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crayonic:

For people who are actually interested in how viking music might have sounded, “Drømde mik en drøm i nat" (/I dreamt a dream last night) is the earliest music (and lyrics) known in Scandinavia preserved on the last page of the (~1200-1300) Codex Runicus as rune notes.

The song and melody is still known and used today in most of Scandinavia, as a sort of folk-standard. This version, deceivingly slow in the beginning, is presented as close to the original sound of the years 900-1000 as historians think they can come.

This song might have survived because it was a gigantic hit, like the viking’s very own “Billie Jean”. A total pop slayer that stayed around long enough for music notes to be invented.

The more you know.

Remember when Susan Boyle sang this on Britain’s Got Talent?

(Source: culturenordic.com, via ohsoromanov)

— 1 day ago with 10153 notes
#viking  #music  #history 
kchikurdi:

bijikurdistan:

Ceylan Ozalp (Known from the BBC report about Kurdish Women fighters) led today with several comrades in the northern Syrian Kurdish city Kobani resistance against the ISIS terrorists.
Surrounded on all sides and set under attack, she lost all her friends. She fought alone against the supernumerary terrorists. When she had no more ammunition and recognized the hopeless situation, she said goodbye over her radio and taught herself with the last bullet so that she don’t to fall into the hands of the rapist.
Rest in Peace

why does this have to happen to us.
xwaya gyan afu le bidet.

kchikurdi:

bijikurdistan:

Ceylan Ozalp (Known from the BBC report about Kurdish Women fighters) led today with several comrades in the northern Syrian Kurdish city Kobani resistance against the ISIS terrorists.

Surrounded on all sides and set under attack, she lost all her friends. She fought alone against the supernumerary terrorists. When she had no more ammunition and recognized the hopeless situation, she said goodbye over her radio and taught herself with the last bullet so that she don’t to fall into the hands of the rapist.

Rest in Peace

why does this have to happen to us.

xwaya gyan afu le bidet.

— 1 day ago with 1262 notes
#war  #syria  #justice  #women  #honor  #beauty  #kurdish 
chingizhobbes:

Portrait of a girl in Tajikistan. Note the colorful “atlas” silk material that is considered the most beautiful pattern for clothing in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

chingizhobbes:

Portrait of a girl in Tajikistan. Note the colorful “atlas” silk material that is considered the most beautiful pattern for clothing in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

(Source: tendtotravel.com, via brainzinside)

— 2 months ago with 1091 notes
#Tajikstan  #clothing  #fashion  #children 

01030104:

"Tarim" (Uyghur folk song)

Performed by Kaisar Anwar

(via solipsistictendencies)

— 2 months ago with 34 notes
#uyghur  #music  #song 

AL SOUQ AL ARABI, KHARTOUM

AL SOUQ AL ARABI, KHARTOUM

(Source: vintagesudan, via dhikr-fikr-himma)

— 2 months ago with 288 notes
#khartoum 

ninewhitebanners:

Gods and Beasts, photos by Remi Chapeaublanc of Mongol people and domestic animals. He decided to photograph all his subjects with exactly the same lighting and backdrop.

(Source: remichapeaublanc.com)

— 2 months ago with 47 notes
#photography  #Mongolia 
Happy birthday, precious girl. 
explore-blog:

Happy birthday, Alice in Wonderland! On July 4, 1862, Lewis Carroll boarded a boat with a little girl named Alice Liddell, for whom he wrote his beloved classic.

Happy birthday, precious girl. 

explore-blog:

Happy birthday, Alice in Wonderland! On July 4, 1862, Lewis Carroll boarded a boat with a little girl named Alice Liddell, for whom he wrote his beloved classic.

(Source: explore-blog)

— 2 months ago with 417 notes
#alice  #wonderland  #alice in wonderland  #childhood 
ourgardenwithin:

The cover of the door of the Ka’ba from 1606, during the Ottoman Empire’s period of control over Makkah and Madinah.

ourgardenwithin:

The cover of the door of the Ka’ba from 1606, during the Ottoman Empire’s period of control over Makkah and Madinah.

(via agendablog)

— 4 months ago with 702 notes
#ottoman  #kabaa  #ka'ba  #mecca  #history  #makkah  #art  #door  #cover  #kiswa  #arabic  #textile  #clothing  #beauty  #embroidery  #gold  #colors 

majdimam:

Qur’an 24:35 - Ali Keeler.

"Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things."

(Source: soundcloud.com)

— 5 months ago with 56 notes
#beautiful  #Ali Keeler  #qur'an  #Quran  #Surah  #an-Nur  #Noor  #nur  #aya 

This is so great. How did ‘x’ come to represent the unknown? It all goes back to Arabic!

(Source: youtube.com, via majdimam)

— 5 months ago with 10 notes
#arabic  #ted talks  #mathematics  #video  #math  #x  #language 
Pouring to Drink

One cannot pour a drink when one has no drink (Name, ‘Ism).
One cannot pour a drink when one has no cup (Heart, Qalb).
One cannot pour a drink without making a movement (Invocation, Dhikr).
One cannot pour a drink unless one’s cup be empty (Poverty, Faqr)

Frithjof Schuon.

(Source: majdimam)

— 5 months ago with 32 notes
#frithjof schuon  #quote  #poem  #God  #dhikr 

nargessi:

أيُّ وجعٍ تحملُه هذه الصوره ؟ أيُّ حديثٍ يُترجم مَ يقوم به هذا اليتيم ؟ 

Reaction after seeing a photo of his deceased father

(Source: maghrabiyya)

— 5 months ago with 9028 notes
#love  #cry  #war  #family  #children  #child 
"The words “slave” and “rights” are contradictory terms. That God gives us any rights, at all, is amongst the strongest proof of His grace."
Imām Muḥammad ᶜAbd al-Laṭīf Finch (via majdimam)

(Source: subtleofferings, via majdimam)

— 5 months ago with 18 notes
#quote  #Allah  #Islam  #rights