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Chichen Itza Chichen Itza (/tʃiːˈtʃɛn iːˈtsɑː/,[1] Spanish: Chichén Itzá [tʃiˈtʃen iˈtsa], from Yucatec Maya: Chi'ch'èen Ìitsha' [tɕʰɨɪʼtɕʼeːn˧˩ iː˧˩tsʰaʲ];[2] "at the mouth of the well of the Itza") was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Post Classic. The archaeological site is located in the municipality of Tinum, in the Mexican state of Yucatán.[3] Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) through the Terminal Classic (c.AD 800–900) and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period (c. AD 900–1200). The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the northern Maya lowlands. The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the site’s stewardship is maintained by Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History). Name and orthography[edit] Location[edit]

Does God Exist - Six Reasons to Believe that God is Really There - Existence of God - Proof of God By Marilyn Adamson Just once wouldn't you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God's existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, "You just have to believe." Well, here is an attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons which suggest that God exists. But first consider this. Many examples showing God's design could be given, possibly with no end. The Earth...its size is perfect. The Earth is located the right distance from the sun. And our moon is the perfect size and distance from the Earth for its gravitational pull. Water...colorless, odorless and without taste, and yet no living thing can survive without it. It has an unusually high boiling point and freezing point. Water is a universal solvent. Water is also chemically neutral. Water has a unique surface tension. Water freezes from the top down and floats, so fish can live in the winter. Ninety-seven percent of the Earth's water is in the oceans. The eye...can distinguish among seven million colors. Why Jesus?

Taoism Taoist rite at the Qingyanggong (Bronze Ram Temple) in Chengdu, Sichuan. Taoism, or Daoism, is a philosophical, ethical, and religious tradition of Chinese origin that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (also romanized as Dao). The term Tao means "way", "path" or "principle", and can also be found in Chinese philosophies and religions other than Taoism. In Taoism, however, Tao denotes something that is both the source and the driving force behind everything that exists. It is ultimately ineffable: "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao While Taoism drew its cosmological notions from the tenets of the School of Yin Yang, the Tao Te Ching, a compact and ambiguous book containing teachings attributed to Laozi (Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ; Wade–Giles: Lao Tzu), is widely considered its keystone work. After Laozi and Zhuangzi, the literature of Taoism grew steadily and was compiled in form of a canon—the Daozang—which was published at the behest of the emperor. Ethics[edit]

Cult Fiction - Top 10 List - Top Ten List - Top 10 Existential Novels - Fight Club - Journey to the End of the Night - Man's Fate - Steppenwolf - Woman in the Dunes - Nausea - The Trial - Invisible Man - Notes from Underground - The Stranger - Albert Camu Top 10 Existential Novels #10 - FIGHT CLUB [1996] Chuck Palahniuk "It's easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die. On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero." #09 - JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT [1932] Louis-Ferdinand Celine "The biggest defeat in every department of life is to forget, especially the things that have done you in, and to die without realizing how far people can go in the way of crumminess. #08 - MAN'S FATE [1932] Andre Malraux "The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness." #07 - STEPPENWOLF [1928] Hermann Hesse "I believe that the struggle against death, the unconditional and self-willed determination to live, is the motive power behind the lives and activities of all outstanding men."

Cusco Cusco /ˈkuːzkoʊ/, often spelled Cuzco (Spanish: Cuzco, [ˈkusko]; Quechua: Qusqu or Qosqo, IPA: [ˈqɔsqɔ]), is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region as well as the Cuzco Province. In 2009, the city had a population of 510,000. Located on the eastern end of the Knot of Cuzco, its elevation is around 3,400 m (11,200 ft). Cusco was the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. It is a major tourist destination and receives almost 2 million visitors a year. Spelling and etymology[edit] The indigenous name of this city is Qusqu. "Go fly over there (they say his wings were born), and by sitting down there take possession in the very seat where that milestone appears, because we'll then settle and live there". The Spanish conquistadors adopted the local name, transliterating it into Spanish as Cuzco or less often Cozco. History[edit] Inca history[edit]

Alliance | What is an Asatru Kindred By Valgard Murray The Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines Kindred as: A group of related individuals; Of a similar nature and character; Of the same ancestry. I would agree with that definition, but it is only partly true. The Asatru Kindred is the foundation for the new Asatru Nation, and as such, is the testing ground for the new tribes of our Folk. In the near future, the Kindred will prove to be the living entity that will survive the onslaught of Ragnarok. In ancient times, our people survived as an extended family. During the late Viking Age, and with the coming of Christianity, things changed. To further assert this absolute control over the people, countries were formed. The ties which bound the tribes together common ancestry, religion, heritage and social structures were meaningless in the towns and cities. Today, as Asatru asserts itself, we must learn from the lessons of the past. The History of Asatru Kindreds in Vinland How to Form a Kindred Kindred Activities Conclusion

Dos Pilas Coordinates: The Central Plaza of Dos Pilas. Dos Pilas is a Pre-Columbian site of the Maya civilization located in what is now the department of Petén, Guatemala. It dates to the Late Classic Period, being founded by an offshoot of the dynasty of the great city of Tikal in AD 629 in order to control trade routes in the Petexbatún region, particularly the Pasión River.[2] In AD 648 Dos Pilas broke away from Tikal and became a vassal state of Calakmul, although the first two kings of Dos Pilas continued to use the same emblem glyph that Tikal did.[3][4] It was a predator state from the beginning, conquering Itzan, Arroyo de Piedra and Tamarindito. Dos Pilas and a nearby city, Aguateca, eventually became the twin capitals of a single ruling dynasty.[5] The kingdom as a whole has been named as the Petexbatun Kingdom, after Lake Petexbatún, a body of water draining into the Pasión River.[6] Etymology[edit] Location[edit] Known rulers[edit] Itzamnaaj B'alam (c. 697[5]) had a short reign.

Twin Vice Paranormal Detectives Chapter 1: Stick, Stock, Stone Dead, a harry potter fanfic A/N: Beta Read by the wonders that are BloodRayne and StringofPearls, and devised with the aid of Caith. Seriously, thank you both so much for all your help! This story is heavily based on folklore and fairytales (which is particularly evident in this chappy). Please visit Olafpriol on Deviantart! Her Fred & George fanart always inspires me to write and any fan of the twins will love her stuff, so get your butts over there ...Er, well after you've read the fic... EDIT: Check my profile page for fanart, movie trailers and gift art related to the story. : ) 'There came a wind out o' the northA sharp wind and a snellA dead sleep it came o'er meAnd frae my horse I fellAnd the Queen o' the Faeries she took meIn yon green hill to dwell Twin Vice Paranormal Detectives Prologue Stick, Stock, Stone Dead oOo "From The Tales of Beedle the Bard," he read, peeling back the yellowed page with a sullen look. 'There are many tales of the Winter Queen, but only one of them is true. "Hang on a minute, Perce..."

Epi-Olmec culture Important Epi-Olmec sites The Epi-Olmec culture was a cultural area in the central region of the present-day Mexican state of Veracruz, concentrated in the Papaloapan River basin, a culture that existed during the Late Formative period, from roughly 300 BCE to roughly 250 CE.[1] Epi-Olmec was a successor culture to the Olmec, hence the prefix "epi-" or "post-". Although Epi-Olmec did not attain the far-reaching achievements of that earlier culture, it did realize, with its sophisticated calendrics and writing system, a level of cultural complexity unknown to the Olmecs.[2] Cultural context[edit] Left side image of La Mojarra Stela 1 showing a person identified as "Harvester Mountain Lord" In contrast to earlier Olmec art, Epi-Olmec art displays a general loss of detail and quality. (See also Tres Zapotes site layout and societal organization) Epi-Olmec sculpture[edit] Script and calendrics[edit] Subject matter[edit] Final transformation[edit] Notes[edit] References[edit]

Han Dynasty Etymology According to the Records of the Grand Historian, after the collapse of the Qin Dynasty the hegemon Xiang Yu appointed Liu Bang as prince of the small fief of Hanzhong. Following Liu Bang's victory in the Chu–Han Contention, the resulting Han dynasty was named after the Hanzhong fief.[6] History Western Han China's first imperial dynasty was the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC). Military expansion To the north of China proper, the nomadic Xiongnu chieftain Modu Chanyu (r. 209–174 BC) conquered various tribes inhabiting the eastern portion of the Eurasian Steppe. After Wu's reign, Han forces continued to prevail against the Xiongnu. A gilded bronze oil lamp in the shape of a kneeling female servant, dated 2nd century BC, found in the tomb of Dou Wan, wife of the Han prince Liu Sheng; its sliding shutter allows for adjustments in the direction and brightness in light while it also traps smoke within the body.[27]

Maya civilization Uxmal, Nunnery Quadrangle Artist's copy of Bonampak Painting, Mexico, 700 C.E. Throne 1 of Piedras Negras The Maya is a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for Maya script, the only known fully developed writing system of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as for its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. Initially established during the Pre-Classic period (c. 2000 BC to AD 250), according to the Mesoamerican chronology, many Maya cities reached their highest state of development during the Classic period (c. The Maya civilization shares many features with other Mesoamerican civilizations due to the high degree of interaction and cultural diffusion that characterized the region. The Maya peoples survived the Classic period collapse and the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores and sixteenth-century Spanish colonization of the Americas. Geographical extent Extent of Classic and Post-Classic Maya civilization History Preclassic period Classic period "Caana" at Caracol.

Legalism (Chinese philosophy) Legalism was a philosophy emphasizing strict obedience to the legal system. It was one of the main philosophical currents during the Warring States period. It was a utilitarian political philosophy that did not address higher questions like the purpose and nature of life.[1] The school's most famous proponent and contributor Han Fei believed that a ruler should use the following three tools to govern his subjects: Primarily members of the ruling class, the Legalists emphasized that the head of state was endowed with shi, the "mystery of authority", and as such his decisions must always command the respect and obedience of the people. The state (country) comes first, not the individual. The emperor’s very figure brought legitimacy. The entire system was set up to make people behave and act how the dynasty wanted. The Legalist philosophers emphasized the primacy of the state over individual autonomy. However, Legalism allowed the common people to gain in rank if they performed well.

Nahuatl Nahuatl (/ˈnɑːwɑːtəl/;[5] Nahuatl pronunciation: [ˈnaːwatɬ] ( )[cn 1]), known informally as Aztec,[3] is a language or group of languages of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Varieties of Nahuatl are spoken by an estimated 1.5 million Nahua people, most of whom live in Central Mexico. All Nahuan languages are indigenous to Mesoamerica. Nahuatl has been spoken in Central Mexico since at least the 7th century AD.[6] It was the language of the Aztecs who dominated what is now central Mexico during the Late Postclassic period of Mesoamerican history. During the centuries preceding the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the Aztec Empire had expanded to incorporate a large part of central Mexico, and its influence caused the variety of Nahuatl spoken by the residents of Tenochtitlan to become a prestige language in Mesoamerica. Today Nahuatl varieties[cn 2] are spoken in scattered communities, mostly in rural areas throughout central Mexico and along the coastline. History[edit] Colonial period[edit]