The following composite image was photographed in two separate locations in New Orleans; one along Chartres Street and one in the St Louis II cemetery.
The Pentagram is symbolic of the five elements and protection against evil. The upward point of the star represents the spirit. The other four points represent earth, air, fire, and water.
Located at El Santuario de Chimayo, in Chimayo, New Mexico, pilgrims place chewing gum in the form of the cross onto rocks surrounding the sanctuary.
Something of note, many visitors to the sanctuary take a small amount of the "holy dirt" in hopes of a miraculous cure for themselves or someone who could not make the trip. In the past, they often ate the dirt. Likewise pilgrims to the original shrine of Esquipulas ate the supposedly curative clay found there. Today, seekers of cures more commonly rub themselves with the dirt. The Church replaces the dirt in the "pocito" from the nearby hillsides, sometimes more than once a day, for a total of about 25 or 30 tons a year.
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Besides being one of the most dangerous snakes in the world, the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), found mostly in India and Southeast Asia, is the world's longest venomous snake, with a length up to 18.8 ft. In Burma, King Cobras are often used by female snake charmers. The charmer is usually tattooed with three pictograms, using an ink mixed with snake venom while superstition holds that it protects the charmer from the snake. At the end of a ceremony, the charmer kisses the snake on the top of its head. While on the Indian subcontinent, the King Cobra is believed to possess exceptional memory. According to myth, the picture of the killer of a king cobra "stays in" the eyes of the snake, which is later picked up by the partner and is used to hunt down the killer for revenge. To demonstrate this theory, a King Cobra was captured and left free in an enclosure that had small openings. Several people stood in front of the openings, but the snake rose to its full height and locked eyes only with the captor. Because of this myth, whenever a cobra is killed, especially in India, the head is either crushed or burned to damage the eyes completely.
"The Mayans originated in a region called Mesoamerica, or Middle America. This region lies in between Mexico and South America and was home to many other cultures, including the Aztec, Olmec, Teotihuacan and Toltec. The Mayans lived in what are today Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Southern Mexico.
Mesoamericans began writing the calendar during the mid-Pre-classic period and were the first to keep any sort of historical record. They used stelae, or stone monuments, to carve their civil events, calendars and astronomy knowledge. They also inscribed their religious beliefs and mythology on pottery. Placing great value in recording their people's history, they weren't the first civilization to ever use a calendar, but did devise four separate calendars that lasted for discrete time periods. Depending on their needs, the Mayans used different calendars or a combination of two calendars to record each event. Their Long Count calendar, expired in 2012, leading some to believe that it would coincide with an apocalyptic event."
"The Old Testament is a Christian term for a collection of religious writings by ancient Israelites that form the first section of Christian Bibles, in contrast to the Christian New Testament. The books included in the Old Testament vary markedly between Christian denominations; Protestants accept only the Hebrew Bible's canon but divide it into 39 books, while Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox, Coptic and Ethiopian churches recognize a considerably larger collection.
The books can be broadly divided into the Pentateuch, which tells how God selected Israel to be his chosen people; the history books telling the history of the Israelites from their conquest of Canaan to their defeat and exile in Babylon; the poetic and "Wisdom" books dealing, in various forms, with questions of good and evil in the world; and the books of the biblical prophets, warning of the consequences of turning away from God.
For the Israelites, who were its original authors and readers, these books told of their own unique relationship with God and their relationship with proselytes. But the overarching messianic nature of Christianity has led Christians from the very beginning of the faith to see the Old Testament as a preparation for the New Covenant and New Testament."