NATURAL HERITAGE


BABY SEALS ADORABLE, HELPLESS, AND DESTINED TO DIE

By Candace Calloway Whiting It seems that Canada is not all maple syrup after all; the government supported baby seal slaughter is set to resume on April 10th, with a quota set just under a half a million seal pups. While the barbaric practice is supposedly market driven by demand for the seal skins, the truth is that the Canadian government spends millions more in regulating the hunt than is ge....

CULTURAL HERITAGE


SHIVA AS BADA DEV: GOND SYMBOLISMS ON INDUS SEALS – PART 1

Bibhu Dev Misra The Gond tribes of Central India have been in the news lately because of their linguistic connections to the Indus Valley civilization. According to Gondi scholar Dr.Motiravan Kangale, the letters of the Gondi script, which can be found inscribed in the interiors of the Gotuls (youth dormitories) in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, resemble the Indus script in particular, t....

TIRUVANNAMALAI

Prakriti or cosmic matter is made up of five great elements, each with its own life, form and location, but inter-dependent and connected. The five great elements are (according to their decreasing subtlety) space or aakasha; air or vayu; fire or agni; water or aapa; and earth or prithvi, according to several Upanishads. In the South of India, there are five great temples of Shiva associated with....

TIRUVANNAMALAI HILL

Tiruvannamalai hill spread over an extent of 24 acres is regarded as a sacred mountain. In fact the mountain is so sacred that nobody may walk on the hill, nor build on the hill nor even cut a tree. Of course, this rule is broken easily nowadays. On a physical level, the hill symbolises height or potential energy, and is the basis for retention and efficient distribution of life-giving water to th....