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Various writings on culture

Symbolic Novels: Lord of the Flies By William Golding

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Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel by William Golding, expressing his view that society is just a thin layer of civility disguising the real savagery of humans.It also has themes on how when two opposing forces, one of good, and the other of evil, it is very hard to convince the masses to follow the good one, and that they often succumb to the rhetoric of evil.

Symbolic Novels: Brave New World By Aldous Huxley

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Brave New World is a novel by Aldous Huxley, and is yet another dystopian society where there are predefined 'castes/classes' that humans fit in due to them being "manufactured" that way. Mind control is done via the consumption of Soma, and brain washing is used to keep every caste in its place.

Symbolic Novels: Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Animal Farm by George Orwell depicts how oppression and injustice unites the oppressed to overthrow their master, but after a revolution against injustice, a few usurp it to their own benefit. Then the masses are in the same misery after the revolution much as they were in before, replacing the old oppressors with new ones, their ex-brothers in arms.This was a critique of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party after the overthrow of the Tsar of Russia.

    Symbolism: Star of David or Solomon's Seal نجمة داوود و خاتم سليمان

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    The hexagram, or six sided star is known today as an exclusively Jewish symbol. This has not always been the case though. In this article, we discuss what other faiths and cultures it has represented over the millenia.

    The Veiled Prophet of Khorasan المقنع الخراساني

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    Back in 1985, I visited St. Louis, Missouri. There was an annual fair by the name: VP Fair, or the 'Veiled Prophet Fair'. Although this is a fun fair with little historical roots, there is indeed history behind it, because the Veiled Prophet was a true historical figure.

    Note: If you are looking for al-Muqanna al-Kindi the poet المقنع الكندي الشاعر please check our page on him.

    Early Color: Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii

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    Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (or Gorsky) (1863-1944) was a Russian photographer that offers a vivid visual portrait of the Russian Empire at its height, and more importantly, the architecture, the scenery and the people of the lands that constituted this empire, including the Caucasus region, and Central Asia.

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