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Nagpra, the sacred object, is a big thing

Nagpras, the temple where a Buddha was buried in the eighth century, was the scene of the biggest Buddhist religious festival in India.But the temple’s history is not widely known.A book called Nagprapasana, or Sacred Objects of the World, has made the pilgrimage to the temple.It documents the Buddha’s life and teachings.The book was published […]

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How to recognize the origins of the Egyptian gods

By now you’ve heard about the myth that Egyptians worshiped a single Egyptian god, the god of fire.There’s also the story of a god who was supposed to be a descendent of Osiris, and a god whose body was used in the funerary rites of the gods.What you may not know about the origins or […]

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Why I am so passionate about the history of the word ‘sacred’

A word that has become so sacred in the modern world that it can be applied to any subject, from religion to race to history to politics.For some, it has become a synonym for prejudice, or an insult.But for a certain group of people, it is an identity, and it has had a very specific […]

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When the emperor was born, he became a deity

When Emperor Karl-Heinz Kurzweil was born in 1899, he was the only prince of the German empire.But the German crown had not been established until the year following.The new emperor would have to establish a constitutional monarchy in a country that was still ruled by the German monarchy.At the time, there was no monarch in […]

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