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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How Meditation Rewires the Brain

How Meditation Rewires the Brain

While meditation may at first feel unusual as we struggle to let go of our worries and negative thoughts and simply exist in the moment, meditating has been scientifically proven to not only have a major impact on emotional wellbeing, but can in fact rewire the way our brains work. Here we discuss 10 benefits that meditation will have on your emotional happiness and physical health. Stress Reduction Meditation has been proven to reduce the symptoms of stress, depression, and…

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Little Known African Myths and Legends

Little Known African Myths and Legends

The oral tradition of passing stories from one generation to another is synonymous with African culture and this is evident in the many myths and legends which are become a part of the colourful tapestry of oral history across the continent. Whether funny or scary, these African myths and legends are often tales of death, magic, the origins of animals, otherworldly entities, or the creation of the universe. Adu Ogyinae and the First People on Earth According to Akkan mythology,…

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5 Christmas Ghouls from European Legend

5 Christmas Ghouls from European Legend

Today, when most think of Christmas, their first thoughts are of Santa Claus, sleigh-pulling reindeer, presents, and festivities. However, long before Santa Claus made his first appearance, midwinter across most of Europe signalled a time when mythical demons, monsters, and ghouls would roam the snow-covered landscape.

The Essential Guide to the Dharmic Religions

The Essential Guide to the Dharmic Religions

Asia is the largest and most populated continent on the globe with an extensive variety of religions. As the birthplace of many religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam, Jainism, Christianity, Sikhism, and Taoism, all major religions are practised across the continent and new customs are constantly developing. Of the array of religions practised across Asia, the Dharmic religions are the oldest and most predominant and all include the concepts of dharma, karma, and reincarnation. The Dharmic religions of Hinduism,…

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The Myths and Legends of the Northern Lights

The Myths and Legends of the Northern Lights

Prior to man being able to explain the existence of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights through science, mythical tales and legends were created in an attempt to understand their appearance in the sky. While most intensely visible in the Auroral Oval above the Arctic Circle, the Northern Lights do appear further south especially during a torrent of solar activity. There have of course been many sighting of the Northern Lights throughout history across Europe which gave way to a…

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