Culture & Traditions

Cultures and Traditions takes a look at how people interact with each other. This might be through sub-cultures, relationships, fads or religion and spirituality.

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Like English, Spanish is a global language with nearly 600 million Spanish speakers worldwide. There are many Spanish-speaking countries, from the 21 nations with Spanish as their official language, to other countries with significant populations of people who speak Spanish as their native language or as a second language.

By Karina Buggy

Isis, goddess of healing and funeral rites, was one of the most important Egyptian deities and arguably one of the most prominent female deities in the ancient world.

By Mitch Ryan

Poseidon, god of the sea, was an integral figure in ancient Greek mythology. Although the name Poseidon means "lord of the earth," this powerful god mostly controlled the oceans and waterways. The Aegean Sea fell and rose by his hand, and sailors prayed for mercy during every nautical voyage.

By Mitch Ryan

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Ancient Maya culture was centered on interconnected city-states that developed great networks of trade and agriculture and some of the most advanced architectural wonders in human history. Today, artworks depicting roughly 250 different Mayan gods and goddesses can still be found carved into these wonders.

By Mitch Ryan

Unlike monotheistic religions based on the belief in an omnipotent, all-powerful overseer god who judges actions and determines justice in the mortal world, in Norse mythology, gods and goddesses were powerful entities that experienced human flaws, trials and conflicts.

By Mitch Ryan

Have you ever found yourself staring at a blank page, wondering if your paragraph is too short, too long, or just right? Well, you're not alone in asking how many sentences are in a paragraph. It can be hard to tell whether you've provided enough information and if, most importantly, it is easy to read and effectively communicates your main point.

By Desiree Bowie

The true appearance of Jesus Christ has been a topic of fascination and debate for centuries. Traditional Western art often portrays him with long, flowing hair, blue eyes and a beard, but these depictions are more reflective of European aesthetics than historical accuracy. This begs question: What did Jesus look like?

By Desiree Bowie

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There are countless adjective examples in everyday language, but for simplicity's sake, most adjectives are one-word components that enhance or modify nouns. Any sentence may contain two or more adjectives, but the function of each adjective remains the same.

By Mitch Ryan

Have you ever wondered how the historical figure known as Jesus was actually referred to in his own time and place? Hint: It wasn't by that name.

By Desiree Bowie

From sock hops and bell bottoms to low-rise jeans and TikTok dance challenges, each generation has many characteristics and trends that set it apart from the next.

By Desiree Bowie

Similes are like spices for writing: Used in the right proportion, they can add zest and verve to your prose. Once you're familiar with them, you'll likely notice that simile examples abound in everyday speech, writing, song lyrics and even advertising slogans.

By Zach Taras

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Figurative language is a cornerstone of expressive writing. Unlike literal language, which conveys information plainly and directly, figurative language introduces an imaginative spark, offering the reader new ways to view ideas and emotions.

By Marie Look

People often describe America as a "melting pot" since the American population is a blend of so many different groups, each one with its own histories, traditions and customs. This makes the United States one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with this diversity reflected in every facet of American culture.

By Marie Look

Have you ever noticed the intricate, interlacing patterns adorning ancient manuscripts, stonework or modern jewelry and wondered about their origin? These are different versions of the Celtic knot, a quintessential element of artistic expression that traces back to the ancient Celts.

By Clarissa Mitton

Roman gods and goddesses reflected the diverse Roman people who worshipped them. Since Roman civilization was built on top of the ruins of Greek influence in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, Greek mythology became the foundation of ancient Roman religion.

By Mitch Ryan

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There was no singular overarching Celtic religion. As ancient Celts made their homes in widespread regions across Western Europe, they developed different Celtic gods and goddesses to fulfill their spiritual needs.

By Mitch Ryan

In Greek mythology, the gods and goddesses embodied different aspects of nature and human experience, with the Greek goddesses wielding just as much influence as the Greek gods.

By Marie Look

The Aztec civilization may have peaked more than 500 years ago, but all the Aztec gods and goddesses remain culturally significant even today.

By Marie Look

Do you know when to use to vs. too? In spoken English language, the two words sound exactly the same, but they have different meanings.

By Sascha Bos

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Kindness is always a good idea. As Aesop said, "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

By Yara Simón

From Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" to C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" series to Alice Hoffman's "Aquamarine," mermaids have been a fixture in literature and pop culture for centuries. But are mermaids real?

By Yara Simón

The phoenix bird is a mythical creature that resembles an eagle with broader wings. Its elegant, peacock-like feathers burst with the dazzling colors of flames. Any Harry Potter fan could explain what this magnificent "fire bird" looks like in great detail.

By Mitch Ryan

For Timothy Treadwell, observing and protecting grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) was a way of life. Until one day Treadwell and his partner, Amie Huguenard, were eaten alive by the same bears they revered.

By Sascha Bos

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How do you measure the happiness of a country? Is it through the benefits afforded to citizens, the weather or the number of opportunities available? This is a question the World Happiness Report has tackled since 2012 to report on the happiest countries in the world.

By Yara Simón

All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares; the same goes for the Catholic vs. Christian distinction. All Catholics are Christian, but not all Christians consider themselves Catholic.

By Mitch Ryan