This was done because of the belief that they could serve their rule in the afterlife. However, these servants may have not had a say in the matter. Evidence found by archeologists suggests that servants who were entombed with their ruler were in a drug-induced state at the time.
The tradition of sacrificing the living for the dead is not limited to Egypt. Each year in Dahomey (now Ghana), there was a large celebration in which many slaves were killed to honour the deceased kings. The victims were generally sacrificed by decapitation. In fact, decapitation was used so much that this event was literally called “yearly head business.”
Just thinking about the Yubari King Melon will set you back some! It’s a cantaloupe hybrid, bred from the Earl’s Favourite and the Burpee (or spicy cantaloupe). People describe its taste as a “perfect blend of sweet and sour.” Some say that it’s “cantaloupe on the front of the tongue, watermelon in the middle, and has long pineapple aftertaste.” However, to say that this taste is a luxury would be an understatement.
An average melon sells for $50 to $100, which isn’t too bad. But the first, perfectly spherical fruits of the year are auctioned off as high as $26,000 each. You can cultivate yourself to save yourself some big bucks, but just remember that you may not call it a Yuari King unless you cultivate it in Yubari.
Ever wonder why exactly there are Santa-sized socks hanging above your fire place this time of year. Keep reading!
The practice of stocking-stuffing can be traced back to the charitable donations of Saint Nicholas in the 4th century. He believed that childhood should be enjoyed, but at a time when boys and girls younger than 10 were working to support their families, this wasn’t the case. He therefore handed out homemade food, clothes, furniture, and even oranges (which were very rare in Lycia where he lived), just to light a few smiles.
According to legend, on one of his first ventures, he came across a girl’s stockings hanging above the fireplace and for some reason decided that it was THE place to put her gifts. From then on in, children would hang up stockings in hopes that Saint Nick would pay them a visit that night.
The mistletoe perches on a tree branch and absorbs nutrients from the trunk. Now, doesn’t that set the romantic, holiday mood?
Throughout mythology, the mistletoe was for more than just awkward kissing. The Greeks believed that Aeaneas, the famous ancestor of the Romans carried a sprig of mistletoe in the form of a golden bough. In Eddic tradition, the mistletoe is thought of as the only thing able to kill the god Baldur. In other non-Christian cultures, it was believed to carry the male essence.
It became used as decoration when people came to believe that it would protect their homes from fire and lightening. It hung all year long, but was replaced by another one each Christmas. It’s unclear how the mistletoe became the silent cue for “have a make-out session,” but according to literature, kissing under the mistletoe was a very popular practice in 16th century England.
Man, those beats will never go out of style. The Christmas Carols that pretty much every contemporary artist has made a “fresh, new” cover of, originated from the first Christmas hymns in the 4th century. While Latin hymns were sung in church for generations, the first true carols developed in France, Germany, and Italy in the 13th century.
They were not specifically written for Christmas, but rather for holidays in general. Later on however, the songs stuck to Christmas and were sung in numerous churches. Carols in protestant churches were much more numerous since the Protestant movement encouraged the arts, especially music.
Nowadays, it’s hard to image Christmas without those carols.