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booksnbuildings:

Pigeon towers, Qatar. 2011.
Photo: Josef Hoflehner

booksnbuildings:

Pigeon towers, Qatar. 2011.

Photo: Josef Hoflehner

haughtyspirit:

llbwwb:

Easter Island Moai by Cohise.

Scholars are unable to definitively explain the function and use of the moai statues. It is assumed that their carving and erection derived from an idea rooted in similar practices found elsewhere in Polynesia, but which evolved in a unique way on Easter Island. Archaeological and iconographic analysis indicates that the statue cult was based on an ideology of male, lineage-based authority incorporating anthropomorphic symbolism. The statues were thus symbols of authority and power, both religious and political. But they were not only symbols. To the people who erected and used them, they were actual repositories of sacred spirit. Carved stone and wooden objects in ancient Polynesian religions, when properly fashioned and ritually prepared, were believed to be charged by a magical spiritual essence called mana. The ahu platforms of Easter Island were the sanctuaries of the people of Rapa Nui, and the moai statues were the ritually charged sacred objects of those sanctuaries. While the statues have been toppled and re-erected over the centuries, the mana or spiritual presence of Rapa Nui is still strongly present at the ahu sites and atop the sacred volcanoes.

haughtyspirit:

llbwwb:

Easter Island Moai by Cohise.

Scholars are unable to definitively explain the function and use of the moai statues. It is assumed that their carving and erection derived from an idea rooted in similar practices found elsewhere in Polynesia, but which evolved in a unique way on Easter Island. Archaeological and iconographic analysis indicates that the statue cult was based on an ideology of male, lineage-based authority incorporating anthropomorphic symbolism. The statues were thus symbols of authority and power, both religious and political. But they were not only symbols. To the people who erected and used them, they were actual repositories of sacred spirit. Carved stone and wooden objects in ancient Polynesian religions, when properly fashioned and ritually prepared, were believed to be charged by a magical spiritual essence called mana. The ahu platforms of Easter Island were the sanctuaries of the people of Rapa Nui, and the moai statues were the ritually charged sacred objects of those sanctuaries. While the statues have been toppled and re-erected over the centuries, the mana or spiritual presence of Rapa Nui is still strongly present at the ahu sites and atop the sacred volcanoes.

crookedindifference:

Various religious symbols. From left to right:
1st Row:
(Chrześcijaństwo, Christianity, Христианство) — Krzyż, Christian cross, Христианский крест;
(Judaizm, Judaism, Иудаизм) — Gwiazda Dawida, Star of David, Звезда Давида;
(Hinduizm, Hinduism, Индуизм) — Omkar (Aum), Aum, Ом;
(Bahá’í, Бахаи) — Bahai nine-pointed star, Бахайская девятиконечная звезда;

2nd Row:
(Islam, Islam, Ислам — w rzeczywistości symbol Kalifatu) — Półksiężyc, Crescent;
(Religie pierwotne, Etniczne, Fetishism, Фетишизм) — Krzyż słoneczny, Sun cross, Солнечный крест;
Chińska filozofia i mistyka — Yin-yang;
Shinto — Torii.

3rd Row:
(Buddyzm, Buddhism, Буддизм) — Koło Dharmy, Dharmacakra, Колесо Дхармы;
(Sikhizm, Sikhism, Сикхизм) — Khanda (pl), Khanda (en);
(Dżinizm, Jainism, Джайнизм) — Swastyka, Swastika, Свастика;
(Dżinizm, Jainism, Джайнизм) — Ahinsa, Ahimsa.

4th Row:
Ayyavali;
Triple Goddess (or Diane de Poitiers);
Cross pattée;
Ręce Boga.

many go on holiday to exotic places. this video is like a 30 minute trip to south america. Do take the time to watch it, it makes one smile and it gives hope, too.

this video deserves to go viral.

rhamphotheca:

Chumpi & the Waterfall

We’re going to prove that a future without the oil company is possible

by Gregor McLannan

Meet Chumpi, a young indigenous Achuar boy from Chicherta Village in the remote headwaters of an Amazon tributary deep in the Peruvian rainforest. Watch and share this award winning documentary about Chumpi’s journey in search of the vision of his Achuar ancestors.

The Achuar are up against Talisman Energy and other ruthless companies that are on the verge of drilling for oil in their ancestral territory. Their culture and entire way of life is at stake.

The Achuar made this film to show you how their extraordinary rainforest home is critical to survival.

Click here to learn more about the Achuar, their territory, and their struggle to preserve their way of life.

(via: AmazonWatch.org)

kateoplis:

Daasanach Tribe Girl, Omorate, Ethiopia by Eric Lafforgue
Apparently, the Daasanach people collect Coca Cola/beer caps from bars to make head dresses.

kateoplis:

Daasanach Tribe Girl, OmorateEthiopia by Eric Lafforgue

Apparently, the Daasanach people collect Coca Cola/beer caps from bars to make head dresses.

Ode To Walmart Shopping Cart Pusher Guy by Nocturne Authoress
Today  we salute you, Mr. Walmart Shopping Cart Pusher Guy. Without you: Who  would ram the metal monstrosities into our automobiles, keeping  mechanics in business? Who would be the object of affection for the same  group of gossiping girls that would call out your name only to turn and  blush when you looked up? Who would make our shopping experience nearly  as enjoyable as you do? So thank you, Mr. Walmart Shopping Cart Pusher  Guy. You’re the man.
http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2668193/1/Ode_To_Walmart_Shopping_Cart_Pusher_Guy

Ode To Walmart Shopping Cart Pusher Guy by Nocturne Authoress

Today we salute you, Mr. Walmart Shopping Cart Pusher Guy. Without you: Who would ram the metal monstrosities into our automobiles, keeping mechanics in business? Who would be the object of affection for the same group of gossiping girls that would call out your name only to turn and blush when you looked up? Who would make our shopping experience nearly as enjoyable as you do? So thank you, Mr. Walmart Shopping Cart Pusher Guy. You’re the man.

http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2668193/1/Ode_To_Walmart_Shopping_Cart_Pusher_Guy

metamorphosisandbodhi:

Ouled-Nail Tunisie by Lehnert & Landrock

metamorphosisandbodhi:

Ouled-Nail Tunisie by Lehnert & Landrock