A large pyramid has been discovered underwater between the islands of Terceira and São Miguel, which are part of the archipelago of the Azores. At an approximate height of 60 meters, the structure boasts an area of 8000 square meters. The finding of a pyramid in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean could reignite the debate around the existence of Atlantis, since there have been numerous postulations that the Azores could be the possible location of the mythical island.
Two car accident in Paris
On September 8, 1932, a taxi crashes in the busy Parisian streets and one of its occupants violently hits his head. Apparently recovered at first, his communication and expression abilities quickly deteriorated, to the point that five years later his doctors thought he had developed a brain tumour and decided to perform brain surgery. The intervention revealed a collapsed left brain hemisphere, promptly filled up with serum. Nevertheless, entering deep coma, the patient would die nine days later, aged 62. Mankind had just lost one of its most emblematic creators: Maurice Ravel, renowned French composer, major figure of 20th century music.
When we came to Alexandria, a city of Egypt, I, longing for novelty (as a thirsty man longs for fresh water) departed from these places as being well known to all, and, entering the Nile, arrived at Cairo.
After my previous post where I tried to clarify some basic issues related to Ludovico de Varthema and his book, Itinerario de Ludovico de Varthema, it's time to actually ding into what matters: who was this man and why is his book so interesting. Varthema's basic life and travel facts are easily retrieved. But what else can we collect from his writings?
Some months ago my attention was drawn to a post in the BBC News: for the first time would be exhibited in New Delhi a rare book from a 16th-century Italian traveller, Ludovico di Varthema, who compiled adventures and observations in his Itinerario de Ludovico de Varthema Bolognese. According to the BBC post, this was the "first 'travel best-seller' on India, translated to more than 50 languages", enriched with "detailed drawings" which were an essential part of its success.
Besides water, tulips or cheese related subjects, Dutch are known for being culturally tolerant, liberal and wise managers of urban space. If the first two don't necessarily apply to the country as a whole (no more housing permit for you next year, pal!), they certainly fit Amsterdam and its inhabitants - hitherto generalising, and, as a friend wisely said "In general I don't like generalisations!".
Cosmopolitan and crowded (for Dutch standards), Amsterdam uniquely blends the advantages of a little village and a modern city. Nevertheless, it's intrinsic housing problems raise a lot of issues - namely if you have children. Most Dutch cultivate their families' independence from family, which, added the fact that relatives usually live far away - more than 20 minutes biking -, leaving your kids with granny is out of the question. So, a kinderdagverblijf is mandatory: literally a child-day-stay.
Gothic architecture and alchemy are two topics I'll definitely talk about in my upcoming posts - taking, of course, Fulcanelli's books as starting point.
So, nothing better than introducing the subject with a glimpse of the marvellous Green Man that welcomes us in one of the Jerónimos Monastery's pillars, in Lisbon. As a representative of nature's vegetative powers, the Green Man, a manly facial representation made of leaves and vegetal elements, deserves a special place in many cultures.
idea mater is a series of articles, ideas and reflections written and compiled by Rafael Fraga and Edmundo Rodrigues. Topics such as history, science, art or life-style are presented with a hint of personal opinion.
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