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Stories of Forbearance in Ancient Civilizations

There have been many stories about forbearance in both Eastern and Western civilizations. According to ancient Greek mythology, Prometheus, the Titan god of fire, took pity on humans when he saw how hard their lives were and stole fire from Apollo, the god of the Sun, and gave it to them. Zeus, the king of

Photos: The Profound Bond Between Mongolia’s Last Eagle Keepers and Their Mighty Birds

Venturing to Mongolia to meet the country’s last remaining nomadic eagle keepers, Russian photographer Daniel Kordan turned his reverence into a series of incredible photographs. Kordan’s work, a breathtaking mixture of epic landscape photography and intimate portraiture, exemplifies the bond between the keepers and their birds—an elusive 1,000-year-old tradition that runs the risk of dying

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam at the Center of the Universe

The Royal Palace was originally the Town Hall of Amsterdam, created in the 17th-century golden era of Holland. It was a time when Amsterdam and its fleet of ships held a dominant trading position, attracting great wealth to the nation’s capital.  When the population grew fivefold, a new town hall was needed to serve the

Shen Yun Returns for First 2021 Performance

From the very first note and the first strike of the gong, the audience knows they are in for something special. An orchestra blending the musical traditions of the classical West and ancient China begins to play. The curtains draw, revealing a bright new world in heavenly, jewel-like tones. Shen Yun Performing Arts, a favorite

Timeless Wisdom: Why the Founders Said You Should Study History

If there is anything the Founders constantly repeated, certainly one of the most important was the importance of studying history. After all, humanity has been around a lot longer than any of our lifetimes. Our species has thousands of years of experience under its belt. It stands to reason there’s a lot of wisdom to

Building on Tradition: ‘Winding the Skein’

There’s always a place for the beauty, care, and respect found in traditional culture. We can search for it and find a way to bring it into the future so that the generations after us have a foundation on which they can build. The 19th-century British painter Frederic Leighton inspired me to deeply think about

Alvin Yapp, owner of award-winning museum The Intan, shares his love for Peranakan culture.(Credit: The Epoch Times)

Falling in Love with Peranakan Culture at The Intan

Sitting in the heart of Joo Chiat, The Intan is a two-storey shophouse that boasts a rich and diverse collection of elaborate antiques. I was immediately attracted by the nostalgic sight of the Tam Puis (or spittoons) and ornate tiffin carriers bursting with colours lined up along the long and narrow wooden staircase upon entering

Where Elegance and Beauty Meet Functional Design

Seldom do we see architectural designs that never made it off the drawing board. Often such drawings were stored away in dark archives or lost forever. Architectural drawings completed at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris seemed destined for similar fates. But one American collector’s ardor for Beaux-Arts drawings has meant that we can catch a

The Royal Chapel at Château de Versailles: A Divine Beacon Fit for a Sun King

A renewed sense of grandeur has returned to the Royal Chapel at Versailles, after a three-year restoration project. In the 17th century, the Sun King, Louis XIV, personally directed the creation of this grand chapel. In doing so, he established a conduit between the heavens, the French monarchy, and hence the people of France for

British Museum’s Ancient Greeks Treasures Coming to Australia and New Zealand

The British Museum’s treasures of Ancient Greece are coming to the National Museum of Australia, the Western Australian Museum, and the Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum. Featuring a range of 180 objects, the exhibition will be centred around the concept of competition and how it appeared in sports, politics, drama, music, and warfare.

Celebrating Harmony and Virtue: The Dragon Boat Festival

Wrapped in bamboo leaves, the pyramid-shaped sticky rice dumpling, or the so-called Zongzi in Chinese, opens people’s imagination to Duanwu, commonly referred to as the Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday marked as the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.  Having an intangible cultural heritage, Duanwu can chase some of its traditions back

The 24 Chinese Solar Terms: Rhythms of Heaven, Earth, and All Beings 

The four seasons tell us where we are in the story of our year, but did you know that within each one, there are six miniseasons that last 15 days each? At least as far back as 139 B.C., sages in China recorded a seasonal change each year beginning around February 4 and called it

The Many Meanings of Marriage: Centuries-Old Wisdom 

So that they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. —Matthew 19:6  Since biblical times, we’ve been searching for our other halves, wanting to ride into the sunset with our one true love, and marrying the love of our life. But marriage traditions through

An Introduction to Japanese Folding Screens

Among all the Japanese decorative arts, folding screens take the prize for adaptability. Their surfaces are as suitable for depicting episodes from the Japanese classic “The Tale of Genji” as they are for moonlit landscapes, sprawling street scenes, and abstract designs. Though in Japanese they are called byobu, which translates as “protection from the wind,”

Retired Professor Handcrafts Arabic Musical Instrument to Help Preserve Ancient Traditions

At the age of 66, a retired professor is keeping traditions alive by helping preserve a prominent Arabic musical instrument. Nazih Ghadban, who hails from a small village in North Bekaa, Lebanon, has been handcrafting the oud—a short-neck lute-type, pear-shaped, fretless stringed instrument—for the last four decades.   (Courtesy of Nazih Ghadban) In an email interview with

An American Renaissance Gem: ‘Mr. Morgan’s Jewel Case’

Ancient Greek, Roman, and Renaissance art and architecture gloriously unite in the McKim Building that houses the late financier John Pierpont Morgan’s library. In 1902, Morgan hired Charles F. McKim, of the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, to build a library next to Morgan’s brownstone on 36th Street and Madison Avenue, in New York. 

A Maritime Masterpiece: Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich

Greenwich Palace—the birthplace of the Tudor monarch King Henry VIII—once stood on the site where the Old Royal Naval College now stands in Greenwich, London.  Known as “the father of the royal navy,” Henry made substantial investments in his fleets. Located beside the River Thames, the palace site was ideal for Henry to be close

The Heart of the French Renaissance: Château de Fontainebleau

The art and architecture of the Château de Fontainebleau in France influenced the evolution of art not only in France but also across Europe.  From the 12th to the 19th century, the kings and queens of France lived at the Château de Fontainebleau. First, King Louis VII built a hunting lodge and chapel on the

The Sublime ‘Church of Gold’: St. Mark’s Basilica, in Venice, Italy

From dawn to dusk, the golden mosaics on the façade of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice shimmer and shine to differing degrees. The constantly shifting sunlight seems to bring endless dramatic effects to the mosaic pictures that depict mainly religious life. The mosaics were first created in 1071, and developed over eight centuries to cover around

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