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The Tarot Garden of Tuscany

  The Tarot Garden, or Il Giardino dei Tarocchi, wasn't my first choice for a tourist stop during my recent trip to the Italian countryside. Or my second, or my third. My most recent vacation had been planned as a restful stay…

Dancing Girls

Lovely painting of Persian women's clothing of the 17th century, seen on beautiful young dancers.

The Enchanting Peri of Persia

The Peri are a class of mythological beings in Persian lore akin to the Western concept offaerie.  Like fairies, the original version of a Pairika was far more malevolent than later incarnations. In earlier incarnations, the Peris…