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Attis and Cybele – West Asian mythology

By |2018-04-15T12:08:20+00:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Cybele and Attis standing together, while two much smaller human worshippers pray to them. From the Hellenistic kingdoms, in what is now Turkey, in the 100s BC Cybele, Magna Mater or the Great Mother, was a West Asian fertility goddess like Isis or Demeter. You sacrificed to Cybele to make sure the wheat and barley would grow well. There are many versions [...]

Green corn ceremony – Native American religion

By |2018-04-12T08:53:19+00:00August 10th, 2017|Food, Native American, Religion|

Corn, beans, and squash growing together Like other people around the world, when people in North America started to get more of their food from farming, starting about 1 AD, they also began to hold harvest festivals every year to celebrate a successful harvest with plenty of food to eat for the next year. People thanked the [...]

Cherokee creation myth – Native American religion

By |2018-04-07T17:05:43+00:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American, Religion|

The Atlantic ocean Long ago, the earth was just a big island, floating in a bigger ocean. The earth was hanging from four cords coming down from the sky, which was made of solid rock. It was dark all the time and the animals couldn't see where they were going, so they got the sun and set it in a [...]

Cherokee environment and climate – Native Americans

By |2018-11-13T08:47:49+00:00August 8th, 2017|Environment, Native American, North America|

Cherokee environment: A waterfall in what is now the south-eastern United States Where the Cherokee lived Where people of the Cherokee nation lived, in what is now North and South Carolina and Georgia, was a great place to live. It never got very cold - even in winter it hardly ever snowed - and it never got that hot [...]

Triassic period – pine trees and pterodactyls

By |2018-04-21T11:56:46+00:00June 25th, 2017|Biology, Geology|

A turtle in the desert During the Triassic period (about 248 to 199 million years ago), most of Earth's land continued to stick together in one big supercontinent, Pangaea. Because the middle of Pangaea was so far from the oceans, it was very dry there, like a desert. The whole world was generally [...]

Permian period – Reptiles and pine trees

By |2018-04-21T11:56:38+00:00June 24th, 2017|Biology, Geology|

Crocodiles About 290 million years ago, the Carboniferous period ended and the Permian period began. Almost all of the land on Earth grouped together in one big supercontinent we call Pangaea, which reached all the way from the North Pole to the South Pole. With all the land grouped together, the climate got [...]

Jurassic Period – dinosaurs and ferns

By |2018-04-21T11:56:46+00:00June 24th, 2017|Geology, When|

A dinosaur skeleton When the Jurassic period began, about 199 million years ago, a lot of animals had just become extinct in the catastrophe that ended the Triassic period. This left room for the dinosaurs to have a lot of baby dinosaurs. Soon all different kinds of dinosaurs were living all over the [...]

What are conifers? Pine trees, gymnosperms

By |2018-04-21T11:56:36+00:00May 30th, 2017|Biology|

Spruce tree - a type of gymnosperm and conifer Near the end of the Carboniferous period, about 300 million years ago, the land on Earth got a lot drier than it had been before. It was drier because plate tectonics was bringing all of the land together into one big continent, Pangaea. Plants that [...]

Ginkgo trees – Plant evolution and biology

By |2018-04-21T11:56:44+00:00May 29th, 2017|Biology|

Gingko trees Ginkgo trees were the first kind of tree. The first ginkgo trees on earth appeared during the Permian period, about 270 million years ago. This was during the time of the early dinosaurs. Because at this time all of the earth's land was grouped together in one continent, Pangaea, ginkgo trees spread [...]