Unfortunately, the title says just about everything the Walters Museum has on this painting. It is from Thailand, specifically the Rattanakosin Kingdom, sometime in the early 1900s but probably before 1932 when the kingdom ended in revolution. If anyone knows more about this painting, or the battle it depicts, let me know! I am very curious
It is estimated that over the past 200 years, the use of toilets -- and the cleaner environments and water supply that indoor plumbing entails -- have add about twenty years to the average human life.
"Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both. "
C. Wright Mills, an American sociologist (1916 - 1962)
Nanabozho is a prominant trickster figure, found in most Algonquin tribes' belief system. Stories about him vary considerably from tribe to tribe. His parents change, he is sometimes given siblings, and stories about his deeds would fill a book. Nicknamed "the Great Hare" although he is rarely shown as a rabbit, Nanabozho is a transformer figure, a creator and provider of food and representative of the various life force(s). Although a bit of a trickster figure, Nanabozho is not truly immoral or even seriously inappropriate. He is viewed as a virtuous hero and friend of humankind who happens to have a mischievous side.
There's so much contradictory information about Nanabozho so that is where I will stop. If you want to read some of the many tales about Nanabozho, here is a list to get you started.
The English phrase "scared shitless," meaning "extremely frightened," was first attested in 1936.
Statue of Wang Geon, a medieval Korean king from 918 to 943 CE. He is notable establishing the Goryeo Dynasty, then achieving the reunification of the Later Three Kingdoms in 936 CE. The modern English word, "Korea," comes from the name of the dynasty he founded, Goryeo.
The sculpture, made of bronze, is life-size and completely nude. Its 2-inch penis is intended to symbolize the king's mastery of the virtue of chastity. The symbolism does not translate well today.
The statue was made in 951 CE. Then it was deliberately buried in 1428 CE, when Wang Geon's dynasty was overthrown. The statue was rediscovered in North Korea in 1993.
In 1989, Ben & Jerry's discontinued its Tennessee Mud ice cream flavor. It had been made with Jack Daniels whiskey!
The box jellyfish's sting causes severe headaches, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, pulmonary edema, and severe anxiety -- its apparently so bad that some victims beg doctors to kill them. It is estimated that since 1954 box jellyfish have caused more the 5,500 deaths.
A ceremonial axe, made by the Chokwe or Lunda people of today’s Democratic Republic of the Congo. Early 1900s
There are oly four entities that have put humans into space. They are the government of Russia, the government of the United States, the government of China, and the private spaceflight company Scaled Composites.