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CULTURE: Prehistory, Natural to Modern - Part I

Written by Ben Kesp

Things fairy tales are made of! A journey from the prehistoric to modern, the mesmerizingly beautiful raw landscapes and coast lines of the west of Ireland - majestic mountains rising upwards, all greeted me on my recent trip. Formed over millions of years, the west coast of Ireland is constantly battered by the wild Atlantic Ocean giving it its ragged coast lines of long sandy beaches and breath taking cliffs. 
The medieval castle of Bunratty, a place that has seen many battles and bloodshed was my first stop. Freely wander the winding stair cases, exploring the castle rooms and sit in the king’s or queen’s chair overlooking the great hall as they once had done, being entertained by minstrels around a large open fire. The folk park attached to the castle showcases the lifestyle of the Irish countryside throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore the houses, eat some freshly made homemade brown bread, ramble in a walled garden, admire the red deer among many …

ART: Creative Moments

Written by Ben Kesp

I am currently in Ireland, enjoying the freshness of the Irish green and lush country side. A break from hot and humid Malta. Now that I have packed off Book III of the Landed Estate Series "A Time Forgotten" for editing and proof reading, I have turned my attention to my art work that I have ignored for a long time.  
I have been updating many old works and thought I would share with you three new pieces I have been working on this past month.  These are completed with pastels and a hint of charcoal. I am in the process of creating a site for my art work and art designs, however for now, art work can be purchased directly from Image KindFrom Image Kind you can select your frame/colour type and mount colour.  For further art images, check out the Art Moment's Gallery page on this blog. 
I will give a further update later on how things are progressing.  For now, take care. 



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HIST & MYTH: Understanding the Dogon Culture – Part III – Egyptian Goddess Isis

Written by Ben Kesp


Our quest for knowledge and understanding of the past is still very much in its infancy. This can certainly be seen in the Sirius Star mystery that continues to open new theories and questions. Vast is this area when one delves into mythology to look for answers. 

Completing my series of posts on the Dogon Culture, and the knowledge it is stated they possess, although questionable, on the Sirius Star System, it has led me further back in time to the ancient Egyptian period. The Egyptian Goddess Isis is a major deity of Egyptian mythology and hugely popular even to this day worshipped by many, in different religious contexts. 
Referred to as the great mother goddess, embraced by both the Greeks and Romans, she represents the maternal spirit in its purest form. Early Christians relate many attributes of the Virgin Mary with Isis, again highlighting the many religious boundaries that Isis has crossed over. She has probably existed since before the dawn of the Egypti…

LITERATURE: A Journey to India - Landed Estate Series

Written by Ben Kesp 

Book III of the Landed Estate Series has brought me all the way to India, well not physically, but I needed to undertake research for the period of 1806 to 1826. Company rule or Raj was the time of British rule in India that began in 1757 following the battle of Plassey, when Nawab of Bengal surrendered his kingdoms. In 1773 the company established a capital in the region of Bengal called Calcutta. In Pitt’s India Act of 1784, the Company fell under the control of the British Government who set out to stop the mass corruption and develop new standards. The Company rule lasted until 1858 and was abolished following the Indian rebellion. The British Government continued to administer India, then under the new British Raj. 

Prior to 1830 the only way to travel from Ireland to India was by sailing around the tip of South Africa and the journey could have taken six to eight months. 


The best sources of what life was like during that period are from many known journa…