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  1. The Violent Birth of ‘Martyrdom’ – How the Ancient Concept Informs Modern Religious Violence

    ... Inspired the French Revolution She Met the Devil, Escaped a Dragon, and Survived Several Attempts on Her Life: The ...

    ancient-origins - 23/07/2017 - 13:56

  2. Female Druids, the Forgotten Priestesses of the Celts

    ... Druids were sorcerers and witches in cooperation with the devil. They also saw the knowledge of the Celts as a huge danger for their ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 17/05/2016 - 21:39

  3. The Tuscarora Tribe Endured Violence and Upheaval, But Some Have Survived to Tell Their Story

    The Tuscarora tribe numbered an estimated 25,000 in some 24 villages, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia and North Carolina to the Shenandoah River and the Appalachian Mountains. Their numbers and territory were greatly reduced after contact with British colonists.

    Mark Miller - 24/09/2018 - 02:01

  4. Deities or Vampires? Hecate and other Blood-Drinking Spirits of Ancient Times

    ... aforementioned deities and demons became synonymous with the Devil. Over time, legends about vampires also appeared. These stories gave a ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 13/06/2016 - 00:37

  5. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms - A Well-Loved Chinese Classic

    ... and Cao Cao arrives’ (the equivalent of ‘speak of the devil’), and ‘losing the lady and having the army crippled’ (meaning ...

    dhwty - 19/05/2018 - 22:56

  6. Viking Chief Tore Hund and his successful resistance against Christian conversion

    When Christians made their theological push into Europe, suppressing native religions and supplanting them with a foreign God, some pagans resisted by secretly practicing their old religion, while others resisted by meeting force with force. One such case of forceful resistance was by Tore Hund or Thorir the Hound, a powerful Viking born around 990 AD, during the first incursions of Christianity into Norway.

    Mark Miller - 28/09/2015 - 14:53

  7. Tricking and Treating Has a Long History

    ...  and its perceived association with witchcraft and the devil. Others see it as  too commercial  or  primarily for children . ...

    ancient-origins - 31/10/2017 - 17:57

  8. Intelligence and Witchcraft – What Caused the Downfall of Anne Boleyn?

    ... in Romania: Exploring Beliefs about Witchcraft and the Devil On the other hand, Spanish sources say that Anne believed in the ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 26/04/2016 - 00:44

  9. Femme Fatale: Seduced by the Ancient Sex Crafts of History’s Most Alluring Women

    The seductress, or femme fatale (French for “Deadly Woman”), is one of the oldest female archetypes and although there has been great diversity in "how" she has been portrayed, she has some core traits which are found in every account. This woman is selfish and manipulative, cynical and a sexual predator, often villainous, and always a survivor.

    ashley cowie - 21/07/2017 - 18:42

  10. Demonic Exorcisms in the Temple Schools of Mesopotamia

    In the temple-schools of Mesopotamia, students learned exorcism rituals, how to mix healing atonements, perform astrology, and how to cure demonic possession. While these skills may seem archaic now, the temple-schools actually served as the first medical schools. They even trained their students on the study of contract law, ethics, medical billing, and accounting. They were hubs of intellectual activity.

    Dr. Heather Lynn - 15/03/2019 - 15:37

  11. The Brutality and Delicacy of Samurai Armor: Superior Protection with a God-like Aesthetic

    The Samurai class was officially dissolved over 150 years ago. Nonetheless, the warriors’ elaborate armor is still recognized globally as an iconic emblem of Japanese military strength and virtue. The samurai were an elite group of strictly trained and well-armored soldiers – even the horses were armored. The beauty of the samurai armor stems from a visual culture that valued a unique blend of brutality and delicacy – iron plates paired with fine silk ropes, a fierce fighter who was also chivalrous.

    Kerry Sullivan - 21/04/2017 - 18:58

  12. Two Sides to Every Story: The North American Martyrs Shrines and Indigenous/ Roman Catholic Relations – Part II

    ... Inspired the French Revolution She Met the Devil, Escaped a Dragon, and Survived Several Attempts on Her Life: The ...

    Joachim Brouwer - 24/04/2018 - 01:51

  13. Ancient Stones of Australia: A Mysterious Series of Rock Arrangements and Placements that Defy Conventional Historical Accounts

    ... with a colleague Jim Nutter, who when playing the role of ‘Devil’s Advocate,’ suggested this was all the result of an old bulldozer ...

    strong - 12/09/2017 - 18:59

  14. Bloodsucking Baobhan Sith, Satan, and Dracula all Have Their Origins in Sumerian Vampires

    ... collective unconscious. It is much older than the Christian Devil, who later played out the trickster archetype. From its Sumerian ...

    ashley cowie - 17/09/2018 - 22:55

  15. 10 Ancient Serial Killers That Foreshadowed Jack The Ripper

    ... Stumpp claimed that he had been given a magic belt by the Devil which allowed him to transform into “the likeness of a greedy, strong ...

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 07/11/2017 - 22:54

  16. For 3.3 Million Years Stone and Crystal Traditions Have Shaped Our Destiny

    Magpies pervade European folklore for their compulsive urge to collect sparkly things. Similarly, humans share this affinity with shiny gemstones and sparkling crystals. All over the world ancient people wore talismans and amulets for good luck too. But to get to the ancient origins of these stone and crystal traditions we must begin our questioning at a time before humans had even evolved on earth.

    ashley cowie - 20/09/2018 - 19:10

  17. Fifty Years Ago, at Lake Mungo, the True Scale of Aboriginal Australians’ Epic Story was Revealed

    This month marks the golden jubilee of a watershed event in the history of this nation that should cause all Australians to pause and reflect.

    ancient-origins - 08/07/2018 - 22:56

  18. Ancient Origins of Favorite Christmas Traditions PLUS Those You May Never Have Heard About

    ... accompanied by a man-sized goat figure who could control the devil. In the 17th century, young men would dress as the goat and demand gifts ...

    Alicia McDermott - 14/12/2018 - 02:03

  19. Ancient Laws and Women’s Rights: The 6000-Year-Old World War Continues

    ...  which were composed of male village elders. The devil is in the details. Conclusions Of all the inspirational women in ...

    ashley cowie - 12/11/2018 - 18:58