These discs are from the collection of offerings found in El Castillo at Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico. Chichen Itza, pictured in the second photo, is a city built by the Maya people, and was one of the greatest Maya centres on the Yucatán peninsula.
The disks shown are courtesy of & currently located the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico. This photo was taken by Kim F, the second is by Tony Hisgett.
These discs are gorgeous works of art, in our opinions, especially the turquoise inlaid disc. Just lovely.
The real story about how Christianity came to Britain! ~S
The Prevalence of Christianity in Roman Britain to AD 410
Hirundo: The McGill Journal of Classical Studies, Volume III: 53-63 (2004)
Popular mythology claims that Joseph of Arimathea introduced Christianity into Britain in AD 63 when he brought the Holy Grail to Glastonbury after Christ’s crucifixion. As this story demonstrates, a befuddling mix of myth, tradition and fact dominates the period preceding the Roman withdrawal. The literary evidence comes primarily from later sources like Bede and Gildas, who depend on older sources that have since been lost. In these texts it is often difficult to differentiate fact from fiction, as well as to establish with any certainty the depth to which Christianity had infiltrated the island. When the Romans withdrew from Britain in the early fifth century, they not only left behind a vast Roman culture, but also a religion, Christianity, which was inherently Roman…
Excellent article on the spread of Christianity and how it came to be…
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
“I have traveled through the tomb, dark and lonely ground. I am here now. I have come. I see. In the underworld, I embraced my father. I have burned away his darkness. I am his beloved. I have killed the snake. I have given him meat. I walk in my sleep through earth and heaven.”
- The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day (Egyptian Book of the Dead)
It is not uncommon to find carvings of baboons on Egyptian temples or tombs. In Chapter 155 of the Book of the Dead, four baboons were described as sitting as the corners of a pool of fire in the Afterlife. I photographed this carving in the Temple of Hathor and it is unusual because the baboon has a face more like a fish and is holding 2 cleavers.
© Daniel Jung danieljungphoto.com
Combination figures like this are found in many cultures around the world. Combining elements from different creatures was often a way of uniting worlds: the worlds of fish and baboon, in this case. Maybe earth and water. Wonder if the baboon needs to see through the eyes of the fish—through water—to cleave the darkness? What we would give to go back in time for just a day or two…
Israeli archaeologists recently dug up an ancient subterranean structure, parts of which date back to Roman times, just meters from the Temple Mount, Channel 10 reported Sunday.
“It’s one of the [most] impressive, beautiful and grand places found recently in Jerusalem,” Israel Antiquities…
There is so much history left to be found in the world. This is a great example of what awaits future archaeologists…
"We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience.
We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas."
Alan Watts (via panatmansam)
Watts had a marvelous way of translating the ethereal concepts of Buddhism to make them understandable. “We are sick with a fascination for useful tools…” Are we? Do human beings spend so much of their time focusing on tools and the splendid things they can do that we forget there is a quiet world outside? …Well, are you reading this?
Today in Japan: 31 climbers who wanted to see the first signs of autumn on top of Mount Ontake, a 10,062-foot volcano, have been found dead after the mountain erupted unexpectedly yesterday.
Such a tragedy. Volcanos are, beyond a doubt, one of the most dangerous of natural phenomena. A couple of years ago, we were cruising by the small volcano of Stromboli in the Greek Isles and found ourselves staring wide-eyed at the houses built on the side of the volcano—all empty, thank goodness. Because humans spend most of their time living inside their heads, we too often forget the outside world doesn’t care about any of that.
Neanderthals, Humans had ‘Ample Time’ to Mix
Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.
Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models, researchers examined about 200 samples found at 40 sites from Spain to Russia, according to a study published in the journal Nature. They concluded with a high probability that pockets of Neanderthal culture survived until between 41,030 and 39,260 years ago.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/neanderthals-humans-had-ample-time-mix
Yes, no doubt about it, Neandertals and modern humans knew each other and spent time dropping their jeans…er, genes. The average person has 2-3% Neandertal genes.
Ron Paul On Illegal Syria War, Terror Blowback and the Tea Party Hijacking
Ron Paul always has ideas that challenge a person to think things through more clearly.