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Exploring Ancient World Cultures

Exploring Ancient World Cultures
Probably so: even today, in the plurality of approaches to the study of history and to the study of cultures, people talk about PLATO or DANTE or Krishna or Mohammed. But there is an important proviso: How you approach ancient cultures (or any other culture, for that matter) and how you conceive of the people of such distant worlds are of paramount importance. At this point, you might ask yourself these two additional questions: Do we study these cultures because, to some extent, all cultures share certain characteristics? Does our own culture reflect aspects of these other cultures? The answer to the first of the two questions has historically been found in a discussion of universality. Consider, for a moment, the case of Arjuna in The Bhagavad Gita.

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Lost Civilisations Lost Civilisations: How Plausible? Some of the content of this article is taken from my book, Being and Perceiving Stories of secret or lost civilisations have captivated our imaginations for centuries - from Atlantis and Shambhala in the Old World, to the search for El Dorado in the Americas. Hard evidence for the existence of such lost civilisations seems thin, and their existence is generally dismissed by the academic community. However, is it plausible to suggest, more generally, that civilisations may have risen and fallen before the beginning of the historical record? In the Old World, civilisation developed in the Middle East (Mesopotamia), Ancient China and the Indian Subcontinent (the Indus Valley Civilisation).

Dead Sea an Exhibit at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC The exhibition Scrolls From the Dead Sea: The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Scholarship brings before the American people a selection from the scrolls which have been the subject of intense public interest. Over the years questions have be en raised about the scrolls' authenticity, about the people who hid them away, about the period in which they lived, about the secrets the scrolls reveal, and about the intentions of the scrolls' custodians in restricting access. The Library's exhibition describes the historical context of the scrolls and the Qumran community from whence they may have originated; it also relates the story of their discovery 2,000 years later. In addition, the exhibition encourages a better understanding of the challenge s and complexities connected with scroll research. The exhibition is divided into five sections:

World War II and the Holocaust The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims - six million were murdered. Roma (Gypsies), physically and mentally disabled people and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny. The Nazi Party came to power in Germany in 1933.

Reiki-Reiki Healing Technique- Japanese Reiki Read a brief introduction to Japanese Reiki healing technique. Reiki as a healing technique has gained immense popularity all over the world with more and more people wanting to master this simple art of meditation and self-realisation. Reiki as a healing art originated in Japan and it means 'Universal Life Energy' in Japanese. The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words viz. 'rei' which means "free passage" and 'ki' which means "vital life force energy". Reiki as a system was developed by Mikao Usui in the year 1922 while he was performing 'Isyu Guo', a twenty-one day Buddhist training course.

Homo neanderthalensis First paper: King, W., 1864. The reputed fossil man of the Neanderthal. Quarterly Review of Science 1, 88-97. ॐॐॐ Aum Om Infinite Brahman Universe - IDN Forums - Internationalised Domain Names ॐૐऔंༀ唵 Aum (also Om, ॐ) is the most sacred syllable in Hinduism, symbolizing the infinite Brahman and the entire Universe. The syllable is sometimes referred to as the "Udgitha" or "pranava mantra" (primordial mantra); not only because it is considered to be the primal sound, but also because most mantras begin with it. It first came to light in the Vedic Tradition. As a seed syllable (bija), it is also considered holy in Esoteric Buddhism. In Devanagari it is written ॐ (Unicode U+0950) and in Tibetan script ༀ (Unicode U+0F00).

100 Years of Conflict We compiled this piece to explain the key global events of the last 100 years to coincide with the centenary of World War One. We’ve used a variety of graphics, timelines and data visualisations to explain the chain link of events that lead us to global politics as they are today. If you want to make further suggestions on what we can work in, let us know on the comments. By 1914 Europe was divided by two major Alliance systems: The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria Hungary and Italy and the Triple Entente, between France, Russia and Great Britain. The balance of power was delicate, with tension building in a pot of nationalistic fervour, militarism and Imperial ambition. In June 1914 the spark was lit to fuel the fire:

Astral Projection - Astral Projection: You Can Do It Too Everyone can have an out-of-body experience (OBE), says expert Jerry Gross - in fact, you probably have. In this interview, Gross explains OBEs, what happens and how to begin your adventure. When noted out-of-body teacher and practitioner Jerry Gross wants to travel long distances, he doesn't bother with the time and expense of catching a plane.

What Became of the Taino? If you have ever paddled a canoe, napped in a hammock, savored a barbecue, smoked tobacco or tracked a hurricane across Cuba, you have paid tribute to the Taíno, the Indians who invented those words long before they welcomed Christopher Columbus to the New World in 1492. Their world, which had its origins among the Arawak tribes of the Orinoco Delta, gradually spread from Venezuela across the Antilles in waves of voyaging and settlement begun around 400 B.C. Mingling with people already established in the Caribbean, they developed self-sufficient communities on the island of Hispaniola, in what is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic; in Jamaica and eastern Cuba; in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. They cultivated yuca, sweet potatoes, maize, beans and other crops as their culture flourished, reaching its peak by the time of European contact. The Taíno impressed Columbus with their generosity, which may have contributed to their undoing.