Epiphany eve, kings, magicians, camelidae and other groovy characters
I will go on with the lecture review next, but now I will make a short intro for this night widely spread traditional event.
Let’s start with camelidae, the friendly group of mammals who are living in some parts of the world, being most commonly known as camels, dromedaries, and llamas.
Maybe you do not know, but camelidae get water chemically combining lipids which are stored in their humps with oxygen, following a chemical reaction more or less this way:
Hydrocarbon (that’s what lipids are…), say -> ( A ) atoms of Carbon and (2A + (2 – B)) atoms of Hydrogen + ( A + (2A + 2 -B) )/ 3) O2 , molecular Oxigen (that’s two atoms of Oxigen per molecule) -> (result into) ( A ) molecules of CO2 + (2A + ( 2 – B ) / 2 ) molecules of H2O (water) aqueous, and this is how camelidae can live in areas of the world where water is not very abundant.
For instance, A = 9, B = 2, -> nonine C9H18 + 18 O2 -> 9 CO2 + 9 H2O
And there are more camelidae in the world, though something happened to their humps…
This is also a camelida, though living in another climate lost the hump and is a bit more furry.
Not to be confused with this, which I respect greatly, as any other belief which I already told in another posts is a personal relationship which (in my opinion) does not need leaders, nor intermediaries, and is more a direct (dis) relation of each one of us.
However, as the distinction appears in the en.wiki, and the truth is it is pronounced the same way, I respectfully greet all the lamas in the world, which I think are respectful and tranquil people, though I have not known any of them personally, and include this crop for the sake of clarity.
Now some more Epiphany characters, to begin with Italian Befana, and this I will write in Italian.
Befana è una anziana, stregga che aiuta tutti i maghi nel mondo a portare dei regali ai bambini. Potete leggere il testo nell’imagine che spiega la tradizione nell’Italia.
The most better known for English speakers’ countries, and also in Eastern Europe is Saint Nicholas.
In Spain, which is in Europe as you may know, and other Spanish speaking countries, which are not in Europe as you may know also, we have The Three Magi (in Italian the plural for ‘mago’ is written and pronounced ‘maghi’, not magi, wich sounds different), whose names are Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar (I think there was a bit of a controversy about Balthazar being impersonated by white men with their faces in blackface instead of true black men, you know? people, specially Spanish people, never fail to make me laugh sometimes…).
And besides my own made by me with paper, water, watercolour, and pastels Christmas crib…
… there are also some others here in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain, that is where I live.
So, I think a lot of people will be delivering Christmas presents tonight, whether they are carbon or toys.