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15 09, 2017

Who is Tammuz? Mesopotamia – West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T05:58:59-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The god Tammuz (probably) with grain growing from his shoulders A West Asian god Tammuz (or Dumuzi) was a West Asian god who personified growing food, like Persephone in Greece or Osiris in Egypt. Like Osiris, Tammuz was male. The Sumerians worshipped Tammuz as early as 2600 BC - and probably much earlier - and so did all the other people [...]

9 07, 2017

Paleolithic Greece – the first people

By |2017-07-09T00:17:43-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|2 Comments

Outside Franchthi Cave The first people came to Greece not long after leaving Africa, about 55,000 BC. They probably came along the coast of the Eastern Mediterranean, through what is now Israel and Lebanon. They almost certainly knew how to paddle small boats along the coast. When they got to Greece, these people [...]

23 06, 2017

Rice history: Where does rice come from? South-east Asia

By |2019-09-15T07:00:51-07:00June 23rd, 2017|China|5 Comments

Rice history: A bowl of brown rice What is rice? Rice is a kind of grain, or grass, like wheat, millet, or barley, that provides carbohydrates to people who eat its seeds. In south-east Asia, rice grows wild like other grasses. (More about the evolution of grasses) Rice farming: 6000 BC - first China, [...]