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Essentials of Vidya & Avidya: Hindu Knowledge and Ignorance

The meaning of Vidya Vidya is a Sanskrit term that is translated as knowledge, and is closely related with another Sanskrit word “jnana”. Most Hindu religious and philosophical traditions distinguish between two types of knowledge. The lower knowledge is informational, derived from study of texts or hearing of teachings; while it is useful, perhaps even …

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Everything about Anasuya: Mythological Hindu Wife of Atri

The Hindu sage Atri took as wife Anasuya (or Anusuya), a name meaning the divine quality of Free-from-envy. She was so vigorous an ascetic, and producer of miracles, that she irrigated earth with the Ganges in drought and on another occasion “made ten nights one” because her friend was cursed to “become a widow tomorrow” …

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All about Airavata: Hindu Mythological Father of Elephants

Airavata is Hindu mythological king of elephants, produced from the churning of the ocean, and taken by Indra, who subsequently rode on Airavata in war and wherever he went. The name has been derived from Iravat “watery” and supposed to allude to the north, as the quarter whence rain comes, or to the original idea …

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Creation & Apocalypse Myth in Celtic Mythology & Folklore

Celtic creation myth No complete Celtic myth has survived describing the creation of the world, however through cross referencing multiple existing myths and stories from Roman historians, it’s possible to piece together how the Celts viewed the creation of the world. In the Senchus Mór, a set of Celtic Irish religious laws, we learn that …

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Acanthus Leaf Meaning and Symbolism (Triumph, Death & More)

Acanthus is a thistle like plant found in warmer climates. According to the Ancient Greeks, the acanthus flower was said to be a nymph loved by Apollo called Acantha, however the god eventually changed her into the acantha flower. The sinuate, notched leaves of two kinds of acanthus in the Mediterranean region provided the pattern …

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