Is Barbie Bad for Girls’ Body Image?

A close up photo of Barbie

Dolls have been entertaining kids for millennia, but the criticism that parents shower upon them is a new phenomenon. Modern moms nowadays are interested in how a toy can shape their children’s perception of the world and themselves. And the toy that probably receives the most scrutiny is Barbie. Launched in 1959, … Read more

Languages That Are No Longer Spoken

An ancient language writing on a cave

What is your primary reason for learning a new language? Probably because you want to improve your travel experiences or immerse yourself in another culture. But have you ever found yourself wondering about languages used in history as you want to connect to your heritage or religion? You’re looking for something you … Read more

Revived Languages — Dead Languages Making a Comeback

A Hebrew dictionary

There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken worldwide. You are aware of the world’s major languages – Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, English, Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, and Japanese, to name a few. About 96% of the world’s population speaks about 4% of the world’s languages, leaving the vast majority of other little-known languages on … Read more

What Is the Significance of the Shivashtakam Lyrics?

An image of Hindu god Shiva

Shivashtakam is a powerful mantra written to give glory to the Hindu god Shiva. A devotee must sing this with full devotion after taking a bath and wearing clean white clothes. He must go to any Shiva temple with some sandalwood, flowers, bel leaves, cow’s milk, rice, fruits, and other offerings – … Read more

Languages You Can Use to Read the Shivashtakam Stotram

A large sculpture of Shiva

The ShivashtakamStotram is a Hindu chanting, which is designed to please the god Shiva and get his blessing. It is one of the many stotrams in Hindu literature. To get the best results, you must recite the ShivashtakamStotram early in the morning after taking a bath and in front of a Shiva … Read more

10 Things to Do in Sweden

Ice Hotel sculpture

Sweden is a country full of tourist spots, much like its neighboring countries in Northern Europe, as the country has a rich history and culture that is accompanied by their people’s efforts in preserving the natural and man-made structures in their land. Although Sweden is not on most people’s travel bucket lists, … Read more