Violeta Parra was a folklorist and an ethnomusicologist, a poet, a musician, a painter, a sculptor and a tapestry maker. Above all, however, her work captured Chile’s history, its culture, and its pain.
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.
* The Peace of Trees
Enjoy this very colorful and personal collection by Trish Nicholson: … * The Peace of Trees
DENMARK : FAIRY TALE The fir tree – H. C. Andersen
Grantræet~ The Fir Tree, is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen. Discover the traditional use of the fir tree.
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
GERMANY: FOLK SONG – Oh Tannenbaum – Oh Christmas tree
O Tannenbaum, O Christmastree…
… GERMANY: FOLK SONG – Oh Tannenbaum – Oh Christmas tree
TURKEY : TREE STORIES by Nasreddin Hodja
Nasreddin Hodja has many names and is also sometimes referred to as “Nasrudin”,“the Mulla” and as “the Hodja” or “Hoca”.
Paraguay | Brazil | Argentina: On the creation of the IGUAZU Falls
This legend came to us, sitting in a restaurant in Foz do Iguacu, near the Iguazu falls, sharing my meal with a big tourist group from Brazil, luckily some spoke Spanish, so did Leticia, the Lady sitting near me. Discover the creation of the Iguazu falls.
… Paraguay | Brazil | Argentina: On the creation of the IGUAZU Falls