Category: Asia

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Namazu Catfish: Earthquakes, Cosmic Justice, and Helper Of the Poor

Namazu Catfish: Earthquakes, Cosmic Justice, and Helper Of the Poor

All cultures have traditional explanations for natural disasters that pre-date scientific explanations. In Japanese culture, at least since the 15th c [...]
Why is the Evidence for Robin Hood as Elusive as the Man Himself?

Why is the Evidence for Robin Hood as Elusive as the Man Himself?

The historic existence of the legendary English hero who ‘stole from the rich and gave to the poor’ is a perennial source of debate. Every few years, [...]
The Nine Unknown Men: An Ancient Indian Secret Society

The Nine Unknown Men: An Ancient Indian Secret Society

There is a pervasive legend in India of a secret organization that allegedly has a vast amount of advanced knowledge in their possession. Believed to [...]
Chinese New Year and the Legend of Nian

Chinese New Year and the Legend of Nian

Millions of people across China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and other countries around the world are today celebrating the Lunar New Year and welcoming in [...]
Solar Goddess Amaterasu, Divine Ancestor of the Japanese Imperial Family

Solar Goddess Amaterasu, Divine Ancestor of the Japanese Imperial Family

Amaterasu is a major goddess in the Shinto religion. Although she is considered primarily a sun goddess, she is also believed to be the ruler of the T [...]
The Jade Emperor: Taoist Ruler of Heaven – and Celestial Bureaucrat

The Jade Emperor: Taoist Ruler of Heaven – and Celestial Bureaucrat

The Jade Emperor is not only a notable figure in Chinese mythology, but also one of the most important deities in Taoism and in Chinese folk religion. [...]
Ramayana: The Grand Epic of Ancient India

Ramayana: The Grand Epic of Ancient India

Ramayana is an integral part of life for millions of Hindus across the globe. It is one of the two most popular epics written in Sanskrit from ancient [...]
Jinn: Tales of Wish Masters Throughout Time

Jinn: Tales of Wish Masters Throughout Time

In translation, the term jinn can be interpreted as ‘hidden from sight’ or ‘the hidden ones.’ In Arabic, the word jinn defines a collective number and [...]
Ancient Mesopotamian Lullabies, Sung to Soothe and Warn Babies

Ancient Mesopotamian Lullabies, Sung to Soothe and Warn Babies

Lullabies are not a recent invention. In fact, they stretch back thousands of years, undoubtedly to the time before written history. Many ancient Meso [...]
Kamakura’s Sixteen Wells: One of the Mysteries of Kazo-ji Temple

Kamakura’s Sixteen Wells: One of the Mysteries of Kazo-ji Temple

The Juroku-no-i, or Sixteen Wells in English, is a group of sacred wells at the Kaizo-ji Temple in Kamakura, Japan. The Sixteen Wells are located in a [...]
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