Myth And Legend: Ancient Myths on Frog

| February 19, 2013

Frogs feature prominently in myths and folklore of many cultures since thousands of years. All of us already know that frog tends to make a lot of noise before rain storms, therefore this creature have been associated with weather in many different cultures around the world. In Japan, frogs are taken as a symbol of [...]

Myth And Legend: Ancient Myths on Phoenix

| January 29, 2013

Phoenix is a unique bird that lived for five or six centuries in the Arabian Desert and surrounded by many legends and stories. Phoenix was often being called as sacred firebird in many cultures. According to a legend, this bird was believed as long-live bird as it always cyclically regenerated or reborn in time. Also [...]

Traditional Games: Congkak Traditional Board Game

| January 16, 2013

Ancient game Congkak is not only played among Malaysians, but this exciting game was very well known in the countries such as Brunei, Singapore, Thailand and some parts of Sumatera and Borneo. It was often played as an indoor activity or as a contest between two persons. Before the wooden Congkak was invented, the village’s [...]

Myth And Legend: Symbols of the Butterfly

| January 10, 2013

Butterfly is a type of flying insect that is so beautiful and always flies in the air freely and randomly while following the flows of the smooth breeze. This good flier started humble from an egg and transforms to be a larva and continues growing by turning to a pupa and lastly it changes to [...]

Myth And Legend: Owl Superstitions

| January 9, 2013

Owl is actually a species of bird that has been in a heart of myths and superstitions for thousands of years. It has special haunting sound that will calls at night time which sounded like “who” word and its unmoving rounded eyes will surely amaze anyone who looks at it. Even though owl sometimes be [...]

Myth And Legend: Japanese Superstitions On Cat

| December 20, 2012

It was commonly believed in Japan that cat is an animal that can bring many good returns or good fortunes in life. There is a lucky cat that called as Maneki- neko which Japanese people will always love to have it in their house until today. Maneki-neko literally Beckoning-cat is actually one type of cat [...]

Myth And Legend: Symbols And Meanings

| December 3, 2012

  The tree of life Tree of life connects different forms of life/creation. All life on earth is related. Its branches and roots symbolizing the connections we all share to each other. A tree will live for many years, existing to witness several generations of family life. When the tree falls, the seed it leaves [...]

Myth And Legend: Tree of Life

| December 3, 2012

  Across all cultures; from the mystical East to the Christian West; they have pondered deeply about the meaning of life. What is it about life that fascinates us all? Perhaps, we should go back to the root and question just why are we born? What purpose do we have in life? Are we the [...]

Myth And Legend: Stories About Arjuna And Ponokawan

| December 3, 2012

  Who are they and what are their stories? Midnight. A gong resonates throughout the quiet field. People gather; some chatting, some snacking. It is time for the wayang kulit to start. And now, the Tok Dalang (master puppeteer) will begin. Tales from the Ramayana and Mahabharata are all narrated and voiced by the Tok [...]

Art Of Chinese Tea: The History Of Yixing Teapots

| December 3, 2012

  What makes them so special? Even most tea aficionados probably would not have heard about the Yixing teapot. However, these special teapots have been gaining popularity over the years due to their special characteristic of enhancing fine teas as well as being works of art. For centuries, the populous city of Yixing has prospered [...]