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comment Is there a civilization that never believed in God in the ancient times?
There's a very blurry line here. For instance, most of us would classify Lucas' "The Force" as a belief in some kind of supreme essence, but not personified in any way. Traditional Siouxan religons believed in Wa-Kon-Da, which is a very similar concept. However, it was easily Christianized as "God" (or often "Great Maker"), and many modern Christians (Siouxan and non) think of the concepts as equivalent. So how different is it really?
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comment Has the existence of a matriarchal society really been discredited?
I'd agree. However, that is exactly this question, so the content of your comment probably ought to be in your answer. :-)
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comment Has the existence of a matriarchal society really been discredited?
...however, this leads me to wonder if the response from the scientific community to this culturally popular idea hasn't gone too far. Hence the denial from many of there ever having been a "true" matriarchal society in all of history. It wouldn't be the first time a scientific community has overreacted in this way.
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comment Has the existence of a matriarchal society really been discredited?
Note to other readers, the link in this last paragraph was from an article in 1990 when all this "Ancient Goddess Religon" stuff was going full-bore. It really should be read if you are interested in this topic (or even if you just heard all that talk repeated as serious science back in the day).
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answered Has the existence of a matriarchal society really been discredited?
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Jan
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comment Ted Nugent and draft dodging
This might be better recieved on politics.se. I don't think a lot of folks feel The Nuge is (or will be) a figure of much historical importance.
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comment Does a Baal human sacrifice statue from Carthage exist?
Ba'al was a Cananite word for "Lord". The Jews (while also using a Cananite language) had different words for their Lord God. So when the Bible refers to worship of Ba'al, it means worship of some other lord god of one of their neighbors. However, in the Carthaginians case, wikipedia at least claims their Ba'al was "Baʿal Hammon"
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comment Does Genghish Khan Worship Tengri?
Interesting. This religon seems to have more resemblence to Lucas' The Force than to the dieties of most modern major religons. The Siouxan tribes of the great plains of North America (a very similar habitat to that occupied by the Mongols) believed in Wa-Kon-Da, which is a very similar concept. I wonder if there's something about the plains(aka steppe) environment that encourages that kind of belief system.
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comment Which is the first genocide?
@RISwampYankee - The linked book does call out competition for resources as one of the catalysts for genocides (eg: In Rwanda part of the issue was overpopulation and the desire for land onwed by Tutsis). If your point was that the initial populating of the Old World might have caused a temporary hiatus in this behavior for a while, its a good point. However, I still have trouble believing there wouldn't have been the odd incident where a tribe became too weak to defend a good territory, and their neighbors noticed.
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comment What is the state of the art historical analysis of claims that Carthaginians discovered America?
Frankly, I'm enough of a skeptic that I think this question belongs on skeptics.se.
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comment Do we consider Carthage as belonging to a different civilization from the Phoenician one?
@FelixGoldberg - A better comparison would be the USA with England. Are they different cultures, or are they part of a larger English-speaking culture?
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