Why It’s Offensive to Offer a Lamb Dinner to the Hindu God Ganesha

The Hindu god Ganesha. Anant Nath Sharma, CC BY-NC-ND Offering food to deities in Hinduism has deep religious significance. And most Hindu deities are not served meat. By Dr. Jeffery D. Long / 09.19.2017 Professor of Religion and Asian Studies Elizabethtown College Animal sacrifice and Hinduism Vegetarianism is an important part of Hindu religious worship. To be sure, not all Hindus practice vegetarianism. According[…]

What Makes a Mountain, Hill, or Prairie a ‘Sacred’ Place for Native Americans?

A woman holds Pope Francis’ head during his meeting with representatives of indigenous peoples at the Vatican on Feb. 15, 2017. L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP Pope Francis, defending Native American protests on the North Dakota pipeline issue, said indigenous cultures have a right to defend ‘their ancestral relationship to the Earth.’ By Dr. Rosalyn R. LaPier / 02.16.2017 Associate Professor of Environmental Studies[…]

The Real-Life Origins of the Legendary Kraken

Mary Evans Picture Library/Alamy The myth of a monstrous giant squid prowling the oceans has persisted for centuries but scientists have been able to reveal the truth behind the stories. By Dr. Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador / 12.30.2015 Researcher, Natural Sciences and Paleontology Museum of New Zealand The Kraken is perhaps the largest monster ever imagined by mankind. In Nordic folklore, it was said to[…]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A History of Monsters, from Werewolves to Hippogriffs

Warner Brothers In the world of Harry Potter, beasts are to be protected, not feared. But this concern for monsters is hardly modern. By Dr. Marta Cobb / 11.16.2016 Teaching Fellow in Medieval Studies University of Leeds Stories involving fantastic beasts are some of the oldest narratives we possess, but the threat posed by the beast is usually perceived as being[…]

Ramesses and Nefertiti: The Abu Simbel Temple Complex

Great Temple of Ramesses II (left) and Small Temple of Nefertari (right) / Photo by Holger Weinandt, Wikimedia Commons Abu Simbel is an ancient temple complex, originally cut into a solid rock cliff, in southern Egypt and located at the second cataract of the Nile River. By Dr. Joshua J. Mark / 08.09.2018 Professor of Philosophy Marist College Abu Simbel is an ancient temple complex,[…]

The Art and Architecture of Early Dynastic Egypt, c.3100-2686 BCE

The funerary temple complex of Djoser / Photo by Lansbricae, Wikimedia Commons The hallmarks of ancient Egyptian civilization, such as art, architecture and religion, took shape during the Early Dynastic Period. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 06.03.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Art in the Early Dynastic Period The Early Dynastic Period of Egypt immediately followed the[…]