One afternoon,oge gbo,¹ a loud noise was heard from the heavens. It sounded like the furious clapping of thunder during a tropical rainstorm. With each crashing reverberation, it seemed as though the sky would split open. Soon the troubled skies opened up and something fell from the womb of the firmament onto the earth. It was a beautiful woman.² And the place she fell was Ogwashi Ujom village. A few days later, the people living in the village began to worship her. But no sooner did they start worshipping her than they started dying in great numbers. They consequently...
Chol (Mayan) Folktales deftly combines high-quality and thoughtfully edited transcriptions of oral storytelling with translation and narrative analysis, documenting and analyzing a trove of Chol folklore. The work provides a look into the folktale culture of the contemporary Maya presented with a rare and innovative theoretical framework.The rich Chol oral narrative tradition is represented by eleven stories, each printed in the original language of the storytellers with parallel English translations and accompanied by a brief introduction that provides the relevant cultural and mythological background. Included with eight of the stories is a link to an audio clip of the tale told aloud in the Chol language. In addition,Chol (Mayan) Folktalesintroduces a model for the analysis of narratives that can be used to demonstrate the existence of a tradition of storytelling applicable to other Maya lore, including Classic period hieroglyphic texts.Creating a nuanced sense of the Mayan oral tradition and revealing a highly structured literary style, this collection provides insight into contemporary Maya culture as well as a greater understanding of Classic period society. It will be of interest to students and scholars of folklore and literature and to anthropologists and linguists.
The mother goddess can be interpreted as expressing ideas of power, autonomy and primacy in the widest sense of the terms. She conveys not so much the idea of physical motherhood but a world view in which the creative power of feminity is central; the goddess mediates between life and death and contains in herself the possibility of regeneration. Is there a basic unity of theme and continuity of ideas to be seen in the variety of goddesses which abound in India? This article explores the mother goddess tradition.
April 14, 2009 witnessed the 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handel's death. On this unique occasion two of the world's leading Baroque orchestras, members of four distinguished choruses, three accomplished Handel interpreters as soloists, together with conductor and Händel- Preis winner, Howard Arman, paid homage to the composer by playing the repertoire of the historic first commemoration concert that took place in London's Westminster Abbey in 1784. 8 mins
"In the fascinating Great Artist series, we investigate some of the best artists in history - examining their influence, style and what exactly made them so unique. In this double package we examine the lives and work of two of the most influential artists of this period - El Greco, the most dramatic painter of his time, arguably paving the way for the Baroque art movement, and Durer, accomplished oil artist and the first self-portraitist in art." 48 mins
Image Attribution: The Ecstasy of St. Francis of Assisi circa 1580 , oil on canvas, 102 × 75 cm (40.1 × 29.5 ″), Siedlce, Muzeum Diecezjalne. By El Greco - www.wrozka.com.pl, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9557489