fabulous creatures as well as by kings and queens, discover the The legend of the Pale Mountains, the Dolomites.
… ITALY | TYROL : The Legend of the Pale Mountains, the Dolomites