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(no subject) [Nov. 7th, 2013|09:53 am]
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circumcision2

More reads on critique of circumcision:
via goodreads
mgmbill.org

However, there is no a single long-standing and time-resistant tradition, that could be negated or overturned by simple arguments. When in all their complexities they meet with realities of contemporary life, philosophical, religious, social, psychological dilemas arise.


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(no subject) [Nov. 3rd, 2013|10:49 am]
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Rangoli - decorations made from colored powder. Popular during Diwali. Photo via wikipedia.

Diwali

"The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps'. Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas."

"For many Indians this five day festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth."

"In Britain, as in India, the festival is a time for:
- spring-cleaning the home,
- wearing new clothes
- exchanging gifts (often sweets and dried fruits) and preparing festive meals
- decorating buildings with fancy lights.
- huge firework displays often celebrate Divali."

"The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India:
- In northern India and elsewhere, Diwali celebrates Rama's return from fourteen years of exile to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his subsequent coronation as king;
- In Gujarat, the festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth;
- In Nepal Diwali commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakaasura;
- In Bengal, it is associated with the goddess Kali."

via BBC on Diwali
More info in wikipedia.

http://www.diwalifestival.org/ - traditions, poems, essays, songs and other information about Diwali.

Diwali - The Festival of Lights - by WildFilmsIndia

President Obama celebrates Diwali (2009)


My personal thanks to my friend Ratan for Diwali greetings. 
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(no subject) [Oct. 29th, 2013|08:18 am]
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Buddhist stupa and houses outside the town of Aba, on the Tibetan Plateau (via wikipedia)

Facts

On Jordan Valley, where, according to The Bible, Jesus Christ was baptised, and the Dead Sea:

"The Jordan River ends at the Dead Sea, which, at a level of over 407 meters below sea level, is the lowest place on the earth’s surface."
[via The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan]

Tibetan Plateau:

"With an average elevation exceeding 4,500 metres (14,800 ft), the Tibetan Plateau is sometimes called "the Roof of the World" and is the world's highest and largest plateau, with an area of 2,500,000 square kilometres (970,000 sq mi) (about four times the size of France)."
[via wikipedia]

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Valaam Choir. We Magnify Thee. Serbian Chant
St. Petersburg Valaam Metochion Choir
St. John the Baptist Cathedral Washington DC, 2002

Tibetan Heart Sutra
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(no subject) [Oct. 18th, 2013|09:06 am]
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via Experimental Theology

List of dystopian literature from 18 th century up to these days.

Blind Faith by Ben Elton might be an interesting read.

"The story takes place in London approximately 50 years after many parts of the Earth have been subjected to rising water due to global warming. The remaining population believes that "only perverts do things in private", and obsessively blogs and uploads their lives in a sort of voluntary panopticon society. A wholesale rejection of science (which is blamed for "The Second Flood") has taken place, and religious faith is compulsory under new "Wembley Laws" (statutes passed by mob assent)". (Wikipedia)

A concept of implosion and its' visualisation at random.

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(no subject) [Aug. 17th, 2012|01:57 pm]
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Audrius Beinorius
Gyventi čia ir dabar
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(no subject) [Apr. 6th, 2012|08:03 am]
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Bedroom of William S. Burroughs via www.apartmenttherapy.com

15 Writers' Bedrooms
Link via Chronicles by A Hardened Reader by Marius Burokas [LT] 


Writers' Rooms via Guardian


A house of Thomas Mann in Nida depicted by Anna Zinnhuber
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(no subject) [Mar. 31st, 2012|01:20 am]
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Illustration taken from the description of Yaqui Easter Ceremony

Yaqui. 15 Flower World Variations

"The Flower World settings were derived by Jerome Rothenberg from traditional Yaqui Deer Dance songs in literal translations by Carleton Wilder, et al."


Yaqui myths and legends
By Ruth Warner Giddings



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(no subject) [Mar. 15th, 2012|08:22 am]
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The cover of the collection of texts (LT translation) by Josif Brodsky
titled "Poet and prose"


Reading "The Inner Side of the Wind" by Milorad Pavič. One of the main characters, Hera, who was an unpublished writer but a published translator, used to write letters to her brother in a sophisticated form: she was  inserting pieces of her own writtings into the books that she was translating; she then used to mark these insertions with her lipstick. Then she was sending the books to her brother as letters.  

Just before Milorad Pavič gives an example of Hera's guerilla-like insertion into other novel, which describes situation, how captain Petar ot Vitkovič wakes up in a soul, which is not his own soul, Hera says:

" - A poem is given as a punishment to writers. And prose is mercy". 

I think I sometimes read prose as a great poetry. Milorad Pavič is a miracle under this dublication.
 
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(no subject) [Mar. 13th, 2012|08:10 pm]
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Illustration taken from On onions  by Gintaras Beresnevičius (Lithuanian version),
republished in internet


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"What's the fruit?", he asked with wonder. It was actually a vegetable. With all distasteful doubts concerning the taste and name, it was wonderful.  

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"The truth is not a matter of a precise representation", says a representative voice in seek of precision.

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H is for Hidden

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There are evenings, when streets are simply left empty...

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When fear is also a wonder

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(no subject) [Feb. 21st, 2012|09:46 pm]
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Sylvia Plath. Voices & Visions

Poems by Sylvia Plath
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