Hungry Ghosts: their History and Origin

Hungry Ghosts: their History and Origin

Added over 5 years ago

In the tradition of Halloween in the month of October, Kashgar brings you another legend to chill your bones, about the hungry ghosts of Eastern lore. More properly called preta or peta, these are the ghostly remnants of the dead who are afflicted with insatiable desire, hunger or thirst as a result of bad deeds or evil intent carried out in their life times...

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A Compendium of Demons

A Compendium of Demons

Added over 5 years ago

No anthology of the gods and goddesses of humanity would be complete without a compendium of the major demons and fallen angels of the modern Christian Era. And just in time for Halloween too!

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Halloween - its History and Origins

Halloween - its History and Origins

Added over 5 years ago

Happy Halloween everybody, or should we say Happy All Hallows Eve!  Although it’s an event not much celebrated in Australia because of its commercial overtones and association with the perceived crassness of all things American, the celebration of Hallowmas and All Hallows Eve is actually a Celtic tradition that dates back to at least the 1st century and represents thousands of years of collective human folklore that honours the dead and strikes a primordial chord in us all.

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Saraswati - Hindu Goddess of Knowledge, Music and the Arts

Saraswati - Hindu Goddess of Knowledge, Music and the Arts

Added over 6 years ago

Saraswati is the beloved Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts.  Originating as a river goddess of the ancient Harappan Civilization, she transcended her earthly origins to become the very embodiment of culture and civilization.

Pictured here is an 18th Century Thangka from the Khan Region of Eastern Tibet depicting Saraswati.  Mineral pigments and gold on cloth.  From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Tārā - A Beautiful Goddess for a Not-So-Beautiful World

Tārā - A Beautiful Goddess for a Not-So-Beautiful World

Added over 6 years ago

Tārā is an important goddess or bodhisattva in both the Buddhist and Hindu faiths, representing compassion, empathy and the resolution of enlightened action.  Almost unique amongst the male-dominated plethora of Buddhist deities, Tārā has chosen to maintain female form, and thus holds a special relevance to women in the western world and 21st century feminists alike...

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The Hindu God Hanuman - Monkey God and Hero of the Ramayana

The Hindu God Hanuman - Monkey God and Hero of the Ramayana

Added over 8 years ago

Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, is one of the most celebrated and worshipped figures in Indian religion, but mention him outside of India and you are likely to be met with a blank stare.  So who is Hanuman and what does he represent to the Hindu faith?

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The Hindu God Skanda - Indian Mythology in the 21st Century

The Hindu God Skanda - Indian Mythology in the 21st Century

Added over 8 years ago

While Ganesh is a well know and loved figure in Hindu mythology, his younger brother Skanda has been almost completely forgotten...however silver and gold amulets with his image in the shape of jewellery plaques are commonly worn today all over India in order to protect the wearer from harm, even though the veneration of Skanda himself has long been abandoned.

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The Hindu God Ganesh - Who is this Elephant Headed Deity Anyway?

The Hindu God Ganesh - Who is this Elephant Headed Deity Anyway?

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Ganesh is one of the best known and loved deities in the Hindu pantheon of gods, and indeed is the most recognized of the Hindu gods outside of India. But who is this elephant headed fellow, and why is he so popular?

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