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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 art, native american, totem, traditional on January 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm

“Totem Teddies was my first exploration with mixed media assemblage as an undergraduate student at Cal State Long Beach. When I first created The Totem Teddies, my goal was to reclaim the dignity and power of the bear–a common totem symbol for numerous indigenous peoples. I felt that Western consumer culture had castrated the power of the bear (as well as other spiritual/natural symbols)–transforming it into a cute cuddly and harmless commodity. I chose to present the teddies as spiritual products that, once purchased by the consumer, demanded constant appeasement and attention in order to ward off bad luck. If the consumer unwittingly offended his or her teddy, a handy spinning oracle (sold separately) could be consulted for suggestions on how to re-harmonize oneself with the offended teddy.”

– John Feodorov

culture vulture vs. pride – cash upfront

In internet, norway, politics, sami, statement, traditional, tromsø on October 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm

“the Sami people , Norway.
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Its a great way to show your the Sami people pride. Best Norway flags, best quality always.”


In alphabets, definition, emoticons, fact, hieroglyphs, semiology, semiotic, signs, smiley, sms, traditional on March 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm

English is based on 26 characters–letters. Letters that are combined into words…and then into sentences…which tell a story.

Ancient Egyptian writing uses more than 2,000 hieroglyphic characters. Each hieroglyph represents a common object in ancient Egypt. Hieroglyphs could represent the sound of the object or they could represent an idea associated with the object.

A modern type of hieroglyphic writings would be a rebus. A rebus is a picture puzzle that can be “sounded out” by reading the sounds symbolized by the pictures. When these sounds are read aloud together, the statements often becomes obvious.


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 gif, holy place, psychedelic, tales, traditional, tribe on December 10, 2008 at 7:09 pm


just 4 fun

In festive, national geographic, teen, traditional, tribal, tribe on December 8, 2008 at 9:11 pm

“YOUTHFUL SPIRITS cavort during a spring festival on Henza Island. Dressed as a woman just for fun, a boy joins in a dance with two robotic figures as other merrymakers with fake harpoons and body paint impersonate Polynesians. The festival originated as an invocation for bountyful fishing, a trade now largely eclipsed on the island by oil refining.
National Geographic early 80’s 

Carny (Punks Jump Up Goes Bass remix) – Man Like Me 

bling is king

In blig, gold, hip hop, jewelery, metal, traditional on December 6, 2008 at 2:52 am