"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.
The Eight Auspicious Signs of Tibetan Buddhism
The Eight Auspicious Signs (also knows as Ashtamangalas) is a sacred suite of symbols, endemic to a number of religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism. These symbols or "symbolic attributes" point to qualities of enlightened mindstream, and are the investiture that ornaments these enlightened "qualities".
The Thunderbird: the Great Sirit of Native Americans
The Thunderbird is a widespread figure in Native American Mythology in the United States and Canada. Described as a supernatural being, the enormous bird was a symbol of power and strength that protected humans from evil spirits.
The Runes: Origins and Meanings
Where do the Runes come from? Since childhood we are told that the alphabet is the "ABC", meaning the collection of the first three letters: something that happened also with the grecian word alfabeto: alfa y beta Following this same concept, the first spoken and written runic alphabet was called Futhark, using its firts letters: fehu, uruz, thurisaz, ansuz, raido and kaunan.
The Medicine Wheel of Native Americans
Native Americans symbols: The Medicine Wheel In the tribes and cultures of the Southwest the Wheel of Medicine was the symbol of the power of the Knowledge of the secrets of the Universe, including men's spiritual and physical health. The Medicine Men, also known as Shamans, were thus the mediators between the source.of this Knowledge and Mankind.
Claddagh ring: origins and meaning
Claddagh ring: a ring to remember If you wish to take a souvenir from a trip to Ireland, you better not think of one of those classic wool sweaters, or one of those green gnomes living in the woods (the leprechaun). The best souvenir of Ireland is a Claddgh Ring: the traditional ring made by Irish goldsmiths in memory of a tradition and that today symbolizes the official engagement ring of Ireland.
Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life according to Norse mythology
The nine world of Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life Yggdrasil (o Yggdrasill) is an eternal ash, also called the Ash of the Universe in the myths of Norsmen. Its roots and branches keep the different world united: Asgard, Midgard,Helheim, Niflheim, Muspellheim, Svartalfheim, Alfheim, Vanaheim y Jötunheim. Its roots originate the spring that fills the well of knowledge, guarded by Mimir.
The Lotus flower and its importance in the Buddhist culture
The Lotus flower: Spiritual symbol of the Buddha In the Buddhist culture the Lotus flower means "spiritual and physical purity". The muddy water from where the flower emerges is associated to the attachment, and to carnal desires, while the immaculate flower that blossoms in this water symbolises the search for light and the promise of purity and spiritual elevation