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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Anthropology in Africa

Anthropology in Africa   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Africa

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2010

...civil turmoil throughout much of the continent—remain a serious consideration and potential impediment to future expansion. As one of the first and one of the most active academic disciplines concerned with studying African affairs, anthropology has had much to do with dispelling the mythic notions of an Africa that did not exist except in the minds of outsiders. There remains much to learn about Africa's ever-changing present, both in its local and national forms and in its global connections. The old ethnographies are now read critically, but they...

♂ Běi Dǎo

♂ Běi Dǎo (1949)   Reference library

Dian LI

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (Volume 4)

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2016
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History, Regional and National History, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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...Bei Dao recalls, is an accident that happened to him. He would not have become a poet if not for his experience with bricks and cement. Young and restless, yet stuck in a back-breaking job that taxed his body and soul, Bei Dao found writing down lines of words a convenient way to dispel the feelings of boredom and despair. The lines of words accumulated to become poems, soon to be shared with a few poetry-loving friends from his high school days. The circle of friends grew and formed a sort of “underground poetry club” that included aspiring young poets such as...

Bunker Hill, Battle of

Bunker Hill, Battle of   Reference library

Donald R. Lennon

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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2013

...Hill, Battle of The battle of Bunker Hill, fought on 17 June 1775 , helped to dispel the British view that rebellious American colonists would flee when faced with British army professionals. After the engagements at Lexington and Concord, volunteer forces assembled around Boston, headquarters of the British army. Fearing that the British would fortify strategic locations adjoining the city, Boston's Committee of Safety on 16 June ordered New England troops into the Charlestown peninsula north of Boston, to fortify Bunker Hill. This promontory,...

Fulbright, William

Fulbright, William (1905–1995)   Reference library

Jonathan A. Kolieb

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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2013

...of the war in Vietnam, questioning its efficacy, legality, and morality. Beginning in 1966 , Fulbright held several televised committee hearings on U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. As Fulbright himself developed a healthy distrust of the executive, so, too, did he help dispel the often blind trust that Americans had had for their government—and most especially for their presidents—during the first few decades of the Cold War. A recurrent theme in Fulbright's six books was a warning against the hubris that so often leads to the downfall of great...

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

North Atlantic Treaty Organization   Reference library

Trudie Eklund and Timothy J. Lynch

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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2013

...When Joseph Stalin died in 1953 , the Allies became hopeful that the Soviet Union would become less militant, particularly after Stalin's successor, Nikita Khrushchev , criticized Stalin's dictatorship and accused him of escalating international tensions. Khrushchev quickly dispelled this optimism, particularly after he ordered a Soviet force into Hungary in 1956 to suppress a rebellion and maintain Communist rule. In 1957 , the USSR launched Sputnik, the first space satellite, signaling that they had begun the process of building long-range nuclear...

Pygmy

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Encyclopedia of Africa

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2010

...were widely held to be a myth. Illustrations and descriptions of pygmies depicted them as winged semihuman creatures who lived in treetops, hung from tails, and could make themselves invisible. European contact with pygmies in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries did little to dispel these myths. In the seventeenth century, English anatomist Edward Tyson published his treatise “The Anatomy of the Pygmie Compared with that of a Monkey, an Ape, and a Man,” in which he claimed to scientifically prove, through a comparison of skeletons, that pygmies were actually...

Sui Wendi

Sui Wendi (541–604 ce)   Reference library

Charles D. BENN

Berkshire Encyclopedia of China

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2016

...The emperor took the vows of a Buddhist layman in 585 and came to be known among the faithful as the bodhisattva Son of Heaven. In 586 , in a very rare surrender of imperial prerogatives and dignity to a clergyman, Wendi invited a prelate to lecture on the dharma in order to dispel a drought. The monk ascended the throne and faced south while Wendi and his court sat on the ground facing him. Wendi cast himself in the role of the universal Buddhist monarch, claiming that he owed his rise to dharma, predestined fate. He employed Buddhism among his subjects as...

Summer Palace of Yiheyuan

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TzeHuey CHIOU-PENG

Berkshire Encyclopedia of China

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2016

...up from the lakefront is the Longevity Hill (60 meters high), on which buildings cluster amidst a landscape designed with distinct features characteristic of Chinese classical gardens. Along a north-south axial line on the hill is the courtyard of a ceremonial hall (Cloud Dispelling Hall), followed by an imposing octagonal tower (Pavilion of Buddhist Incense) on a high platform, and a temple (Sea of Wisdom) wrapped in glazed ceramic tiles and miniature Buddhist images at the summit. Beyond these glittering architectural structures down the northern slope...

Xǔ Shèn

Xǔ Shèn   Reference library

Françoise BOTTÉRO

The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography

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2014
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History, Regional and National History, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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...). According to his biography, Xu first wrote Different Meanings of the Five Classics because he was worried by the fact that all sorts of explanations—good and bad—were circulating on the Classics. The book confronted different data from the Classics. Xu’s goal was to dispel contradictions and clarify the meaning of the ancient texts by choosing the best interpretation rather than following a particular school of thought. But he was then confronted with another problem: characters or written words were often given ad hoc or folkloric interpretations...

Zhāng Héng

Zhāng Héng (78–139 ce)   Reference library

Ian W. FRASER

The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography

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2014
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...of fish.” Another of his well-known fu is “ Fu on Pondering the Mystery,” a poem in the style of Qu Yuan’s famed “Encountering Sorrow” (“Lísāo” 离骚 ‎), where Zhang breaks the mold of traditional sao -style authors and proclaims his faith in the universe’s moral order, dispelling his melancholy and doubt and allowing him to go on in his life’s work. Zhang’s final composition, “ Fu on Returning to the Fields” (“Gūitián fù” 归田赋 ‎), written in 138 ce , describes his happiness at finally retiring from government service and returning to his country...

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