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Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
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Theories of religion: The early years

Theories of religion: The early years | Cultural History | Scoop.it
This week we’re looking at three early anthropologists who believed that cultures evolve from “primitive” to “civilized” stages, and that religion is a characteristic of the earlier stages. Excelsior!

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Evangelical Renaissance

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Steven P. Miller: Since the 1970s, the words “evangelical” and “born again” have been weapons, foils, or badges of honor, depending on their wielders.
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What were Tolkien's politics? The Letters of J.R.R.Tolkien

What were Tolkien's politics? The Letters of J.R.R.Tolkien | Cultural History | Scoop.it
What do the letters of J.R.R.Tolkien tell us about his politics.
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Archaeologists Find Major Bible Discrepancy

Archaeologists Find Major Bible Discrepancy | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Researchers Lidar Sapir-Hen and Erez Ben-Yosef from Tel Aviv University have discovered what may be a discrepancy in the history laid out in the Bible.

Using carbon-dating to determine the age of the oldest-known camel bones, the researchers deter...

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King Tut's Mummified Erect Penis May Point to Ancient Religious Struggle

King Tut's Mummified Erect Penis May Point to Ancient Religious Struggle | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Possibly the first-known mummified erect penis, and other burial anomalies, were not accidents during embalming, but rather deliberate attempts to make the king appear as Osiris, the god of the underworld, in as literal a way as possible.

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For some reason, I just thought of Freud... *wink*

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, January 4, 2014 7:55 PM

For some reason, I just thought of Freud... *wink*

Shonda Brock's curator insight, January 5, 2014 2:00 PM

VPP--Very Important Penis

Aladin Fazel's curator insight, January 10, 2014 2:03 PM

it's by either Got or creatures of all kind; the same!!

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Servant of God, or Prostitute?

Servant of God, or Prostitute? | Cultural History | Scoop.it

The Devadasi, a centuries-old caste of sacred temple priestesses, struggles to have it's own renaissance. One woman leads the way...

 

The origins of the practice are often disputed, but historians agree that in India by the 10th century this caste of sacred temple servants enjoyed great wealth & property as signs of respect & clout.

 

Considered married to the Hindu deities, the Devadasi were talented dancers, singers & even viewed as political advisors. At the core of Devadasi faith is the belief all men are incarnations of the male deities & so in addition to performing sacred temple ceremonies, Devadasis offered sexual services. In the act of making love, a man & a Devadasi enact the sacred marriage of god & goddess which therefore allows them to become divine themselves.


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Mormon History and Indian History

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The problem with Mormon history is that it focuses on Mormons. I make this paradoxical statement to intentionally overstate the case—but there is some truth to it.

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When an entire Native American community, their neighbors, disappears, it doesn't get a mention in the annals of history, the stories of the past.


As Compton writes," the story of “the west” is more than the story of English-speaking European whites heroically exploring and settling it." While victors get to tell their stories, write the histories, what happened in the past did ocurr.


Compton says, "While telling the Indian’s side of the story will undoubtedly add an element of stark tragedy to our narrative, such a compound historical lens will be an important characteristic of a mature, holistic Mormon history." Important words for any one, group or individual, to remember.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 27, 2013 8:16 PM

When an entire Native American community, their neighbors, disappears, it doesn't get a mention in the annals of history, the stories of the past.


As Compton writes," the story of “the west” is more than the story of English-speaking European whites heroically exploring and settling it." While victors get to tell their stories, write the histories, what happened in the past did ocurr.


Compton says, "While telling the Indian’s side of the story will undoubtedly add an element of stark tragedy to our narrative, such a compound historical lens will be an important characteristic of a mature, holistic Mormon history." Important words for any one, group or individual, to remember.

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Newly-Discovered Tomb Confirms That Badass Women Ran Ancient Peru

Newly-Discovered Tomb Confirms That Badass Women Ran Ancient Peru | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Archaeologists in Peru have discovered a tomb belonging to a pre-Hispanic priestess, the eighth in over two decades -- which they say confirms their belief that powerful women ruled the region 1,200 years ago.

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LilibethAndre's curator insight, August 24, 2013 2:26 PM

Are we at the turning point between Yin and Yang once again? How would this affect our world today?

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Was Hitler evil?

Was Hitler evil? | Cultural History | Scoop.it

"Was Hitler evil?

 

Most White Americans will say yes: he killed 6 million Jews in the Holocaust! But to avoid any double standard we should apply the same moral reasoning White Americans apply to their own history."


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Community Village Sites's curator insight, August 18, 2013 5:42 AM

I don't think the word 'evil' is helpful because that is a religious term.  

 

Would we say that someone born as a psychopath is evil? I suppose if one is religious they would say that.  

 

Psychopaths lack the neurophysiological “hardwiring” that enables them to care about people's feelings. 

 

Psychopathy affects approximately 1 percent of the United States general population and 20 percent to 30 percent of the male and female U.S. prison population. 


The danger in every community and nation is that it only takes one psychopath to get into a position of power (or get their hands on a gun) to end up doing massive harm. 


Click through to read Abagond's post - then we can ask ourselves if U.S. culture is evil or psychotic. 

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, August 19, 2013 12:01 AM

We just had a similar talk at home with the kids while watching "Who Do You Think You Are?" (The episode with Chelsea Handler serching her German & Jewish family background.)

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Learning About Life From Death in Akhenaten's Egypt

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The city of Amarna was a 17 year period of change and drama in Egypt's ancient history. It was established as the capital city of Egypt in 1353 BC during the late 18th dynasty by Pharaoh Akhenaten....

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NHarbutt's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:07 PM

I am a big fan of the egyptians

Jack Smith's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:33 PM

Could be useful! for lifestlye. 

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Author seeks to correct contemporary accepted interpretations, etymologies of ancient Near East history

Author seeks to correct contemporary accepted interpretations, etymologies of ancient Near East history | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Hamíit Qliji Bérai wants readers to know the truth about the ancient sources of human civilization in “Bible Discovered: Bible = Babel (Babylon)”

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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