The Power of Cultural Symbolism

Everywhere we look in society we see forms of symbolic representation which identify and illustrate our cultural ethos. Symbols that we use, as distinct from signs, carry multiple meanings depending on the context and culture in which they appear. A symbol can be a gesture, an object or a ritual that informs solidifies and influences […]

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What Is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of human beings, having its origins in humanities and social science. It is a discourse on the evolution of Homo Sapiens, who were their ancestors, the variations and differences of humans, how certain groups of humans behave in society and what is the function of these creatures in society and culture. […]

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The Psychology of Torture

There is one place in which one’s privacy, intimacy, integrity and inviolability are guaranteed – one’s body, a unique temple and a familiar territory of sense and personal history. The torturer invades, defiles and desecrates this shrine. He does so publicly, deliberately, repeatedly and, often, sadistically and sexually, with undisguised pleasure. Hence the all-pervasive, long-lasting, […]

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Projects For When You’re Feeling Crafty

Do you feel that tingling power of being crafty in your veins right now? No need to spend time brainstorming or browsing Pinterest. Gather your materials right away because here are forty crafty ideas to satisfy that strong urge for craftiness. Turn pop tabs into a bag. Put different colours of acrylic paint on your […]

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Wildlife Art – Its History and Development

Summary: Some of the earliest of all known art (pre-historic cave and rock art) feature wildlife. However, it might be more properly regarded as art about food, rather than art about wildlife as such. Then for a lot of the rest of the history of art in the western world, art depicting wildlife was mostly […]

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Different Types Of Landscapes

These landscapes depict the land from above. Some aerial landscapes have the view looking straight down from above, so the painting’s all land and no sky. Others have the view looking across, so the artist can see both the land and the sky, but from a much higher viewpoint. Artists travel in aeroplanes, hot air […]

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Tradition And Change In Literature

Literature existed somewhere at the beginning of civilization. The oldest known texts are the Vedas known as hymns for God. They consisted of reciting mantras and offering fire sacrifice to appease the Gods. Most of these texts contain poetic language. One of the texts deals with sorcery and black magic and is called the Atharva […]

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The Relationship Between Language and Art

Art is structured like a language. It is simultaneously a conscious and intentional mental activity and a more irrational, unconscious form of expression. Art can involve a sense of sudden exhilaration and liberation and also contain a mass of intellectual and emotional reactions. Art has the power to evoke emotions and the power to shock, […]

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Art Style, Movements and Influence Of Western Art

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession and at the same time the immortal movement of its time – Karl Marx From ancient age to modern art we have come across multiple art styles & movements. Most of them were new creations or transformations of one or other styles. Efforts by individuals, groups or […]

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The Evolution of the Perfume Bottle

During the 1900s to 1910s, the Art Nouveau style of art was very popular. Perfume vials were made from crystal and were ladylike, whimsical and floral in design. The lettering was usually gold and they had corked stoppers and brass caps. The majority had wands in order to apply the fragrance to the wrists or neck. […]

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