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Happy New Year: A Breakdown of the Chinese Zodiac!

Dragon Head Costume

Happy New Year! Or, 新年快樂 (xīn nián kuài lè)! February 19 marks Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Sheep – or the Year of the Goat, as the word yáng can be translated as either. But why exactly is it the Year of the Sheep or Goat? Where did the […]

Legendary Creatures of Europe

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You might expect to hear a few bumps in the night when you visit Europe. After all, the continent has endured centuries of wars, epidemics and social atrocities. But Europe has a few beings that do more than just rattle chains and beg for help. Some of Europe’s most notorious creatures slither, seduce, kidnap, devour […]

Marie de France and Medieval French Romance

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Marie de France

Marie de France is the earliest identified female French poet and is best-known for her lais – short stories based on old tales from Brittany. Almost nothing is known of the author of these stories, other than that she was working in the second half of the twelfth century and that she was not known […]

“Les Misérables” – Gloriously Grim Times In Paris

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Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

It’s an epic novel about love, social justice and the life of a number of colorful characters in the Paris of the nineteenth century, that’s also been made into films and Broadway-style theatrical productions. Written by French author Victor Hugo and first published in 1862, “Les Misérables” is one of the most popular works in […]

Folk Tales of Russia

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Russian Folk Tales Feature

So important were folk tales to Russian culture for centuries, that when the tales began to appear in print in the 16th century, they were taken as historical fact. Until the end of the 18thcentury, people of all levels of Russian life enjoyed hearing folk tales. Though later viewed as mere entertainment for the lower […]

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