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Yakuza (part 2 of 2)

Posted July 3rd, 2015 at 04:36 PM by Offspring
Updated August 30th, 2017 at 03:57 PM by Offspring

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Traditions and customs

Some members have tattoos of dragons, Chinese goddesses or various symbols of powers. These are usually located on their backs or shoulders. They often tattoo the emblems and signs of the groups they are part of. It can take up to 100 hours for a back tattoo to be done, which is why it became a symbol for resistance to pain. Initially, the tattoos were representing the...
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Yakuza (part 1 of 2)

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 06:10 PM by Offspring
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The origins of Yakuza

The history of Yakuza has its origins in the Tokugawa era (1603-1868), which began when Ieyasu Tokuwaga unified Japan

After a long period of civil war, 500,000 samurais became unemployed. Many of them became merchants, but some, called “ronin”, became thieves or used other illegal measures to support themselves.

People called “machi-yokku” defended the cities from ronins. They were simple men who organized themselves...
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Twentieth Dynasty of Egypt

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 07:40 AM by Offspring
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I think it's impressive to know all the rulers of an ancient Egyptian dynasty. The vast majority don't and I'm making this entry to make you feel special.

From wiki: "The Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Dynasties of ancient Egypt are often combined under the group title, New Kingdom. This dynasty is considered to be the last one of the New Kingdom of Egypt, and was followed by the Third Intermediate Period."

The first one was Setnakhte. It's not an...
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Watermelon vampires

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 07:27 AM by Offspring
Updated August 30th, 2017 at 03:51 PM by Offspring

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampir...nd_watermelons

Taken from that page: "the only known reference in scholarship is Tatomir Vukanović's account of his journeys in Serbia from 1933 to 1948. He wrote several years later":
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The belief in vampires of plant origin occurs among Gs. [Gypsies] who belong to the Mosl. faith in KM [Kosovo-Metohija]. According to them there are only two plants which are regarded as likely to turn into vampires: pumpkins of every
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Pinochet's regime

Posted June 29th, 2015 at 08:30 AM by Offspring
Updated August 30th, 2017 at 03:52 PM by Offspring

The context of the 1973 coup

Sallvador Alande was the president of Chile from 1970 to 1973 and the head of the Popular Unity Coalition. He was a Marxist who obtained power thru democratic means.

He followed a policy called "the Chilean Path to Socialism" (“La vía chilena al socialism”), thru which he tried to implement socialism via democratic means. Among the measures he took were: the nationalization of the educational system and a large part...
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