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Firebird – fairy tale bird

Firebird – fairy tale bird

Firebird – fairy tale bird


Firebird is one of the most famous characters in Russian fairy tales. Its feathers are very bright and shiny. In the fairy tales men are looking for the Firebird and the one who will have at least one of the feathers will be happy. The firebird lives in the far end of the kingdom, in a beautiful garden, where golden apples grow. One of the Firebird’s feathers costs more than a whole kingdom, and the Firebird itself does not have a price at all.
In mythology, Firebird is often compared to medieval, very popular in the Russian and Western literature, Phoenix, which is able to rise from the ashes. The Firebird eats golden apples, giving youth, beauty and immortality; when it sings, pearls pour out of her beak. The singing heals the sick and restores sight to the blind people. These apples can be compared with the fruits of a pomegranate tree, the favorite delicacy of the Phoenix.
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Sacred secrets of hair

Sacred secrets of hair. Lady Lilith

Sacred secrets of hair. Lady Lilith


There is a completely mistaken view that human hair is just an atavism, the remains of wool, which we inherited from distant ancestors-monkeys. But scientists who deal with hair problems say that human hair is absolutely not like the animal’s hair and has gone a long way of evolution.
Since ancient times, the attitude to the hair on the head was special: people believed that hair contained a sacred power and wisdom. Hairstyle was a kind of sign, indicating the social status of a person. In ancient Egypt people used wigs for this purpose. Celtic warriors combed their hair back and put a lime solution – such hairstyles gave an intimidating look and contributed to the victories.
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Absinthe – Elixir of Inspiration

Absinthe – Elixir of Inspiration

Absinthe – Elixir of Inspiration


The 1890s were the decade of absinthe, its high point, short take-off before oblivion for a hundred years, during which it was banned. But at the beginning of the XXI century, quite unexpectedly, it again appeared in the shops.
Absinthe is a strong alcoholic beverage, which includes anise, fennel, mint, lemon balm, angelica and other herbs, but the most important component is wormwood, which contains a large amount of thujone. This substance enhances the harmful effect of absinthe on the brain. This drink can be yellow, brown and even red, but more often it is emerald green.
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Great poisoners

Great poisoners

Great poisoners

Since ancient times people have been looking for the most effective ways to send their neighbors to their forefathers. Poisons play an important role. It is unknown who was the first to use poisonous mushrooms. Perhaps it was the leader of some ancient tribe, and the fatal properties of concrete mushrooms were experienced beforehand by a certain “mushroom man”.
The brief reign of the Roman emperor Caligula was saturated with poison from beginning to end. Caligula poisoned his predecessor, the emperor Tiberius. The emperor in general was a delicate connoisseur of poisons. He made up various mixtures and tested them on slaves. However, not only slaves got it. After the murder of Caligula, a huge chest of poison was found: each poison was signed by the emperor and was called by the name of poisoned person. The chest was thrown into the sea and caused damage to the environment, similar to the crash of an oil tanker.
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Fragrant Ambergris

Fragrant Ambergris

Fragrant Ambergris


Ambergris is a solid, waxlike substance formed in the digestive tract of sperm whales. It floats in the sea or can be thrown ashore. It is highly valued in perfumery, used in traditional medicine and in homeopathy. At the present time, almost all collected ambergris is bought up by perfumery firms for the manufacture of expensive perfumes.
It is believed that even the ancient Egyptians used ambergris like incense in the temples. In the Ancient East, it was used in perfumery, and later, at the end of the ancient era, people in the West followed their example. Arabs and peoples who lived on the shores of the Indian Ocean, used ambergris in cooking to emphasize the aroma of spices and a bouquet of wines.
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Unusual properties of henna

Unusual properties of henna

Unusual properties of henna


The irresistible charm of women’s hands, covered with bizarre henna tattoos, makes us forget that these patterns are not only an ornament, but also a symbol, a ritual rite, and a talisman. This sophisticated method of decorating the body has been used for a long time in the countries of the East, Africa and Central Asia.
Henna is considered an amulet that protects against negative energy.
The custom to paint the hands and feet of the bride with henna is typical for North Africa and India. Henna is a plant-derived substance and is used to color the skin, hair and nails. Mehndi (or Mehendi) is a form of body art popular in the countries of Asia and Africa. It is used for aesthetic and religious purposes. In the 60s of the last century hippies, who traveled to Asia and Africa in search of exoticness, discovered the tattoos that women made on their wedding day.
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Roraima – lost world

Roraima - lost world

Roraima – lost world


The entire south-eastern part of Venezuela, located in South America, is occupied by La Gran Sabana – the great savanna, which is crossed by the Caroni River, the right tributary of the Orinoco. There are many unusual plateaus with steep, inaccessible walls resembling huge tables. One of the greatest tables is Roraima. It is near Venezuela’s border with Brazil and for a long time it was inaccessible to people. Only daredevils from the Indian tribes from time to time made their way to the enchanted land, as they thought. They told about a wonderful plateau with cascades of waterfalls and magical rivers with red and black waters.
The first European researcher who visited this area in the middle of the XIX century was German Robert Hermann Schomburgk.
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