The Beginners Guide to Buddhism

The Beginners Guide to Buddhism

Buddhism is one of the oldest religions in the world and has over 500 million practitioners worldwide. Said to be started by Buddha himself, Buddhism is a spiritual tradition founded over 2,000 years ago. In Nepal, a young man sat beneath a Bodhi tree to meditate and after becoming enlightened he began to lay down the foundations of this ancient spiritual tradition. What Does ‘Buddha’ Mean? In Sanskrit – the classical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism – the word…

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5 Major Norse Gods

5 Major Norse Gods

The Norse, also known as the Vikings, were an incredibly prosperous people that reigned around 1000 years ago. Based in the Scandinavian countries of Northern Europe, the Vikings became famous around the world thanks to their raids, many of which took place in England and France.

5 Ancient Cultures That Still Exist

5 Ancient Cultures That Still Exist

Culture has been a part of mankind since the dawn of history. Over the last few millennium, we’ve seen thousands of different cultures come and go, with most eventually succumbing to the passage of time. Despite this, there are many ancient cultures that still exist today. Not only do they exist, but they permeate the lands on which they were originally created, and can be seen in beliefs, customs, and architectures of many countries around the world. Whether it’s the…

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Exploring the Spiritual Practice of Druidism

Exploring the Spiritual Practice of Druidism

Dating as far back as 4th century BCE, the teachings of Druidism are fixed in the observation of Nature, in tradition, and in inspiration. With a deep love and reverence for the Earth, her seasons, and nature, the curriculum of Druidism focuses on the lore of stars, stones, plants, animals, and trees and combines scholarship with spiritualism and science. The practices and teachings of Druidism grow and develop as humanity evolves. What is Druidism? Druidism is a spiritual practice and…

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Superstitions About Good Luck for Gamblers

Superstitions About Good Luck for Gamblers

Are you superstitious at all? If you don’t think so, you’re not alone, as most of us deny the label. But maybe you’ve found yourself knocking on wood once or twice, or crossing your fingers and hoping for the best? For every person who doesn’t take these kinds of beliefs seriously, there is someone who does, and the practices linked to getting lucky spring from many cultures. A Range of Ways to Bring Good Luck Gamblers are widely held to…

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Tooth Fairy Myths From Around the World

Tooth Fairy Myths From Around the World

The loss of baby teeth is a rite of passage that every child around the world will go through, but once the tooth has been shed, what do you do with it then? Well, that depends on which country you reside in. Whether left in a slipper or under the pillow for collection by the tooth fairy or tooth mouse, tossed into the sky or buried, each country has their own myth surrounding this process. Tooth Fairy and Tooth Mouse…

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All About Animism

All About Animism

All major religions and belief systems in the world are the ultimate outcomes of thousands of years of evolution and adaption – and they can all be traced back to one, single belief system that spanned the entirety of the human race: animism. Animism was what our oldest ancestors first believed in; it’s what all of our modern religions stem from, and it can be traced back to at least 40000 years ago, when humans began migrating across the world…

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The Pantheon of Major Greek Gods

The Pantheon of Major Greek Gods

The Greek gods were the deities within ancient Greek religion and mythology, and were personified as human-like entities that inhabited Mount Olympus. These gods were not the benevolent, kind, and all-knowing beings that we imagine a god would be today, but rather vengeful, violent, petty, and insane incarnations of a tumultuous universe before the invention of modern science and the understanding that came with it. The ancient Greeks used created these gods as personifications of the parts of nature they…

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Myths and Legends of America’s Indigenous People

Myths and Legends of America’s Indigenous People

Even though many believe that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, it was in fact a group of Vikings led by Leif Eriksson who first set foot on North American soil in approximately 1000 AD. However, long before any outsiders arrived, there were indigenous tribes of people who freely roamed the Americas and were governed by their own ideas of the world around them. These myths and legends weren’t formally recorded, but were instead handed down from one generation to…

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The World’s Oldest Religions

The World’s Oldest Religions

While many ancient religions such as Manichaeism, Mithraism, and Tengriism have all but disappeared, there have been a few who have stood the test of time and are still practised today. Here we examine the world’s oldest religions from Hinduism to Shintoism. 15th-5th Century BCE: Hinduism While Hinduism isn’t an organised religion in the traditional sense, all Hindus are bound by the same principles, the most important of which is their belief in the Vedas. The Vedas are 4 texts…

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