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Writing by chance? Blacklight challenge prompt

This week the challenge involves choosing four numbers between 0 to 9, then using these to make three sets of digit numbers. Applying these to the link for this Dewey system index generates three subjects for writing.

I almost wish I’d cheated and just selected three subject areas I might have written about with some better pre-existing general knowledge, however I need to push myself (off a cliff, soon!) My topics randomly generated following the bcandelabra instructions are:

(315) General Statistics of Asia +

(573) Physical Anthropology + (717) Structures

– although the given Illinois.edu page for Dewey list used states simply ‘Structures’, Deweydigger lists 717 as Structures in Landscape Architecture (thus narrowing the field at least a little in what is overall a vast rangeof topic potential!)

~Happy Holi~

 Today marks the ancient Hindu festival of Holi, celebrating Spring, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love and “Holi is also a festival of forgiveness and new starts, which ritually aims to generate harmony…” (Wiki-quote). This festival occurs according to the lunar calendar rather than a fixed date so some years is in february and others, as this year, during March.

Source: Wikimedia – “Celebration of Spring by Krishna and Radha,” 18th Century miniature;            Date 18th century Author Unknown Published in 1923, this image is in the public domain.

I found this image (above) interesting both because it is a Paris museum piece and also appears more classically Western/European in style than authentic cultural art forms, in my opinion.

I’m not practised studying/ researching for study or generating ‘advanced writing’, I’m sure you can tell looking at the stuff on my blogs, but as ever, intrigued enough to follow a challenge (just wondering why on earth I set my ‘heart’ on doing these things?!I’m probably approaching this all wrong for an advanced writing challenge and accept I’m out of my depth by a long chalk.)

Where on earth do I go with ‘elevate…results to the level of setting, character, theme or other major component…’ and I wonder we must be speaking a completely different language. However, here I am contemplating …

…probably feeling at home with the majority of the world population, being speakers of native languages other than English (my native language) and my failing to understand (the) English, whether Anglo-English or American-English – in spite of being one – and imagining most of the world perhaps finding us an entirely odd society.

Variations of Holi take place across Indian according to locality and regional customs and is also celebrated by peoples all over the world. As well as celebrating Spring, it is regarded as the start of a new year.

There are apparently no prayers and the day is for enjoyment and celebration. One of the customs is to play with water fights and coloured powders, often also used for painting the face / body. The night before Holi which always falls on the day after the full moon before Spring Equinox, Holi Eve, it’s traditional to have a bonfire / pyre with an effagy of Holika – evil sister of demon King Hiranyakashipu.

A news site from India ‘The Hindu’ carries three Holi festival articles. While multi-culturalism is clearly embraced in the graphic representations, it seems a tremendous shame that portrayals aspire to English/European appearance/fashions. The first was a short entertainment feature about how Sivaji Rao was discovered and became well-known Tamil cinema actor Rajinikanth on a Holi festival day in 1975. Next, a feature for youngsters, the illustration depicting children with light coloured hair and skin in stylised cartoon form. The fun and enjoyment of festivities is clear from this photo of pink-laden men and boys, but there’s no text article. Finally, a Holi-day beauty tips article for the ladies, how to prevent the colours staining nails or getting into their hair – with some gorgeous pictures of colour-painted faces.

The Guardian has a fantasic selection of Holi festival pictures.

The Independent is also running an article on some of background of Holi. (I particularly like the photo of older ladies appearing to have enjoyed the colours ritual.) The BBC Schools website has an explanation of Holi and some classroom activity ideas and printable worksheets. There’ll be loads of great links I’ve not reached – any suggestions via comments of other places sharing in the festivities for Holi would be very gratefully received…

I can barely believe that having parented two children and been closely involved in supporting their educations I’d never heard of the Holi festival until today!

so again, Happy Holi 😀


Apparently peoples of Asia are approx. 60% of the world’s population- perhaps it’s time the term ‘ethnic minority’ is made obsolete in British society, it seems politically incorrect and offensive. If the continent of Asia wasn’t conceptually and culturally seperated from the remaining (minority) landmass of Europe that world population percentage would both be higher and include all us Europeans (of our varying origins). Add to this the adjoining of Africa and the Asian-African-European continent dominates the world (as it already does statistically for population number even without the inclusion of Africa (and Europe!) Perhaps that’s exactly why there’s such political spin driven toward fear of such populations and cultural differences).

“Geographical Asia is a cultural artifact of European conceptions of the world being imposed onto other cultures…” (wiki quote, from link above).

In our so-called developed UK society the generalised term “Asian” is used in almost derogatory fashion and a starter’s glance into wiki* reveals just how poor a generalisation the term is given the diverse range of peoples across the many different lands / territories forming this part of the continent known as Asia. (*geography being one of my weakest subjects and having to first check WHERE is Asia to be sure – if there is such a thing as being sure when considering western-source information bases!)

visual representation of territories forming the continent of Asia Image credit: http://websourc.es/author-images/Vanatchanan via shutterstock.com

 I had to check the meaning of “physical anthropology”, assuming it to mean either human biology or human geography – according to a UCL description it covers ‘…the study of human evolution and ecology…’ (including those of other primates). It’s a sub-division of anthropology appearing from this 1994 diagrammatic source online (1994 Britannica) to diverge from ‘social anthropology’ (UK term) = ‘cultural anthropology’ (US term) or ‘ethnology’ (European term) – with the overall term of ‘ethnology’ as the hierarchial term rather than ‘anthropology’ in Europe. I found that interesting in itself, but obviously that diagram’s over twenty years old now, but perhaps has influenced political and professional practices.

(The difference use of a (/the) word can make…)

Image Credit: http://websourc.es/author-images/Vanatchanan via shutterstock.com

 Structure in Landscape Architecture

Image Cedit: Sujay25 LICENSE T&Cs at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Image Credit: Arnold Betten via wiki (in the public domain)

 The three images above were sourced from Wiki Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Chittorgarh) after finding some amazing photos of this important historical, cultural, spiritual and architectural site at this non-English blog (link below) that I unfortunately couldn’t read the text (and assuming no right to link to the images):


These monuments were being constructed in Asia centuries before we appear to have had the technical skills and capabilities in Britain. British architecture pales in comparison and culturally have little significance in the imagery carved into their facades*. Eastern philosophies are often fundamentally spiritual and have a profound connection with nature and good over evil, very unlike the mythologies of Christianity and the British / European religious representations.

*Personal opinion, with my typically white English considering myself mixed race for Irish and Spanish genology and any unknowns adding to my non-pure English heritage – english is the very last nationality I’d choose – or so I imagine. Truth is I’ve no way of imagining being any other nationality so no way of really knowing.

I’ve been having too much fun browsing around magnificent photos and articles, I’ve only mentioned ONE statistic, not explored anywhere near enough AND I almost forgot to add mention of Herodotus, a 5th Century B.C, Greek historian – assuming he’s not a Wiki-wind-up -at times like these I long to get to a library for a real authentic reference book! In place of such ephemeral delight, I’ve added this final plate from late 15th Century with it’s delightful border…

There is the vague possibility that I’ll return to this theme within the next month and take a different approach… Unfortunately I’ve not quite made it to my fifteen hundred word target and not sure I want to run on another few words enough right now. Thanks @bcandelabra for another prompt thought-provoking challenge 😀