Middle Ages

Halloween through the centuries: a holiday timeline

The origins of Halloween go back to ancient times. Most point to Samhain, a Celtic holiday that commemorated the end of the harvest season and the blurring of the physical and spiritual worlds, as the ancestor of Halloween. Over the ages, the holiday has evolved, taking influences from Christianity, European …

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How invaders and travelers shaped Indian cuisine

Our breakfast arrived amid the clicking of backhoes, a particularly noisy pile driver, and Sunday morning traffic fairing and horn to reach God knows where – a boiling fried potato pancake wedged between a Soft bun cut in half, topped with garlic chutney and a green chilli pepper. In other …

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As Mexico ages, utilities fall short

INA SUN room in Mexico City, a group of elderly people sit around a whiteboard. Some are sleeping; others play a game. They shout words starting with the syllable the previous one ends with: “Taco!” “Comal!” A sparkling young worker accompanies them. Listen to this story Your browser does not …

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Art playlist: “Fantastic and medieval past”

A new Delaware Art Museum exhibit traces themes of medieval fantasy through American illustrator and author Howard Pyle and young adult literature. Fantastic and medieval past was designed by University of Delaware instructor Emily Shartrand and in this week’s arts playlist, she joins Kelli Steele of Delaware Public Media to …

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