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Stonehenge a megalithic monument by Lao Xu Jin

Stonehenge is a megalithic monument

Stonehenge is surely Britain's greatest national icon, symbolizing mystery, power and endurance. Its original purpose is unclear to us, but some have speculated that it was a temple made for the worship of ancient earth deities. It has been called an astronomical observatory for marking significant events on the prehistoric calendar. Others claim that it was a sacred site for the burial of high-ranking citizens from the societies of long ago.

While we can't say with any degree of certainty what it was for, we can say that it wasn't constructed for any casual purpose. Only something…

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The lost Atlantis by Jim Down

Vision of Atlantis

Atlantis, a land of peace, rich in commerce, advanced in knowledge, dominate over the surrounding islands and continents. The people of Atlantis became complacent and their leaders arrogant; in punishment the Gods destroyed Atlantis, flooding it and submerging the island in one day and night.

It was Plato, the Greek philosopher who brought to the world the story of the lost continent, and was the first to use the term "Atlantis". His story began to unfold for him around 355 B.C. He wrote about this land called Atlantis in two of his dialogues, Timaeus and Critias,…

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The Nasca Geoglyphs by Jim Down

Spider Nazca lines

The Nazca Desert is a high plateau about sixty miles long and five miles wide on the coast of Peru, some 250 miles south of Lima. At some time before 1000 BCE, a people who developed advanced farming methods that allowed them to build an irrigation system, improve their crops, and expand the area of land they could farm inhabited the Nazca Valley.

Over the next 1,500 years, they also developed outstanding skills in weaving, pottery, and architecture. The Nazca were wiped out after the Spanish conquest, so that piece of history is quite blank. Perhaps…

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Types of Cult by Andrei Kiriakov

We are always amazed at how easily people are lead. Half the time they are following a leader simply because their own lives are tragic wastes. However, if the leader happens to suggest that he possesses some bit of arcane knowledge, he may well be able to attract all manner of successful and powerful individuals. These things seem to spring up overnight - all it really takes is one or two charismatic individuals.

Some putter out soon after their leader is gone, some end their days with the always popular is not-so-brainy option of mass suicide,…

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