Image of Odysseus and his men cower beneath the mighty Cyclops.

Stranger in a Strange Land: Xenia in Greece and Early America

An important measure of a culture is how it treats its strangers. Warmth toward outsiders reflects cooperation, a receptiveness to the outside world. Although they may seem insincere, guest rites like a Japanese chef shouting, “Irasshaimase!” (“Welcome in!”) speak to … Continue reading Stranger in a Strange Land: Xenia in Greece and Early America

Prehistoric Mont Bégo, France / Q-Mag.org

Ancient History: The Magic Art and Wonder of Prehistoric Mount Bégo

Introduction Mont Bégo (Mount Bego) is a 9,423 m tall mountain in southeastern France. It’s also in the southwestern Alps. The Mediterranean Sea is 40 km away. Tourists appreciate its surreal landscape. Geologists study its bizarre form. Archaeologists study the … Continue reading Ancient History: The Magic Art and Wonder of Prehistoric Mount Bégo

An intriguing and obscure tarot card used by wiccans in the United Kingdom to practice divination.

The Cultural Roots and Celebration of Wicca in the United Kingdom

For as long as time itself, occultists and other forms of worship have thrived with their ways. As each emulates their own unique presentation of expression, they all share the common trait of extraordinary passion. In this article, there will … Continue reading The Cultural Roots and Celebration of Wicca in the United Kingdom

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, 1644-52, Rome, Santa Maria della Vittoria

The Cultural Significance and Meaning of Angels Through Art and History

For a long period of time, angels have been playing a significant role in our day-to-day life. Their history has journeyed through centuries of modifications of art and graphics. And hence they have granted crucial identities that often outdo their … Continue reading The Cultural Significance and Meaning of Angels Through Art and History

1500 year old fresco showing Jesus blessing apostles with halos

The Role of Culture in Facilitating the Spread of Christianity

“Culture” is a broad term––one that can have many different meanings when referencing a collective group of people. For this blog post, I will narrow that definition down to the religion(s), language, social rules, and methods of travel prevalent in … Continue reading The Role of Culture in Facilitating the Spread of Christianity

Danfeng Gate of the Tang Dynasty Daming Palace / Pinterest (Da Ming Gong 2009)

Ancient History: How Chinese Mapmakers Embellished the Organization of Imperial Capitals

Introduction to Ancient Chinese cities Cities were a central feature of ancient Chinese culture. The Ancient Chinese designed their cities with important rules and goals in mind. Their rules and goals won’t likely be familiar to modern urban planners. We … Continue reading Ancient History: How Chinese Mapmakers Embellished the Organization of Imperial Capitals

amish family riding a horse carriage

Anthropology: The History and Lifestyle of Amish Christians in the Modern World

Anabaptist Christian Movment Anabaptist Christians were members of  a fringe or a radical movement. It was the prostant Reformationand spiritual ancestors of  Morder Baptist Mennoneta, and Quaker.  During  that time, it was a crime  punishable by death under the legal … Continue reading Anthropology: The History and Lifestyle of Amish Christians in the Modern World