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Monthly Archive: December

Discovering the Roots of RasTafari

Posted: February 24, 2012 - 15:40 , by Patti McCabe
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The Rastafari movement or Rasta as some call it, is a religious movement that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica.  Members of the Rastafari movement are known as Rastas, or Rastafari. Rastafari is not a highly organized religion; it is more of a movement and an ideology. Many Rastas say that it is not a “religion” at all, but a “Way of Life”.

Chocolate – The Food of the Gods

Posted: February 15, 2012 - 12:37 , by Patti McCabe

Following up on our last blog – not all chocolate is the bitter kind born of child labour and greedy corporations. ChocoSol Traders is a small, ecological and inter-community initiative between farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, sustainable technologists based out of Oaxaca City, Mexico and horizontal traders and chocolatiers in Toronto.

A Tale of Two Cities

Posted: February 13, 2012 - 14:48 , by Elizabeth O'Grady

Dr. Helen R. Haines has discovered many things in her years of digging, measuring and mapping the remnants of the ancient Maya culture. However, it would be a mistake to assume that what she uncovers relates only to peoples of the distant past. Sometimes, what we learn about them reveals equally as much about us.

Meteorite of the month: martian meteorite NWA 5298

Posted: February 9, 2012 - 13:51 , by admin
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By Brendt C. Hyde, ROM Mineralogy Technician

Meteorites can come from a variety of locations.  Most often we think of them as pieces of rock ejected off of asteroids during big collisions in space.  However, these collisions also happen on the planets and moons in our solar system.  The Earth has luckily been able to collect a number of meteorites from our moon and from the planet Mars.  This month we take a look at a rock from Mars.

Justin Jennings and ROMtravel visit a hacienda in Mexico

Posted: February 8, 2012 - 10:47 , by admin

Submitted by Justin Jennings, Curator, Department of World Cultures.  Follow his Maya adventures with ROMTravel.

Justin Jennings leads ROMtravellers through 2,000 years of Maya history

Posted: February 7, 2012 - 16:01 , by admin

Submitted by Justin Jennings, Curator, Department of World Cultures.  Follow his Maya adventures with ROMTravel.

ROM Curator Justin Jennings writes from ROMtravel trip to Maya lands.

Posted: February 3, 2012 - 03:15 , by admin

Submitted by Justin Jennings, Curator, Department of World Cultures.  Follow his Maya adventures  with ROMTravel.

Curator Justin Jennings fills us in on ROMtravel Maya journey

Posted: February 2, 2012 - 14:25 , by admin
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Submitted by Justin Jennings, Curator, Department of World Cultures.  Follow his Maya adventures  with ROMTravel.

Chichicastenango - a mouthful for the non Maya speaker, but one of the most beautiful towns in the highlands of Guatemala.

Did End-of-World Prophesiers have too much Time on their Hands?

Posted: February 1, 2012 - 12:57 , by admin

Submitted by Conrad Biernacki, ROM Programs Manager 

Last Friday, a keen and curious crowd of 75 people attended the ROM’s monthly Connecting: Mix Mingle Think event for a talk by the Museum’s ancient world expert Gayle Gibson called The Long Goodbye: Apocalypse 2012?

Notes from Oman: Part 3

Posted: January 31, 2012 - 09:25 , by admin
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Dr. Sarah Fee, Associate Curator, Eastern Hemisphere Textiles & Costumes, is the first-ever recipient of the YPC Research Fund. This November 2011, YPC supported Sarah’s trip to Oman to research ancient forms of pitloom weaving and the trade routes of the Muscat cloth, which will inform part of a future ROM exhibition.

Submitted by Sarah Fee, Associate Curator, Eastern Hemisphere Textiles & Costumes

November 21, 2011