The Greek Gods reigned supreme in the lives of the ancients for a millennium.
Once the Roman Empire embraced Christianity though, the fates of Jupiter and his family were dealt a mortal blow.
With the end of pagan practices in the early 600s, you’d think that their cultural relevance was all but gone. But lo and behold — there are still many ways in which they play a part in our world today.
Below are five ways in which we still channel them in the 21st century:
If you are like most people stuck in the rat race, you look…
Life in the 21st century relies upon electronics.
Smart phones, electric cars, computers, and colour TVs all form a major part of our day to day existence.
It’s not just consumers and office workers either — our military forces too use them in a myriad of different applications — from fighter jets to missile systems.
All of these technologies are laced with rare earth metals.
There is a major problem with this however: only one major supplier exists in the market.
That provider is China.
With 80% of global market share, China can easily throw a spanner into global supply…
Every four years, the nations of the world send their best athletes to the Olympic Games.
Hundreds of events are held across dozens of sports in what is the ultimate expression of human endurance and our hope for peace.
Unsurprisingly, superpowers past and present do well. The US, China, Russia, and the UK typically dominate the top five performers.
Conversely — tiny countries (either by population or land area) tend to do less well.
This makes sense — the more people and resources you have, the more likely you are going to be able to field a strong team across…
Sitting on the equator, nestled between the Indian and Pacific oceans lies Indonesia — the world’s most populous Muslim majority nation.
In the center of this archipelago, lies Bali, which quite literally an island of Hinduism in a Sea of Islam.
How is it so that in a nation of 270 million people (87% of which are Muslim); this small province preserved its unique religious identity?
The answer lies in the following reasons:
I was always keen to ask my grandparents, and others of their generation about their experiences. I’d ask questions like:
What we don’t often realise is — we too, are living through many historically significant events
Events that people will reference and study for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years to come.
Assuming you are the “median” human — that would make you around 30 years old.
Already in your lifetime - you…
People have moved from far and wide in pursuit of the proverbial “American” Dream.
Countries like Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have been founded on immigration. Still others — like the UK and France also have large migrant populations owing, in part, to their colonial pasts.
The natural consequence of this is that these are highly multicultural societies.
Someone born in Australia may be of Anglo-Celtic, Asian or Lebanese ancestry. Similarly, a Canadian may trace their roots to France, West Africa, or India.
While on the face of it — we all grew up in the same schooling system and…
When you consider someone to be a Christian, Hindu, Jew, or Muslim — one normally jumps to the conclusion that they must believe in a particular god, pray regularly, and visit church, mosque or temple.
Then, it follows that the converse must also be true: people who don’t believe in a specific god, pray, or visit a place of worship cannot be considered a member of that religion.
That’s a nice theory — but it doesn’t really hold up when you look at how most people actually live life.
Take Christianity for example. In Australia, 52% of residents identified as…
Once upon a time, in a land far far away — there was a place called Tamilakam; Homeland of the Tamils.
For millennia, the people of this region (in what is now Southern India) were tied together — both culturally and politically.
Together, they experienced the various Sangam periods — wherein numerous academies thrived producing great works of literature and poetry.
Together, they were ruled by the three dynasties glorified by heaven: The Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas — though their respective fortunes waxed and waned over time.
Together, they saw the rise and fall of Buddhism, Jainism, Shaivism and Vaishnavism…
While there is plenty of sorrow to be felt for the everyday people caught up in the unrest — there are three actors who clearly benefit from the escalating situation.
Bibi, as he is often called, has ruled Israel for 12 years.
Japan is known as the land of the rising sun. It is thus unsurprising that in such a country, the sun goddess, Amaterasu, would be the most sacred of deities.
The Emperor of Japan claimed descent from her, and was thus himself revered as a living god.
Despite this, for 700 years, the reigning Emperor was little more than a puppet. Real power stemmed from a set of hereditary generals known as Shoguns.
How did this come to be? …