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The Strange History of Shrunken Heads (Tsantas)

Shrunken heads, commonly referred to as tsantsas, played a role in ancient ceremonial rituals and traditions throughout the Amazon. Shrunken heads are ...

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The Aztec Calendar – Importance, Use, and Relevance

The Aztec or Mexica calendar is one of several prominent Mesoamerican calendars. However, as the Aztec empire was in its heyday at the time of the arrival ...

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Symbols Used in Jewelry – And What They Mean

Throughout history, symbolic jewelry has been popular, worn for one reason or another. Some wear meaningful jewelry as a symbol of their culture or faith, ...

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Do Ankle Bracelets Mean Anything?

Anklet bracelets, also called anklets, are popular around the globe. As one of the oldest accessories around, this type of jewelry has gained various ...

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Sigil of Lucifer – What Does It Symbolize?

When people look at satanic symbols, they are filled with feelings of doubt, hesitation, and dread. This is because these symbols have been represented as ...

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Oya – The Goddess of Weather

In Yoruba religion, Oya was the goddess of weather, known to be one of the most powerful deities in Africa. She was also a strong and brave warrior who was ...

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Yemaya (Yemoja) – Yoruba Queen of the Sea

Yemaya, also known as Yemoja, Yemanja, Yemalla and others,  was the river or sea orisha of the Yoruba people, one of the largest ethnic groups of southwestern ...

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Fortuna – Roman Goddess of Fate and Luck

In Roman mythology, Fortuna was the goddess of fate, fortune and luck. She was sometimes perceived as the personification of luck and a figure who dealt out ...

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Scapular – A Symbol of Obedience, Piety, and Devotion

The word scapular originates from the Latin word Scapula which means shoulders, which refers to the object and the way it’s worn. The scapular is ...

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St. Benedict Medal – What Is This Symbol?

The Saint Benedict Medal is an important, sacramental medal which holds deep meaning for Christians and Catholics throughout the world. The symbol has been ...

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What Were the Canopic Jars of Ancient Egypt?

The burial rituals were a fundamental part of ancient Egyptian culture and consisted of several steps in a long process. Within this process of the ...

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Cartouche – Ancient Egypt

A cartouche is was an oval shaped object or outline within which was written royal names. Hieroglyphs and symbols were a central part of the ancient ...