Ancient Cultures

“At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: “The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.”
In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.
Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.
When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare.”

Caitlin Moran  (via 5000letters)

(Source: lustsandluxuries)



Two clay plaques, small enough to hold in your palm, depict couples copulating in remarkable detail. Dating from the early second millennium BCE, the Old Babylonian period, they come from a 300-year window when mass-produced terra cotta plaques were popular, including those that exhibit sexual acts.

Read more: 4,000-year-old erotica depicts a strikingly racy ancient sexuality | The Times of Israel 


Orheiul Vechi Monastery Complex in Moldova is carved into a massive limestone cliff overlooking the gently meandering Raut River. It is said to be “dug” by Orthodox monks in the 13th century…


Uxmal: The Nunnery, The Governor’s Palace & The Great Pyramid (unexcavated)


Margin Illustration with a simurgh from a copy of Jami’s Yusuf wa Zulaykha. Qazwin, Iran, 1557. The mythical simurghis related to the dragon. It is described as an enormous and auspicious bird with colourful plumage and a magnificent tail.

Source: The David Collection

“Paris is built over a system of caverns from which the din of Métro and railroad mounts to the surface, and in which every passing omnibus or truck sets up a prolonged echo. And this great technological system of tunnels and thoroughfares interconnects with the ancient vaults, the limestone quarries, the grottoes and catacombs which, since the early Middle Ages, have time and again been reentered and traversed. Even today, for the price of two francs, one can buy a ticket of admission to this most nocturnal Paris, so much less expensive and less hazardous than the Paris of the upper world. The Middle Ages saw it differently. […] We know also that in times of public commotion mysterious rumors traveled very quickly via the catacombs, to say nothing of the prophetic spirits and fortunetellers duly qualified to pronounce upon them. On the day after Louis XVI fled Paris, the revolutionary government issued bills ordering a thorough search of these passages.”

- Walter Benjamin, Arcades Project (via goneril-and-regan)


(via ✧Art Board 01.13✧ / Laura Gilpin (1891-1979) Cliff Dwelling of Betatakin, Navajo National Monument, Arizona 1930)

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