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Welcome to the dawn of de-extinction…

Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?


“Throughout humankind’s history, we’ve driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern mountain lion, the dodo…But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So — should we?”



Explorers find untouched ruins of a vanished culture

A lost city, the legendary “City of the Monkey God”, was recently discovered in the Honduran rain forest…


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Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest


In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.


A “were-jaguar” effigy, likely representing a combination of a human and spirit animal, is part of a still-buried ceremonial seat, or metate, one of many artifacts discovered in a cache in ruins deep in the Honduran jungle.


By Douglas Preston
Photographs by Dave Yoder


“An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied “White City,” also referred to in legend as the “City of the Monkey God.”


Archaeologists surveyed and mapped extensive plazas, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid belonging to a culture that thrived a thousand years ago, and then vanished. The team, which returned from the site last Wednesday, also discovered a remarkable cache of stone sculptures that had lain untouched since the city was abandoned….”


For the rest click here to go to National Geographic.


The ancient concubine’s secrets…

This cannot help but inspire the imagination…


The secret life of an ancient concubine

(Ancient Origins)


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“In many ancient cultures and religious traditions, rulers and elite members of society not only had wives, they also had concubines. Concubines normally served a dual purpose – to increase a man’s prestige through his capacity to produce children and, of course, limitless opportunities to indulge in sexual desires.  Most people associate concubines with ancient China where Emperors were known to have kept thousands of concubines, however, the practice of taking concubines is certainly not exclusive to China.


The practice of taking a concubine goes back thousands of years to the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia and Babylonia where the elite members of society took concubines, many of whom were slaves, however, the first wife always retained a place of primacy in the family. In some city-states, women served as priestesses and held a very high social rank.  Generally, these women did not marry.  In some Mesopotamian cultures, men would visit these women as prostitutes, which society not only condoned, but considered an honourable fulfillment of religious duty, regardless of the marital status of the man…”


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