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Atlas of True Names

Atlas of True Names
of the familiar terms on today's maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles, Canada and the United States. For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated, the Atlas gives you "The Tawny One", derived from Arab. es-sahra “the fawn coloured, desert”. The 'True Names' of 3000 cities, countries, rivers, oceans and mountain ranges are displayed on these four fascinating maps, each of which includes a comprehensive index of derivations. Etymology, (OGr. etymon “true sense” and logos “speech, oration, discourse, word”) is the study of the origin and history of words. For the first time, the Atlas of True Names uses etymology to give us an unusual insight into familiar geographical names – with intriguing results...... Middle Earth’s evocative “Midgewater”, “Dead Marshes” and “Mount Doom” are strikingly similar in nature to Europe’s “Swirlwater”, “Darkford” or “Smoky Bay”, as revealed by the Atlas of True Names. Take a look at the world through fresh eyes!

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True name A true name is a name of a thing or being that expresses, or is somehow identical with, its true nature . The notion that language , or some specific sacred language , refers to things by their true names has been central to philosophical and grammatical study as well as various traditions of magic , religious invocation and mysticism ( mantras ) since antiquity. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] Philosophical and religious contexts [ edit ] Socrates in Cratylus considers, without taking a position, the possibility whether names are "conventional" or "natural", that is, whether language is a system of arbitrary signs or whether words have an intrinsic relation to the things they signify. [ 3 ] Hellenistic Judaism emphasized the divine nature of logos , later adopted by the Gospel of John . The true name of God plays a central role in Kabbalism (see Gematria , Temurah , YHWH [the tetragrammaton ]) and to some extent in Sufism (see 100th name of God ).

Travel Romania - Bran Castle - Dracula's Castle Bran Castle, situated between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, 30 km far from Brasov, is the only touristic point that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists because of a legend: Count Dracula’s Legend, although the historical sources state that Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) dropped by only once, in his way to Brasov. Bran Castle. Initially, the Bran Castle (in Slavic „brana” means „gate”) was a stronghold known as Dietrichstein, built by the Teutonic Knights in 1212, stronghold that was conquered by the Saxons living in Transylvania towards the end of the 13th century.

What freediving does to the body 12 January 2011Last updated at 11:32 By Megan Lane BBC News Bajau fisherman Sulbin freediving on one breath, filmed in real time With sea levels rising, can humans adapt to a more watery world? The Bajau people of South-East Asia live in stilt houses and fish underwater for up to five minutes on one breath. What does this do to the body? 20 obsolete English words that should make a comeback Photo: Katherine Hodgson If we all start using them, these words can be resurrected. DURING MY UNDERGRADUATE studies as a Linguistics major, one of the things that struck me most is the amazing fluidity of language.

Wind Map An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, not associated with any company. List of Pagans This is a list of historical individuals notable for their Pagan religion (as opposed to Abrahamic religions ), and modern individuals who self-describe as adherents of some form of Paganism or Neopaganism . Ancient [ edit ] The original meaning of pagan is " rural " as opposed to "urban", and only came to refer to "non-Abrahamic" as opposed to Jewish, Christian and Islam in the 6th century, and it is therefore strictly an anachronism to apply the term to earlier times, although this is sometimes done (e.g. the three pagan "worthies" of William Caxton, Hector , Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar ).

Six Great Swiss Mountain Escapes Our picks for mountain villages guaranteed to help you hit the rest button. The Swiss Alps are popular for a lot of reasons, but what about a do-it-yourself modern-day detox? High up in their hills is a network of old villages that harken to the past—tiny communities that move at a slower pace, foster personal relationships (even going so far as to chat up strangers), and—perhaps best of all—are devoid of cars. To reach these beatific destinations, you’ll need to rely upon your feet, funiculars, and cable cars. Once there, soak in the romantic and peaceful solitude that comes with a life free from traffic and blaring horns. If you’re ready to pack your bags, we’ve got the scoop on six of our favorite spots.

Sense of Touch Colors Our View of the World The next time you absently palm that paperweight on your desk, ponder this: The physical characteristics of the objects you touch can influence how you perceive the world. Holding a heavy clipboard, for example, may lead you to view a job applicant as more serious. And, according to a new study, running your hand over sandpaper may make you view social interactions as more hostile and competitive. The idea that our physical environment can influence our thinking—a concept called "embodied cognition"—is not new. In 2008, researchers reported that simply holding a warm cup of coffee prompts us to view others as emotionally warmer.