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Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Peter Quinones 
 Article Title :: Shadows Boxing
Towards the end of Million Dollar Baby the character Scraps, ex boxing great turned gym porter, says of a character who has been away from the gym for a while, "And then a ghost walked in." This is an inadvertant commentary on almost all the principal characters in the film, and thier relationships to each other.Scraps (Morgan Freeman) is a ghost for Frankie (Clint Eastwood), as is Maggie (Hillary Swank) - the former because he lost sight in one eye in a match, many years ago, partly due to Frankie, and the latter because as time goes on she becomes a surrogate for his long gone daughter who refuses to reconcile with him (we are not told exactly what went wrong between Frankie and  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Angelique Van Engelen 
 Article Title :: Masking European Animism
The ancient peoples of Europe were more fond of masks and religious ritual than you would suspect if you saw Europeans today. Mask wearing and shamanism was part and parcel of everyday life in ancient Western European tradition, say researchers.There are stories abound about African and North American tribal shamans but not a lot is known about ancient European peoples’ involvement with masked ritual or the practice of magic. That is why finding out about similarities between the ideas behind masks from around the world and those originating from European soil, is a discovery of intriguing and real beliefs.The less obvious link of European societies with shamanism or relig  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Roy Klienwachter 
 Article Title :: Man and His Machines
A woman creates life from her womb, and man tries to create life through his machines.I have always had a close relationship to machines, any kind of machine. While I was growing up I tinkered with them, took them apart and explored there workings. I loved them whether they were working or not and to me they were always alive and waiting. I was fascinated at how they where put together and the thought process that must have gone into making sure all things fit together to work perfectly. To me every machine is a symbol of man’s genius.It always stirs some emotion in me to see a discarded machine that was once someone’s pride and joy parked in a yard or scrape yard. I hav  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Raymond Yuen 
 Article Title :: A Hidden Oriental Jewel: "100% Chinese Hand-Made Silk Embroidery"
IntroductionDo you know what "silk embroidery is? Do you know what it looks like? Many people I come across in the U.S. are either unaware or unfamiliar with what silk embroidery is. Moreover, for the few who are familiar with this specialized Chinese skill, I have discovered that they do not have a true knowledge and appreciation for this fine Chinese art form. Thus, the implication can be made that “silk embroidery” is truly a "Hidden Oriental Jewel” that has been under appreciated in the West due mainly to the fact that the common person is ignorant of the time, effort, and skill required to create high-quality "silk embroidery" works. Hence, the purpose of this arti  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Don Bracken 
 Article Title :: Was there Always Bias in Journalism? Ask George Washington. He'll tell you
There is bias in the elite media! How often do you hear that on cable talk shows? Yes,George Bush gets criticized by the press. Clinton before him took it on the chin and every president before him felt the sting of slings and arrows.Truman and Roosevelt got it, Lincoln certainly did and so did Adams and Jefferson. It started before all the aforementioned presidents because the very first"victim" of presidential “media” bias was none other than George Washington.And what provoked the media bias that plagued the man who has been revered thoughout our nation's history?First a little background...The tap root of American journalism was sunk into partisan soil when Pa  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Alan Woods 
 Article Title :: Bureaucracy in Peru!
This article is from the pen of a New Zealander currently living in Lima, Peru.I have never experienced anything like this!This is not the first developing country I have ever lived in, The situation here is chaotic and that is being kind!Lesson # 1. In Peru you must wait, don’t expect anything in a hurry!You will wait in line to enter the Hospital to visit your loved-ones, make sure you have the required documents that the hospital security demands or you will be refused entry. I have seen first hand a man in a wheelchair turn up for treatment only to be refused entry. The man’s relative had to go to the security station and summon a hospital nurse to pe  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Alan Woods 
 Article Title :: Yes Tarot Readings Are For You!
Have you ever thought?What is the best way out of this situation or which job do I take which decision do I make and offcourse which path is best! Choices, choices, choices, life is all about choices.This is where Tarot readings can be and are an important tool!Some sceptics may say this is baloney, but I am sure they have not experienced the power of the Tarot, closed minds never benefit and so these people limit themselves.I know the power of the Tarot first hand and how this exciting medium can help and indeed has helped many, many people.Tarot lays out the different choices a person has in regards to a given situation!The reader if the he or s  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Stephanie Roberts 
 Article Title :: What is Feng Shui, and How Does It Work?
Feng shui (say "fung shway"), often called the art of placement, could just as accurately be called "the art of flow." This ancient Chinese practice, literally translated as "wind" and "water," aims to maximize the beneficial movement of chi--the universal life force present in all things--through an environment.Just as fresh air and clean water nourish our bodies, so does fresh, clean chi nourish our homes and our lives. When the flow of chi through our space is blocked, weak, or misdirected, our relationships, cash flow, creativity, health, and career can suffer. Chi wants to meander gracefully through a space, like a gentle breeze or a winding stream. When it flows too strongly,  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Clint Leung 
 Article Title :: The Birth Of Eskimo Inuit Art Prints
Unlike Inuit sculpture, art prints from the Canadian Arctic are a twentieth century innovation in Inuit Eskimo art. One of the most significant events that happened during the development of contemporary Inuit art was when Canadian James Houston taught the Inuit to make art prints by incising designs into linoleum tiles, stone blocks and stencils from sealskins. He had previously studied printmaking in Japan since the Japanese were considered innovators in this art process.One day in 1957, Houston met up with a local Inuit art carver by the name of Osuitok Ipeelee in Cape Dorset. Ipeelee had been studying the identical printed images of a sailor's head on two cigarette packages he   (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Basel Anjoukeh 
 Article Title :: Egyptian Handmade Perfume Bottles
Blown glass, a very ancient technique, is the oldest among the handicrafts. It is said by some, that ancient Egyptians were the original inventors of glass making techniques. Production of metallurgy and faience helped a great deal in the manufacture of glass afterwards. The earliest Egyptian glass known to us was in the form of small beads and pendants found in sites dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C. At that time glass was made by melting a combination of silica-sand, lime, and soda. The interaction of the heated soda and the hot sand formed a transparent flowing liquid, which was then permitted to cool forming glass.The first glass vessels appeared in Egypt in the middle of   (read full article)
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