Many of us have seen the Disney movie Mulan, soon to be released as a live action movie. It was based on a legendary female warrior from Chinese history, Hua Mulan, and there is even a crater on Venus named after her. What do we know about this figure and how accurate is the Disney depiction compared with the original tale?
Cortez and his men virtually destroyed the Aztec civilisation and their artefacts. The Spanish melted down other artefacts of gold, so the existence of the Aztec sun stone is a rare look into this civilisation’s beliefs. So, what is the sun stone, how was it discovered and what does it mean?
Witchcraft is as old as religion itself. Even the Bible refers to a necromancer sought by Saul to summon Samuel the Witch of Endor. There has been the Greek Oracle, the Vates of the Celts and other seers. Then there are the ancient medicine men and women, who performed healing (sometimes way beyond their time). But what about Wicca, the most popular pagan movement of modern times. What are the origins of Wicca and can it claim ancient roots?
The mysterious Knights Templar may have been disbanded over 700 years ago, but they have sparked the imagination and left a legacy that still influences popular culture today. They served the poor, assisted pilgrims and despite their humble beginnings, became vastly rich and established banking. Some mysteries, though, remain unsolved.
Many believe Saturnalia was a major influence on customs associated with later celebrations in western Europe, especially Christmas. Let’s look at the origins of this pagan holiday and similarities with today’s festivities.
Like many other pagan festivities, Yule was Christianised and transformed into Christmastide. Despite this, Yule is still commonly used in carols and in connection with Christmas, such as the Yule log. How was this ancient festival celebrated, what was its meaning and how does it infuence Christmas celebrations today?
In the Twilight saga. Jacob Black lives on a Reservation in La Push, Washington. He states his family, the Quileute’s have descended from wolves. The Quileute Tribe, though, is an actual Native American tribe. So what is the truth behind the fiction of the Quileute Tribe?
The earliest writings about the Celts dates from around 2500 years ago. These sources are non Celtic, though, mainly Greek and Roman. Archaeological evidence, however, indicates that the Celtic culture started to evolve circa 1200 B.C. Julius Caesar later referred to them Celts as “Galli,” which had come to mean barbarians (although it originally referred to the Phrygian priestly class of Eunuchs devoted to Cybele). However, where the Celts actually barbarians? And does anything remains of Celtic culture today?