The Book of Threes
zhao yan pleads for longevity

Bukit Brown: Longevity Plea

By Yik Han & Claire Leow Some of the tombs at Bukit Brown have elaborate carvings of famous Chinese mythological figures, fables and personified values. These serve as teachings left by the deceased for his/her descendents, by way of bequeathing the lessons of life. Here, we report on three panels found at the tomb of […]

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The Mousia

THE MOUSAI

THE MOUSAI (Muses) were the goddesses of music, song and dance, and the source of inspiration to poets. They were also goddesses of knowledge, who remembered all things that had come to pass. Later the Mousai were assigned specific artistic spheres: Kalliope (Calliope), epic poetry; Kleio (Clio), history; Ourania (Urania), astronomy; Thaleia (Thalia), comedy; Melpomene, […]

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Money bags

This year (2016) July has 5 Fridays 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So copy this to your status and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui. Those who read and do not copy will be without money.I am […]

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Atalanta’s race - Three golden apples

Atalanta’s race

Atalanta’s race: A contest that is won through trickery. The allusion is to Greek mythology and the race that was run between the fl eetfooted huntress Atalanta and her suitor Hippomenes (sometimes identifi ed as Melanion). If Hippomenes won the race, according to the agreement, Atalanta would become his wife, but if he lost he […]

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Rebis

philosophers’ egg

 noun 1 a :  the first matter of the philosophers’ stone composed of salt, sulfur, and mercury b :  gripe’s egg 2 :  a medicine made of saffron and the yolk of an egg and once considered a cure for plague and poison Considered to be a form of the Philosopher’s Stone. (The). A preservative against poison, and […]

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Yam

[Persian] The Iranian primeval king who rules a realm where justice, order and abundance prevail. His name means “twin” and his wife and twin sister is Yimak. As king Yam he fulfils three social functions: he is pious as a priest, strong as a warrior, and rich as a large landowner. He was the favorite […]

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Cumaean Sibyl

In ancient times a prophetess who, in a state of ecstasy and under influence of Apollo, prophesized without being consulted. Famous Sibyls are the Cumaean Sibyl and the Erythraean Sibyl, who revealed to Alexander the Great his divine descent. The Cumaean Sibyl was the earliest of the Sibyls. She was believed to have come from the rest, and […]

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Cepheus

In Greek mythology, the name of three different people: The son of the King Belus (1) of Ethiopia. He is the husband of Cassiopeia and father of Andromeda. His wife boasted that she, or her daughter, were more beautiful than the Nereidsand in revenge Poseidon sent a sea monster to plague his lands. He consulted the oracle of Ammon and was […]

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Owain

by Brian Edward Rise In history he is known as the son of Urien and a prince of Rheged. Eugenius is the Roman equivalent of his name. He, like his father, fought the Northern Angles towards the end of the sixth century. In a churchyard in Penrith is the so-called Giant’s Grave that was regarded […]

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