In Pictures: Aborigines in the Outback.
'For young people growing up in the Aboriginal
settlement of Toomelah, New South Wales, life offers
few choices. Jobs are scarce, few finish high school
and nothing their elders want to teach them seems to
'As elder Auntie Ada Jarrett says, "I just hurt so
much for the young people today. Because they don't
know anything, all the good things that we had -
traditional dances in the night, story telling.
They're not able to survive." '
The Email of Kaycee Nicole.
'In the spring of '99 I met a young girl online by the
name of Kaycee Nicole Swenson. She applied to be a
host on CollegeClub and I was, at the time, the host
manager (you can read her host application here).
During the next two years, I found this girl to be
remarkable...almost super-human! For the first year,
I received at least one and usually more e-mail from
this girl. She was one of the better hosts on
collegeclub, and she seemed to possess an unlimited
amount of time and dedication for working on the site.
She was also one of the most cheery people I've ever
run across. '
'She also turned out to be a fake...'
Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive.
'The Salem witchcraft events began in late February 1692 and lasted
through April, 1693. All told, at least twenty-five people died: nineteen
were executed by hanging, one was tortured to death, and at least five
died in jail due to harsh conditions. Over 160 people were accused of
witchcraft, most were jailed, and many deprived of property and legal
rights. Accused persons lived in the town of Salem and Salem Village
(now Danvers) and in two dozen other towns in eastern Massachusetts Bay
Colony. Nearly fifty people confessed to witchcraft, most to save
themselves from immediate trial. Hundreds of other people in the Bay
Colony -- neighbors, relatives, jurors, ministers, and magistrates
-- were caught up in the legal proceedings of the trials...'
The Lais of Marie de France: A Verse Translation.
'We know nothing about Marie de France. For various reasons, it's thought
that her twelve Lais date from around 1170, that their author was a woman
named Marie who also wrote a rhymed collection of Aesop's Fables (or
rather of an expanded medieval version of these fables) and one longer
poem tralsted from Latin, the Purgatory of St. Patrick. She may have been
an aristocratic woman, perhaps a nun, living in England.'
'Marie de France's Lais were read in her own time; her French is "easy"
(a widely-read Anglo-Norman literary language) and the poems are
relatively short (the longest is only about a sixth as long as the verse
romances being written at the same time by Chrétien de Troyes); readers
usually seem to have read them in French, though they were translated, for
example, into Old Norse and read in Iceland...'
Nuxalk Nation. Native American nation.
'When the world was first created God had help from the four carpenters,
they are called the Masmasalanicw; they were like human beings with wings
"angels" They carved our first ancestors. Each family has an origin
story. Along the walls of heaven hung the cloaks of the grizzly bear,
the raven, the eagle, the killer whale all of God's creations. Our first
ancestors had a choice of what cloak they would descend to earth with.
Once they descended to earth that animals cloak went back to heaven. Today
as a Nuxalkmc we know what our crests are, whether we come from the
Eagle, Raven or any other of Gods creation., this is our direct tie to
Manakays our heavenly father. When we make our regalia we put the crest
of our first ancestor on our blankets acknowledging to Manakays that we
will never forget the gifts he has given us.'
'Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions.
It was founded by the prophet Zoroaster in ancient Iran approximately
3500 years ago...'
Girodet: Romantic Rebel.
'Girodet: Romantic Rebel is the first retrospective in the United States
devoted to the works of gifted French painter Anne-Louis Girodet de
Roussy-Trioson (1767-1824). The exhibition assembles more than 100 seminal
works (about 60 paintings and 40 drawings) that demonstrate the artist's
impressive range as a painter as well as a draftsman. '
An Atlas of Cyberspaces.
'This is an atlas of maps and graphic representations of the geographies
of the new electronic territories of the Internet, the World-Wide Web and
other emerging Cyberspaces. '
Sootze Oriental Antiques.
'Soo Tze Oriental Antiques, established in 1983, is Australia's premier
gallery dealing in antique objects and works of art from East and South
Asia, with a special emphasis on Tibet and the Himalayan region. '
We Must Try.
'The word Zamani literally means "we must try." When I stepped into the
small series of shacks that constitute the Zamani Educare Centre I
immediately felt that spirit of action that has come over the school.
Precariously placed in Duncan Village in the Eastern Cape of South Africa,
the preschool was started Ncumisa Yoyo, a resident of Duncan Village with
a concern for the growing number of children taking to the streets. It
began small over a decade ago and has grown to an enrollment of well over
200 children from 0-6 years old. In the wake of the Apartheid it became a
place of refuge for these children. Amongst this shack-town whose
statistics concerning crime, AIDS, substance abuse and unemployment
are enough to make even the strongest want to give up all hope, it
stands as a symbol of what happens when a few people refuse to give
The eSkeletons Project.
'The eSkeletons Project website is devoted to the study of human and
primate comparative anatomy. It offers a unique set of digitized versions
of skeletons in 2-D and 3-D in full color, animations, and much
supplemental information. The user can navigate through the various
regions of the skeleton and view all orientations of each element along
with muscle and joint information. eSkeletons enables you to view the
bones of both human and non-human primates ranging from the gorilla to
the tiny mouse lemur. '
Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America.
'Tocqueville's America is another project of the American Studies Programs
at The University of Virginia. In this project we take up the task of
re-contextualizing Alexis de Tocqueville's famous political and cultural
analysis of American democracy. Our objective is, over time, to return
that book -- arguably still one of the most influential works in political
thought -- to its origins, to the America of 1831-32 . For it was on that
very specific ground and at that very specific historical moment that
Tocqueville stood. '
The River Wey & Navigations. A river in Surrey.
'Here you will find nearly 100,000 words describing everything from the
Wey Valley's history and industry, to its people and wildlife. There are
several hundred photographs and illustrations here too to make your
journey even more interesting and informative. And we've given you
hundreds of links and further sources to investigate. '
Witnessing Tiananmen. From 2004.
'Fifteen years ago, China was rocked by huge protests and calls for change,
before these were brutally crushed by tanks around Beijing's Tiananmen
'The BBC's Chinese Service has interviewed some of those who witnessed the
protests and subsequent bloodshed. '
The Centennial Exhibition: Philadelphia 1876.
'In these pages we present the Library's unique collection of silver
albumen photographs with various views and points of access. Welcome to
the Centennial at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Enjoy your visit! '
The Moldenhauer Archives.
'The Moldenhauer Archives at the Library of Congress contain approximately
3,500 items documenting the history of Western music from the medieval
period through the modern era and is the richest composite gift of
musical documents ever received by the Library. '
Built in America.
'The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic
American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are among the largest
and most heavily used in the Prints and Photographs Division of the
Library of Congress. The collections document achievements in
architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and
its territories through a comprehensive range of building types and
engineering technologies including examples as diverse as the Pueblo
of Acoma, houses, windmills, one-room schools, the Golden Gate Bridge,
and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. '
The portal of African and Caribbean cultures.
'A short series of photos of the small seaside town of Littlehampton,
West Sussex, taken during a short visit during a very, very hot July
'Photographs from the beautiful volcanic island of Santorini in the
Aegean Sea, with images from Fira, Imerovigli, Kamari, Ia, Akrotiri
and more! '
'Nostrum is a soap opera revolving around the world of high school
forensics, originally written and presented by Jules O'Shaughnessy and
the Nostrumite in regular weekly installments, added every Wednesday. We
never ended it, but considering that it's as long as War and Peace, don't
give us a hard time. '
Sponsor a Dalit Child.
'Today, India's Dalits comprise nearly 1/4 of the total population, a
massive 250 million men, women, and children...'
'Here you can find everything from plot synopses to behind-the-scenes
photos of Met productions. '
Edison's Miracle of Light.
'In September 1878, when Thomas Edison announced his intention to
harness Niagara Falls and produce a safe, electric light system, gas
stocks plummeted on Wall Street. It was said that soon, only the rich
could afford candles. While "the Wizard of Menlo Park" and his staff
would, in time, develop all the components needed for an electrical
system -- bulbs, sockets, switches, wires, junction boxes, power meters,
voltage regulators -- Edison himself became caught in a web of personal,
patent, and corporate battles. In the end, Thomas Edison revolutionized
the world, yet lost control of the industry that he founded. '
Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and
'For more than 40 years, Robert Adams (born 1937) has photographed the
landscape of the American West, particularly in California, Oregon, and
his home state of Colorado. His work is inspired both by his joy in the
inherent beauty of the landscape, and his dismay at its exploitation and
degradation for residential and commercial development.'
Displaced in Northern Uganda.
'Since 1986, a rebel group calling itself the Lord's Resistance Army
(LRA) has led an insurgency in northern Uganda. Though its stated
objective is toppling the national goverment of Uganda, its victims
have more often than not been the innocent bystanders and civilians of
northern region. Thousands have been killed, hundreds of thousands have
fled from their homes and live in displacement camps, and an estimated
20,000 children have been abducted by the LRA and forced to be rebel
soldiers and wives. Here, a child's drawing of a battle between LRA
rebels and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF), the government
army, hangs in a counseling center for the war-traumatized...'
American Song-Poem Music Archives.
'The song-poem story involves a succession of publishing and recording
companies that have occupied the lowest rungs of the music industry
ladder for over 100 years. By appropriating the rhetoric of the
legitimate (so-called) music industry, the owners of such companies
prey on the dual yearnings among the general public for access to the
inner sanctum of show business and a means to get rich quick, as well
as the fact that nearly everyone has written some sort of poem at one
point in their life or another. Song-poem entrepreneurs (called "song
sharks") manipulate these facets of human nature to deceive naïve
individuals into subsidizing a quest to have their poem become the
lyric of a smash hit record. In the parlance of this parallel-universe
enterprise, "song-poem" is code for the originating verse. The reason
that a code is resorted to bespeaks of the patronizing nature of the
song-poem game: its proprietors believe that their typical customer
is too dumb to grasp the meaning of the simple English word "lyric."
At the same time it's meant to signal an expanse of possible source
materials, as in, "We'll set your song, your poem, even your goddamn
shopping list to music; we don't care what you give us, so long as your
checks don't bounce." ... '
Huey Long's Senate Speeches.
'During his three brief years in the U.S. Senate, Huey Long became one of
the most flamboyant and provocative Senators in the nation's history. He
earned the enmity of his fellow Senators due to his frequent use of the
filibuster to make some "point of principle" about which he was especially
passionate, and due to his not infrequent habit of casting aspersions on
the character of his fellow Senators...'
Einstein's Wife: Mileva's Story.
'On the one side, Einstein is a scientific saint, and accepting Mileva
as his equal would be blasphemous. On the other side, there is solid
proof that Albert treated his wife disgracefully, raising the suspicion
that he viewed Mileva's career with equal disregard. In this brief
investigation of the facts, Mileva's life story is divided into three
periods, each defined by her changing relationship with Albert. The
epilogue reviews the events leading to her rediscovery in the late
'He was both a visionary and a manipulator, a brilliant orator and a
pompous autocrat. In just ten years following his emigration to the
United States as a laborer in 1917, Marcus Garvey rose to lead the
largest black organization in history, was taken to prison in handcuffs,
and was eventually deported. Marcus Garvey is the dramatic story of the
rise and fall of an African American leader who influenced politics and
culture around the world.'
125 Big Questions.
'In a special collection of articles published beginning 1 July 2005,
Science Magazine and its online companion sites celebrate the journal's
125th anniversary with a look forward -- at the most compelling puzzles
and questions facing scientists today. A special, free news feature in
Science explores 125 big questions that face scientific inquiry over the
next quarter-century; accompanying the feature are several online extras
including a reader's forum on the big questions.'
'Aelbert Cuyp (1620 - 1691), one of the foremost landscape painters
of the Dutch golden age, is particularly known for evocative
representations of the Dutch countryside drenched in an atmospheric
golden light. He also painted a number of biblical and mythological
pictures as well as an occasional portrait. An exceptional draftsman,
he created sensitive drawings of the countryside, many of which served
as models for his paintings. Quiet in atmosphere and grand in appearance,
Cuyp's paintings and drawings had an enormous appeal for the English
aristocracy of the later eighteenth century and for American collectors
of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. '
The Mountaineers Collection.
'The Mountaineers is an outdoor club, founded in 1906, to promote the
discovery, conservation and documentation of the "mountains, forests
and watercourses of the Pacific Northwest". The Mountaineers Club
constitution states that the object of the organization is: "to gather
into permanent form the history and traditions of this region; to
preserve, by protective legislation or otherwise, the natural beauty
of the Northwest Coast of America; to make frequent or periodical
expeditions into these regions in fulfillment of the above
'was a Noongar warrior who played a key part in early indigenous
Australian resistance to European settlement and rule in the area of
Perth, Western Australia. After he led a series of attacks in which
white settlers were killed, a bounty was offered for his capture dead or
alive, and he was shot dead by a young settler. Yagan's death has passed
into Western Australian folklore as a symbol of the unjust and sometimes
brutal treatment of the indigenous peoples of Australia by colonial
Northern Ivory Coast.
'The BBC's Arnaud Zajtman visits northern Ivory Coast, more than three
years after rebels took control.'
Studies from an Eastern Home.
'This is a set of essays by Sister Nivedita, published posthumously.
Nivedita was a woman of Irish nationality who converted to Hinduism and
spent her life selflessly helping the poor women of India. This book
gives a rare ground-level vista of vernacular Hinduism from a woman's
point of view in the 19th century.'
History of Cargill.
'Cargill has a long, rich history, starting with W. W. Cargill's first
grain storage facility on the American frontier in 1865. The company
has grown to become one of the largest, privately-owned businesses,
providing food, agricultural and risk management products and services
around the globe.'
'THE PAST is all around us in New York. It's on the buildings high above
and in the subways and tunnels deep below. It's even in the paths the
streets take. This site is your gateway to a New York City that existed
long ago -- and still exists in a hidden form today. On this site we'll
show you remnants of a NYC of long ago, as well as unusual scenes not
ordinarily associated with New York.'
The Web of Indian Life.
'This is a collection of essays by Sister Nivedita, Margaret E. Noble,
an Anglo-Irish Hindu convert who moved to India and devoted herself
to helping poor women of all castes. It includes an appreciative
introduction by Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel laureate writer, one
of her many friends in the Bengali artistic community.'
Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine,
'Many of these tales have supernatural or pagan elements, although
most are set in the middle ages, with the crusades, chivalry, knights,
damsels in distress and castles as stock set dressing. Many stories
center around desperate bargains with the devil. One of the best parts
of this book is Spence's discussion of the historical basis of the
Nibelunglied, its relation to the Icelandic Volsung saga, and other
lesser known Mediaeval sagas. '
John Pohl's Mesoamerica.
'John Pohl is an eminent authority on American Indian civilizations
and has directed numerous archaeological excavations and surveys in
Canada, the United States, México, and Central America as well as
Jack London's 1906 Quake Journey.
'Almost 100 years ago, on 18 April 1906, San Francisco was wrecked by
a massive quake. Hundreds died. '
'Many are familiar with images of the world's first widely photographed
disaster. But few have seen these pictures taken by US adventurer and
author Jack London.'
Machynlleth Life. A small town in mid-Wales.
'Find out more about the town where Owain Glyndwr held Wales' first
Parliament back in the 15th century. '
Books for Cooks.
'This unique collection of cookery books will transport you back in time.
It will take you to medieval banqueting tables laden with peacocks and
pastry ships; to the medicine cabinets of noblewomen; and to royal picnics
in the jungle. It will show you how the poor were encouraged to re-use
coffee grounds in Victorian London, and how a rationed population
attempted to stay healthy during World War 2. You will find recipes
for puddings and roasts, for beauty treatments and bed bug repellents,
for pies made with live birds and frogs, and for dishes spiced with
ingredients as valuable as jewels. '
Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan, 1918.
'Themes include ghosts; unrequited love across social boundaries; Shinto
landscape, tree and ocean spirits; and tales driven by Bushido and Buddhist
ethics. Not a few of these yarns end up with someone committing
History of Anglesey.
'The Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn in Welsh) is situated off the north-west
coast of Wales near the beautiful Snowdonia mountain range. It is
separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait, which is spanned by
two picturesque bridges, the Menai Bridge and the Britannia Bridge.
Anglesey was known as Mam Cymru ('Mother of Wales') during the middle
ages because its fertile fields formed the breadbasket for the north of
Jules Valles Archive. Veteran of the Paris
'The appearance of the coffin was saluted with cries of: "Long Live
the Commune! Long Live the Social Revolution! Long Live Anarchy!" Behind
the hearse were the members of the family, Citizens Henri Rochefort,
Révillon, Clovis Hugues, Laguerre, and the members of the Commune in
Paris: Amouroux, Arnaud, Avrial, Champy, Cournet, Dereure, Dupont, Clovis
Eudes, Gérardin,. Longuet, Malon, Marteret, Pottier, Régère, Urbain,
Vaillant, Viard, etc. The delegations followed. Aside from the many
wreaths on the funeral drape could be found Vallè Commune-member sash
in red silk with gold fringes.. A large crowd awaited the cortege at
the cemetery. M. Rochefort said a few words at the graveside. Several
other personages spoke after him, and the crowd peacefully drifted
Trails to Utah and the Pacific.
'Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869
incorporates 49 diaries, in 59 volumes, of pioneers trekking westward
across America to Utah, Montana, and the Pacific between 1847 and the
meeting of the rails in 1869. In addition to the diaries, the collection
includes 43 maps, 82 photographs and illustrations, and 7 published
guides for immigrants. Stories of persistence and pain, birth and death,
God and gold, trail dust and debris, learning, love, and laughter, and
even trail tedium can be found in these original "on the trail" accounts.
The collection tells the stories of Mormon pioneer families and others
who were part of the national westering movement, sharing trail
experiences common to hundreds of thousands of westward migrants. '
Presteigne and the Welsh Marches.
'Welcome to our pages on the local history of Presteigne, an ancient
border town in the Welsh Marches.
Aspects of the local history of Presteigne and the Welsh Marches covered
by the pages on this website are listed below. '
from Exclusively Slavonic Sources, 1890.
'This collection of Slavic folktales at first glance appears to have all
of the usual suspects of European Märchen. Evil stepmothers: check; plucky
youths overcome impossible odds to marry kings' daughter: check; dimwitted
peasants given magical gifts: check. '
'What makes this book special are some tales and motifs that hint at even
older lore. Number 27 is for all intents and purposes identical to the
Native American 'Earth Diver' creation myth. In 47, man is created from a
drop of God's sweat. There are two tales of a global flood in 48 and 49.
In 36 there is a very dark 'Abraham and Isaac' story which goes a bit
further than the Bible. In 51, there is a story of a hundred-leaved rose
bush which resembles images from the Kabbalah and Yogic lore. And number
59 is the tale of St. Patrick in a Balkan setting. All in all, a great
anthology of eastern European folklore. '
The Diary, Correspondence, and Papers of Robert
"King" Carter of Virginia, 1701-1732.
'This site includes transcriptions of the diary, correspondence, and
papers of the richest and most important man of his day in Virginia,
who owned at his death at least 300,000 acres containing many farms and
plantations that produced tobacco and other crops for sale, some 1,000
slaves to work those plantations, and large sums of money invested in
Virginia and in England. Robert Carter was a member of the Council of
Virginia, was acting governor, and a political power in the colony. He
had received a classical education in England, and corresponded widely
both within the colony and with merchants in England.'
'The story of Jesse James remains one of America's most cherished myths...
and one of its most wrong-headed. Jesse James, so the legend goes, was a
Western outlaw, though, in fact, he never went west; America's own Robin
Hood, though he robbed from the poor as well as the rich, and kept it all
for himself; and a gunfighter whose victims, in reality, were almost
'Cobham Park is a country house located in Downside Road, Cobham, Surrey,
England. The house was the family home of the Combe family until the
early part of the 20th century...'
Denver Basin Project.
'The Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) and the United States
Geological Survey (USGS) are conducting research on a 2,200-foot,
2.5-inch-diameter core, which was recently "dug up" from the Denver
Basin. In the first part of this multiyear project in our own backyard,
area researchers searched for information on our geologic past on the
Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa, Colorado, which you were able to
follow right here on our Web site!...'
John Donne (1572-1631).
'John Donne was born in Bread Street, London in 1572 to a prosperous
Roman Catholic family, a precarious thing at a time when anti-Catholic
sentiment was rife in England. His father, John Donne, was a well-to-do
ironmonger and citizen of London. Donne's father died suddenly in 1576,
and left the three children to be raised by their mother, Elizabeth, the
daughter of John Heywood, epigrammatist, and a relative of Sir Thomas
The Maxim Gorky Internet Archive.
'Destitute as a youth, became Russia's foremost writer; he joined the
Bolshevik party in 1905 and helped organise their first legal newspaper,
but drifted away during the first world war...'
Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.
'Welcome to the Calvin Coolidge web site, sponsored by the Calvin
Coolidge Memorial Foundation of Plymouth Notch, Vermont. We intend this
site to serve as the primary resource for information about our thirtieth
president. To that end, we are working with historians, researchers and
educators to make available the best and the latest material on Coolidge,
his political ideas, and his life and times.'
'At five-feet tall, with a wing span of nearly 8 feet, whooping cranes
are among the largest and most beautiful birds of North America. But
hunting and other forms of human encroachment drove them to the very
edge of extinction in the mid-20th century, when the head count for the
last known flock plummeted to an all-time low of just 15. Legal
protection, conservation measures, and artificial breeding programs
have slowly lifted the number of whoopers to more than 400 today, of
which nearly 300 are in the wild. But those are still dangerously low
'This site offers helpful information for students of the Western
philosophical tradition. '
Myths of Babylonia and Assyria, 1915.
'This volume of the Myths and Legends series covers the still nascent
subject of ancient Near Eastern mythology. Because the primary documents
had only been deciphered a few decades prior to the writing of this book,
Mackenzie necessarily has to round out the exposition with a detailed
history of the region, Biblical accounts, and speculative cross-cultural
comparisons, particularly to Hindu and Northern European mythology and
The Unicorn Tapestries. Exhibition at the Met.
The Hunt of the Unicorn.
'The Hunt of the Unicorn is a series of seven tapestries dating from
1495-1505. The tapestries, often referred to as the Unicorn Tapestries,
show a group of noblemen and hunters in pursuit of a unicorn which is
eventually captured, brought back to a castle and chained to a tree.'
American Visionaries: Frederick Douglass.
'Frederick Douglass has been called the father of the civil rights
movement. He rose through determination, brilliance, and eloquence
to shape the American nation. He was an abolitionist, human rights and
women's rights activist, orator, author, journalist, publisher, and
social reformer. '
Dogs and More Dogs.
How and why did Man's best friend evolve from
wolves, and why are dogs so remarkably diverse
Reconstruction: The Second Civil War.
'Abandoned plantations and the promise of freedom draw former slaves
to plant crops and create their own communities. Northern activists like
Tunis Campbell arrive to offer help and a vision of black liberty.
Emancipation is finally real -- until white planters return to claim
World War II Military Situation Maps.
'The World War II Military Situation Maps contains maps showing troop
positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945. Starting with the
D-Day Invasion, the maps give daily details on the military campaigns in
Western Europe, showing the progress of the Allied Forces as they push
towards Germany. Some of the sheets are accompanied by a declassified
"G-3 Report" giving detailed information on troop positions for the
period 3 Mar. 1945-26 July 1945. These maps and reports were used by
the commanders of the United States forces in their evaluation of the
campaigns and for planning future strategies.'
Early Encounters in North America:
Peoples, Cultures and the Environment.
'This release of Early Encounters in North America contains 1,482 authors
and over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of
early encounters. Particular care has been taken to index the material
so that it can be used in new ways. For example, you can identify all
encounters between the French and the Huron between 1650 and 1700.'
Comet Hale-Bopp: The Great Comet of 1997.
'With over 5,100 images, this site has the largest collection of Comet
Hale-Bopp images in the world available on the Internet. The home page
is maintained solely on the volunteer efforts of myself. '
Gypsy Folk Tales, 1899.
'Francis Hindes Groome was one of the small group of 19th century
folklorists who immersed themselves in Roma (Gypsy) life. This was in the
heroic period of the study of folklore, when devoted scholars built up
the field from scratch. Even then, however, it was obvious that there
were universal story motifs that spanned continents and cultures. Groome
hypothesized that the nomadic Roma had been a primary conduit for the
transfer of a common body of stories across a broad region of Eurasia...'
Koffee Corner. Home for the coffee
connoisseurs. 'Planet Earth's most passionate
The Horseshoe Crab.
'For many, the horseshoe crab is a childhood acquaintance, first introduced
by a fierce-looking shell on a sandy beach.'
'For ecologists, the horseshoe is an important creature - a vastly
adaptable generalist that predates most species on the planet, with a
lifecyle that is interlocked with other animals.'
'These texts describe the esoteric teachings of Tantra, a belief system
which originated in India, praticed by a small number of Hindus and
Buddhists. Tantra has become a synonym in the West for unbridled
sexuality; however sexuality per se is only one facet of this elaborate
spiritual practice, as a representation of the union of the soul with
the Goddess. Rather, this attitude reflects the spiritual vacuum of
mainstream Western religions when it comes to sacred sexuality. A deep
study of Tantra can take a lifetime, and is not for the undisciplined or
the thrill-seeker. '
'The Argonautica tells the story of the journey of Jason and the Argonauts
to the land of Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece. The story of the
Argonauts was a traditional cycle of myths which Apollonius of Rhodes wove
into this saga at the turn of the third century BCE. Apollonius, born
about 270 BC, was a librarian at the great Library of Alexandria. He
composed the Argonautica in his youth, but it got a poor reception in
Alexandria. Rejected, he moved to Rhodes where he gained fame as a
teacher, and his poem got more respect. Eventually he returned to
Alexandria, where the Argonautica was finally acclaimed...'
'The National Library of Scotland has the pre-eminent collection of
decorative bookbindings produced in Scotland during the last five
centuries. This section of the Digital Library, which at present includes
wheel and herringbone bindings, will be expanded to display examples of
other Scottish binding styles, in particular the work of the Edinburgh
binder James Scott, and his son William, and also the creations of
contemporary binders who feature in the National Library's annual
Elizabeth A. Soutar Bookbinding Competition. '
Darfur Drawn: The Conflict in Darfur through
'The government of Sudan is responsible for "ethnic cleansing" and crimes
against humanity in the context of an internal conflict in Darfur, one
of the world's poorest and most inaccessible regions, on Sudan's western
border with Chad. Since 2003, the Sudanese government and the ethnic
"Janjaweed" militias it arms and supports have committed numerous attacks
on the civilian populations of the Fur, Masalit, Zaghawa and other ethnic
groups perceived to support the rebel insurgency. Government forces
oversaw and directly participated in massacres, summary executions of
civilians-including women and children-burnings of towns and villages,
and the forcible depopulation of wide swathes of land long inhabited by
the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa. The Janjaweed militias, Muslim like the
groups they attack, have destroyed mosques, killed Muslim religious
leaders, and desecrated Qurans belonging to their enemies...'
'was the United States' most decorated combat soldier of World War II. He
later became an actor and singer/songwriter. Among his thirty three awards
and decorations was the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for
bravery that can be given to any individual in the United States of
America, for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his
life above and beyond the call of duty." Murphy received every decoration
for valor that the U.S. had to offer, some of them more than once, and five
decorations by France and Belgium...'
A web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
19th Century Schoolbooks.
'Examine digital editions of 140 schoolbooks and two surveys of historic
schoolbooks by John Nietz, the founder of the Nietz Old Textbook
The Colors of India.
'The late Raghubir Singh, one of India's most prominent photographers,
once said that India is inherently is a colorful nation and black and
white photographs can never do complete justice to India's vast diversity.
How true! '
The Chagall Windows.
'The Synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center was
dedicated on February 6th, 1962, as part of Hadassah's Golden Anniversary
celebration. The floors and interior walls are made of Jerusalem Stone,
and the Synagogue is illuminated by a hanging lantern and by sunlight which
streams through the magnificent Chagall Windows. '
'Marc Chagall, who was present at the dedication, spoke of the joy he felt
in bringing "my modest gift to the Jewish people, who have always dreamt
of biblical love, of friendship and peace among all people; to that
people who lived here, thousands of years ago, among other Semitic
people. My hope is that I hereby extend my hand to seekers of culture,
to poets and to artists among the neighboring people." ...'
'Everywhere in the world has its fair share of deranged people. I grew
up in Wolverhampton and remember the Polish tramp who lived in a tent on
the roundabout. Legend had it that his coat was stuffed with cash. More
recently I notice the guy who spends his day pushing a trolley round
Camden Sainsburys shouting, "Best of luck!". Constantly. Tell us about
your local nutters. '
'A special language that a man had to use when talking to-or even when
talking in the presence of-his mother-in-law, and the mother-in-law
would use it back ... They were people who should be kept at arm's length
in social dealings-one would not normally look them in the eye or be left
alone with them without a chaperon-and the use of a special language,
Jalnguy, was an overt index of this avoidance behavior.'