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Manco Capac: Legendary Founder Of The Inca Dynasty Of Peru

According to Inca mythology, the Inca are the direct descendants of a mythical first Inca, named Manco Capac, who emerged from one of the three openings in the mountain Tambotoco, near Pacaritambo (or Pacariqtambo) (‘tavern of the dawn’), located some six leagues (approximately 33 km) to the south-southwest of Cuzco, Peru.Manco Capac came to found the Inca civilization.Even though his figure is mentioned in several chronicles, his actual existence remains unclear.While he remains a

Religion in the Ancient World

Religion (from the Latin Religio, meaning 'restraint’, or Relegere, according to Cicero, meaning 'to repeat, to read again’, or, most likely, Religionem, to show respect for what is sacred) is an organized system of beliefs and practices revolving around, or leading to, a transcendent spiritual experience. There is no culture recorded in human history which has not practiced some form of religion.In ancient times, religion was indistinguishable from what is known as `mythology' in the present
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Medicine Songs of the Spirit: An Ancient Healing Tradition

Only six people in the world know how to do what Sergio Pacheco is about to do.A middle-aged man who rarely smiles, Pacheco stands in the middle of a crowd on the National Mall, wearing a feathered headdress, beaded necklace and wrinkled dress that's been hand painted with a large, maroon bird on the front. "What I'm about to show you is the way we heal in my community," Pacheco says in his native language, Harakmbut, while a translator quickly interprets. "If someone has faith, they will
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‘Day of the Dead’ — Tradition, Nuance, and Cultural Appropriation

Over the past couple of years, the subject of cultural appropriation has sparked a plethora of discussions in the media and online. While there are clearly instances of cultural appropriation that are incredibly damaging to marginalized peoples and cultures, the term itself has been increasingly misused.Pretty much anything can be labeled as cultural appropriation, due to the lack of historical understanding and attention paid to detail or nuance. Recently, a dizzying number of personal posts
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Native American Sun Dance Symbols and Its Meaning

Other Native American sun dance symbols and meanings… Buffalo: The buffalo is a symbol of power, comfort, provision, and plenty. Every piece of it was used, and one buffalo provided a tremendous amount of luxury. From meat to clothing, tools to essential
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Ancient Lore and Magic of Crows and Ravens

Although crows and ravens are part of the same family (Corvus), they’re not exactly the same bird. Typically, ravens are quite a bit bigger than crows, and they tend to be a bit shaggier looking. The raven actually has more in common with hawks and other predatory birds than the standard, smaller-sized crow. In addition, although both birds have an impressive repertoire of calls and noises they make, the raven’s call is usually a bit deeper and more guttural sounding than that of the crow.Both
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Cherokee Plant Medicine: What Native Americans Used as Medicine for Everything from Pain to Cancer

The Native American tribe known as Cherokee always used herbs to cure various diseases. They used to believe that they have been given gift by their creator to use these herbs as a medicine for the cure of different diseases. They used the natural pharmacy because they were also familiar with the unique gathering method to keep plants for longer time. They used to pick all the plants but in a way that they could continue to propagate.Today we are going to share these 12 plants with you that
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These Plants Were Used by Native Americans as Medicine on Daily Basis

Native Americans are renowned for their medicinal plant knowledge. It is rumored they first started using plants and herbs for healing after watching animals eat certain plants when they were sick. In order to protect these plants from over harvesting, the medicine men used to pick every third plant they found.The Native Americans had a spiritual view of life, and to be healthy, a person had to have a sense of purpose and follow a righteous, harmonious, and balanced path in life. They believed
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The Anunnaki Gods: Who Are They?

Quetzalcoatl, Viracocha and Kukulkan are the ancient gods of Mesoamericans. There is a chance that these 3 are just one deity. According to descriptions of all 3 gods, they have features or characteristics of a citizen of South America. White skin, wide forehead, graying red beard and big blue eyes. Are these deities link to the ancient Anunnaki?Let's take a look, back at the old cultures around the world, especially within the American continent. We can find stories and legends that are
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Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders before European Colonization

It wasn’t until Europeans took over North America that natives adopted the ideas of gender roles. For Native Americans, there was no set of rules that men and women had to abide by in order to be considered a “normal” member of their tribe.In fact, people who had both female and male characteristics were viewed as gifted by nature, and therefore, able to see both sides of everything. According to Indian Country Today, all native communities acknowledged the following gender roles: “Female
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