Tuesday, March 13, 2018

7 days in the week?

OK, so why 7 days in the week? Because the bible said so?


Let us thank the Babylonians for this. There was really no natural reason for a seven days but the Babylonians broke down the lunar month into manageable chunks of seven days since the number seven had a mystical significance to them. They assigned 7 celestial bodies in each days of a week then decided to measure a full lunar cycle as 28 days and then divide that into 4 weeks of seven days each. Then, they  made the seventh day as “holy” marking rituals every seventh-day.

The Hebrews adopted these days and so as other cultures in ancient Mesopotamia and throughout the ancient world, even in the Far Eastern empires of China and Japan. BTW, when the Book of Genesis was written in approx. 950 BC. the Jews  have borrowed the idea of the 7 days from the Babylonians. The Lunar calendar with seven days a week was a Babylonian invention. The Hebrew "god" has nothing to do with it. His "story-tellers" just plagiarized the idea from Babylonian astronomers.

The Romans adopted the Babylonian system and added many features of the modern 7-day week. Roman Emperor Constantine formally adopted the seven-day week in AD 321, it had been in use informally since the first century BC. A Christian convert Constantine made Sunday - the Christian Sabbath - the first day of the week, and Saturday - the Jewish day of rest - as the last.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Why the right hand?

Kaya laging right hand, kasi raising the right hand means honor and it also means nobility and aristocracy. Left hand kasi means common person.

Most on the picture are Indian deities. The reason for that is the assurance to provide nourishment and prosperity. Ang tawag dyan sa hand gesture na yan eh mundra. 

Dyan naman kay Buddha. Mudra naman ang tawag dyan. Yung sa picture, tawag dyan eh Karana Mudra which use to disperse negative energy. 

Yun naman sa icon ni Jesus, it is a symbol which spell the four letter abbreviation of the Greek for Jesus. The three fingers of Christ – as well as spelling out “I” and “X” – confess the Tri-unity of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The touching finger and thumb of Jesus not only spell out “C”, but attest to the Incarnation: to the joining of divine and human natures found in the body of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

Valentines Day is the celebration of Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture It is also celebration of the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

It was celebrated every February 15 but when Pope Gelasius "Christianize" it, he declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day.

It is also believed that February 14 was the mating season of birds in England and France, that is why the day become associated with love.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Blame it to Peter Jackson.

In the original Tolkien novel, the Eagles agreed to help Gandalf as a favor, in return for him having saved the life of their Lord by healing him from an arrow wound before the events of the story [See:The Hobbit, "Out of the Frying-Pan and into the Fire]. However, the Eagles were afraid of the men of the Vales of Anduin, who shot arrows at them to keep them from stealing livestock. Therefore, the Eagles took the Company only a short distance.

Also, according to Tolkien (The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien), "The Eagles are a dangerous 'machine'. I have used them sparingly, and that is the absolute limit of their credibility or usefulness. The alighting of a Great Eagle of the Misty Mountains in the Shire is absurd; it also makes the later capture of G. [Gandalf] by Saruman incredible, and spoils the account of his escape" (Letter 210).

The Bonifacio Monument

It was erected in 1929 and was designed by the National Artist Guillermo Tolentino.

The cornerstone was formally laid by Aurora Quezon, the wife of Filipino Senate President and later President Manuel L. Quezon. The monument, which was created under the orders of American Governor-General of the Philippines Governor-General Frank Murphy, was inaugurated on 23 October 1933. It was inaugurated by the Speaker of the House, with much fanfare in a colorful function led by three women from Luzon (of the Women’s College), Visayas (of the Institute of Women), and Mindanao (of the Centro Escolar de SeƱoritas/Center for Women) with other women representing the eight provinces of Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Laguna which had participated in the revolution of 1896.

Dream catchers

Dream catchers are often believed to have originated from the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe in particular. The Ojibwe word for dreamcatcher asabikeshiinh actually means "spider," referring to the web woven to loosely cover the hoop. The patterns of the dream catcher are similar to the webbing these Native Americans also used for making snowshoes.

According to the Ojibwa story, a mystical and maternal "Spider Woman" served as the spiritual protector for the tribe, especially for young children, kids and babies. As the Ojibwe people continued to grow and spread out across the land, The Spider Woman found it difficult to continue to protect and watch over all the members of the tribe as they migrated farther and farther away. This is why she created the first dreamcatcher. Following her example, mothers and grandmothers would recreate the maternal keepsake as a means of mystically protecting their children and families from afar.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Women who Power NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto

Women make up approximately 25 percent of the New Horizons flyby team. The female team members were photographed at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on July 11, 2015, just three days before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto.

Kneeling from left to right: Amy Shira Teitel, Cindy Conrad, Sarah Hamilton, Allisa Earle, Leslie Young, Melissa Jones, Katie Bechtold, Becca Sepan, Kelsi Singer, Amanda Zangari, Coralie Jackman, Helen Hart. Standing, from left to right: Fran Bagenal, Ann Harch, Jillian Redfern, Tiffany Finley, Heather Elliot, Nicole Martin, Yanping Guo, Cathy Olkin, Valerie Mallder, Rayna Tedford, Silvia Protopapa, Martha Kusterer, Kim Ennico, Ann Verbiscer, Bonnie Buratti, Sarah Bucior, Veronica Bray, Emma Birath, Carly Howett, Alice Bowman. Not pictured: Priya Dharmavaram, Sarah Flanigan, Debi Rose, Sheila Zurvalec, Adriana Ocampo, Jo-Anne Kierzkowski.