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The third in a series for pandemic lockdown refugees offering the opportunity of ‘being there’. An offbeat, experiential glimpse of life for all those unable to move freely in the interests of continued health.
The second in a series for pandemic lockdown refugees offering the opportunity of ‘being there’. An offbeat, experiential glimpse of life for all those unable to move freely in the interests of continued health.
What do you know about King Tutankhamun? Born over 3000 years old! Tutankhamun was called Egypt’s most famous pharaoh and that was cemented when his intact tomb was discovered by English Archaeologist Howard Carter in November year 1922, when he found his tomb it was filled with all kind of treasures like a golden throne, crown and cobra, pottery and big chests. Along with a golden burial mask, King Tut’s sandals were also found in the tomb. These had paintings of his enemies on the soles – so everywhere the king went, he trampled all over his foes!
Rachol, also known as Raitura is a village in Salcete, Goa, in south-western India. It is located on the left bank of the Zuari River and is home to the famous Rachol Seminary. The famous Portuguese colonial fort of Rachol has been completely erased, leaving behind the traces of the moat and the main gate. The village has many heritage structures and is an important site to study the history of Salcete. The Church of Our Lady of Snows (Igreja da Nossa Senhora de Neves) at Rachol is said to be the first church of Salcete and is called the Matriz of South Goa. Ilha de Rachol (Island of Rachol) is a part of the village.
The first in a series for pandemic lockdown refugees offering the opportunity of ‘being there’. An offbeat, experiential glimpse of life for all those unable to move freely in the interests of continued health.
Part of the beauty of the English language is the diversity amongst the countries where it is the primary language of communication. Like many other languages around the world, there are different accents, words, and expressions unique to that particular country where it is the primary language. There’s a popular saying that goes: “The United States and the United Kingdom are two nations separated by a common language.” It is a funny result of the quirks, changes, and adaptations that come with being separated by a natural border such as an ocean or a man-made border. However, it goes to show you that a language can be molded over time by a culture leading towards small yet noticeable differences in the words we use, the phrases we say, and even the way we spell individual words.
Telling such stories gave families a sense of belonging and togetherness. It linked the past with the present and brought the ancestors closer to the children. Above all, it served both education and entertainment.
The Black Renaissance was a cultural movement with the Harlem Renaissance being a centerpiece of that movement. The Harlem Renaissance was the development of the Harlem neighborhood in New York City as a black cultural mecca in the early 20th Century and as a result of this social and artistic explosion that lasted roughly from the 1910s through the mid-1930s, the period is considered a golden age in African American culture, manifesting itself thought literature, music, theater and art.
When considering the history of Christianity in Korea, it is impossible to remove nationalism from the equation. Because Korea is surrounded by the powerful nations of Russia, China, and Japan, nationalism and Christianity have inevitably converged. Furthermore, separating church and state is a notion born of the Western world, where the survival of Christianity in its purist form required this disunion, as corruption dominated the Western church, leading to the Reformation. Separating nationalism and Christianity is an indeed an unrealistic feat, illustrated by Ephesians 6:12, which states that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Seemingly contrary to Paul’s description of tension between Christianity and earthly governments, Peter instructs the Christians of the early church to submit to authorities. In the case of Korea, the constant threat of war and domination from neighboring powers, and the crumbling of political and social institutions, led people to turn to God and the church in desperation, seeking God’s word for answers, and decisively trusting Him wholeheartedly. The church became the only place to find solace and peace of mind. The brotherly love of missionaries vanquished the suspicion of foreigners and merged with the hope of Korea’s independence, as the gospel transcended ancient customs, religions, and monarchies. Was the merging of nationalism and Christianity ambiguous in nature? Or did the expansion of Christianity in the Hermit Kingdom reveal the hand of God at work? To answer these questions, it is necessary to begin by examining how Christianity managed to infiltrate a nation fiercely resistant to outsiders.
If you are visiting before the New Year in Japan, you will find many things traditionally associated with Christmas: decorations, Christmas markets, and magnificent lights. You can also discover a few unique Japanese traditions with numerous charms that can and should be appreciated in their own right. So while it may be a little different from what you might be used to, Christmas is still felt and celebrated in the land of the rising sun. Here is list of how different christmas is in Japan.
For the last seven years of my life, I had one dream that I refused to let go of: to visit Russia. Although my brother and I plan to go when the pandemic has calmed down, I may not be able to see all of the republics during my first visit to Russia. Due to its level of hospitality, cultural enrichment, spirituality and uniqueness, there are several republics that I want to visit more than others, like Tatarstan.
One of England’s best kept secrets, Larmer Tree Festival is the event of the year for me. A great opportunity to meet friends hang out listening to good music, eat delicious food from all over the world and drink great cider and beers. Held at the Larmer Tree Gardens in England, at Tollard Royal in the Cranborne Chase on the Wiltshire / Dorset border. An area of outstanding natural beauty between Salisbury and Blandford Forum. Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Earthwise, Endorse-it-in-Dorset and many other festivals have been held in this small but historically packed area of England, where the affluent and busy South East changes to a lush green land of fields, hedgerows and woodland, undulating low hills and plains with long barrows (Neolithic burial mounds), barrows (bronze age burial mounds), standing stones, thatched cottages and Inns, ancient oak trees and farmland. My own family history has been traced back to nearby Shrewton, a small village where the local Parish churchyard has many Vallis graves. An unusual name with only two or three in any phone directory. There is even a grave for John Vallis, who lived in the late 18h / early 19th century and was a an agricultural labourer, pre-mechanisation. He would have scythed the wheat at harvest time on the open fields of the Salisbury Plain, baled the straw by hand for thatching and no doubt swilled the local scrumpy, a cloudy cider of unknown strength that this corner of England is famous for, made from the plentiful apples from the many orchards in the area. England has over 3000 varieties of apples, some sweet, some only good for cooking and some perfect for making scrumpy.