Ancient tunnels in New Zealand Ancient Tunnels, underlying an historical site in New Zealand. Tunnels into a Faerie mound? These tunnels or caves have a curious origin and unresearched function. Old (some would say mythological) stories associate them with the wee folk. Fairies, Turehu or Patu-pai-arehe depending on the regional or usual name used in various areas of NZ.. Acknowledged by Maori as having been constructed by the original peoples with whom they had contact.
A Lesson from the Aboriginal Book of Wisdom By Sonya van Gelder Guest Writer for Wake Up World When mob governs, man is ruled by ignorance; when the church governs, he is ruled by superstition; and when the state governs, he is ruled by fear. Before men can live together in harmony and understanding, ignorance must be transmuted into wisdom, superstition into illuminated faith, and fear into love. ~ Manly P. Hall
Newark American Indian Mounds the Eighth Wonder of the World? You Decide If you don't immediately think of the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Lighthouse of Alexandria when you consider the Newark Earthworks, in modern-day Ohio, well, that could soon change. A contest to add an eighth to the classic seven wonders of the ancient world is now underway and running until September 30 at Virtualtourist.com/8thwonder. 3D reconstruction of a moonrise over the Newark Earthworks. The Newark Earthworks are indeed a wonder. Sacred Texts - Australia Sacred-texts home Shamanism African Native AmericanBuy CD-ROM Buy Books about Australian Spirituality Finding texts about Australian Aboriginal religion in the public domain was extremely difficult. There is a landslide of 19th and early 20th Century books and articles about American and African indigenous traditions, many treating the subject with sensitivity and great depth. Only a few Australian works from this period are available, and most of them are pretty vague on the details. Some of this can be attributed to the traditional tribal secrecy, which is maintained even to this day.
Aboriginal Astronomy The Emu in the Sky The photograph above shows the aboriginal "emu-in-the-sky" constellation in the sky. It won its creator, Barnaby Norris, third prize in the prestigious 2007 "Eureka" awards. The metallobiology of neuromelanin pigment in the human brain studied by synchrotron X-ray microspectroscopy Neuromelanin is a dark coloured granular pigment which forms within dopamine and noradrenaline-containing neurons of the substantia nigra (SN) pars compacta and the locus coeruleus in the human brain (Figure 131a). Little is known about this uniquely human pigment; its structure, biosynthesis pathway and physiological functions are not yet completely understood. We have recently demonstrated that neuromelanin production in human dopamine neurons occurs in three phases; an initiation phase occurring around the age of three, growth in pigment volume during adolescence and maturation and darkening of the pigment in adulthood . One hypothesised role for neuromelanin is metal homeostasis; metal-handling systems are suggested to be dysfunctional in a number of neurodegenerative diseases. Interestingly, neuromelanin-containing neurons degenerate dramatically in the common neurodegenerative disorder Parkinson’s disease.
The Lost Lands of Mu and Lemuria: Was Australia Once Part of a Sunken Continent? Lemuria and Mu are interchangeable names given to a lost land believed to have been located somewhere in either the southern Pacific or Indian Oceans. This ancient continent was apparently the home of an advanced and highly spiritual culture, perhaps the mother race of all mankind, but it sank beneath the waves many thousands of years ago as the result of a geological cataclysm of some kind. The thousands of rocky islands scattered throughout the Pacific, including Easter Island, Tahiti, Hawaii and Samoa, have been claimed by some to be the only surviving remains of this once great continent. But is there any physical evidence to back up these claims of an ancient continent beneath the Pacific or Indian Ocean? Or should these ‘lost homeland’ stories be interpreted in another way entirely, perhaps as the symbol of a mythical vanished ‘Golden Age’ of man? The Land of Mu
Dreaming of the sky Just as ecologists are increasing their understanding of the Australian environment through studying Aboriginal stories and talking to tribal Elders, so astronomers are beginning to appreciate Indigenous knowledge of the sky. When Macquarie University PhD student Duane Hamacher encountered Aboriginal Dreamtime myths involving fiery stars falling to Earth, he decided to see if he could track where these objects had landed. Following several leads, Duane surveyed remote areas of Australia using Google Earth—and discovered a meteor impact site at Palm Valley, about 130 kilometres southwest of Alice Springs. What Duane and colleagues from Macquarie’s Department of Earth and Planetary Science found when they visited Palm Valley was a bowl-shaped geological structure that could not have been formed either by erosion or volcanic activity.
John Venn's 180th birthday: Google doodle commemorates the inventor of the Venn diagram Google has created an interactive doodle to mark the 180th birthday of John Venn. The internet giant has devised one of its iconic moving illustrations to commemorate the life of the philosopher, best known for creating the Venn diagram. In the diagram, circles are used to visually and logically sort groups to illustrate their relationships to each other. For example, one circle may contain things that are mammals. The other circle may contain things that have wings. Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime, Mythology Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Reality is a Dream Australian Aboriginal Creation Myths
Didgeridoo, Didjeridu Didgeridoo The didgeridoo (also known as a didjeridu or didge) is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago and still in widespread usage today both in Australia and around the world. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or "drone pipe". Musicologists classify it as a brass aerophone. There are no reliable sources stating the didgeridoo's exact age.
The Dreaming & Other Essays W.E.H. Stanner's words changed Australia. Without condescension and without sentimentality, in essays such as 'The Dreaming' Stanner conveyed the richness and uniqueness of Aboriginal culture. In his Boyer Lectures he exposed a 'cult of forgetfulness practised on a national scale,' regarding the fate of the Aborigines, for which he coined the phrase 'the great Australian silence'.