Nothing sends a clearer message than an angry punishment handed down from the gods. Deities have been disciplining their flocks since time immemorial, perhaps none more famously than the Greek gods. The ultimate form of pain and misery was eternal punishment.
What are the ancient origins of golf? Historians agree Scotland was where modern golf established itself, but the ancient ball and stick tradition goes back thousands of years, and researchers still try to understand the tangled history.
History paints a bleak picture of the devastating effects that disease, contamination, or poison can have on humans. Mankind has harassed biological weapons, and used them against enemies since prehistoric times – with deadly results.
Solar eclipse was so traumatic or ‘unnatural’ to humanity that since prehistoric times myths and legends have sprung up throughout cultures in attempts to explain the event, or at least protect against it.
Every year, communities in Peru carry out an ancient tradition that stems back to the age of the Incan Civilization. Considered a sacred expression of ritual, history and renewal, Peruvians annually spend three days weaving the Q’eswachaka rope bridge to cross one of the many gaps in the ancient Incan road system. The bridge is the last of its kind.
A remarkable cemetery in China is renowned for its rich trove of mummies and artifacts, and it has now given up another secret of the ages; the oldest glue ever found in China. Dating back 3,500 years, the adhesive tells researchers a new story of ancient manufacturing.
Experts have blown into the skull-shaped grave items found with a sacrificed skeleton at an Aztec temple in Mexico. The terrifying sounds of the ‘death whistles’ may have been used during ceremonies, sacrifices, or war to unnerve enemies or guide spirits into the afterlife.
Most people believe that the story of Jason and the Argonauts is a work of fiction born out of the imagination of the ancient people. However, modern research suggests very real ancient gold mining techniques may have been behind the tale.
The history of curses varies between cultures, locations, religions or beliefs, and times. A curse, sometimes called jinx, hex, or dark spell, can be verbalized, written, or sometimes cast through elaborate ritual.
The spider is an ancient and powerful symbol found round the globe, and have always elicited a wide range of emotions in people: fear, disgust, panic, and sometimes curiosity and appreciation. This broad spectrum of impressions has influenced origin myths, legends, art, literature, music, architecture, and technology throughout history. Certainly an enigmatic symbol, the spiderContinue reading “The symbolic spider that wove its way through history”