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  • Jan 24 / 2017
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Comparative Mythology: Cosmic Wars

Zeus and Thetis by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Comparative mythology is the fascinating examination of myths from different cultures. One of the best aspects of analyzing the ancient Greeks, Hindus, and Nordic peoples is that they have many legends in common. Today we will discuss a myth which is present in three different cultures: cosmic wars! Continue Reading

  • Jan 05 / 2017
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Io Saturnalia, Amici: Happy Saturnalia, Friends!

Etruscan dancers from the tomb of the Triclinium in the Necropolis of Monterozzi, c. 470 BCE

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

“During my week the serious is barred: no business allowed. Drinking and being drunk, noise and games of dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping … an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy water – such are the functions over which I preside.” Continue Reading

  • Oct 30 / 2015
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Just in Time for Halloween…“Witchcraft, Magic, and Divination in Canaan and Ancient Israel”

Witches Sabbat by Francisco de Goya

 

by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.

As All Hallow’s Eve quickly approaches, it is easy to mistake the ghouls and goblins that are associated with this holiday as a purely innocent and imaginary spectacle; however, it was not nearly as harmless or intangible to the cultures of the ancient Near East as it is to modern Western society. In fact, the Hebrew Bible is filled with instances of divination, magic, and witchcraft that were taken very seriously by the ancient Semitic world. Jean-Michael de Tarragon examines this supernatural phenomenon in his article entitled “Witchcraft, Magic, and Divination in Canaan and Ancient Israel,” a fascinating and enlightening look at the paranormal in the Old Testament. Not only does he demonstrate his points with remarkable examples from the text, but he also truly captures the importance of the supernatural in the eyes of ancient civilizations and religions. Continue Reading