D anu Toba is a special place, a lake in a super volcano, the biggest volcanic caldera worldwide: … INDONESIA: On the origins of Lake Toba
A ccording to the Hindus, Buddhists and the Muslims, the tree is an emblem of immortality, because of its extraordinary capacity of continuing to produce flowers and leaves even after it has been uprooted. For this reason the tree is frequently planted near temples by the Hindus and the Buddhists. The Muslims plant it near the graveyards, where daily, the fresh creamy blossoms fall upon the tombs. The flowers are offered at the temples by the Hindus and Buddhists.
T hough Banana is not technically a tree, yet it is considered one because of its structure and size.
T he Aswattha is unrivaled throughout Hinduism, here is a mention of the tree from Vedic time onward. The tree is mentioned in the Bhagavata Gita as Aswattha or the “one that is not the same tomorrow”, with reference perhaps, to this world which is ever changing. … INDIA: On the Bodhi Tree
STORIES ACROSS TIME & EARTH
Click on the countries to be taken to stories I have collected while travelling:
T ea was discovered accidentally by emperor Shen-Nung, 神農氏, approximately 3,000 years before Christ.
T hroughout history, tea, Camellia sinensis, was intimately related to deities, demi gods, and mortals. In Japan, the monastic use of tea as an aid to meditation was celebrated by linking the plant and its origins to Bodhidharma, Daruma 達摩. … *JAPAN: On the origins of TEA
T he discovery of tea, Camellia sinensis, … INDIA: On the origins of TEA
A re magical animals, fairies, mermaids, ghosts, giants and gods all gone, with the mythical times? … Memory, Modernity and Identity