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Carolina Avendano

Carolina is a journalism student based in Canada who enjoys learning and sharing information about how to lead a meaningful life. She is passionate about traditional culture, handmade crafts, and the connection between humans and nature.
The Baigas of India – A Spiritual Tribe Challenged by the Modern World
Thought to be the oldest original dwellers of India, the Baiga tribe consider themselves to be the people of the forest. They have inhabited dense woodlands for generations, living on what they can secure with...
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Ban Zhao’s Precepts for Women (Part VI): On Reverence for Parents and In-Laws
Instructions for Chinese Women and Girls (Nǚ jiè 女誡) is an ancient Chinese guidebook for cultivating traditional feminine virtues. Written by polymath Ban Zhao (班昭), it addressed the need for girls to be educated in...
Ban Zhao’s Precepts for Women (Part V): On the Instruction of Children
Instructions for Chinese Women and Girls (Nǚ jiè 女誡) is an ancient Chinese guidebook for cultivating traditional feminine virtues. Written by polymath Ban Zhao (班昭), it addressed the need for girls to be educated in...
Ban Zhao’s Precepts for Women (Part IV): On Early Rising
Instructions for Chinese Women and Girls (Nǚ jiè 女誡) is an ancient Chinese guidebook for cultivating traditional feminine virtues. Written by polymath Ban Zhao (班昭), it addressed the need for girls to be educated in...
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Ban Zhao’s Precepts for Women (Part III): On Being a Devoted Wife
Instructions for Chinese Women and Girls (Nǚ jiè 女誡) is an ancient Chinese guidebook for cultivating traditional feminine virtues. Written by polymath Ban Zhao (班昭), it addressed the need for girls to be educated in...
Ban Zhao’s Precepts for Women (Part II): Cultivating Politeness and Hospitality
Instructions for Chinese Women and Girls (Nǚ jiè 女誡) is an ancient Chinese guidebook for cultivating traditional feminine virtues. Written by polymath Ban Zhao (班昭), it addressed the need for girls to be educated in...
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The Life and Teachings of Confucius: Searching for the Middle Way to Restore Order to the World
Perhaps the most well-known of the ancient Chinese sages, Confucius dedicated his life to reviving and transmitting timeless values to guide human conduct. He traveled the many states that made up the China of his...
8 Timeless Lessons from Epictetus, the Greek Stoic Philosopher
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”Epictetus Born a slave in Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale,...
Ban Zhao’s Precepts for Women (Part I): Cultivating Modesty and Gentleness
The Precepts for Women (Nǚ jiè 女誡) is an ancient Chinese guidebook for cultivating traditional feminine virtues. Written by female polymath Ban Zhao (班昭) during the Han Dynasty, it addressed the need for girls to...
Aesthetics and Virtue in Classical Arts, Part II – Performing Arts
The arts play a significant role in shaping human culture. As explored in part I of this series, the visual arts have the power to convey clear messages to the viewer and to influence our...
Understanding the Traditional Chinese Calendar in the Year of the Rabbit
Have you ever wondered why Chinese holidays — such as the New Year, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and the Dragon Boat Festival — are celebrated on different dates each year, or why every year is represented...
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Aesthetics and Virtue in Classical Arts, Part I – Visual
Derived from the Latin adjective classicus, the term “Classical” refers to that which belongs to a category “of the highest order.” When applied to art, classicism places emphasis on proportion, simplicity, restrained emotion, clarity of...