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Fundamentalism

The Term “Fundamentalism” was First Used in 1920 and was Named After a Series of 12 Evangelical Protestant Pamphlets Called “The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth.

Fundamentalism is a religious reaction to modernity in some ways. Fundamentalism first emerged in American Christianity in the early twentieth century, but it later came to refer to movements in other cultures as well. But did you know when and why the term was first used? The term “fundamentalism” was coined in 1920 after 12 …

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Byzantine Emperor Basil II

In 1014, the Byzantine Emperor Basil II, Captured Thousands of Bulgarian Soldiers and Divided Them Into Groups of 100 and Blinded 99 in Every Group. The Last Soldier was Spared One Eye and Ordered to Lead Their Blind Comrades Home.

From 976 to 1025 CE, Basil II, also known as Basilius II, reigned as emperor of the Byzantine Empire. After his terrible defeat at Trajan’s Gate, he earned the nickname Bulgar-Slayer for his exploits in capturing ancient Bulgaria. But did you know what cruel punishment Basil II had for his Bulgarian prisoners? In 1014, thousands …

In 1014, the Byzantine Emperor Basil II, Captured Thousands of Bulgarian Soldiers and Divided Them Into Groups of 100 and Blinded 99 in Every Group. The Last Soldier was Spared One Eye and Ordered to Lead Their Blind Comrades Home. Read More »

Multiple Husbands

In Tibet, it is Traditional for a Woman to be Married to Multiple Husbands. The Husbands were Usually Brothers. This was to Keep the Land within the Same Family Under Inheritance Laws.

Nowadays, most Tibetan marriages are monogamous with nuclear families. However, polyandry families were common in Tibet in ancient times. Polyandry families can still be found in some rural areas of Tibet today. Polyandry is a type of polygamy in which a woman has multiple husbands. But did you know that this was a common practice …

In Tibet, it is Traditional for a Woman to be Married to Multiple Husbands. The Husbands were Usually Brothers. This was to Keep the Land within the Same Family Under Inheritance Laws. Read More »

Amaterasu Sun Goddess Solar Goddess

The Sun Goddess of Japanese Mythology Shut Herself in a Cave to Escape a Cruel God but was Lured Out by Another Goddess

Japanese mythology is a collection of traditional folktales and beliefs, especially those belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition. Shinto and Buddhist traditions are the cornerstones of this particular mythology. But have you heard of Amaterasu, the sun goddess who locked herself in a cave? In Japanese mythology, the sun goddess once locked herself …

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Santa Claus

When Did Leaving Cookies and Milk for Santa Start?

Most children in the United States have a long-standing tradition of leaving a plate of cookies and a glass of milk out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. But it wasn’t always like this? When did the tradition of leaving milk and cookies for Santa start? During the Great Depression, leaving cookies and milk for …

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Yazidis

Which Religion Does Not Permit Eating Lettuce?

The health benefits of lettuce leaves include cancer prevention, neuroprotection, anxiety and stress relief, and improved sleep. In addition to these benefits, lettuce provides a steady supply of antioxidants and aids in inflammation suppression. But did you know that there is a religion that does not allow its followers to consume lettuce?  Yazidis are prohibited …

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Letters to Santa

What Happens to All The Letters Sent to Santa Claus?

The tradition of writing letters to Santa Claus started when Charlie Green had kids in town drop letters in a box in his shop. His wife, Verna Green started answering them and she had kept doing so for up to 30 years. But do you know what happens to the letters kids send to Santa …

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Jan Hus

What Happened to Jan Hus After He Criticized the Catholic Church?

Burning at the stake was a method of execution used in Babylonia and ancient Israel. It was later adopted in Europe and North America. This was the mode of execution used to punish disbelievers and heretics. But do you know the story of Jan Hus, and why he was burned at the stake? Jan Hus, …

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Aloha

What is the Aloha Spirit Law?

Aloha is a Hawaiian term that has several meanings. The word means love, affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. It is widely used as a greeting, but it has a deeper cultural and spiritual meaning for native Hawaiians. They use it to describe a force that keeps life together. But do you know what the Aloha …

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