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Post 236 
It has been a while since I have written an update for the Literature & Culture Corner Blog so I thought this might be a good time as the blog approaches its 5th birthday in October. This is a blog dedicated to all things culture, with the main focus on history, mythology and literature. Since its beginning in 2012, the core of this blog has not changed. The blog is open to contributors who wish to share their passion for culture and heritage, be interviewed on a related topic or to showcase a new book or publication. The aim of the Culture & Literature Corner Blog is to accumulate a collection of history, myths, folklore, book discussions, authors and more in one place. 
Mondays Book Talkwill return on Monday the 2nd of October with series six and will open with a very interesting book called "The Secret Letters of the Monk who sold his Ferrari" by author Robin Sharma. You can find the previous 5 series of Mondays Book Talk on this blog under the Literature…

CULTURE: Trip to the Taj Mahal

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Guest Post written by Gabriel Woods 
The Taj Mahal was built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan. The king was well known for his cruelty, head of the largest empire ever to conquer all of Asia and beyond. It was said his wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal, often softened his heart, encouraged empathy within him and guided him in ruling his empire less harshly. She lived only for a few years as his wife and then died. Shah Jahan was plunged into grief. He dreamed of creating a monument that would express the wealth of the Empire, the magnanimity of the shah and, most importantly, the perfect most beautiful place for his queen to rest. The Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum in honour of his wife. He planned that he too would rest with her when he died. 

The Taj Mahal was built over a number of decades. The engineers and architects did not live to see the finished product. A small wooden structure built to exact mathematical dimensions represented the Taj Mahal, like a Mogul version of a gr…

HIST & MYTH: A Collection of Irish Deities

Post 234. Written by Ben Kesp. 

Today, I want to share with you the posts that I have written so far on the Irish Deities. There are many gods/goddesses of old, some more important than others, and a few that have transcended from the old customs and have found themselves filtered through the cross over to Christianity. 

However, there is one major goddess whom I have not written about as I feel I would not do her justice due to her complexity and that is the Morrígan. From researching and studying what I can on Irish mythology, it could appear that the Morrígan is an older or origin deity than the Tuatha Dé Danann and a possible Sovereign Goddess of Ireland. Perhaps she is the same as the Cailleach Bhéara or the Hag of Beare, an old crone worshipped and long associated with the landscape. Comparisons have been drawn between her and the Irish Goddess Morrígan (War, Death & Rebirth) - perhaps they all encompass each other, shape shifting as the yearly seasons move over the landscap…

LITERATURE: The Unknown Her

Post 233 Written by Tevin Ponder
The Unknown Herby Tevin Ponder 
When I slept outside the library,  My love was gone, cold, weary  During the day I met several sallies  That didn’t compare to my old companion’s  Depths, not valley’s Her guard was a cliff that blocked my steam,  Like The Hakuma Pali  She thought I was lost my clothes needed wash our trust died away,  Do things for myself,  When it was us-we-were someone else,  The unknown her, I couldn’t see until that phone call, miserably  What if she, never ever felt the same as me.  “Couples we were”  You were someone  I was someone you got distant  I got further  You were cool  I was hot  You could’ve been  I should’ve been; but we  Are no longer.

About the Author Hello there bloggers and readers! My name is T. Ponder. I’m an Independent Author and personally, I love to play the game of Chess. One day while simply playing Chess with a friend, I noticed the most complex patterns. Then, I decided to Write. 
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