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15 09, 2017

Mining and miners in ancient West Asia

By |2019-09-04T07:31:03-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Skeleton of a salt miner from Sassanid Iran Mining was a dangerous job. So most people in the ancient world didn't want to do it. This is the skeleton of a young salt miner. Very likely the miner was enslaved, so he didn't have any choice about working in the salt mine. He [...]

25 07, 2017

Aladdin and the Lamp – Arabian Nights

By |2019-01-20T15:48:01-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|0 Comments

An Islamic oil lamp like Aladdin's lamp, from the University of Michigan Scheherazade tells Aladdin's story This is one of the stories Scheherazade told the king. Scheherazade's Arabian Nights Sinbad the Sailor More Arabic literature All our Islamic Empire articles Aladdin meets a man Even though he was only a boy, Aladdin got [...]

21 07, 2017

Diwali – the Festival of Lights – Hinduism – India

By |2019-05-13T13:22:56-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Flowers and Diwali lamps - the Diwali festival What does "Diwali" mean? Diwali is a Sanskrit word originally meaning "a row of lights". "Dipa" is the Sanskrit word for "light". Diwali is an Indian harvest festival. It celebrates the end of the hard work of harvesting food. People are happy that now there is plenty [...]