“Fine horses and fierce eagles are the wings of the Kazakh”
Bored Panda - "Living in a concrete box with hot water pouring from the tap, a refrigerator cooling our food and wi-fi connecting us to the rest of the world, we can barely imagine a day in a life of, say, Tsaatan people. They move 5 to 10 times per year, building huts when the temperature is -40 and herding reindeer for transportation, clothing and food.
Juicy shredded beef with the flavors of Mexico all wrapped into a corn tortilla and smothered in green sauce and cheese. I'm topping mine with shredded lettuce, diced tomato, more cheese and green sauce. Add some rice and beans and you'll think you're in a Mexican restaurant, enjoy!
In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,
"The body is the house of God. That is why it is said, “Man know thyself.”" -- African Proverb
When I was less Knowledgeable, I would search the aisles of a convenience store for the best brand of Shampoo. "Not tested on Animals" was a phrase that appealed to me.
Damascus, (SANA)- World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, marked on 27th October, aims to raise awareness of the importance of audio and visual documents of heritage of which Syria forms a milestone since ancient times.
Deputy Director of Laboratory Department at the Archeology and Museum Directorate, Mahmoud al-Sayyed, said in a statement to SANA that the scientific data and archeological findings show that the statue of Ornina, the first singer of temple in the old world, was found in Syria.
Al-Sayyed pointed out that archeological statues, wall murals, embossed sculpture boards, remains of musical instruments and old inscriptions which have been unearthed in Syria are among its most important sources to know about the types, shapes and features of musical instruments and understand the musical scale.
He highlighted that the archive of the Kingdom of Mari on the right bank of the Euphrates river is one of the richest and most significant written source dated back to the Bronze age that provides insight into the situation of music and musicians and the royal palace’s training centers at that time.
Syria is also home to the oldest orchestra scene that was disclosed in the archeological site of Tal al-Hariri and which shows the diversity of the musical instruments used in the kingdom and indicates the development of joint musical playing and tunning.
Al-Sayyed clarified that this scene marked a new stage of the development of music in terms of the emergence of orchestras and paving the way for musical notes.
He made clear that the most remarkable music innovation which the Syrians have offered the human civilization is represented in the oldest full musical note engraved in an earthen tablet containing four verses written in cuneiform, which are followed by six lines naming the Babylonian music dimensions.
The tablet was unearthed during excavation works in the ruins of the Kingdom of Ugarit in Lattakia between 1950-1955 and dates back to the Late Bronze Age in the 14th century B.C..
The flute, lyre, drum, rebeck and the lute were among other musical instruments proven to have been used in Syria since early periods as indicated by the archeological sculptures and cuneiform inscriptions discovered in several sites.
From Australian Geographic:
Australian solar eclipse: Friday 10 May 2013
An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon covers a majority of the Sun, creating a ring or 'annulus' of light. (Credit: Getty)
Aussies can catch a glimpse of a so-called annular solar eclipse this week, the only one until 2035.
ON FRIDAY MORNING, an annular solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Australia, for the last time until 2035.
Damascus, (SANA) – Several countries in the world, including Syria, will witness a partial solar eclipse on Sunday November 3rd.
Chairman of the Syrian Astronomical Society Mohammad al-Asiri said that the eclipse will be partial in Syria, ranging between 15% in the north and 25% in the south of Syria, lasting around 1 hour and 25 minutes.
He said the eclipse will be around21% in Damascus and will occur during sunset, finishing minutes before the sun sinks below the horizon, starting at 3:13 PM, peaking at 3:58 and ending at 4:38.
Al-Asiri warned against staring at the sun during the partial eclipse as this is harmful to the human eye and may result in permanent loss of vision, noting that the Society will specify areas for monitoring this event using special goggles and telescopes.
Sweida, (SANA)- Excavation works at the site of Tal Dabket Breikeh in Sweida unearthed a stone-paved floor of a grain storeroom dating back to the Aramaic period between 1000 and 700 B.C..
Excavations in the mound, which goes back to the Middle Bronze age 2000-1500 B.C., continue by the national excavation expedition in completion of previous seasons.
Head of the Archeology Department of Sweida Hussein Zein-Eddin told SANA reporter that the expedition uncovered many pottery and stone findings, including an ivory ornamental piece portraying a mythical animal with simple geometric decorations.
He noted that the image indicates that the ivory industry was prosperous during the first three centuries of the first millennium B.C..
Zein-Eddin pointed out that the expedition continued its work in the southern and southeastern part of Zu al-Shurat temple in the archeological site of Sab’ and unveiled the full part of the southern and southeastern wall of the temple.
Many archeological findings were uncovered during the excavation works, the most important of which are 29 bronze coins dating back to the Nabataean and Roman periods.
- Walking barefoot on the Earth transfers free electrons from the Earth’s surface into your body that spread throughout your tissues providing beneficial effects. This process is called ‘grounding.’
- Grounding has been shown to relieve chronic pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, thin your blood, enhance well-being and much, much more
- Wearing plastic- or rubber-soled shoes effectively disconnects you from the Earth’s natural…
I have never been a huge pumpkin fan. Yes, I would eat an occasional piece of pumpkin pie (if it had a decent size dollop of cool whip on top), and I would enjoy a pumpkin cookie or two (who can resist the cream cheese icing on top). But I have found 'pumpkin love'.
If you haven't tried the tasty fall treat of pumpkin butter, you are definitely missing out.
In truth there probably isn't one authentic recipe for Ragu alla Bolognese, but this one is close enough. There are however countless inauthentic ones. It bears little or no resemblance to the dish known as Bolognese or Bolognaise found outside of Italy. It is also never served with Spaghetti!
On October 17, 1982, the Bolognese chapter of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina, "after having carried out long and laborious investigations and conducted studies and research", announced the following recipe to be the official one.
This Dutch video is about the Bonnefanten museum in Maastricht, and their recent exhibition about Russian art.
By Sybille Fuchs from Germany:
“The Big Change: Revolutions in Russian painting, 1895-1917”
17 August 2013
The exhibition of paintings in the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht that ended last weekend offered a dazzling insight into a fascinating period (1895-1917) of…
not camera shy at all they love the cosmos
In my latest Ramadan post I promised to write a recipe about one of Ramadan's sweets,and here I chose "katayif"
This dessert, if not cooked, is one of my favorites, very sweet and delicious.
Note that there are several types of katayif.
There is katayif with Ashta (castard), and katayif with some traditional filings that is usually cooked.
Now am gonna talk about katayif with Ashta, this dessert consists of two layers (if I could call them so) the batter (which is too much like pancakes) and Ashta.
Damascus, (SANA)- The genuine Syrians’ contributions to building the human civilization exceed that of creating the first cuneiform alphabet in the world to contributing to the art of painting on walls, also called frescos.
The oldest wall drawing in the world goes back to the Neolithic (New Stone) Era of around 11 thousand years, which indicates that the identification of this era in the Middle East region, particularly in north Syria, preceded that in Europe.
Frescos found in Syria are among the oldest discovered so far in the Middle East region.
Director of Labs Department at the General Directorate of Archeology and Museums, Dr. Mahmoud al-Sayyed, said the site of Tall Ja’det al-Maghara on the left bank of the Euphrates river in the north was where the oldest frescos discovered in Syria.
Al-Sayyed stressed that those paintings, discovered in 2002, go back 11 thousand years at least, pointing out that the object of the paintings is geometrical as they do not depict neither people nor animals and that the colors used are limited to white, black and red.
A group of wall paintings were found in 1997 on the floor of a house in the archeological site of Tall Halouleh in the Middle Euphrates region. The paintings go to the Neolithic period between 8800-8500 B.C.
The paintings, depicting 23 women, represent the oldest drawing by a man known in the Middle East region. They highlights the role of the Syrian woman and her contribution to the society.
Al-Sayyed alos noted that a Neolithic era drawing of ostriches and cranes, painted with the red color on a while background, was found in the archeological site of Tall Baqras on the right bank of the Euphrates River.
With the evolution of the concept of civilization and the emergence of cities, he said, frescos were used in decorating houses, palaces and temples.
An example of those paintings was that one discovered in Tall al-Hariri site at the palace of King Zimri-Lim, King of Mari.
In the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Syria assumed a prominent position in the history of fresco art, according to al-Sayyed.
The most important among wall paintings in these periods, he noted, were those found in Dura-Europos site in the Middle Euphrates region in the southeast of Syria, 35 km away from the Syrian-Iraqi borders.
Photograph by Shen Xinhang, National Geographic Your Shot This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel Photos Marble 17-arch bridge at the Summer Palace, China This photo and caption were submitted to Your Shot.
Photograph by Shen Xinhang, National Geographic Your Shot
This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel Photos
Marble 17-arch bridge at the Summer Palace, China
This photo and caption were submitted to Your Shot.
first peony bloom, June 1, 2013, Goddess Blessings for a bountiful year! )O(
The photo above shows hedgehog cacti blooming in the Ancient Lakes area of Washington State. I had always wanted to see the illusive crimson to cherry colored blooms of the “hedgehog,” which grow on rocky hillsides and flat lands, usually in lithosol areas. Because collectors have been known to dig them up, even though seldom survive under propagation, they’ve become increasingly rare where they were once common. The ones above were found in a rather secluded part of the Columbia Basin, pictured against a backdrop of lichen-covered rocks, larkspur, phlox, and sulphur lupine. Photo taken on April 13, 2013.
Photo details: Top – Camera Model: Canon EOS 7D; Lens: EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM; Focal Length: 22.0mm; Aperture: f/25.0; Exposure Time: 0.0016 s (1/640); ISO equiv: 1250; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh. Inset – Same except: Lens: EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS; Focal Length: 52.0mm.
Photo of the Day: May 19, 2013. An Editors’ Pick from our 2013 Photo Contest.
Entire Communities Living on a Lake, Going to School on Stilts
Photo and caption by Steve Wallace (Oceanside, CA); Photographed February 2011, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
Photo of the Day: May 19, 2013. An Editors’ Pick from our 2013 Photo Contest.
What an indictment of our world Isn’t this normal? Isn’t this the way This then is the reason
that love of freedom
and the desire of escape
from oppression and hate
has to be called “Revolutionary.”
it should always be? Free
to do what we want, free
to think what we want, free
to be what we want, free
to love who and how we want:
This is basic, bedrock. A foundation
of life. It is true
that life can be tough
and things aren’t always what they seem
but this, this insane atrocity
of nature doesn’t even deserve mention
in the pages of our bloody history
books, films, and fictions, much less
become reality. But it has
and worse yet, it could again.
for revolution. We need revolutions
in hearts and minds and souls.
We need a revolution inside
Mother Earth herself, alive
with eternal love and respect
and sacred duty to each other:
she will give birth
to our ever-growing, ever-shining
redeemed and hopeful future.
It is a revolution
against the horrors of death itself.
What an indictment of our world
Isn’t this normal? Isn’t this the way
This then is the reason