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Perpendicular

Denoting the latest stage of English Gothic church architecture, prevalent from the late 14th to mid 16th centuries and characterized by broad arches, elaborate fan vaulting, and large ...

Nun and the Rope to Earth

Nun and the Rope to Earth (Mondari, Mandari/Sudan)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of African Mythology

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

...to Earth (Mondari, Mandari/Sudan) Nun is a creator and protector spirit. The cosmos and the world are the work of the creator. The ancestral spirits, Nutu Ko Kak, visit the people from time to time and receive offerings of food. The earth and sky were originally joined by a perpendicular rope, allowing the creator and men to pass at will from the one to the other. In this primordial universe, the lower part, the earth, lacked natural and social diversity. The rope was eventually severed after the sin of fratricide was committed, and earth and the parts...

Mandalay

Mandalay   Reference library

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017

...is a royal precinct in the shape of a perfect square surrounded by a wide moat and a brickwork defensive wall. The wall is pierced by twelve gates, three on each side, crowned with multistoried tiered pavilions ( B. pyatthat ), symbols of royal authority. Broad avenues run perpendicularly from the gates to the center of the royal compound where the palace and ancillary buildings are located. Destroyed during Allied bombing in World War II, these structures have recently been restored. The city’s most famous shrine is the Mahāmuni pagoda, which houses the...

POKER against grate

POKER against grate   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Superstitions

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Society and culture, Customs and Traditions
Length:
645 words

...Life of Johnson 10 Oct. BOSWELL. ‘Why, Sir, do people play this trick which I observe now, when I look at your grate, putting the shovel against it to make it burn?’ johnson . ‘They play the trick, but it does not make the fire burn. There is a better; (setting the poker perpendicularly up at right angles with the grate.) In the days of superstition they thought, as it made a cross with the bars, it would drive away the witch.’ 1813 BRAND Antiquities II 606 n. Whatever may be the reason, it is a certain fact that setting up a Poker before a Fire has a...

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