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In definition, fact, festive, how to, meaning of, party, politics, rituals, traditional on January 29, 2010 at 1:02 am

The Greek symposium was a key Hellenic socio-political institution. Though the name originally referred to a drinking party (from the Greek sympotein, “to drink together”), the symposium was a forum for free men to debate, plot, boast, or simply to party with others. They were also held to celebrate the introduction of young men into aristocratic society or other special occasions, such as victories in athletic and poetic contests.

The sympotic elegies of Theognis of Megara and two Socratic dialogues, Plato’s Symposium and Xenophon‘s Symposium all describe symposia in the original sense.

The term has since come to refer to any academic conference, or a style of university class characterized by an openly discursive format, rather than a lecture and question–answer format.


In keeping with Greek notions of self-restraint and propriety, the symposiarch would prevent matters from getting out of hand. The playwright Eubulus, in a surviving fragment of a lost play has the god of wine, Dionysos himself, describe proper and improper drinking:

For sensible men I prepare only three kraters: one for health (which they drink first), the second for love and pleasure, and the third for sleep. After the third one is drained, wise men go home. The fourth krater is not mine any more – it belongs to bad behaviour; the fifth is for shouting; the sixth is for rudeness and insults; the seventh is for fights; the eighth is for breaking the furniture; the ninth is for depression; the tenth is for madness and unconsciousness.



In diy, how to, inuit, love, native american, rituals, sami, spam, statement on October 31, 2009 at 12:07 am

Healing post-colonial trauma, sexualy.


quit playin’ games

In hieroglyphs, rituals, semiotic on March 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Queen Nefertari’s tomb has hieroglyphs and a picture of her playing chess.



In art, festive, indian, native american, party, rituals, totem, totem poles, traditional, tribe on March 1, 2009 at 11:46 am

(…) At various significant occations, a chief would commission a carver to create a pole that featured his clan’s crest. When the pole was complete, other families were invited to witness it being erected at a ceremony called a potlatch. There was feasting and dancing, and stories were told. The hosts gave away elaborate gifts, often competing with other chiefs to see who could give away the most wealth. It was common for a chief to give away everything he owned at a potlatch, even in some occasions giving away the very clothes he was wearing.

Clearly potlatches weren’t just a celebration of a new piece of art. By attending the installation of a new pole, the other families were giving their assent to its use. Their presence was a way of saying “Yes, we agree that this crest belongs to these people.” As such, the poles and the potlatches played an important role in perserving the identity of each community.

source: Carve your own totempole – Hill, McKee and McMullen

In collecting, gif, norway, party, rituals, traditional on December 24, 2008 at 3:09 pm



In bowerbird, collecting, fact, holy place, how to, nest, rituals on December 9, 2008 at 2:01 am

Blue is the colour of preference for the male Satin Bowerbird. Like all of the Bowerbirds he builds a display bower for the seduction of the female. He collects a variety of natural and man made ornaments which he uses to decorate his bower.


tor erik’s “bower”


one night 2 remember

In aurora borealis, fantasy, music, northern light, rituals, youtube on December 8, 2008 at 12:24 am

ssion – a wolves eye


ritual perspective<<<>>>

In rituals, teen on December 7, 2008 at 4:01 am



In ritual drum, rituals, runebomme on December 6, 2008 at 5:16 pm

The old Sami religion was founded on an animistic world-view and a shamanistic form of worship in which drumming on the *runebomme (ritual drum) and traditional chanting, yoiking, were of great importance. Nature was considered life-giving, and mountains, stone formations and lakes could be of help to the people if they worshipped them and brought them sacrificial gifts. Natural phenomena were gods. The sun had a central place, not as a personified god, but as a basic cosmic force, which extended its rays across the world and carried the personified gods on its rays. These gods were not people, but intermediary figures between human beings and greater forces. Dierpmis (the god of thunder) was worshipped fervently. Bieggolmmái (the god of wind), mánnu (the moon) and áhcolmmái (the god of water) were revered because they had the power to improve people’s conditions. Leaibolmmái (the god of alder or blood) ruled over all game and enjoyed a particularly high status because the bark of the alder, mixed with saliva, created a blood-red juice, which was used for painting the figures on the ritual drum (*runebomme).

source: samitour.no