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Sep 13
60s70sand80s:

Pioneer Electronics advertisement featuring Andy Warhol, 1974

60s70sand80s:

Pioneer Electronics advertisement featuring Andy Warhol, 1974


Sep 8
les-sources-du-nil:

Eclipse on January 24, 1925. Photographer Unknown

les-sources-du-nil:

Eclipse on January 24, 1925. Photographer Unknown

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Sep 7
jibadojo:

Samurai under the cherry blossom

jibadojo:

Samurai under the cherry blossom


Sep 1

ancientart:

A quick look at: Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of death and lord of the underworld.

Mictlantecuhtli was believed to live in Mictlan, the cold, damp and gloomy underworld of the Aztecs, or lower part of the cosmos, where the remains of humans were kept.

This Templo Mayor Museum figure of Mictlantecuhtli, which is perhaps one of the most famous representations of the god, was found in the House of Eagles. Here he wears a loincloth, and stands grinning. Some have suggested that this grin of Mictlantecuhtli, who once harassed Quetzalcoatl on his journey to the underworld, may suggest his desire to torment. His claw-like hands are posed, as though ready to attack someone.

The holes on his scalp would have once been filled with black, wavy hair -which the Aztecs associated with chaos. Parts of his flesh has been teared off, and his liver falls from his chest cavity. This organ was connected to Mictlan, and housed the Ihiyotl soul (see Aguilar-Moreno 2007, chapter 7). Recent residue analysis has found traces of human blood on the statue. 

Artefact courtesy of the Museum of the Templo Mayor, Mexico City. Photos taken by Travis: oosik.

Recommended reading: Handbook to Life in the Aztec World (Oxford University Press, 2007) by Manuel Aguilar-Moreno. This is a very good overview and introduction to the Aztec culture, and expands on many of the points I briefly mentioned here.


Aug 31
predecessors:

Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush and Robert Gates having a chat before the Points of Light forum at Texas A&M University. October 16, 2009

predecessors:

Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush and Robert Gates having a chat before the Points of Light forum at Texas A&M University. October 16, 2009


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Jul 20
The Black Sun by M. K. Čiurlionis, acquired by Igor Stravinsky and lost since 1920

The Black Sun by M. K. Čiurlionis, acquired by Igor Stravinsky and lost since 1920


Jul 19

Voltaire’s Body

ingridrichter:

Nobody knows where the body of Voltaire is. It was stolen from its tomb in the nineteenth century and has never been recovered. The theft was discovered in 1864, when the tomb was opened and found empty.

2201 Fascinating Facts by David Louis, 1983.


Jun 28

grofjardanhazy:

More: Great Moments In Bicycle-Powered Warfare

War is an ugly business, in which whoever moves fastest and strikes first often triumphs. So long before there were tanks and planes, people used bicycles to rush into combat. For decades, people experimented with machine guns on bikes, military quadricycles, and bicycle infantry. Here are the greatest moments of pedal-powered battle strategy.

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