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Halloween from an Ossuary

Since Halloween is here it would be great to have a post from one of the eeriest churches around the world ; the ossuary (a place to store bone) situated at Sedlec, a small village near Kutná Hora , Czech Republic.

In 1278,an abbot sent to Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified, got some of the soil from that place and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. In the mid 14th century, during the Black Death, and after the Hussite Wars (Bohemian religious wars) in the early 15th century, many thousands were buried in the abbey cemetery.Later on there was no more place for new graves,the bones were dug up and made into an ossuary cum church.It currently houses roughly between 40,000-70,000 human skeletons some of which have been made into artistic chandeliers and pieces of art and is rated as one of the most eerie places of worship in the world.

  • Human Bones being stacked up and stored

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  • The entrance to the Roman Catholic Church

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  • Spines been given an artistic shape by the ancient monks

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  • A Cross being made with bones

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  • A bone chandelier that is the ‘cherry of the cake’

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  • A few more ‘artistic imaginations’ of the ancient monks

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  • And finally Jesus Christ himself at the end of the parade. Also an image of bones lines with coins, proof enough that u are born empty handed and you die empty handed.

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And Finally Happy Halloween !!

Research & Images : Marcus Sam

For any info contact : info@marcussam.com

 

 

 

 

Easter Friday

Good Friday: According to the gospels the Crucifixion of Jesus was most likely to have been on a Friday. Now why Good other than the fact that the only thing ‘good’ imaginable in the 21st century is the fact that its a holiday before a weekend.The fact is its pretty much unclear.While some claim that good has been derived from the word ‘God’ and it should be God Friday, others claim that Good might mean pious or holy.Some Christian traditions do take this approach: in German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag, or Sorrowful Friday or Gottes Freitag meaning God’s Friday. The Catholic Church treats Good Friday as a fast day, which in the Latin Rite of the Church is understood as having only one full meal (but smaller than a regular meal) and two collations (a smaller repast, two of which together do not equal one full meal) and on which the faithful abstain from eating meat. This is why many places have the typical ‘Fish Friday’. Many religion scholars believe Jesus was crucified by nails driven into his wrists, not hands. French physician Pierre Barbet wrote a book called A Doctor at Calvary, in which he said humans are able to bear their own weight with the strength of their bones and ligaments within the wrists, but not with palms alone and if Jesus was nailed only in his hands, he would have fallen to the ground. By the time of Jesus’s death, crucifixion had already been practiced for some 600 years and was a detailed procedure designed to be a very painful process for the victim.

The Tradition of Easter Eggs is however quite interesting.Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility, and rebirth. Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus:an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.The Easter Bunny however is German in origin. The Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour.The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau’s De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682 referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs for the children.

The images in the post are from the Church of Pisa, one of the most beautiful church interiors I have ever visited. Its not very large , but its very cozy, Ideal place for Jesus to stay in..Its construction began in 1064AD. Galileo is believed to have formulated his theory about the movement of a pendulum by watching the swinging of the incense lamp hanging from the ceiling of the nave.The coffer ceiling of the nave was replaced after the fire of 1595. The present gold-decorated ceiling carries the coat of arms of the Medici.

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Images & Research : Marcus Sam

For information contact : info@marcussam.com

 

 

 

Untamed Skies

Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God ~ Sai Baba

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web ~ Pablo Picasso

And when nature plays the job of an artist, we are all simply mesmerized.. yes we are. So I am including a few images of untamed skies.Hope you enjoy them.

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Holi Hai

The festival of colors Holi is one of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar.Holi frolic and celebrations begin the morning after Holika bonfire (Days before the festival people start gathering wood and combustible materials for the bonfire in parks, community centers, near temples and other open spaces. On top of the pyre is an effigy to signify Holika who tricked Prahalad into the fire.). There is no tradition of holding puja (prayer), and the day is for partying and pure enjoyment. Children and youth form groups  armed with dry colours, coloured solution & means to fill and spray others with coloured solution (known as pichkaris), balloons that can hold coloured water, and other creative means are also used to colour the targets. The event has now become an almost international event and is celebrated by people (Indians or not) around the world.

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HAPPY HOLI

PLEASE NOTE : THE IMAGES ARE COPYRIGHTED TO MARCUS SAM & SPECIFIC PERMISSION HAS BEEN TAKEN BY THE INDIVIDUALS BEFORE THE PUBLICATION, COMMERCIAL PUBLISHING WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT  OF THE AUTHOR ((ie STEALING)) IS PROSECUTABLE UNDER LAW.

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Google-Motorola-Lenovo love triangle going Nexus

Background

So if you follow the technology and business news , you will be bombarded by the news of Google selling off Motorola to Lenovo for around 3 billion US$, while it had acquired Motorola for around 12 billion , almost two years back. Google had earlier sold a part of the operations to Arris Group Inc. last year for about 2 billions . Google claims to have retained most of the android patents and hence it is believed to be all happy happy.. But still speaking in strict ‘Marwari’ (Americans read: Jew) terms – You still have around 7 billion loss to fill up .

Why all the big talk ?

It is believed that maintaining Motorola was getting costlier for Google in the long run and also Lenovo after acquiring Motorola shall become the third largest player in the market , also Motorola is an old is gold kindsa brand, still why such distress pricing for such a high profit prospective brand deal?

Reading Between the Lines

We have seen how recently Google had been going all advertisement friendly after its recent campaigns on TV and on air : (Read Here) so a seemingly loss is actually a big strategy in the making. Look at the recent acquiring of Electronics companies by Google (here) . From that we can come up to three salient observations

  •  Google wanted to get rid of a cancerous project and concentrate more on the Android app making, blah blah etc.
  •  Google is a huge company and doesn’t care for a 7 Bn US$ loss,
  •  Google wants to laugh out loud (lol) and introduce a stronger stiffer competitor for Apple  & Samsung, just for the fun of it, you know.You know if its hit, its profit would anyways soar from the copyrights etc and if its a loss,then its all in good time and good humor.

However there is a forth facet to it. 

  •  Google wants to go all solo on the Nexus projects .(As u might know Nexus have always been like the son conceived with the help of Samsung, LG etc, different fathers, u know lol). So Google might be looking forward to be solo making the next Nexus.

The meaning of the word Nexus is ‘connection of a series of dots leading to one thing or the other’. Dont you see a Google Nexus here??

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Research & Scope : Marcus Sam

NB : The analysis presented here are solely Marcus Sam’s own.He would love to have comments and insights on what you think on this. Notable insights and comments will be inculcated with name and reference into this post.

New Year Boing Boing

So before all the photo series start for 2014, I thought it would be awesome to use this blog the way blogs are used actually, sharing and re-blogging ..So I thought how about have a few nice images that could actually act as a booster to the previous new year’s resolution post that I shared yesterday.. so lets have a few images:

Burst your ego

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Just Let Go..

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Hear what Muhammad Ali has to say

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Just do it..

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Believe in yourself..

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Because remember…

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And finally a little Inspiring story that might help u buckle up for your 2014..

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Mike Waudby (31) weighed 462 lbs. He was at a bar one night when a woman asked him to leave the bar because his size ‘Made her feel sick.’

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He buckled up,went on a diet and started exercising regularly.And look what he made out of himself ==>>

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HAPPY 2014 PEOPLE..!! SPREAD THE LOVE…! ~ Marcus Sam

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014..!!!

This Year

  • Be happy
  • Make other’s happy
  • Do something you have never done before
  • Stop looking at your past
  • Get fitter
  • Forgive and forget more easily
  • Eat healthier
  • Become more responsible
  • Take lesser risks
  • Keep following MarcusSam.com

 

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Christmas Cathedrals

Its Christmas and its time u visit some cathedrals, Christian or not (like I do, and I am a Hindu brahmin)..So here is a list of cathedrals that you should not miss looking at today..

Starting with the Pisa Cathedral, Italy

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.Next lets have a night view of the St Paul’s Cathdedral, Kolkata, India

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Next in line is the good old Cologne Cathedral, Germany

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Next is the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, near the Spanish Steps,Rome,Italy

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Next in line is the Church of St Leodegar, Lucerne, Switzrland

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Now the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy

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Next is the Cathedral of St Michael & St Gudula, Brussels ,Belgium

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Next is the good old Notre Dame Cathedral from my favourite city Paris

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Next is line is the Milan Cathedral, Italy

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Next is this small Chapel in some small Swiss village

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And finally the St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

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So Finally Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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Author : Marcus Sam

Five interiors you cannot leave out

Five interiors you cannot leave out during the Christmas season..

1) Starting with The Notre Dame Cathedral Paris

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2) The interior of the Pisa Cathedral,

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3) Inside the Cologne Cathedral (one of the biggest in Europe)

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4) Entrance to the Sistine Chapel

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5) Inside the St Peter’s Cathedral Vatican.

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Happy Holidays People..!!

Images : Marcus Sam

 

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