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Literature

Literature Literature, most generically, is any body or collection of written work. More restrictively, literature refers to writing considered to be an art form or any single writing deemed to have artistic or intellectual value, and sometimes deploys language in ways that differ from ordinary usage. Its Latin root literatura/litteratura (derived itself from littera: letter or handwriting)...

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Epigram

Epigram An epigram is a brief, interesting, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. The word is derived from the Greek epigramma ‘inscription’ from ἐπιγράφειν epigraphein ‘to write on, to inscribe’, and the literary device has been employed for over two millennia. The presence of wit or sarcasm tends to distinguish non-poetic epigrams from aphorisms and adages, which tend to lack those...

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Phrase

Phrase In everyday speech, a phrase is any group of words, often carrying a special idiomatic meaning; in this sense it is synonymous with expression. In linguistic analysis, a phrase is a group of words (or possibly a single word) that functions as a constituent in the syntax of a sentence, a single unit within a grammatical hierarchy. A phrase...

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Idiom

Idiom An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase; but some phrases become figurative idioms while retaining the literal meaning of the phrase. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. Idioms occur frequently in all languages; in English alone there are an...

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Adage

Adage An adage (adagium) is a concise, memorable, and usually philosophical aphorism that communicates an important truth derived from experience, custom, or both, and that many people consider true and credible because of its longeval tradition, i.e. being handed down generation to generation, or memetic replication. An adage sometimes implicates a failure to plan, such as...

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Saying

Saying A saying is any concisely written or spoken expression that is especially memorable because of its meaning or style. Sayings are categorized as follows: Aphorism: a general, observational truth; “a pithy expression of wisdom or truth”. Adage, proverb, or saw: a widely known or popular aphorism that has gained credibility by long use...

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Ahura Mazda

Ahura Mazda Ahura Mazda (Avestan: Mazdā Ahura also known as Oromasdes, Ohrmazd, Ahuramazda, Hourmazd, Hormazd, and Hurmuz) is the creator and highest deity of Zoroastrianism. Ahura Mazda is the first and most frequently invoked spirit in the Yasna. The literal meaning of the word Ahura is “lord”, and that of Mazda is “wisdom“. Ahura Mazda first appeared in the Achaemenid period (c. 550 – 330 BCE) under Darius...

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Maya in Religion

Maya in Religion Maya in Religion (माया, māyā), literally “illusion” or “magic“, has multiple meanings in Indian philosophies depending on the context. In ancient Vedic literature, Māyā literally implies extraordinary power and wisdom. In later Vedic texts and modern literature dedicated to Indian traditions, Māyā connotes a “magic show, an illusion where things...

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Buddha

Buddha The Buddha most commonly refers to Siddhārtha Gautama (Siddhāttha Gotama), also called Shakyamuni (“sage of the Shakyas,” in Pali “śakamuṇi”), who was a spiritual teacher from ancient India and the historical founder of Buddhism. A majority of twentieth-century historians date his lifetime from 563 B.C.E. to 483 B.C.E. Etymologically, the term Buddha is the past participle...

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Learning by Teaching

Learning by Teaching In the field of pedagogy, learning by teaching (German: Lernen durch Lehren, short LdL) is a method of teaching in which students are made to learn material and prepare lessons to teach it to the other students. There is a strong emphasis on acquisition of life skills along with the subject matter. This method was originally...

Muslim Quotes

Muslim Quotes A Muslim is an adherent of the religion of Islam. Muslims consider the Quran to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Muslim quotes and Muslim sayings collected over the years from a variety of sources. May...

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Wisdom of The Crowd

Wisdom of The Crowd The wisdom of the crowd is the collective opinion of a group of individuals rather than that of a single expert. This process, while not new to the Information Age, has been pushed into the mainstream spotlight by social information sites such as Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers, Quora,...

The Qur’an’s Wisdom and Human Philosophies

The Qur’an’s Wisdom and Human Philosophies How Can You Compare the Qur’an’s Wisdom and Human Philosophies? A most true evidence for the nobility of the wise Qur’an, the clearest proof its truth and a most powerful sign of its miraculousness, is this: The Qur’an contains and explains all the degrees...

Biblical Cosmology

Biblical Cosmology Biblical cosmology is the biblical writers’ conception of the cosmos as an organised, structured entity, including its origin, order, meaning and destiny. The Bible was formed over many centuries, involving many authors, and reflects shifting patterns of religious belief; consequently, its cosmology is not always consistent. Nor do the biblical texts necessarily represent the beliefs of all Jews or Christians at the time...

Meaning of Life Quotes

Meaning of Life Quotes The meaning of life is a philosophical question concerning the significance of life or existence in general. It can also be expressed in different forms, such as “Why are we here?”, “What is life all about?”, and “What is the purpose of existence?” It has been the subject of much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculation throughout history....

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Why Are Folktales Important?

Why Are Folktales Important? Folktales can be used to help children develop strong reading skills, study other cultures, model positive character traits, and discover a love of stories. ​Our collection of folktales was developed to immerse children in timeless stories and help them discover a love of reading. These highly...

What are Folktales and What is Their Function in Society?

What are Folktales and What is Their Function in Society? Folktales, including other forms of mythological tales which were the precursor of folktales, were and are essentially moral stories initially told by word of mouth from parents/elders to children for the purpose of educating and entertaining the next generation (ie....

Folktale

Folktale A folktale or folk tale is a folklore genre that typically consists of a story passed down from generation to generation orally, and may refer to: Categories of stories Folkloric tale from oral tradition Fable (written form of the above) Fairy tales Folklore in general Old wives’ tale Storytelling Perform Folktales are generally passed down from one generation...

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