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The Lad: A Short History

The Lad was the third of the seven Lad family groups and the oldest of the nine traditional peoples of Tibet, which has about 1.8 million people.In the 19th century, the Lad and the Mongols, as the two dominant groups, were on opposite sides of a civil war in Tibet.The two groups had lived peacefully […]

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The Nagpra is a sacred book sacred to the Naga tribe in Northern Nigeria

The Nagpal, or Book of the Natives, is a traditional book of the Arapaho and Ojibwe nations that is considered a sacred object of reverence among many Naga peoples.The book is believed to contain stories, stories of ancestors and ancestors’ stories, and other sacred writings that are said to have been passed down to the […]

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‘I was told to kill myself’: The tragic story of a Sioux tribal man who was told he had to kill himself

The story of Ojibway Nation member George Davenport is a testament to the incredible resilience of a community that faced the threat of annihilation and resistance.On February 3, 1862, George Daugherty and his brother, James, along with a band of armed settlers, led a group of six Ojibo, a Sioux tribe, to the banks of […]

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How to interpret a coin’s sacred object

By Michael T. Sacks/Associated PressFor the most part, sacred objects are just symbols of things sacred, not a meaningful part of a person’s identity.That’s why it’s so hard to figure out what an actual sacred object is.The ancient Greeks and Romans believed in a series of gods and goddesses that guided humanity through life, while […]

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