Historical Heroes is a segment that looks at a famous figure and examines how they chose to live their life. Throughout history there have been plenty of brave men, and one of the best examples is Jewish freedom fighter, Mordechai Anielewicz. As the leader of the Jewish Fighting Organisation, Anielewicz was a key figure in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This was a significant Jewish rebellion that took place during World War II. Anielewicz became a symbol of the resistance and he represented what happened when people fought back against the Holocaust.
Japanese folklore is filled with spirits and mythical creatures, and one of the most well-known beings is the tengu. Tengu are an important part of Shinto and Buddhism and form part of the yokai. While they have been seen as demons, the importance of tengu have changed over time. Many people wear tengu masks and the image has been woven into popular culture. The Culture Tome is looking into the history of the tengu to see what they are and their significance to Japanese culture.
“Time is a river, a violent current of events, glimpsed once and already carried past us, and another follows and is gone.” – Marcus Aurelius
Choosing to live a good life can be harder than some people think, and everyone seems to have their own definition of what a ‘good life’ means. Is it about personal happiness? Is it about living for your family and making sure they are prosperous? Such questions have been asked for millennia and they’re popular topics for self-help books. Marcus Aurelius’ Mediations could very well be the first self-help book. The Roman Emperor was a very critical man and he questioned his own motives at a time when excess and decadence were the norm. Here is The Culture Tome’s review of the book.
Symbols are an importance part of any culture and there are many significant images in Japanese folklore. Spirits play a vital role and one of the most important is the kitsune, or fox spirit. Kitsunes are depicted as intelligent shapeshifters whose magical ability increases with age. They have the ability to be benevolent or malicious depending on the situation. Some stories portray them as guardians, while others depict them as tricksters. The ambiguity of the fox makes it an interesting symbol in Japanese folklore and The Culture Tome is looking into examining the fox’s importance to Japanese culture.
The Culture Tome is going to feature a series of regular segments, such as Historic Landmarks. Another one is Historical Heroes, which looks back on the life of a famous figure to see what made them so influential. The first one I’m featuring is Czech general and all-around badass Jan Žižka. He was one of the most famous military leaders in history and was said to have never lost a battle. There’s an argument to be made that he’s the greatest general of all time and The Culture Tome is examining why that is.
The Culture Tome features various historical landmarks and their importance, and so I figured I’d start with my local area of Manchester. The city was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and has plenty of historical buildings. My favourite is the John Rylands Library, which can be found on Deansgate. It rises like a Gothic castle out of the modern buildings that surround it. The John Rylands Library is one of the best places to visit in the city and I’m looking into the history of it.