By the end of the 1980s, the Soviet Union could no longer maintain its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe and East Germany. The East German population was growing more restless with lack of reforms in Erich Honecker’s East Germany. The collapse of the East German state began with a decline in the standard of […]Read more "East Germans Protesting (1989)"
The black and white illustration depicts Baphomet produced by Eliphas Levi Zahed. This deity was thought to be worshiped by warriors in the Knights Templar. There is little evidence to suggest that the Knights Templar actually believed in such a deity. It may have been made up to get certain individuals who fell out of […]Read more "Baphomet Illustration (1856)"
The illustration depicts what is known as blemmyes. The illustration appeared in the Nuremberg Chronicle. These were mythical creatures so terrifying that they did not possess heads. These men had their facial features on their bodies. Blemmyes could either have their eyes on the chest or shoulders or their nose in the middle of the […]Read more "Blemmyes From The Nuremberg Chronicle (1493)"
This is an engraving by famed printmaker and painter Albrecht Durer. The artwork depicts a witch riding a goat backwards. This was not the only work that Durer depicted witches. During this period in European history their was an obsession with the supernatural. Before the Age of Reason superstition and religious fanaticism dominated European political […]Read more "Witch Riding Backwards on a Goat by Albrecht Durer (1500)"
The Hortus Deliciarum was a illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages, which was an encyclopedia that included knowledge from Arab and classical text . The title in Latin translates to Garden of Delights. The Hortus Deliciarum was written and complied by Herrad of Landsberg a nun from Alsace,France. She most likely was the first woman […]Read more "Depiction of Hell From The Hortus Deliciarum (1180 )"
This is a Germanic Fuen bractate that could be from the migration period ( 375-538). Named after the island it was found on, the artifact currently resides in the National Museum of Denmark. This was the time in which the Western roman Empire faces invasions on multiple fronts. Artifacts provide evidence of which peoples invaded […]Read more "Germanic Funen Bractate (375 CE- 538 CE )"
The African Diaspora reached large portions of the world. People of African descent can be found all over the world even in the most remote areas. The photograph above was taken by George Kennan who was traveling through the Russian Empire during the late 19th century. The purpose of the expedition was to survey land […]Read more "Afro-Abkhazian Man (1870)"