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Sirius. Sirius appears bright because of both its intrinsic luminosity and its proximity to Earth.


At a distance of 2.6 parsecs (8.6 ly), as determined by the Hipparcos astrometry satellite,[5][19][20] the Sirius system is one of Earth's near neighbors; for Northern-hemisphere observers between 30 degrees and 73 degrees of latitude (including almost all of Europe and North America), it is the closest star (after the Sun) that can be seen with the naked eye. Sirius is gradually moving closer to the Solar System, so it will slightly increase in brightness over the next 60,000 years. After that time its distance will begin to recede, but it will continue to be the brightest star in the Earth's sky for the next 210,000 years.[21] Sirius A is about twice as massive as the Sun and has an absolute visual magnitude of 1.42.

It is 25 times more luminous than the Sun[7] but has a significantly lower luminosity than other bright stars such as Canopus or Rigel. Observational history[edit] Kinematics[edit] Family tree of the Greek gods. Cygnus (constellation) Cygnus contains Deneb, one of the brightest stars in the night sky and one corner of the Summer Triangle, as well as some notable X-ray sources and the giant stellar association of Cygnus OB2.

Cygnus (constellation)

One of the stars of this association, NML Cygni, is one of the largest stars currently known. The constellation is also home to Cygnus X-1, an distant X-ray binary containing a supergiant and unseen massive companion that was the first object widely held to be a black hole. Orion (constellation) The earliest depiction that has been linked to the constellation of Orion is a prehistoric (Aurignacian) mammoth ivory carving found in a cave in the Ach valley in Germany in 1979.

Orion (constellation)

Archaeologists have estimated it to have been fashioned approximately 32,000 to 38,000 years ago.[2][3][4] The distinctive pattern of Orion has been recognized in numerous cultures around the world, and many myths have been associated with it. GODDESS WISDOM. Shamans as Schizophrenics. If we assume that what western clinicians call “schizophrenia” is a neurobiological condition, we would expect to find it among all humans.

Shamans as Schizophrenics

We should, in other words, be able to identify it in historical records regardless of time or place. Given this expectation, it’s not surprising that a number of scholars have argued that shamans display the classic signs of schizophrenia or other mental illnesses. Appropriately enough, I’ve been of two minds on the issue. On the one hand, my reading of ethnographic and ethnohistoric records has never caused me to think that shamans are mentally ill or otherwise disordered. In most cases, shamans must — when not engaged in shamanic activities — be functioning and contributing members of their societies.

Think religion makes society less violent? Think again. Whenever tragedy strikes in America, some conservative politician or pundit will inevitably blame it on secularism.

Think religion makes society less violent? Think again.

In the aftermath of the shooting at Umpqua Community College, for example, Fox host Bill O'Reilly cited weakening religion as the culprit. "As the world becomes more secular," he declared, "civilized restraints to bad behavior drop. " Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee offered similar sentiments after the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., blaming such wanton violence on the fact that "we have systematically removed God from our schools. " The theory is simple: If people become less religious, then society will decay. The Book of Enoch full film. Encyclopedia: Medieval Cosmology and Worldview. Medieval cosmology was centered around the concept of the Ptolemaic universe, named after Greek astronomer Ptolemy (ca. 150 CE).

Encyclopedia: Medieval Cosmology and Worldview

In this geocentric (earth-centered) model, the earth was the motionless center of the universe, with the rest of the universe revolving around it in spheres. Ptolemy's work was based on Aristotle's (384-322 BCE) idea of an ordered universe, divided into the sublunary, or earthly, region which was changeable and corruptible, and the heavenly region, which was immutable and perfect. La mythologie. Lumière sur… ► vous êtes ici Lumière sur… Introduction générale Les créatures ne sont pas là pour nous nourrir et réjouir nos sens ; toutes les mythologies primitives le savaient bien, qui leur donnaient une signification métaphorique ; et, par là, elles justifiaient la création d’une manière bien plus profonde que ne le font les interprétations utilitaires.

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“La nature est une révélation de Dieu à l’homme…” (Albert Béguin, L’Âme romantique et le rêve, 1939) Qu’est-ce que la mythologie ? La mythologie est l’histoire fabuleuse des divinités du paganisme 1. L’histoire fabuleuse des divinités qu’adoraient les Grecs et les Romains peut se diviser en mythes historiques, philosophiques, allégoriques et morales (lire la rubrique ci-dessous). Tête de Méduse (détail) par le Caravage, huile sur cuir marouflé monté sur bois, v. 1592–1600, galerie des Offices. Selon l’opinion la plus commune, l’idolâtrie et le mythe eurent pour berceau l’Égypte et la Phénicie. Le mythe historique. Mysterious Places: Explore sacred sites and ancient civilizations.

Hinduism. Religious Symbol Dictionary. Malagasy mythology.