Asian History

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Pandavas

Pandavas were the five powerful and skilled sons of Pandu, the King of Hastinapur and his two wives Kunti and Madri. Hastinapur is equated with the …

India

Hanuman

Hanuman is one of several zoomorphic characters in Indian mythology, but is the only one who is revered as a god today. The mythic texts speak of him …

Mythology

Ashvins

The Ashvins (aka Asvins, Asvinau, or Asvini Kumaras) are two twin brothers of Hindu mythology, sons of the sun god Surya. They may also be referred …

Surya

Surya (also known as Aditya) is the Hindu god of the Sun. He is considered the creator of the universe and the source of all life. He is the supreme …

Mythology

Pattadakal

The history of Pattadakal goes back to a time when it was called Kisuvolal, a valley of red soil. It even found a mention in Ptolemy’s <i>Geography</i> in …

Hoysala Architecture

The Hoysala era (1026 CE – 1343 CE) was marked by illustrious achievements in art, architecture, and culture. The nucleus of this activity lay in the …

Dhammapada

<i>Tipitaka</i> (Sansktrit: <i>Tripitaka</i>), the Buddhist canon, consists of three <i>pitaka</i> (<i>Tri</i> means three and <i>Pitaka</i> refers to boxes), namely <i>Vinaya</i> or Monastic …

Bai Juyi

Bai Juyi (772-846 CE) was one of the greatest poets of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) along with Li Po (701-762 CE) and Du Fu (712-770 CE). He was a …

Books

Daily Life in Ancient China

Chinese culture is one of the oldest in the world today. Over 6,000 years ago this culture began to develop in the Yellow River Valley and many of …

Asia

Most Popular Gods & Goddesses of Ancient China

There were over 200 gods and goddesses worshipped throughout ancient China, but if one were to count every deity or spirit, the number would be over …

Asia

Religion in Ancient China

Religious practices in ancient China go back over 7,000 years. Long before the philosophical and spiritual teachings of Confucius and Lao-Tzu …

Buddhism

Ghosts in Ancient China

Ghost stories were the earliest form of literature in ancient China. They were almost certainly part of a very old oral tradition before writing …

Asia

Song of Everlasting Sorrow

The Song of Everlasting Sorrow (also known as Song of Everlasting Regret) is a narrative poem of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) inspired by the love …

Books

Ravana

Ravana is the mythical multi-headed demon-king of Lanka in Hindu mythology. With ten heads and twenty arms, Ravana could change into any form he …

Mythology

Chinese Literature

Chinese literature is some of the most imaginative and interesting in the world. The precision of the language results in perfectly realized images …

Asia

Chinese Writing

Ancient Chinese writing evolved from the practice of divination during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BCE). Some theories suggest that images and …

Writing

Lydia

Lydia was a region of western Asia Minor which prospered due to its natural resources and position on trading routes between the Mediterranean and …

Ancient History

Xuanzong

Xuanzong (birth name, Li Longji, 685-762 CE, r. 712-756 CE) was the 7th emperor of the Tang Dynasty of China, whose domestic and foreign policies …

Religion

Kofun Period

Following the Yayoi Period of Japan when farming and metalworking techniques were introduced from mainland Asia was the Kofun Period (300 CE - 538 …

Japan

Wu Zetian

Empress Wu Zetian (also known as Empress Consort Wu, Wu Hou, Wu Mei Niang, Mei-Niang, and Wu Zhao, 624-705 CE, r. 690-704 CE) was the only female …

Ancient History

Harsha

Emperor Harshavardhana, better known as Harsha, lived from 590 to 647 CE and was the third ruler of the Vardhana Empire, the last great empire in …

Buddhism

Yayoi Period

The Yayoi Period is one of the oldest historical periods of Japan spanning from 300 BCE to 300 CE, preceded by the Jomon Period and followed by the …

Japan

Taizong

Taizong (birth name, Li-Shimin, 598-649 CE, r. 626-649 CE) was the second emperor of the Tang Dynasty and is considered one of the greatest rulers in …

Ancient History

Ellora Caves

Ellora (also known as Elura and, in ancient times, as Elapura) is a sacred site in Maharastra, central India. Ellora is a UNESCO world heritage site …

Ancient History

Jomon Period

The Jomon Period is the earliest historical era of Japanese history which began around 10,000 BCE, coinciding with the Neolithic Period in Europe and …

Japan

Tang Dynasty

The Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) is regularly cited as the greatest imperial dynasty in ancient Chinese history. It was a golden age of reform and …

Ancient History

Oracle Bones

Oracle Bones (also known as Dragon's Bones) were the shoulder blades of oxen or plastrons of turtles (the flat, underside of the turtle's shell) …

Oracle

Taoism

Taoism (also known as Daoism) is a Chinese philosophy attributed to Lao Tzu (c. 500 BCE) which contributed to the folk religion of the people …

Asia

Legalism

Legalism in ancient China was a philosophical belief that human beings are more inclined to do wrong than right because they are motivated entirely …

Ancient History