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miercuri, 8 august 2012

Piatra Neagră de la Mecca

Pentru musulmani, Piatra Neagră este considerat cel mai sacru obiect din lume. Mecca este situată în Arabia Saudită, pe ţărmul Mării Roşii, fiind locul de naştere al profetului Mahomed. Orice musulman îşi doreşte să viziteze Mecca măcar odată înainte de a muri.

Piatra se află în interiorul de la Kaaba (“casă pătrată”), o sală sobră, cu trei coloane, de al cărui plafon atârnă numeroase lămpi din aur şi argint. Pe podeaua din marmură este aşezată această faimoasă piatră care este, de fapt, un ansamblu format din 3 bucăţi mari şi încă câteva fragmente, legate între ele de un cerc de pietre încastrate de un cerc de argint. Diametrul total este de 30 cm, culoare neagră roşiatică sau cu dungi galbene şi roşii, culoarea amintind de lavă sau bazalt.

Mad World – giants and nephilim Is there a cover-up in the findings of evidence for giants?

There   were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the   sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to   them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. Genesis 6:4

Stretch your mind back to your childhood. What giants do you remember? Jack and the Beanstalk? Hercules? Paul Bunyan? Goliath? What were you told and what did you read? With the exception of Goliath and an occasional ornery cyclops, legends emphasized their innate goodness, eye-popping feats accomplished with unparalleled strength, victories over the bad guys and all performed by “gentle giants”. What if it were all a lie? What if the truth were something much MUCH more sinister?

Angkor Wat: Magical, Mysterious and Mystical

When King Suryavarman II built what was eventually to become his mausoleum in the 12 century, he surely could not have realised that some 900 years later thousands would flock from all over the world, every day, just to look at it. He broke with tradition and instead of dedicating it to Shaivism, as was the custom, he dedicated this particular temple to Vishnu. Walking around the gardens and corridors it is beyond belief that this ancient wonder was built in just 35 years. Christian cathedrals such as Gloucester started during the same era, would take 400 years to complete.

Şase milioane de schelete sunt ascunse sub Oraşul Luminilor

Parisul, supranumit Oraşul Luminilor, are şi o parte întunecată. Este vorba de catacombele care se întind pe mai mult de 300 de kilometri în subteranul oraşului. Numite Imperiul Morţilor, din cauza celor peste 6 milioane de schelete pe care le ascund, catacombele reprezintă atracţia principală pentru turiştii care vor să vadă o altă faţă a Parisului. Atraşi de subiect, jurnaliştii de la CNN au vizitat şi ei oraşul subteran, unde au realizat un reportaj.

Mysteries of the Amarna Pharaohs

The Amarna period of Egyptian history is filled with romantic mysteries and puzzles for generations of archaeologists to debate.

Akhenaten, Smenkhare, and Tutankhamen were the only Eighteenth Dynasty kings of Egypt who lived for any time at Amarna (Akhetaten). Before and after, Egyptian pharaohs ruled from Luxor (Thebes), but even though the heyday of Amarna was fleeting, the period fascinates us because of an imagined connection between the theology of Akhenaten and the beliefs of Judaism, sexual scandal, and the mystery of the genealogy of the Amarna pharaohs. Such is the stuff of not only dreams and fiction, but also scholarly debates -- as recently examined by archaeologist Christine El Mahdy in Tutankhamen.