Maurice Carême – Τhe cat and the sun

The cat opened its eyes
And the sun flooded in.
The cat then closed its eyes
And the sunlight stayed in.

That is why at twilight,
When the cat comes awake,
I can see in the night
Two sunny bits of lake.

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«Η γάτα άνοιξε τα μάτια,
Ο ήλιος μπήκε μέσα.
Η γάτα έκλεισε τα μάτια,
Ο ήλιος έμεινε μέσα.
Γιʼ αυτό, το βράδυ,
Όταν η γάτα ξυπνάει,
Διακρίνω στο σκοτάδι
Δυο κομμάτια ηλίου.»

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Malala Yousafzai ‘honoured’ by new portrait at UK’s National Portrait Gallery

In 2014, the activist and writer became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Now she is being further honoured, with her portrait joining those of Queen Elizabeth II and Nelson Mandela in London’s famous gallery.

 

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“I am honoured to have my portrait included in the National Portrait Gallery alongside some of Britain’s most influential writers, artists and leaders,” Ms Yousafzai said at the unveiling this weekend.

“I hope it will remind visitors that girls everywhere are fighting for change in their communities and countries — their stories must also be heard.” Continue reading

Kumari ….Οι «ζωντανές θεές» του Νεπάλ

 

The  or Kumari Devi comes from the Hindu faith however most of the “traditional” Kumari in Kathmandu are Newari (original settlers of the Kathmandu Valley). In Nepal the Kumari is a prepubescent girl selected by a council from the Newari people that acts as a manifestation of divine female energy. Continue reading

‘Mud Men’ of Papua New Guinea

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For centuries, the Asaro ‘Mud Men’ of Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, have adorned themselves with mud, clay masks and bamboo finger extensions to look like evil spirits.

 

 

 

While the masks have different origin stories, it is believed that in the 1800s, tribesmen would raid other villages – for their women or pigs – while intimidating their enemies with large masks and bamboo spears. Continue reading