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  • Archaeologists return to site of 'lost Pictish monastery'

    03/22/2018 4:35:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    The Scotsman, tall and handsome built ^ | Monday 19 March 2018 | Alison Campsie
    Archaeologists are to return to the potential site of a lost Pictish monastery where Scottish Gaelic was written down for the first time. Archaeologist Alison Cameron and her team could be on the brink of making a discovery of national importance at land close to Old Deer in Aberdeenshire... For 10 years, a search has been made for the monastery that dates from the sixth century but disappeared around 1,000 years ago. Some believe the Book of Deer, a richly decorated pocket-sized book of gospels was created here with Gaelic notes on local life later written in the margins by...
  • 'Eternal flames' of ancient times could spark interest of modern geologists

    05/18/2015 11:51:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-18-2015 | Provided by Springer
    Seeps from which gas and oil escape were formative to many ancient cultures and societies. They gave rise to legends surrounding the Delphi Oracle, Chimaera fires and "eternal flames" that were central to ancient religious practices - from Indonesia and Iran to Italy and Azerbaijan. Modern geologists and oil and gas explorers can learn much by delving into the geomythological stories about the religious and social practices of the Ancient World, writes Guiseppe Etiope of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy. His research is published in the new Springer book Natural Gas Seepage. "Knowing present-day gas fluxes...
  • Median Era Ring Discovered In Iran

    11/11/2007 2:24:09 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 1,946+ views
    PressTV.IR ^ | 11-10-2007
    Median era ring discovered in Iran Sat, 10 Nov 2007 09:56:15 A Faravahar, a symbol of Zoroastrianism A unique ring belonging to the Median era adorned with a carved Farvahar, a symbol of Zoroastrianism, has been found in western Iran. Archeological excavations in Iran's western province of Lorestan resulted in the discovery of a ring which dates back to the Bronze Age and is decorated with a symbol of Zoroastrianism. The figure in the Farvahar is wearing Mede attire and a hat. The long-bearded man is facing the left as he emerges from the Sun. Wide open wings are seen...
  • Kurdistan: Zoroastrian Temple discovered in Duhok

    08/22/2006 10:33:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 479+ views
    Kurdish Globe ^ | August 22, 2006 | unattributed
    Duhok's Director of Antiquities, Hasan Ahmed Qassim, has announced the discovery of a Zoroastrian temple near Jar Ston Cave, a famous ancient site. The temple is believed to be the most complete to have been unearthed in the region. It is also said that it was a Metherani temple... "This new discovery will alter the history of the region due to its unique architectural style, which differs considerably from Zoroastrian temples previously discovered," explained the Director of Antiquities. "The temple's style which looks toward the four-directions is a unique style ever discovered in the area; thus it becomes an entry...
  • Russian Archaeologist Says Merv Was Origin Of Zoroastrianism

    06/10/2006 3:16:44 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,380+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 6-10-2006
    Russian archaeologist says Merv was origin of Zoroastrianism TEHRAN, June 10 (MNA) – Russian archaeologist Victor Sarianidi believes that Merv, a province in southern Turkmenistan, was the cradle of Zoroastrianism, the Persian service of Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported here Saturday. According to Sarianidi, his archeological team has recently discovered some Zoroastrians’ temples in the region. Each has two fire temples -- one was presumably used for religious ceremonies and one for cooking, he added. The temples date back to some 3,000 years BC, estimated the archaeologist. Sarianidi had already named the legendary land of Margush as the origin...
  • Bombay's Parsis Differ on Future of Their Community

    08/03/2005 8:24:34 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 4 replies · 538+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 2 August 2005 | Patricia Nunan
    The Indian city of Bombay is home to the Parsi community - descendants of Persians who fled to India centuries ago. Now, their numbers are dwindling, giving rise to fears that the group, with its distinctive religion, is dying out. VOA's Patricia Nunan was recently in Bombay, where she spoke to two well-known Parsi personalities to hear their ideas of what the future may hold for the community. One is an 88-year-old retired business magnate, a leader of India's Parsi community for the past 60 years, the other is a 34-year-old television host and "video jockey" on the Indian outlet...
  • archaeologist Says Central Asia Was Cradle Of Ancient Persian Religion

    03/19/2005 8:59:31 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 1,743+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 3-18-2005
    Archeologist says Central Asia was cradle of ancient Persian religion Fri Mar 18, 6:24 PM ET Science - AFP ATHENS (AFP) - The mysterious Margianan civilisation which flowered in the desert of what is now Turkmenistan some 4,000 years ago was the cradle of the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism, Greco-Russian archeologist Victor Sarigiannidis claimed here. He said the theory would provoke controversy amongst his fellow archeologists, but said his excavations around the site of Gonur Tepe have uncovered temples and evidence of sacrifices that would consistent with a Zoroastrian cult. The religion was founded by Zarathustra, a Persian prophet...
  • Online dating is saving the ancient Zoroastrian religion

    03/16/2018 6:41:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    ABC ^ | 3/13/2018 | Siobhan Hegarty
    Zarin Havewala doesn't call herself a professional matchmaker, but her track record suggests otherwise. "So far, 55 couples have found their partners through my efforts — 53 couples are already married, and two more couples are engaged to be married soon," says Ms Havewala, a Mumbai-based mother-of-two. Ms Havewala is a Zoroastrian — or 'Parsi' (meaning 'Persian') as they're known in India — a member of an ancient monotheistic faith that pre-dates Islam and Christianity. Zoroastrianism was the official religion of Persia, its birthplace, for more than a millennium, but today the community is a fraction of its former size,...
  • Dice became more even as our beliefs in fate and chance evolved [tr]

    02/22/2018 11:17:02 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 22, 2018 | Annie Palmer
    Scientists studied more than 100 dice dating back to more than 2,000 years ago They discovered that dice made before 400 AD had major differences in shape, material, size and configuration of numbers, suggesting there was little fairness By Renaissance times, dicemakers realized the object's size affected game play Researchers believe that die changed shape as we started to believe in chance
  • Mysterious Stone Labyrinths of Bolshoi Zayatsky Island

    02/19/2018 4:40:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Weird Russia ^ | 2015 | unattributed
    Exact purpose of these ancient stone constructions is unknown. The main assumption is that they, perhaps, symbolized a border between the world we live in and the world of spirits. Labyrinths were used for rituals to help souls to cross over to the other world. Other hypothesis is that labyrinths, perhaps, served as fishing traps. However, the major flaw in this argument is that many labyrinths have been found inland throughout the world... After entering a labyrinth and circle several times around the center, you leave it through the same entrance. Just after several turns it becomes unclear how much...
  • 'Secret of Kells' comes to life with bright, imaginative spirit

    04/04/2010 3:32:28 PM PDT · by thecodont · 20 replies · 435+ views
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | April 2, 2010 | By KENNETH TURAN Film Critic
    "The Secret of Kells" is an anachronism many times over, and what a good thing that turned out to be. A ravishing, continually surprising example of largely hand-drawn animation in the heyday of computer-generated imagery, an inexpensive and sophisticated European production in an age of broad-stroke studio films, even a spirited defense of books and bookishness while Kindles walk the earth, "Kells" fights the tide every way it can. Yet this longshot that began as a college project for Irish director Tomm Moore edged Hayao Miyazaki's "Ponyo" for one of five feature animation Oscar nominations, and in a year without...
  • Black (Conservative) History Month!!!

    02/13/2018 11:14:24 AM PST · by fishtank · 43 replies ^ | 2-13-18 | Fishtank
    Let's do some good here: Post photos and tributes to your favorite black conservatives!!!
  • Valley Woman Suffering From Rare Disease, Wakes With British Accent

    02/12/2018 2:11:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Feb 10, 2018 | Jason Volentine
    Imagine going to sleep and waking up sounding British. It's a real thing, and it happened to a Valley woman who has never even left the country. "Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins," said Michelle Myers, a mom of seven who lives in Buckeye. Myers is a former Texas beauty queen who has never even left the United States. Three times in the past seven years, Myers has gone to sleep with blinding headaches only to wake up with a different accent. The first time it was Irish. The second time was Australian. Both incidents lasted about a week....
  • American woman says she fell asleep with a headache — and woke up with a British accent

    02/12/2018 7:41:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 12, 2018 | Alex Horton
    Myers says she has been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome. The disorder typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage the language center of a person's brain — to the degree that their native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent, according to the Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Greek State Recognizes Paganism as Religion

    05/07/2017 10:55:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | Philip Chrysopoulos
    Greek Pagans are granted legal status as polytheism is officially a religion in Greece, according to the Supreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes (YSEE). YSEE is a religious organization claiming they work to restore the indigenous religion of Hellas. The organization put out a statement saying that Greek polytheism has received legal status in Greece. Until now, Greek Pagans did not enjoy religious freedoms such as the right to buy land in order to build houses of worship nor could Pagan priests perform marriage ceremonies. Now the Greek State, through a decision of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious...
  • Melania Demanded Spiritual Cleansing of Obama & Clinton White House, Removal of..Demonic Idols

    White House evangelical Pastor Paul Begley said first lady Melania Trump demanded that the White House be spiritually cleansed and that pagan, demonic items and artificats from the Obama and Clinton years be removed. Melania Trump reportedly said, “I’m not going to go into that White House unless it has been completely exorcised,” according to Pastor Begley. One thing was left, a cross on the wall. “They cleansed the White House,” he said. “They had people in there anointing it with oil and praying everywhere.”
  • China Tells Christians to Replace Images of Jesus with Communist President

    02/03/2018 11:49:02 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 27 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Nov 2017 | Kate Shellnut
    Thousands of Christian villagers in China have been told to take down displays of Jesus, crosses, and gospel passages from their homes as part of a government propaganda effort to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party.” The news comes weeks after the CPC held its national congress, where Xi continued to consolidate party power and passed a historic measure to write his political philosophy into its constitution. SCMP called Xi “the country’s most powerful leader since Mao” Zedong, who also developed a personality cult through portraits in Chinese homes. The news outlet also noted Xi’s efforts to...
  • What Does It Mean to Die?(Jahi McMath Case Challenges the Very Nature of Existence.)

    01/30/2018 2:50:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    New Yorker | Rachel Aviv
    What Does It Mean to Die? When Jahi McMath was declared brain-dead by the hospital, her family disagreed. Her case challenges the very nature of existence. (New Yorker is not allowed to be posted)
  • Professor: White people who do yoga guilty of ‘power, privilege, and oppression’

    01/26/2018 6:42:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 83 replies
    College Fix ^ | January 26, 2018 | Kyle Perisic
    A professor of religious studies at Michigan State University recently argued that white people who practice yoga are guilty of enjoying a “system of power, privilege, and oppression.”
  • Who's Afraid of the Museum of the Bible?

    01/11/2018 6:17:46 AM PST · by tbw2 · 12 replies
    Mosaic ^ | Jan. 2 2018 | Diana Muir Appelbaum
    Critics accuse it of threatening the separation of church and state; in truth, Washington’s new museum makes an invaluable contribution to American (and Jewish) cultural literacy.