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Zheng He (1371–1433), formerly romanized as Cheng Ho, was a Hui Chinese court eunuch, mariner, explorer,diplomat and fleet admiral, who commanded expeditionary voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa from 1405 to 1433. As a … Continue reading
Sinbad the Porter and Sinbad the Sailor Like the 1001 Nights the Sinbad story-cycle has a frame story, which goes as follows: in the days of Haroun al-Rashid, Caliph of Baghdad, a poor porter (one who carries goods for others in the market and throughout the city) … Continue reading
Seven seems to be a good number for wise guys, as well as goddesses. Here’s a few groups of cronies, known generally as the seven sages. The Apkallu (Akkadian) or Abgal, (Sumerian) are seven Sumerian sages, demigods who are said to have been created by … Continue reading
The Big Dipper, also known as the Plough or the Saptarishi (after the seven rishis), is an asterism of seven stars that has been recognized as a distinct grouping in many cultures from time immemorial. The component stars are the seven brightest of the formal constellation Ursa Major. The North Star (Polaris), … Continue reading
Several folks have commented during my sevens this month that they enjoy learning goddess stories. I’m considering writing a book, not based in the angry feminist tradition where I was initiated, but in learning and appreciating the stories from other … Continue reading
Many cultures around the world have stories about this star cluster that contains seven stars, although one is very faint. These representative stories are from wikipedia. Our name for the star cluster comes from the Greeks. The Pleiades, companions of Artemis, were the … Continue reading