Vesak, the International Buddhist Day
Vesak Day is celebrated on the day of the full moon in May. This date has been recognised by the United Nations as the holiest day for millions of Buddhists around the world, as it coincides with the birth of the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago in 623 BC. It was also on this day of the full moon in May that Buddha attained enlightenment and also on the day of his death at the age of 80.
The Pasthuns: the story of a people and their tribes
The Pashtuns, historically known as Afghans, are an Iranian ethnic group originating in Central and South Asia. The Pashtuns originate from the territory comprising southern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan (occasionally referred to as the Pashtunistan region), which is where most of the population resides. Significant and historical communities of the Pashtun diaspora exist in the Sindh and Punjab provinces of Pakistan (particularly in the cities of Karachi and Lahore) and in the Rohilkhand region of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India (as well as in major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai).
Kantha: India's most valuable textile technique
Kantha (also spelled kanta, and qanta) is a type of embroidery craft in the eastern regions of the Indian subcontinent, specifically in Bangladesh and in the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura and Odisha. And was almost never made for money. The embroidered cloth has many uses including shawls and bags, where the entire cloth is covered with running stitches, employing beautiful motifs of flowers, animals birds and geometrical shapes, as well as themes from everyday activities. The stitching on the cloth gives it a slightly wrinkled, wavy effect.
"Trade Beads", the token money of European Colonialists
Trade Beads, sometimes called "slave beads" are decorative glass beads used by European colonialists between the 16th and 20th century as a token money to exchange for goods, services and slaves (hence the name).
Shaligrama, the precious black stone of Vishnu
Shaligrama, the precious black stone of Vishnu Shalagrama shila also known as Shaligram refers to a particular variety of stone collected from river-bed or banks of the Gandaki River in Nepal, and are used as an non-anthropomorphic representation of Lord Vishnu. Thay are fossils of ammonite shells from the Cretaceous Period (400 to 66 million years ago). According to the Legend, it generated due to the following chain of events.
Hand made tradition: how and where do the Wayuu bags come from
Located deep in the La Guajira desert, close to the Colombian and Venezuelan border, is a traditional, historical, indigenous community who are known as the people of the sun, sand and wind – the Wayuu tribe.
Yule: The Viking Predecessor Of The Contemporary Christmas Holidays
Christmas is one of the most important Christian holidays, being observed most commonly on the December 25 on all of the continents across the world. Nowadays, this holy celebration brings people together in many ways. However, what some people might not know about Christmas is that, if traced to its roots, this Christian holiday was initially celebrated by pagan Germanic peoples since Ancient times.
Samhain, the origins of Halloween
Halloween, also known as Hallowe'en or Allhalloween and All Hallows'Eve is a pagan holiday, of ancient Gaelic and Celtic tradition, that has come down to us, and known in Celtic society as Samhain. October 31, in effect, marked for the Celts the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the winter "the dark season" (ndr), the Samhain, which would derive from the Gaelic samhuinn and means "summer’s end", end of the summer. In Ireland, the festival was known as Samhein, or The Samon, the festival of the Sun.
Greece and its Myths If we look today at the ancient myths with the benevolent eye of those who have now crossed certain boundaries and can afford to treat them as old fairy tales to tell to children before falling asleep, is because we are children of a long evolutionary process that has had science at its base. But once it was not so: every people built the foundations of its culture by elaborating mythological narratives and handing them down orally from generation to generation, so that they would become a common and specific heritage.
Brief history of the Pre-Columbians civilizations
Pre- Columbians: the first civilizationes In our collective imagination the first contact between Europens reaching the Americas and the Nativa tribes that lived in those territories depends on the representations that we have absorbed on this side of the Atlantic. Accoring to the European perspective we reached the other side of the Ocean bringing civilization and progress to tribes absolutely devoid of any significative cultural reference
A brief history of the Vikings
The Vikings: the peoples of the North It is always about points of view: according to the populations interested in the commercial expansion of the Vikings between the centuries VIII and XI, they were ugly, rude, dirty and with a very bad temperament. On the other hand, if we read Nordic historians and the feats they report, we will have an image of handsome men, with culture, great sailors, athletes and expert negotiators.
Brief history of the Native Americans Tribes
Native Americans: the origins At the beginning they were called "Indians" or "Redskins", and finally, finding a politically correct definition, "Native Americans". As you can imagine, just the fact of having three different words to define the same reality, mens that there is no clarity at all on its origins and development.
Chichen Itzá: The secret of the Mayas
Chichen Itzá: the symbol of a Civilization In Yucatec (the Mayan language), Chichén Itzá means «mouth of the well of the itza», making a reference to the Sacred Cenote, the big natural well that the inhabitant of the region considered as the door to the Underworld, where the most important deities lived, as, for example, the Rain.