Scythe of Cronus

The Scythe of Cronus was a stone Scythe gifted to the Titan Cronus by his mother Gaia, in order to bring about the fall of Uranus as revenge for hiding Gaia's children from her. Cronus used the Scythe to castrate Uranus before the injured god disappeared. Later it would be Zeus who would use Cronus's [...]

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Guess What? Halloween is more Christian than Pagan

I'm going to put this up for 2 reasons. 1- Every year I argue (and argue and argue) that Halloween is NOT a holiday that originated in America, and 2) I struggle greatly with not bursting into a lecture when someone tells me that Halloween is pagan and has nothing to do with the Christian [...]

History in Pictures… Nanchan Temple, China

The Great Buddha Hall of the Nanchan Temple is currently the oldest preserved wooden building in existence in China with the temple itself having been built in  782 CE. Within the temple are seventeen original sculptures which date back to the date of the temples construction during the Tang Dynasty. This makes both the sculptures [...]

Negotiating with Death: Special Agreements for the Afterlife Around the World- Ancient Origins Magazine

"Death as an entity appears in many cultures across the globe. In the West, this entity is known as the Grim Reaper. In Japan, Death is represented by Shinigami, the Gods of Death. A lesser-known element of stories involving Death is the part about those who negotiate with the Grim Reaper. This is their story." [...]

2000 year old Podium found in the City of David, Jerusalem

Photo by Shai Halevy- Israel Antiquities Authority Earlier this week archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority uncovered a preaching stone, or podium, on Second Temple Road in the city of David, Jerusalem. The discovery is thought to have been constructed by the same group who made Second Temple Road due to both bearing the same [...]

A Very Brief History of Vegetarianism

  When the label "Vegetarian" is uttered most people know what the meaning behind it is but few know of its history and origin, so let’s remedy that with a brief look into its roots and evolution through the ages.     Originally vegetarianism was actually known as Pythagoreanism, named after the Greek Scholar, Pythagoras [...]