Kumara, enthusiastically comes into the house and says: ”Take camera, come, come”, I had no idea what to expect and run out into the scorching sun. We escaped the heat of the dry season to Valparai, deep into the Western Ghats, mountains, of Tamil Nadu. Discovering it was Thaipusam – Tamil Nadu’s Lord Murugan festival.
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INDIA: Myths, folklore and taboos of Malana
Malana, is an isolated village of Himachal Pradesh, having their own parliament and constitution. The people of the village don’t consider themselves to be Indians, but Aryans so special you can not even touch them or their belongings. And they grow marijuana – it is everywhere. Discover Myths, folklore and taboos of Malana.
NEPAL: The Toothache tree of Kathmandu
Discover treelore from Nepal – The Toothache tree of Kathmandu, where you can pray to Danteshwori Devi, the Goddess alleviating toothache. If you cannot ask your pain away, try visiting the dental clinics nearby.
INDONESIA: Here be dragons – History, Myth and Folklore of the Komodo Dragon
Komodo dragons are the world’s largest living lizards, they only live on a hand full of islands in Indonesia. The crocodile and the Orah, as it is called by the locals, are the closest we have to dinosaurs. The dragons have long been a source of major fascination for the peoples of Flores who share their islands with them, till today. Discover History, Myth and Folklore of the Komodo Dragon.
… INDONESIA: Here be dragons – History, Myth and Folklore of the Komodo Dragon
INDONESIA: The people of the Jungle – Myths and legends of the Orang-Utan
Orang-utans, being uncannily like humans and highly intelligent, at the same time as being large and extremely strong, have long been a source of major fascination for the peoples of Sumatra and Borneo who share their forests with them. Discover Myths and legends of the Orang-Utan in Indonesia.
… INDONESIA: The people of the Jungle – Myths and legends of the Orang-Utan
CHILE: Myths and folklore of the birdman cult on the Easter Island – Rapa Nui
Explore Makemake and the incredible competition that took place on Rapa Nui to choose the Tangata Manu or Easter Island birdman whose clan would rule the island during one year. Discover Myths and Legends of the birdman cult on the Easter Island – Rapa Nui
… CHILE: Myths and folklore of the birdman cult on the Easter Island – Rapa Nui
CHILE: Myths and Legends from Chiloé
Myths and legends from Chiloé possess a multitude of creatures and a distinct and interesting history of male witches, Francisco Goya’s painting of witches did much to shape perceptions of sorcery in Spanish- speaking societies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Part of the attraction of Chiloé is the wealth of mystery that permeate the misty, foggy reaches of forest and remote beaches, where creatures and male witches dwell.
INDIA: On the Coconut palm
Discover legends, myths and folklore of the coconut palm tree and its use in traditional Indian culture.
Oral literature abounds with proverbs, fables, myths, and legends associated with this special nut and have been associated with the origin of the plant in India, Malaysia, Hawaii, Myanmar, Maldives, Philippines, Indonesia, and Polynesian countries.
… INDIA: On the Coconut palm
INDIA: Annapurna – The kitchen goddess
While doing a Panchakarma in Kerala, India I witnessed how Annapurṇa – The kitchen goddess, got a temple in the new kitchen, this ritual is called kumbhabhishekam.
CHINA: On the Giant Panda in History and Mythology
Folklore of 熊猫 – the Giant Panda, has its roots in Tibetan and Chinese culture. Read the legends on how the panda got his black marks, discover its etymology and symbolism and the use in traditional Chinese culture. Discover the History and Mythology of the xióng māo, Mo, Pixiu or Giant Panda.
CHINA: Solar Eclipses in History and Mythology
Discover History and Mythology of Solar Eclipses in China and how it makes us connect to what our ancestors might have felt and experienced.
INDONESIA: Legends of the Herons, or Kokokan birds in Petulu Gunung, Bali
The Legends of the Herons, or Kokokan birds in Petulu Gunung, Bali is well known and they are an impressive spectacle as they fly every evening into the trees of the village to sleep and feed their offspring. For many visitors to Bali, the unofficial story behind the Petulu herons is one of the first hints that there’s more to the people and culture than would appear in the smiling faces and brightly coloured ceremonial clothes.
… INDONESIA: Legends of the Herons, or Kokokan birds in Petulu Gunung, Bali
THAILAND- LEGEND: Nai Khanom Tom – The Father of Muay Thai
Traveling and discovering is sometimes about being in the right place on the right day, for us that day was March 17th, when Thailand celebrates the Nai Khanom Tom day. There are many different names for this celebration such as “National Muay Boran day“, “National Muay Thai day” or “Boxer’s Day“. Discover Nai Khanom Tom – The Father of Muay Thai, who is celebrated that special day.
… THAILAND- LEGEND: Nai Khanom Tom – The Father of Muay Thai
AUSTRIA: Baucis et Philemon, retold as myth, fairy tale, fable & poem
Discover Ovid’s Baucis et Philemon, retold as myth, fairy tale, fable, poem and as seen in art.
… AUSTRIA: Baucis et Philemon, retold as myth, fairy tale, fable & poem
MALAYSIA: Chinese New Year in Georgetown- Penang
Discover Legend, Myth and Folklore of the Chinese New Year in Georgetown- Penang. Read about Customs, Rituals and Taboos and the many gods that are worshiped during the Spring Festival. And how the people celebrate this special time of the year.
STORYTELLING BALI: Made Taro&Gede Tarmada
Storytelling in Bali is an age old tradition, and an ancient art. It symbolizes the living tradition of storytelling that deeply explains and entertains, morally educates and brings communities together. In Balinese culture- art, ritual, and performance overlap in various ways, stories are continually told and retold.
TIMELINE: A story of coffee
The story of how coffee was first discovered and then spread to all of the major countries on Earth is a fascinating tale that includes romance, politics, religion, intrigue, heroics, deceit, greed, and innovation.
INDONESIA: On the origins of Lake Toba
Danu Toba is a special place, a lake in a super volcano, the biggest volcanic caldera worldwide:
CHINA: Mid Autumn Festival Mythology
Historically, the Mid Autumn Festival was a time to enjoy the successful reaping of rice and wheat with food offerings made in honor of the moon. Also known as the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, or simply the Mooncake Festival, it also celebrates the legends of Chang’e 嫦娥, the Goddess of Immortality and her companion, the moon rabbit, called also 月兔 Yùtù or Jade Rabbit.
INDIA: On the Frangipani – Plumeria
Discover legends and folklore of the Frangipani – Plumeria in India, and its use in traditional Indian culture.
INDIA: On the Banana
Discover legends, myths and folklore of the banana tree in India- its use in traditional Indian culture.
… INDIA: On the Banana
INDIA: On the Bodhi Tree
Discover legend, myth and folklore of the Bodhi tree in India and its use in Indian culture.
PERU: On the origins QUINOA
Discover the Aymara legend, history and folklore of the quinoa in Peru and its use in traditional culture.
INDONESIA: Traditional Tajen- Cockfighting in Bali
Indonesia, like many other nations, has banned cock fighting as a cruel sport, although traditional Tajen- Cockfighting in Bali is still allowed for ceremonial purposes. The term bali refers to blood offerings and/or animal sacrifice. These fighting birds are as much a part of Balinese Hindu rites as the burning of incense and giving offerings to the gods.
INDONESIA: On animal sacrifices in Bali and the mythological origins
Animal sacrifices in Bali and the mythological origins source from the records in palm-leaf and Hindu literature. Animal sacrifice or bali in Sanskrit, has turned up in almost all cultures.
… INDONESIA: On animal sacrifices in Bali and the mythological origins