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What did Manichaeans believe? – Christianity

By |2018-03-19T11:55:23+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Manichaean painting (Turfan, western China, ca. 900s AD) The prophet Mani in the Sassanian Empire In the 300s and 400s AD many Christians turned to believing in Manichaeism, a form of Christianity. A man named Mani started this movement in the late 200s AD. Mani lived in the Sassanian Empire, where lots of people were Zoroastrians. So Zoroastrianism [...]

Br’er Rabbit and the briar patch – American literature

By |2017-08-14T10:19:38+00:00August 14th, 2017|History|

A briar patch - a big thorn bush So Br'er Fox had caught Br'er Rabbit and this time Br'er Fox said he was going to cook Br'er Rabbit and eat him up for good! Br'er Rabbit was mighty scared. He begged, "Oh, Br'er Fox, I don't care what you do with me, so long as [...]

Albigensians – Cathars – Crusade

By |2018-04-18T17:19:17+00:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

This story starts about 1050 AD, not long after the Capetians took power in northern France. Some Christian people in the south of France began to think differently about God from the other Christians around them. These Christians called themselves "Good Christians." Other people called them Cathars (from a Greek word for 'pure'), or Albigensians (because some of them came from the [...]

Rustem swims away – a story in the Shahnameh

By |2018-04-07T17:04:30+00:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

The Devil carries Rostem Like Odysseus or Anansi, Monkey or Br'er Rabbit, the Iranian hero Rustem was a trickster. He uses quick thinking to get out of this fix: Once when he was sleeping alone outside on the ground next to his horse Rukush, Rustem was trapped by the Devil, and the Devil started to carry him away. Rustem [...]