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New Zealand

Maori settlers originally called the North Island of New Zealand "Aotearoa," a name which is now used for the entire country

Book of Jeremiah

The Book of Jeremiah is best known for its theme of the "New Covenant" that involves a personal relationship with God

United States

Early colonists believed that America had a special role in God's providence

Kaabah

"Ka'bah" comes from the Arabic word "muka'ab" meaning cube

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon has one of the highest concentrations of hoodoos of any place on Earth.

Darjeeling

Tourism and the tea industry constitute the two most significant contributors to Darjeeling's economy

Academies (Shuyuan)

Yuelu Academy (Shuyuan) was established in 976 C.E. and still exists today as Hunan University

Nation-state

A nation-state is a political entity (sovereign state) that governs a cultural entity (nation) by successfully serving all its citizens

Agricultural technology

The Industrial Revolution led to advances in agricultural technology that greatly increased food production allowing large numbers of people to pursue other types of work

Communication

The ability to communicate is common to all living creatures

Sun Myung Moon

Reverend Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, is often called "True Father" or "Father Moon" by his followers and other clergy

John Rolfe

Many Americans are descended from John Rolfe and Pocahontas through their son, Thomas Rolfe

Picts

The Picts - "painted people" - were ancient inhabitants of Scotland who lived north of Hadrian's Wall

Avebury

Avebury is the site of a large henge and several stone circles, dating to around 5000 years ago

John Locke

John Locke believed human beings start life "from scratch," with the mind at birth a "tabula rasa" or blank slate, which is then filled with knowledge through experience

Chinese dragon

Unlike the Western dragon of Europe that is representative of evil, the many Eastern versions of the dragon are powerful spiritual symbols, representing seasonal cycles and supernatural forces.

Habsburg

The House of Habsburg was one of the most powerful families in Europe being Holy Roman Emperors and rulers of Austria (and the Austrian Empire) for over six centuries

Alfred L. Kroeber

Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin's father is anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber who studied "Ishi," the last of the Yahi tribe

Frederick II of Prussia

Frederick the Great was an eighteenth century king of Prussia also nicknamed "der alte Fritz" ("Old Fritz").

0 (number)

0 (zero) was the last numerical digit to come into use

John Cage

The twentieth century composer John Cage is best known for his composition 4'33", whose three movements are performed without a single note being played

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden initially denied involvement in the infamous September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States

Kanji

Kanji are the Chinese characters used in the Japanese writing system

Forced labor

Slave trading, often referred to as "human trafficking," remains a major problem in the modern world.

Felix Adler (professor)

Felix Adler founded the Society for Ethical Culture, a nontheistic religious movement

Benjamin Rush

Despite having been a slave owner himself, Benjamin Rush became an ardent abolitionist

Comanche

The horse was a key element in the emergence of a distinctive Comanche culture

Banshee

The banshee's appearance may be that of an old hag or a beautiful young woman, but her cry has always been understood to herald death.

Cheondogyo

Cheondogyo is an indigenous Korean neo-Confucianist religion with elements of Buddhism, Daoism, and Catholicism

Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is the longest epic poem ever written

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey coined the idea of "abundance mentality," which allows everyone to be successful rather than winners vs losers

Dolmen

"Dolmen," a type of megalithic tomb, means "stone table"

Abnormal psychology

Many early societies attributed abnormal behavior to the influence of evil spirits.

Bahadur Shah II

Bahadur Shah II, the last Moghul emperor of India, had little political power and was finally exiled for treason by the British

Subhas Chandra Bose

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was an ardent admirer of Mahatma Gandhi despite their differences

United States Constitution

The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights

Oak

Oak used for wine barrels increases the antioxidant activity of the wines

Appalachian Mountains

The birth of the Appalachian Mountains predates the formation of the American continent

Florence

Florence, well known for art and architecture, is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Christmas Island

Christmas Island was uninhabited until the late nineteenth century and so has many unique species of fauna and flora that evolved independently of human interference

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