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Featured Blog Posts – September 2015 Archive (8)

Coloring Page for today features Xochitl

Xochitl was a Toltec noblewoman, the daughter of a Lord named Papantzin. The history of the Toltecs was preserved by the Aztecs (who considered themselves successors to the Toltecs) and recorded in Spanish after the Conquest of Mexico – however opinion is divided as to how accurate the history is, or even whether it contains any actual history at all. Xochitl is speculated to have been born around 825 AD. According to the legend Papantzin had invented pulque, an alcoholic drink made from the…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 25, 2015 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Coloring Page today shows the great Hittite Queen Pudukhepa

Our Coloring Page today shows the great Hittite Queen Pudukhepa in the act of dictating a diplomatic letter. Pudukhepa was the daughter of Bentepsharri, Arch Priest of Ishtar, in the kingdom of Kizzuwatna in what is now Turkey. As a young woman, Pudukhepa served as a Priestess of Ishtar. The young Priestess Pudukhepa married General Hatusili, uncle of the Hittite King Mursili III. Hatusili had been the commander of the Hittite forces in the famous battle of Kadesh, in 1274 BC, where Hittite…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 24, 2015 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Coloring Page today shows the Egyptian Queen HetepHeres I

Our Coloring Page today shows the Egyptian Queen HetepHeres I (HetepHeres: She is Joyful) who lived around 2600 BC. Queen HetepHeres was the daughter of King Huni (Huni: Possessing Praise) and Queen DjefatNebti (DjefatNebti: The Two Ladies are my Sustenance), and she was the wife of King Snefru (SeNefru: To Make Better). King Huni was the last ruler of the Third Dynasty, while King Snefru was the first King of the Fourth Dynasty, with HetepHeres as the link between the two Dynasties. Queen…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 23, 2015 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Coloring Page for today features Mother Earth

Our Coloring Page for today features a Deity, in this case Mother Earth. This image comes from 'Rev. Don's Pagan and Magical Clip Art', and as you can see, the original image is from twenty-five years ago. The idea of the living Earth Mother is commonly identified with the Greco-Roman Gaia (Greek Ge) through the famous Gaia Hypothesis -a secular stating of the idea that the Earth is a living being in Her own right, and that all of the Earth's ecosystems creatures are aspects of Her being.…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 21, 2015 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Coloring Page today shows Empress Suiko

Our Coloring Page today shows Empress Suiko of Japan being entertained by musicians. Empress Suiko is the first woman to have ruled Japan in her own right who is known for certain to have been an actual historical figure, earlier figures such as Himiko and Jingu being shrouded in legend. Suiko ruled Japan as Empress Regnant from 593 – 628 AD, during the Asoka period. As Empress, Suiko presided over an age of cultural renaissance. Empress Suiko was served by extremely able ministers including…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 19, 2015 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Coloring Page today shows Empress Suiko of Japan

Our Coloring Page today shows Empress Suiko of Japan being entertained by musicians. Empress Suiko is the first woman to have ruled Japan in her own right who is known for certain to have been an actual historical figure, earlier figures such as Himiko and Jingu being shrouded in legend. Suiko ruled Japan as Empress Regnant from 593 – 628 AD, during the Asoka period. As Empress, Suiko presided over an age of cultural renaissance. Empress Suiko was served by extremely able ministers including…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 18, 2015 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Our Coloring Page today shows the Princess Isis,

Our Coloring Page today shows the Princess Isis, Hemet Netjer of Amen (c. 1140 BC). Princess Isis was the daughter of Ramses VI and Queen NubKhesbedj, of the Twentieth Dynasty (the one where pretty much every Pharaoh was named Ramses). Some people today feel that it is disrespectful for a person to be named after a Deity, but the Egyptians definitely did not feel that way, and many women were named Isis (Iset, Aset) including a number of Queens and Princesses. This particular Princess Isis…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 17, 2015 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Combustible Incense Ingredient Profile: Green Stevia

Those of you who monitor your sugar and starch intake have probably come across this south american native. Commercially it's gotten rather easy to find white stevia powder, a refined version that often includes fillers to let it measure more like sugar. For diabetics, that's fine, but not for incense making. Check with area health food stores for the green leaf powder. If that fails, go to your local nursery or plant department for the potted plant. It's common for an annual gardens and not…

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Added by nox lumen on September 14, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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