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Discovery Of The Americas: Moorish Explorers That Should Be Praised And Celebrated Instead Of Columbus

Western scholars have, by and large, dismissed the assertion that Africans had contact with the Americas long before Columbus. But scholars such as Ivan Van Sertima and Cheikh Anta Diop rejected this in the books They Came Before Columbus (1976) and The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality (1974). But they were not alone. Decades before, respected Harvard lecturer Leo Wiener, a Russian-born scholar of Polish-Jewish heritage who was a polyglot skilled in more than 20 languages, noted the African presence in his 1920 book Africa and the Discovery of America.

Indiana Jones’ ‘Temple of the Sun’: The Path to Godliness?

As a child, my first exposure to Indiana Jones was in the franchise’s third installment, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. To say that the film left an impression on me would be an understatement: To this day, I still find myself captivated by bullwhips, zeppelins, and morally-ambiguous, blonde German Frau Doktors [sic]. I could literally write at length about all three of these topics, but today I want to focus on the film’s third act which takes place largely in the fictional(?) Temple of the Sun, which houses that most quintessential of MacGuffins, the Holy Grail.

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Unravelling The Oldest Temple In The World: Göbekli Tepe

Religion is something that has always been a key part of man, right from the stone age days to the 21st century modern day age. Temples are places built or set up mainly for people to be able to go there freely and practice their religion in peace and after some in-depth archaeological research, it has been ascertained that the oldest temple in the world is the Göbekli Tepe (which is Turkish for Belly Hill). This ancient site is situated in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey and is not too far from the main city of Sanliurfa. The temple has an approximate height of 50 feet while being about 1000 feet in diameter.

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The Ultimate Travel Guide To Bagan Temples

Bagan is a place that has literally died and resurrected. Not many places would have been able to survive the phase this place went through. It was recently named as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. There is a lot to do and see here. Even its temples are more than religion. These temples have a lot to offer and this write up will enlighten you on the ultimate travel guide to Bagan temples. Follow this guide and you will enjoy your time here.

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Raja Ampat: Our Trip To Heaven On Earth

For the one week we were there, everyday is an adventure and our daily schedule was to leave our cottage at about 8AM when the tide is just right for our speed boat to head out to an island of our choice and everyday we traveled to a different island. We would only return before the sunsets as night time out in the ocean is dangerous specially on a speedboat. Our cottage was just a walking distance away from the beach, so yeah, it’s just like living in heaven on earth.

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The Spheres Of Costa Rica

These spheres was first discovered by The United Fruit Company in 1930’s in Costa Rica where they were creating a banana plantation. Workmen pushed them aside with bulldozers and heavy equipment, damaging some spheres. Additionally, inspired by stories of hidden gold, workmen began to drill holes into the spheres and blow them open with sticks of dynamite. Several of the spheres were destroyed before authorities intervened. Some of the dynamited spheres have been reassembled and are currently on display at the National Museum of Costa Rica in San José.

The Crystal Skull: A Mystery And Controversy

One of the most famous crystal skull known today is the so called ancient pre-columbian Mesoamerican civilization crystal skull found in 1924 by Anna Mitchell-Hedges, the adopted daughter of British adventurer and popular author F.A. Mitchell-Hedges. She claims that she found this crystal skull buried under a collapsed altar of a temple in Lubaantun, in British Honduras, now Belize. One of the claims at the Mitchell Hedges website is that its impossible to replicate even with modern machinery. So Nat Geo contracted Barry Liu owner of Skullis to have a go at making an exact replica and they managed to make an exact replica in 8 days.

Angkor Wat: Rise And Fall Of An Empire

Inhabitants of Cambodia were one of the first peoples of Southeast Asia, although scholars continue to debate whether they migrated principally from southern China or India. The oldest vestiges of pre-historic Cambodia (stone made tools) were found in the cave of Laan Spean in Battambang with evidence suggesting the cave was inhabited around 6,000 years ago. Information is scarce although it is known that some pre-historic groups occupied caves, while others occupied large earthen mounds in lowland areas. These groups lived through rice cultivation and animal husbandry and practiced animism, worshiping both the spirits of the land and their ancestors.

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