World Heritage in Danger - The old city of Jerusalem. Among its 220 historic monuments, the Dome of the Rock stands out: built in the 7th century, it is decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs. It is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham's sacrifice.
Seven Shamanic Principles. The term "shamanism" originates from the Evenk language of North Asia and was introduced to the west by the Russians. Upon learning more about religious traditions across the world, western scholars also used the term "shamanism" in reference to similar magico-religious practices found within the indigenous religions of other parts of Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. Various historians believe shamanism played a role in pre-Christian religions.
The English word, bead, derives from the Old English noun bede which means a prayer. Beads are among the earliest human ornaments and ostrich shell beads in Africa date to 10,000 BC. Over the centuries various cultures have made beads from a variety of materials from stone and shells to clay.
Atheism, Religion, God is Good, God is Love, God Loves You, God is Imaginary, Children, No Proof, David Attenborough. ...And I always say, well, when you say that, you've also got to think of a little boy sitting on a river bank, like here, in West Africa, that's got a little worm, a living organism, in his eye and boring through the eyeball and slowly turning him blind. The creator god that you believe in, presumably, also made that little worm...