Vestal Virgins: The pious maidens of ancient Rome

Legend 02/03/19, 09:19

In the Res Gestae Divi Augustus (‘The Deeds of the Divine Augustus’), Augustus demonstrates his piety by stating that he was a member of all four major priesthoods in Rome – the Pontifices, Augures, Quindecemviri and Septemviri. There was, however, one Roman religious college that was off-limits to men, even to the ...

The Ancient Origins of New Year’s Celebrations

Legend 12/31/18, 02:33

On the 1 st January of every year, many countries around the world celebrate the beginning of a new year.  But there is nothing new about New Year’s.  In fact, festivals and celebrations marking the beginning of the calendar have been around for thousands of years.  While some festivities were simply a ...

The legend of Pregnant Maiden Lake

Legend 12/10/18, 04:52

Lake of the Pregnant Maiden is a beautiful, wild, and magnificent treasure that is part of the Malaysian landscape. The lake is not only beautiful but legend has it that the waters have a healing effect.  Located about 12 miles from Kuah town on Dayang Bunting Island it is a picturesque, ...

The Myth of Sisyphus

Legend 12/07/18, 03:31

The tale of how Sisyphus received his eternal punishment is one telling of the retribution facing man and his arrogance. The punishment of Sisyphus would hold some disturbing familiarities to our lives and society in modern days. Sisyphus was the first king of Ephyra, today known as Corinth. He was a ...

Legend of the Xiangguo Temple

Legend 11/19/18, 10:09

Translated by Chua BC, Vision Times Huiyun was a monk from a monastery in Luoyang during the Tang Dynasty. In the first year of the Linde era of Emperor Tang Gaozong’s reign (A.D. 664-665), Huiyun, at 10 years of age, decided to become a monk. His father was very open-minded and knew ...

The flood of Deucalion and the human race born from stone

Legend 11/16/18, 12:29

The myths of severe floods, although originating from vastly differing civilizations, share unbelievable similarities. Suppose that these floods took place exactly as per the stories tell us, what warning should we heed from these catastrophes? What message could be hidden within these ancient stories? Could these stories be globally coincidental? ...

Greek Mythology: Prometheus

Legend 11/07/18, 09:17

The cyclops and giants was cleaned out by gods as Zeus prepared Earth for a new age. Zeus told the wisest of the titans, Epimetheus and his brother Prometheus, to make lives that would inhabit the new earth. Epimetheus, in zeal, got right to the task, he made the bears ...

The legend of Huang He Lou (Yellow Crane Tower)

Legend 10/15/18, 12:27

The Yellow Crane Tower (Huang He Lou) is located in the Yellow Crane Tower Subdistrict, Wuchang district, Wuhan, in central China. The current structure was built in 1981, but the tower has existed in various forms since no later than 223 AD. It is believed that the first structure, located one ...

A man from Jin Dynasty wandered into a Fairyland

Legend 10/06/18, 08:05

Chinese myths and legends tell tales of gods and deities living in other dimensions, parallel to our own. People may only enter when the heavenly gates open and let us in. It has been said though, that on occasion the gates have opened inadvertently, revealing a beautiful dimension with a ...

The poor man, the thief and the inspiration of virtue (Video)

Legend 09/13/18, 05:24

Fan Yuanyan grew up in a poor family in the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420 AD - 589 AD). He made a living by growing vegetables. One day, when he was heading out the door, he spotted someone stealing vegetables from his field. He went back into the house and told ...

Opera Educator: The Olympic Art That Tells a Story

Legend 08/26/18, 11:55

For Stuart Holt, opera is awe-inspiring storytelling and, in many ways, the Olympian limb of the classical arts. Director of the school programs and community engagement departments of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Holt first came under the spell of opera early in life. As a youth, he sang in a children’s choir outside ...

Historian Jason Goetz: Reclaiming Our History to Mend Our Culture

Legend 08/26/18, 11:53

Historian and educator Jason Goetz looks to the classics as a means for our culture to survive. As author of two sets of histories, one completed and the other in process, Goetz hopes his works will reinvigorate high school history classes and better prepare the next generation. This is crucial, Goetz ...