The Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead

Added over 2 years ago

The Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos is a national holiday and festival of remembrance observed throughout Mexico and in more recent times, around the world...

 

Photo credit: Luisroj96

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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 7 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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Yao Heavens

Yao Heavens

Added over 7 years ago

The Yao are a Hill Tribe success story. More affluent and outgoing than any of the other upland peoples, the roots of their cultural confidence and commercial ability are founded in a long tradition of literacy and close association with things Chinese. The Yao have a very clear idea of who and what they are - aristocratic nomads of the hills, subject to none, but deeply committed to the traditional Sinitic world-view of which they form part...

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Life in India: The Practice of Sati or Widow Burning

Life in India: The Practice of Sati or Widow Burning

Added over 7 years ago

In this age of ascending feminism and focus on equality and human rights, it is difficult to assimilate the Hindu practice of sati, the burning to death of a widow on her husband's funeral pyre, into our modern world.  Indeed, the practice is outlawed and illegal in today's India, yet it occurs up to the present day and is still regarded by some Hindus as the ultimate form of womanly devotion and sacrifice...

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