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Where do Easter eggs come from? History of religion

By |2019-03-22T11:44:51-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion|

Ostrich eggshell from Diepkloof Rock Shelter, South Africa (60,000 BC) When did people start dyeing eggs? Easter eggs go back long before Easter, and even long before the beginning of farming. As long ago as the Paleolithic, about 60,000 BC, people in Africa were scratching patterns and lines on ostrich eggs, though nobody knows what they had in [...]

History of Easter – Christian holidays

By |2019-04-05T06:43:53-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Wheat and barley on the Warka Vase (Sumeria, ca. 3200-3000 BC) Why celebrate spring? When people moved out of Africa further north to West Asia and then to Europe, about 60,000 BC, they began to live in a world with changing seasons, where it was hard to find fresh food in the wintertime. Why do seasons change? West Asian [...]

What causes the seasons? Earth science

By |2018-04-24T15:45:14-07:00August 20th, 2017|Physics|

This is why it's hotter in summer and colder in winter. The reason it is sometimes winter and sometimes summer is that the Earth spins on a slightly tilted axis. You can see the red axis in the picture here (though really there is no axis to see; it's a direction, not a real stick). [...]

e e cummings – American poetry project

By |2018-04-24T10:41:38-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|

In Just- (1920) in Just- spring          when the world is mud- luscious the little lame balloonman   whistles          far          and wee   and eddieandbill come running from marbles and piracies and it's spring   when the world is puddle-wonderful   the queer old balloonman whistles far          and             wee and bettyandisbel come dancing   from hop-scotch [...]

Qingming Jie – Chinese Spring Festival

By |2019-04-05T06:13:51-07:00June 7th, 2017|China, Religion|

Along the River During Qingming Festival (Song Dynasty, 1100s AD) What is Qingming Jie? Like Chinese New Year, Qingming Jie is a Chinese spring festival marking the beginning of spring plowing and planting. Chinese New Year More Chinese religion All our Ancient China articles When did Qingming Jie start? By the end of [...]