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Ancient Theatre by Mala Matina

Epidavros Theatre

The theatre of Ancient Greece evolved from religious rites, which date back to at least 1200 BC. At that time primitive tribes populated Greece. In northern Greece, in an area called Thrace, a cult arose that worshipped Dionysus, the god of human and agricultural fertility. The Cult of Dionysus practiced ritual celebrations that involved uninhibited dancing and emotional displays that created an altered mental state. This altered state was known as ecstasies, from which the word ecstasy is derived. Dionysiac, hysteria and catharsis also derive from Greek words for emotional release. Ecstasy was an important concept to the Greeks, who…

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Angkor Wat by Jim Down

Angkor Wat

One of the greatest empires in the history of humankind developed a millennium ago in Cambodia. Inspired by a series of Hindu and Buddhist kings, the Khmer people devoted much of their energies to expressing their spiritual aspirations in the physical creation of majestic temple complexes-all carved magnificently in stone. Later the empire collapsed, and the capital moved to Phnom Penh.

Over the subsequent centuries, the great temples of the Angkor civilization became literally lost in time. Completely overtaken by the jungle, these architectural manifestations of the human spirit were, in fact, naturally preserved by a…

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Anu and Parmanu - Indian ideas about Atomic physics by Lobsan Payat

Prayaga, known also as Allahabad, is the king of all 'tirath' (holy places). Prayaga is situated in the Indian state, Uttar Pradesh. It is also the site of world's largest fair, the Kumbha Mela- ( Image compiled by Dr. Blog )

The Five Basic Physical Elements

From the Vedic times, around 3000 B.C. to 1000 B.C., Indians (Indo-Aryans) had classified the material world into four elements viz. Earth (Prithvi), fire (Agni), air (Maya) and water (Apa). To these four elements was added a fifth one viz. ether or Akasha. Ac cording to some scholars these five elements or Pancha Mahabhootas were identified with the various human senses of perception; earth with smell, air with feeling, fire with vision, water with taste and ether with sound.

Whatever the validity behind this interpretation, it is true…

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Australian Aboriginals by Jim Down


The literal translation of the word 'Aborigine' is: the people who were here from the beginning. It doesn't have the same meaning with the word 'indigenous', which means originating in an area.
There is no written record regarding prehistoric Aboriginal Australia. Knowledge of the past is found in archaeological evidence and Aboriginal oral traditions, which have been handed down from generation to generation.

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