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THE TORAJO AND THEIR FUNERAL RITUAL

The Torajo are an indigenous group of people that live in Indonesia. For them a funeral is a celebration. There are no tears shed, rather it’s like a going away party. The Torajo work extremely hard to accumulate wealth during their lives. This money then goes to the funeral ceremony. 

The funeral ceremony could be held weeks or even months after someone has died. A body is not buried until all the funds have been raised. Until the funeral ceremony is held, the deceased person is not considered dead but rather ill or asleep. They are embalmed and stored in the same house as their family until the ceremony. 

The ceremony begins when pigs & buffalo’s are slaughtered because it’s believed the spirit of the dead will live peacefully after. The body is buried on the 11th day. 

WALK OF THE DEAD

Every year in August, a ritual called Ma’Nene (The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses) takes place in which the bodies of the deceased are exhumed to be washed, groomed and dressed in new clothes. The mummies are then walked around the village by following a path of straight lines. 

Following these straight lines is maybe the most important part of the ceremony. According to the myth, these lines are connected with a spiritual entity with supernatural power. As this entity only move in straight lines, the soul of the deceased body must follow the same path.

SOURCE

Heidemarie Schwermer - Living without Money | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Moneyless World - Free World - Priceless World

Moneyless World/Daniel Suelo

Masafumi Nagasaki

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NeoConservative

In 1973, Michael Harrington coined the term “neo-conservatism” to describe those liberal intellectuals and political philosophers who were disaffected with the political and cultural attitudes dominating the Democratic Party and were moving toward a new form of conservatism.[9] Intended by Harrington as a pejorative term, it was accepted by Kristol as an apt description of the ideas and policies exemplified by The Public Interest. Unlike liberals, for example, neo-conservatives rejected most of the Great Society programs sponsored by Lyndon Johnson; and unlike traditional conservatives, they supported the more limited welfare state instituted by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_Kristol

Gravity

“In 1798 Cavendish finds a way to measure the incredibly small forces that lead to a determination of the Universal Gravitation Constant.

Yes, that’s correct. By the end of the century, Henry Cavendish utilized a sophisticated piece of equipment to measure the gravitational attraction between massive lead balls. Comparing this amount of force of attraction to the sphere’s weight (their attraction to the sphere Earth) he was able to determine the density of the Earth. This allowed others to then determine the mass of the Earth and ultimately (as far as understanding gravity at least) the value of , the universal gravitation constant.

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Excerpt From: James Batterson, David P. Stern, Andrew Jackson & et al. “CK12 21st Century Physics: A Compilation of Contemporary and Emerging Technologies.” CK-12 Foundation. iBooks.
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Corinna

Corinna or Korinna (GreekΚόριννα) was an Ancient Greek poet, traditionally attributed to the 6th century BC. According to ancient sources such as Plutarch and Pausanias, she came from Tanagra in Boeotia, where she was a teacher and rival to the better-known Theban poet Pindar. Although two of her poems survive in epitome, most of her work is preserved in papyrus fragments.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinna)

Dude

So where does dude come from? Evidence points to “doodle,” as in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” He’s the fellow who, as the song has it, “stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni.” “Macaroni” became a term for a dandy in the 18th century after young British men returned from their adventures on the European continent sporting exaggerated high-fashion clothes and mannerisms (along with a taste for an exotic Italian dish called “macaroni”). The best a rough, uncultured colonist could do if he wanted to imitate them was stick a feather in his cap.

“For some reason,” Metcalf says, “early in 1883, this inspired someone to call foppish young men of New York City ‘doods,’ with the alternate spelling ‘dudes’ soon becoming the norm.” Some of the early mocking descriptions of these dudes seem awfully familiar today: “A weak mustache, a cigarette, a thirteen button vest/A curled rim hat—a minaret—two watch chains cross the breast.” Yep, sounds like a hipster. But that word has gotten so stale. We should all go back to “dood,” or maybe even “doodle.”

http://mentalfloss.com/article/53317/whats-origin-word-dude