Hereford Mappa Mundi: Legendary Cities, Monstrous Races, and Curious Beasts in a Single World Map

The tangled and strange illustrations of the Hereford Mappa Mundi reflect a medieval understanding of the known and the supernatural world at the time. It depicts the human world of men, cities and seas, and entire bestiaries of horrifying mythical creatures and marvelous cultures of distant lands.

Speakers at Science Congress say ancient India mastered advanced space flight thousands of years ago

A radical paper presented at a prestigious science conference in India has caused recent controversy. The paper claims human aviation and advanced space flight was achieved and mastered by the ancient Indians, thousands of years before the Wright brothers in 1903. Vedic texts – Hindu religious scripts – are said to describe the advanced technology that has now been lost.

The symbolic spider that wove its way through history

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”

Ancient Symbolism of the Magical Phoenix

The symbolism of the Phoenix, like the mystical bird itself, dies and is reborn across cultures and throughout time. Ancient legend paints a picture of a magical bird, radiant and shimmering, which lives for several hundred years before it dies by bursting into flames. It is then reborn from the ashes, to start a new,Continue reading “Ancient Symbolism of the Magical Phoenix”