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How, where and why?

By seeing how the other half lives, we broaden our understanding of life. Some go on pilgrimages and journeys for spiritual growth while others go to escape of find a temporary home away from hone in which to relax.

Whatever your need, intent or interest, we hope that the travel and background info on many countries proves useful and helps you to travel safely. We welcome comments and you can use this platform to share your stories, just ask.

Korea Divided

A victim of geo-politics

Sunset over Seoul from the Banpo Bridge by Robert Koehler

There has been human habitation on the Korean peninsula for a very long time as evidenced by pottery dating to around 8000 BC. Like most of the world of the time, kingdoms formed, some merged and eventually Korea became distinct from China, Siberia and Japan although shamanism common to the northern latitudes was widespread and linked to Siberia, Mongolia and North America.

According to historical evidence, Korea was well developed as a nation. During the period prior to 300 BC, Hinduism and Hindu culture had a strong influence after which Buddhism became established. According to local history,

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India East

Hindu Influence Across South East Asia

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Hawaii

A volcanic island chain in the Pacific

Hawaii is an unofficial U.S. state and one of the worlds most popular tourist destinations. With over 8.9 million visitors in 2016 however this isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific only has around 1.4 million residents and the islands are dependent on tourism as the primary economy.

The islands are renowned for their rugged landscapes, hot lava flows, high cliffs, magical waterfalls, remote pools, tropical foliage, great surfing and beaches with different coloured sands. Of the 6 main islands: Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, Kauaʻi, and Lānaʻi are the most popular. Honolulu, Hawaii’s biggest city and capital is on Oahu. This is where you’ll find Continue reading Hawaii

North West Bharatha

An inside story of Tajiks, Afghans, Punjabis and the North West of India

Unmistakably Aryan. This is how the ancient Vedic people were and these same people were foundational to ancient Persia, Afghanistan and Central Asia and North West India.

The history of North West India is confusing to any interested in knowing. Those who wrote the history books invented a history to suit their political agendas thereby corrupting the truth and denying future generations access to their traditions and genealogy.

Many books and historians say the knowledge and wealth of India came by way of an Aryan invasion, that the Hindus were not capable. This is a made up myth like that of the Dravidian south. The

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Saudi Arabia

A country to avoid

Saudi Arabia is a nation of contrasts, the landscape is mostly desert with coastlines on the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. For thousands of years the Saudis have been humble desert dwellers, but because trade routes crossed through their region, they were able to make modest profits through trade or criminality.

Prior to the arrival and spread of Islam in the seventh century, the Saudis followed Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). But as a people with nothing in a material sense, the Saudis made Islam their own and perhaps after years of suffering the contempt of their regional neighbours, Islam gave them the power to extract their revenge, not only on their neighbours but the

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Ghazwa-e-Hind

The ideological battle over the states of Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistanis sacrifice goats before aircraft take off to ensure a safe flight.

The issue of ‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’ otherwise known as Islam’s Prophetic war against India is a subject that Islamic clerics don’t wish to discuss and something that indigenous Hindus of India know next to nothing about let alone the rest of the world where minds are preoccupied with other global disasters.

It is also a problem that confounds Indian politicians, academics and those in the military as Pakistan’s Military-Mullah Establishment continues supporting extremists with a clear intent of taking over Kashmir and in doing so provoking an all out war with India.

Pakistan is renowned for sponsoring terrorist groups

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Syria in Crisis

Anticipating Obama Care – Now Trump

Originally published in 2013.

Look at today’s news and nothing has changed except the presidential face. In fact Trumps attitude while being praised in his pre-election rhetoric for disestablishing globalism is turning more hostile to the world and fuelling the military industrial machine without concern for human rights or the rights of nations.

If you don’t know by now, the USA has a nasty habit of inventing some attack or atrocity, or even getting its own agents to do the dirty work. The US relies on its manufacture of weapons of mass destruction to keep its economy afloat and to do this, it regularly starts wars.

As the UK falters in support of Obama,

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Narasimha in Ancient Germany

A movement of ideas in our early history

In our search for truth about our origins, the 32000-35000 year old Idol of Narasimha, an avatar of Lord Vishnu found in Germany shatters theories opening new windows for investigation and understanding. After all, we were supposed to be uncivilised and unconnected hunter gathers back then.

Archaeologists exploring a cave system in the Lonetal area near Ulm, Germany had found many representations of birds, horses, turtles and single lions, but the lion man idol made from the tusk of a mammoth in the form of a human body with a lion head created a stir across the world.

This discovery created a lot of attention in the archaeological circles of Europe. It

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Pyramid Mysteries

When how and why?

We know of Egypt as a country in North Eastern Africa where life is concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River. What is referred to as Ancient Egypt is the period before 1000 A.D. extending back to about 5000 B.C. when the Sahara region was transforming from savannah to desert with the lakes and rivers drying up.

This forced the population to move and many would have gone into the Nile Valley where many historians say the early civilisation of Egypt came into being as one of six civilizations to arise within what’s referred to as the pre-dynastic period from 5500 to 3000 BC.

Historians tell us that Egyptian civilization coalesced around 3150 BC

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Hampi

This ancient ruined city preserves great secrets

Cultural exploration or romantic getaway

Spread over 35 hectares, Hampi was once a great city and capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It’s dotted with numerous dilapidated and ruined temple complexes where you find wondrous ancient arts.

The period of the Vijayanagara Empire is considered an age of prosperity in South India. In the 14th century CE, travelogues written by visitors including ambassadors and authors of the time provide ample proof of a vibrant era. Agriculture was the main sustenance and the river Tungabhadra was the life blood of the capital city.

“After Timur’s sack of Delhi, North India remained weak and divided up. South India

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