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First Mural Depicting Daily Mayan Life Revealed

Posted in Arts & Crafts, News with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Previous mural discoveries have usually shown the elite class, religious ceremonies, or battle depictions but archaeologist have discovered an ancient Mayan mural that highlights the daily happenings of common people. According to scientist, this is indeed a first.

The mural shows scenes involving everyday common tasks like going to the market and food preparation. Unlike other murals, showing the high class, this was on the exterior of a building for all to see. LINK!

(Image courtesy of National Geographic)

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Maori Bones Make The Journey From Wales Back To Their New Zealand Home

Posted in News, Spot The Poly, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

1880's Maori Woman

The bones of twelve Maori people, one reportedly a female, are finally traveling back to New Zealand after being held in boxes at the National Museum and Gallery of Wales at Cardiff since the 1920’s.

The return of the bones stems from New Zealand’s government mandated Karanga Aotearoa program which negotiates recovery of ancient bones on behalf of the Maori.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s manager, Te Herekiekie Herewini, and co-ordinator Hema Temara held a short spiritual ceremony at the Cardiff museum so as to show respect for the remains. Herewini believes the return of ancient bones to their homeland is of utmost importance:

“This is significant for Maori as it is believed that through the ancestors’ return to their homeland, the dead and their living descendants will retrieve their dignity, and also close the hurt and misdeeds of the past.” LINK!

(Image courtesy of Flickr user fotofrancis)
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Andrew Zimmern Tastes Hawaii

Posted in Entertainment, Food & Drink, Television, Travel, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

I caught the episode of Bizarre Foods last night where Andrew Zimmern visited Hawai’i. I really didn’t know what to expect since I’d previously viewed fellow chef Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations show where he visited the islands as well. I was left a little disappointed with Bourdain’s tour.

On Bourdain’s show, which I like as well, he didn’t eat any Native Hawaiian foods nor did he have a Native Hawaiian on his show. He did have locals, however, but as most should know that oftentimes doesn’t mean the same thing. The locals, comprising of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos, mostly showed Bourdain local favorites (including spam masubi, chicken long rice, and some newer Pan-Asian dishes) that were introduced to Hawai’I after the mass influx of foreigners and World War II happened. It was an enjoyable show overall, but I felt it didn’t give a real perspective on Hawaiian culture that Bourdain often showcases in other episodes from his travels around the world.

However, I was pleasantly surprised when I tuned in to Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods. Not only did he sample the post World War II recipes of Hawai’I (which he didn’t care for), he also had *gasp* actual Hawaiian/Polynesians on the show! Zimmern was invited to a luau, hosted by a Hawaiian/Maori/Caucasian/Asian family where he tried traditional favorites such as kalua pig, he’e, and poi. (His faced turned into a disgusted grimace when he ate the poi though. I was laughingly perplexed as this guy will voraciously eat lamb testicles with a side of jizz yet can’t stand stuff made from a taro root. :-)). He also went on a wild boar hunt where they skinned the animal and ate the internal organs before they spoiled. Unsurprisingly, he gobbled those right up! Then he went to the island of Moloka’I where he munched on fresh ‘opihi with some laid back locals.

As you can probably guess, I prefered Zimmern’s Hawai’I show to Bourdain’s as I think it gave the viewer a more well-rounded perspective of the foods and cultures there. As Native Hawaiians are a minority in their own lands, I’m glad Zimmern (or his producers) decided to not forget us and showcase some of the more exotic fare that might not show up at a typical touristy luau.

Below is a clip of Zimmern about to bust-one eating all that ono-licious food.

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