How to be a Leader, an Ancient Javanese Philosophy

Serat Rama is a composition of the old Javanese song Ramayana Kakawin, composed at around 870 AD. In the poem Rama, the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, explained the concept of leadership to Wibisana, the new king of Alengka. After watching his extended family die on the battlefield, Wibisana was unwittingly put in the unexpected and unwanted position of being the next king of Alengka. Seeing this Rama, who battled and killed Wibisana’s elder brother Rahwana, gave him a crash-course on leadership called Astabrata, a teaching about obligation of a great king.

Spread of Islam and Introduction to the Javanese Philosophy

Islam is thought to have been present in Southeast Asia from early in the Islamic era. From the time of the third caliph of Islam, Uthman (644-656), Muslim emissaries and merchants were arriving in China who must have passed through Indonesia sea routes from the Islamic world.

Is Life Easier for Beautiful People? Great Men, Evil Women and Standards of Beauty

For thousands of years, philosophers and poets marvel at the mysterious power of beautiful people. Each trying to come up with the best way to describe what “beauty” is, giving it numerous other qualities beyond that which we can see such as “a certain something”, “aura”, “sex appeal”, “inner beauty” etc.

Burning like a silver flame: The Mother of Rome and the Patroness of ancient Wine Festivals

Originally the early Latin goddess of vegetation, a patroness of vineyards and gardens, Venus became deliberately associated with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and assumed many of her aspects. The name … Continue reading Burning like a silver flame: The Mother of Rome and the Patroness of ancient Wine Festivals

You Think Getting a Tattoo is Painful? The Myth, Rituals and Symbolism of Maori’s Ta Moko

A Maori legend tells us about Niwareka, daughter of a tohunga ta moko (tatooist) as well as the princess of the underworld. Niwareka wanted to explore the world above and while … Continue reading You Think Getting a Tattoo is Painful? The Myth, Rituals and Symbolism of Maori’s Ta Moko

The More Languages You Know… : Learning Languages in the Ancient World

In South Australia, a tribe in Encounter Bay tells this story: In remote time an old woman, named Wurruri lived towards the east and generally walked with a large stick in her hand, … Continue reading The More Languages You Know… : Learning Languages in the Ancient World

The Men Behind the Gods and the Power of the Ancient Media

Out of all the millions of myths around the world today, I think we can agree that Greek mythology is arguably the most famous. A significant reason for this is … Continue reading The Men Behind the Gods and the Power of the Ancient Media

New Course on Udemy, “Ancient Marketing Practices for the Modern World”

Hi everyone! I would like you to be among the first to know that my new course, called “Ancient Marketing Practices for the Modern World”, is now live on Udemy. … Continue reading New Course on Udemy, “Ancient Marketing Practices for the Modern World”

New Release – Time Maps: Matriarchy and the Goddess Culture

What happened when women ruled the world? There are many questions about the Old Culture – a culture even before history was written. Whatever happened to the Great Goddess? When … Continue reading New Release – Time Maps: Matriarchy and the Goddess Culture

Titillatio: A Brief Mythology, Ancient History and Philosophy of Tickling

Aristotle defined man as a rational and political animal. But there are also passages in his work that indicate another less remarked upon definition. In Parts of Animals, he writes, … Continue reading Titillatio: A Brief Mythology, Ancient History and Philosophy of Tickling