The God with the Upraised Arm – by Greg Taylor, The Daily Grail

(Extract from an essay by Greg Taylor, originally posted to The Daily Grail in 1999) "In the depictions of mythological scenes on Near Eastern archaeological monuments and artefacts, a number of ‘archetypal images’ are apparent. One of the most intriguing of these is the ‘God with the Upraised-Arm’, which can be found in scenes from … Continue reading The God with the Upraised Arm – by Greg Taylor, The Daily Grail

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Cubeer Burr, the Great Banyan Tree, and the Gymnosophists

Cubeer Burr The Great Banyan Tree painted by James PhillipsReposting this from 2011 A famed Banyan tree called in India "Cubeer Burr" was found on an island in the river Nerbedda, "ten miles from the city of Baroach, in the province of Guzzurat, a flourishing settlement formerly in possession of the East India Company, but ceded by the … Continue reading Cubeer Burr, the Great Banyan Tree, and the Gymnosophists

Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation – The Art of Enchantment by Sharon Blackie

"Turn on the radio or the TV, and we’re deluged by ads urging us to buy, buy, buy. Burn the planet, so that for one lunatic day of the year we can wear red hats and snowflake-embroidered sweaters and drink and eat more than is moral, frankly, and imagine everything is perfect and there’s nothing … Continue reading Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation – The Art of Enchantment by Sharon Blackie

William Stukeley’s 1740 book on Stonehenge online 

Harvard University Library hosts a digitised copy of William Stukeley’s 1740 book, Stonehenge, a temple restor’d to the British Druids. Printed in London in 1740 the book includes more than 30 illustrations showing how Stonehenge appeared when Stukeley visited it in the early 18th century, along with his theories concerning the monument’s origins and use. Image: Prospect of STONEHENGE from the southwest from William … Continue reading William Stukeley’s 1740 book on Stonehenge online 

The Forgotten Treehouse Bars of Bygone Summers in Paris

Many years ago when I was very young, a genteel old gentleman asked me my name, and I was so young that I gave him my full name. My surname was Robinson, and the old man told me that he had dined at a restaurant at the top of a tree, in Paris, and the … Continue reading The Forgotten Treehouse Bars of Bygone Summers in Paris

Tree Folklore: Birch, the Lady of the Wood – Jo Woolf

All images © 2016 Jo Woolf (from Tree Folklore: Birch, the Lady of the Wood - #FolkloreThursday) Beith’ or birch is the first symbol of the Ogham alphabet, representing the letter ‘B’, and ancient birch woodlands are immortalised in many Gaelic place names: examples include Glen an Beithe, Allt Beithe, and Beith in Ayrshire; the … Continue reading Tree Folklore: Birch, the Lady of the Wood – Jo Woolf

The lost children of Hamelin | Maria J. Pérez Cuervo

“In the year of 1284, on the day of Saints John and Paul, the 26th of June, 130 child­ren born in Hamelin were seduced by a piper, dressed in all kinds of colours, and lost at the calvary near the koppen.” The town of Hamelin hasn’t forgotten this loss. The street where, supposedly, the children … Continue reading The lost children of Hamelin | Maria J. Pérez Cuervo