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Sun Wukong’s Greatest Feat of Strength

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 06:52 AM by ghostexorcist

Sun Wukong’s Greatest Feat of Strength: An Allegory for Cultural or Religious Conflict?

by Jim R. McClanahan

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Now that I’ve written an entry debunking the idea that Sun Wukong’s staff anchored the Milky Way, I now want to write a piece about his greatest feat of strength in Journey to the West. This feat takes place in chapter 33 after Zhu Bajie has...
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Cherokee Janus: The Struggle for Cherokee Identity

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 04:08 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated May 8th, 2016 at 04:24 PM by ghostexorcist

Cherokee Janus: The Struggle for Cherokee Identity

By Jim R. McClanahan

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The month of January is named in honor of the Roman god Janus because he is considered the god of new beginnings. He is also considered to be a god of both war and peace. This explains why he is depicted in paintings and sculpture as having two...
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Cherokee Identity and the Cherokee Freedmen

Posted October 7th, 2013 at 06:35 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated October 8th, 2013 at 02:00 PM by ghostexorcist

Cherokee Identity and the Cherokee Freedmen

By Jim R. McClanahan

African Americans have had a tumultuous association with other races for the last 300 years. They were most exclusively used as beasts of burden by Euroamericans, who had them shipped in from western Africa to toil in the fields picking cotton used to make clothing. This is no surprise for those who have even a basic knowledge of American history. However, they may be surprised to learn...
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The Spotted Cat: A Study of Nazca Pottery with Feline Motif

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 08:10 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated June 13th, 2013 at 08:19 AM by ghostexorcist
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The Spotted Cat: A Study of Nazca Pottery with Feline Motif

By Jim R. McClanahan

Double-spout and bridge water vessels are common in many South American cultures. Although used as far back as the Machallila culture (1430-830 BP) of Ecuador, [1] it is most often associated with the Paracas and Nazca cultures of southern Peru. The Paracas culture (700 BCE-1 CE) can be split into two subcultures, the Cavernas and the Necropolis. The Cavernas subculture was named thusly because...
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Was Paranthropus robustus a tool maker and user?

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 03:57 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated May 15th, 2013 at 05:04 PM by ghostexorcist

Was Paranthropus robustus a tool maker and user?

By Jim R. McClanahan

Apart from language, the manufacture and use of tools is often used to differentiate humans from animals. For instance, in his book The Cultured Chimpanzee (2004), the primatologist William McGrew explains that one common argument laid against the concept of ape culture is that they have never built and launched a space craft. However, he counters that most humans haven’t done this either. It...
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