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Calendars in Iceland by Arthur Sigurssen

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Viking origins

Traditionally, the Vikings originating in Scandinavia in the early Middle Ages are associated with violence and brutal force. However, the views of modern scholars paint a less mono-chromatic picture. Many of the activities of the Vikings required and produced knowledge of time-reckoning and of what we would nowadays classify as astronomy. For example, their extensive travelling and trade must have involved some knowledge of astronomy. The necessity of such knowledge is generally recognized in the case of coastal navigation, but also holds for inland travel through previously unknown areas, such as the vast lands of…

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Chado, Way of Tea by Lao Long

Chado, Way of Tea

The tea plant probably originated in the mountainous region of southern Asia, and from there was brought to China. At first it was used as a medicine, but by the Tang dynasty (618-907), it came to be drunk mainly for the enjoyment of its flavor. Tea was so important that it was the subject of a three-volume work called Chajing, the Classic of Tea.

At that time, tea leaves were pressed into brick form. To prepare tea, shavings were taken and mixed with various flavorings, such as ginger or salt, and boiled. Later, during the Song…

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Chang San Feng, 3 times crazy by Yin Zhuo

Chang San Feng

Taijiquan (Grand-Ultimate Boxing) is undoubtedly the most popular of the Chinese internal martial arts with many millions of people of all ages practicing the art daily in China and around the world.

Taiji deals with the interplay of Yin-Yang, the basic essential qualitative duality of existence: soft-hard, yielding-firmness, insubstantial-substantial, female-male, etc. Physically, Taiji trains one to move continuously alternating between opening and closing the body driven by relaxed internal strength (the unique optimal and sophisticated use of the ground strength in opening and whole-body connectedness augmenting gravity in closing).

According to Tang Hao,…

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China’s 2nd “Buddhist City” by Jim Down

BEIJING - Central Nanjing has announced plans to build China's second "Buddhist City" -- a sprawling walled resort designed to attract free-spending overseas pilgrims.

"The city will cover an area of some 10 sq km (four sq miles) and contain
building structures in typical Buddhist style as well as Buddhist sculptures and
paintings. It will be enclosed by high walls," Xinhua news agency said on
Saturday.

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