Jun 102014

Question by irishumanist: Is the search for REAL answers to life’s mysteries more gratifying than simply blindly accepting ancient dogma
Is there anybody else who feels an absolute joy and sense wonder and fulfillment when learning about the true scientific reasons for the how the universe and everything that is in it came to be ?

Do you feel an immense sense of wonder and amazement when you contemplate the sky at night and marvel at all we have learnt about our orgins and existance and all that there is still to know ?

Finally do you think that this joy and wonder is far superior to simply accepting ancient dogmatic myths as a way of explaining the world around us

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Answer by nikola333

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Jun 032014

Question by Sunny D: How did the ancient mystics know about everything we are learning about today?
When it comes to today’s scientific discoveries of consciousness, non-locality, you name it, how did the ancient mystics, specifically the Hindu and Buddhist ones, know about this already? They obviously didn’t know quantum physics. Did they get help from aliens? Or does meditation just teach you all this somehow? Theories?

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Answer by Tim
luck guess.

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May 182014

Question by gibbonedward: What is the evidence that Jesus Christ before teaching the Jews had studied scriptures in ancient India?

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Answer by Michael
Absolutely None!!!! What scriptures would a devout Jew find in India

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May 042014

Question by ipeewhite: What were some of the Drunkest Celebrations or Parties or Festivals of the ancient world that don’t exist?

I’m currently doing a research project on some the craziest parties/celebrations/festivals that took place in ancient history. I’m mainly looking for celebrations that don’t exist anymore. So celebrations that have stood the test of time and are currently celebrated today isn’t the focus. I have done tones of research online and can’t seem to come up with much. A few examples of what I have found are: THE CRITIC’S REVENGE Paris, 10 November 1975, NERO’S LAKE OF WINE, THE FEAST OF BEASTS Paris, 31 December 1870.

The crazier the celebration and the more drinking the better.

I know it’s a weird request, but any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks again,

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Answer by Muinghan Life During Wartime

Greek God Bacchus, god of male fertility, wine, music and ecstatic dance.
Held in secret and attended by women only.
Those who partake in his mysteries are possessed and empowered by the god himself.
His cult was a “cult of the souls”; his maenads feed the dead through blood-offerings, and he acts as a divine communicant between the living and the dead.
The notoriety of these festivals, where many kinds of crimes and political conspiracies were supposed to be planned.
Think drunk, crazy, horny, dancing vampires.
A guy could literally and gladly loose his head at one of these things.


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Apr 262014

Question by Sὶℜὶሁᔑ Rℓgℓɳℓrαtℓd: Based on what anthropology evidence do Jews prove they are the descendants of the ancient Hebrews?
Is their any scientific Anthropological evidence proving that modern Jews descend from the ancient Hebrews described in the Old Testament? Besides anything passed down orally or anything which is in written words.
Paper, Why are you mad I am just asking a simple question that passed threw my head. What is the evidence your just claiming. Show me some anthropological evidence.
Paper, your Torah your Tanak show me the evidence. Why can’t you show me scientific evidence. See it only proves your not the people and that your beleiving somthing which has been passed around but no one is forsure.
Now it doesn’t matter. Why everytime some one is question somthing which many who are claiming to be a people can not prove they want to say it doesn’t matter. Whatever
Soda, All your doing is tracing one line from Judah which I can find easy evidence proving that link you sent me is nothing but somthing PHD jews wrote up with thier minds made up besides showing the evidence in the bone structures.

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Answer by Paperback Writer Kosher NinjaJPA
How about the fact that Jewish men with the surname ‘Cohen’ have been proven to be directly descended from the brother of Moses – Aaron?

That good enough for ya?

Oh, and by the way: the fact that you actually think the OT is somehow linked to Judaism, really reveals that you don’t understand the Jewish religion at all. You might like to think about that BEFORE you try and challenge us.


SIRIUS – maybe I am a tad fed up with your REPEATED insults against Jews? Day after day after day I have read them.

The big pity is, you actually answer really WELL on many posts that ask about Judaism.

As for ‘proof’, I would suggest that the fact that what I offered here was great – google it if you don’t believe me!

I can cite the Tanakh from now until the Jewish maschiach arrives – but what’s the point? It wouldn’t convince you. Google the studies being done in DNA and Cohen men.

Here is one link:



Try arguing with this, from http://www.simpletoremember.com

The fascinating story of how DNA studies confirm an ancient biblical tradition.

Dr. Karl Skorecki, a Cohen of Eastern European parents, was attending synagogue one morning. The Cohen called up for the Torah reading that morning was a Jew of Sephardic background, whose parents were born in North Africa. Dr. Skorecki looked at the Sephardi Cohen’s physical features and considered his own physical features. They were significantly different in stature, skin coloration and hair and eye color. Yet both had a tradition of being Cohanim, direct descendants of one man — Aaron, the brother of Moses.

Cohanim (plural of Cohen) are the priestly family of the Jewish people, members of the Tribe of Levi. The books of Exodus and Leviticus describe the responsibilities of the Cohanim, which include the Temple service and blessing of the people. The Torah (the first five books of the Bible) describes the anointing of Aaron, the brother of Moses, as the first High Priest (Cohen Gadol).

Jewish tradition, based on the Torah, is that all Cohanim are direct descendants of Aaron, the brother of Moses. The Cohen line is patrilineal — passed from father to son without interruption for 3,300 years, or more than 100 generations.

Dr. Skorecki considered, “According to tradition, this Sephardi Cohen and I have a common ancestor. Could this line have been maintained since Sinai, and throughout the long exile of the Jewish people?” As a scientist, he wondered, could such a claim be tested?

Being a nephrologist and a top-level researcher at the University of Toronto and the Rambam-Technion Medical Center in Haifa, he was involved in the breakthroughs in molecular genetics which are revolutionizing medicine and the study of the life-sciences. He was also aware of the newly developing application of DNA analysis to the study of history and population diversity.

Dr. Skorecki considered a hypothesis: if the Cohanim are descendants of one man, they should have a common set of genetic markers — a common haplotype — that of their common ancestor. In our case, Aaron HaCohen.


A genetic marker is a variation in the nucleotide sequence of the DNA, known as a mutation. Mutations which occur within genes — a part of the DNA which codes for a protein — usually cause a malfunction or disease and is lost due to selection in succeeding generations. However, mutations found in so-called “non-coding regions” of the DNA tend to persist.

Since the Y chromosome consists almost entirely of non-coding DNA (except for the genes determining maleness), it would tend to accumulate mutations. Since it is passed from father to son without recombination, the genetic information on a Y chromosome of a man living today is basically the same as that of his ancient male ancestors, except for the rare mutations that occur along the hereditary line.

A combination of these neutral mutations, known as a haplotype, can serve as a genetic signature of a man’s male ancestry. Maternal genealogies are also being studied by means of the m-DNA (mitrocondrial DNA), which is inherited only from the mother.


Dr. Skorecki made contact with Professor Michael Hammer, of the University of Arizona, a leading researcher in molecular genetics and a pioneer in Y chromosome research. Professor Hammer uses DNA analysis to study the history of populations, their origins and migrations. His previous research included work on the origins of the Native American Indians and the development of the Japanese people.

A study was undertaken to test the hypothesis. If there were a common ancestor, the Cohanim should have common genetic markers at a higher frequency than the general Jewish population.

In the first study, as reported in the prestigious British science journal, Nature (January 2, 1997), 188 Jewish males were asked to contribute some cheek cells from which their DNA was extracted for study. Participants from Israel, England and North America were asked to identify whether they were a Cohen, Levi or Israelite, and to identify their family background.

The results of the analysis of the Y chromosome markers of the Cohanim and non-Cohanim were indeed significant. A particular marker, (YAP-) was detected in 98.5 percent of the Cohanim, and in a significantly lower percentage of non-Cohanim.


In a second study, Dr. Skorecki and associates gathered more DNA samples and expanded their selection of Y chromosome markers. Solidifying their hypothesis of the Cohens’ common ancestor, they found that a particular array of six chromosomal markers was found in 97 of the 106 Cohens tested. This collection of markers has come to be known as the Cohen Modal Hapoltype (CMH) — the standard genetic signature of the Jewish priestly family. The chances of these findings happening at random is greater than one in 10,000.

The finding of a common set of genetic markers in both Ashkenazi and Sephardi Cohanim worldwide clearly indicates an origin pre-dating the separate development of the two communities around 1000 CE. Date calculation based on the variation of the mutations among Cohanim today yields a time frame of 106 generations from the ancestral founder of the line, some 3,300 years — the approximate time of the Exodus from Egypt, the lifetime of Aaron HaCohen.

Professor Hammer was recently in Israel for the Jewish Genome Conference. He confirmed that his findings are consistent — over 80 percent of self-identified Cohanim have a common set of markers.

The finding that less than one-third of the non-Cohen Jews who were tested possess these markers is not surprising to the geneticists. Jewishness is not defined genetically. Other Y-chromosomes can enter the Jewish gene pool through conversion or through a non-Jewish father. Jewish status is determined by the mother. Tribe membership follows the father’s line.


Calculations based on the high rate of genetic similarity of today’s Cohanim resulted in the highest “paternity-certainty” rate ever recorded in population genetics studies — a scientific testimony to family faithfulness.

Stated Dr. David Goldstein of Oxford University:

“For more than 90 percent of the Cohens to share the same genetic markers after such a period of time is a testament to the devotion of the wives of the Cohens over the years. Even a low rate of infidelity would have dramatically lowered the percentage.”

[Science News, October 3, 1998]

Wider genetic studies of diverse present day Jewish communities show a remarkable genetic cohesiveness. Jews from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, North Africa and European Ashkenazim all cluster together with other Semitic groups, with their origin in the Middle East. A common geographical original can be seen for all mainstream Jewish groups studied.

This genetic research has clearly refuted the libel that the Ashkenazi Jews are not related to the ancient Hebrews, but are descendants of the Kuzar tribe — a pre-10th century Turko-Asian empire which reportedly converted en masse to Judaism. Researchers compared the DNA signature of the Ashkenazi Jews against those of Turkish-derived people, and found no correspondence.


In their second published paper in Nature (July 9, 1998) the researchers included an unexpected finding. Those Jews in the study who identified themselves as Levites did not show a common set of markers as did the Cohanim. The Levites clustered in three groupings, one of them the CMH. According to tradition, the Levites should also show a genetic signature from a common paternal patrilineal ancestor. The researchers are now focusing effort on the study of Levites’ genetic make up to learn more about their history in the Diaspora.

Using the CMH as a DNA signature of the ancient Hebrews, researchers are pursuing a hunt for Jewish genes around the world.

This could have ramifications in the search for the Biblical Ten Lost Tribes.

Using the genetic markers of the Cohanim as a yardstick, these genetic archaeologists are using DNA research to discover historical links to the Jewish people.

The researchers’ policy is that the research is not a test of individuals, but an examination of the extended family. Having the CMH is not a proof of one’s being a Cohen, for the mother’s side is also significant in determining one’s Cohen status. At present, there are no ramifications in Jewish law due to this discovery. No one is certified nor disqualified because of their Y chromosome markers.

The research has shown a clear genetic relationship amongst Cohanim and their direct lineage from a common ancestor. The resea

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Apr 012014

Question by prairiecrow: Fellow Wiccans and Pagans, is Wicca an ancient religion? Was it invented in the 1940s? Does it matter?
Hello all:

Fellow Wiccans and Pagans, is Wicca an ancient religion? Was it invented in the 1940s? Does it matter?

(I believe that it matters very much, but would very much like to see what others have to say.)

Also, what evidence do you think there is for and against either of those positions?

As always, thanks to everyone who takes the time to respond.
Thus Saith the Lord: Thank you for demonstrating the ability of some Christians to (a) completely miss the point of a question, and (b) proselytize when it’s completely inappropriate to do so.

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Answer by Thus saith The Lord
Wicca is a neo-pagan religion that has been growing in popularity and acceptance in the United States and Europe. There are many websites and books claiming to teach “real” Wicca, but the truth is, there is no consensus amongst Wiccans as to what the religion is all about. The reason for this is that Wicca, as it is practiced now, is only about 50 years old. Wicca is a belief system that Briton Gerald Gardner cobbled together in the 1940’s and 1950’s from a variety of religious traditions and beliefs as well as Freemason rituals. Since Gardner published several books espousing his system of worship, many offshoots and variations of Wicca have sprung up. Some Wiccans are polytheistic, worshipping more than one deity, while others worship only the “God” or the “Goddess.” Still other Wiccans worship nature, and call it Gaea, after the Greek earth goddess. Some Wiccans pick and choose parts of Christian doctrine to embrace, while others totally reject Christianity. Most practitioners of Wicca believe in reincarnation.

Most Wiccans will vehemently deny that Satan is part of their pantheon, citing major doctrinal differences between themselves and Satanists. Wiccans generally promote moral relativity, disdaining labels like “good” and “evil” and “right” or “wrong.” Wicca has one law or rule, called the Rede: “Do what ye will, harm ye none.” At first blush, the Rede seems like complete, uninhibited personal license. You can do whatever you want, as long as no one gets hurt; however, Wiccans are quick to point out the ripple effect of one’s actions can carry far-reaching consequences. They articulate this principle in the Three-fold Law, which says: “All good that a person does to another returns three-fold in this life; harm is also returned three-fold.”

One major factor that contributes to the abiding fascination with Wicca is the purported use of spells and Magick (a deliberate misspelling intended to separate Wiccans from magicians and illusionists). Curiosity seekers, as well as spiritual neophytes, are most eager to delve into these mysteries. Not all Wiccans practice witchcraft, but those that do claim Magick is to them what prayer is to a Christian. The difference between the two is that Wiccans claim magick is simply using their minds to control matter, or they are appealing to their favorite deity to do them a favor, while Christians call upon an omnipotent, omnipresent God to heal people and to intervene and work in their lives. Because the Rede disallows witches from hurting others and the Three-fold Law spells out the consequences for Rede-breakers, witches who practice magick prefer to call themselves “nature witches” or “white witches” to further distance themselves from Satanists.

Wicca is basically a religion that is about minding your own business and living peaceably with your neighbors and environment. Wiccans are eager to draw parallels between themselves and biblical Christianity for the sake of earning credibility, but what does the Bible have to say about this religion? You won’t find the word “wicca” in the Bible, so let’s evaluate the beliefs in light of what God says about them.

Wicca spells are idolism—Romans 1:25 says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things, rather than the Creator…” Who wants to settle for second best? In Isaiah 40, God paints a picture of how much greater the Creator is than His creation. If you are worshipping anything besides the Creator, you are not only spinning your wheels, you are guilty of idolatry.

Wiccan spells bring false hope. Hebrews 9:27 says, “…Man is destined to die once, after that, to face judgment.” God says we get one chance at life, and that is it. There are no do-overs. If we don’t accept God’s gift of Jesus in our lifetime, He judges us as unwilling to be in His presence, and we are sent to hell.

Wiccan spells bring disillusionment. Mark 7:8 says, “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” God is God, and we are not. We have a decision to make. Are we going to take God at His word and adopt His worldview, or are we not? Knowing God takes a lot of discipline. Wicca is a religion that takes a pack of lies, ties it in a romantic ribbon, and searches out a well-intentioned, but lazy and gullible mark to sell its hollow doctrines.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says, “Let no one be found among you who… practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells…Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…” Wicca witchcraft is a sin and God hates it. Why? Because it is an attempt to cut off our dependence on God and get answers apart from Him.

Sin isn’t just a heinous, socially disagreeable action. Sin is our decision to disagree with God on any topic—to rebel against Him. Sin is saying, “God, I want to live my life my way.” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans

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Mar 302014

Question by Nilesh: Article:- Nuclear Warfare in Ancient Era….Very Interesting?
The descriptions given of these weapons in the ancient verses—their force, the characteristics of their destruction and the after-affects—sound disturbingly modern. The texts describe:

*The thunderbolt of Indra was endowed with the force of thousand-eyed Indra’s thunder.
*The bolt of death measured three cubits by six. It was the unknown weapon, the iron thunderbolt of Indra, the messenger of death.
*The projectile was charged with all the power of the Universe.
*The Agneya weapon was capable of being resisted by none of the very gods themselves.
*The Brahma-danda or Brahma’s rod was even more powerful.
*Adwattan let loose the blazing missile of smokeless fire.
*The missile burst with the power of thunder.
*The flying missile ruined whole cities filled with forts.
*The three cities of the Vrishnis and Andhakas were destroyed together in one instant.
*Thousands of war vehicles fell down on either side.
*Unborn children were killed in the womb.
*Corpses were so burnt they were no longer recognizable.
*The gaze of the Kapilla weapon was powerful enough to burn fifty thousand men to ashes.

In January, 1992 a news report was published concerning the discovery of a three-square mile area of radioactive ash in Rajasthan, located ten miles west of Jodhpur . The development of a housing project in this area had to be abandoned because of the high incidents of recurring cancer and birth defects.

A nuclear power plant recently built in the region was thought to be the culprit, but a five-member scientific team, headed by project foreman Lee Hundley, dispatched to study the mystery found a very different source. They eventually unearthed the charred remains of buildings thought to be at least eight to twelve millennia old which were once inhabited by perhaps as many as half a million people.

The prehistoric city had all the appearance—and the tell-tale radioactive residue—of having been destroyed by a nuclear weapon the scientists estimated was about the same size as that which destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

Archaeologist Francis Taylor, “It’s so mind-boggling to imagine that some civilization had nuclear technology before we did. The radioactive ash adds credibility to the ancient Indian records that describe atomic warfare.”

The archaeological expedition, which carried out excavations near the Indian settlement of Mohenjo-Daro in the beginning of the 1900s, uncovered the ruins of a big ancient town. The town belonged to one of the most developed civilizations in the world.

Scientists Davneport and Vincenti put forward an amazing theory. They stated the ancient town had been ruined with a nuclear blast. They found big stratums of clay and green glass. Apparently, archaeologists supposed, high temperature melted clay and sand and they hardened immediately afterwards. Similar stratums of green glass can also found in Nevada deserts after every nuclear explosion.

A hundred years have passed since the excavations in Mohenjo-Daro. The modern analysis showed, the fragments of the ancient town had been melted with extremely high temperature – not less than 1,500 degrees centigrade. Researchers also found the strictly outlined epicenter, where all houses were leveled. Destructions lessened towards the outskirts. Dozens of skeletons were found in the area of Mohenjo-Daro – their radioactivity exceeded the norm almost 50 times.

Erich Von Daniken author of the International Bestseller book, Chariots of The Gods, writes:

” For example, how did the chronicler of the Mahabharata know that a weapon capable of punishing a country with a twelve years’ drought could exist? And powerful enough to kill the unborn in their mothers womb? This ancient Indian epic, the Mahabharata, is more comprehensive, and even at a conservative estimate its original core is at least 5,000 years old. It is well worth reading this epic in the light of the present day knowledge.

In the Mahabharata – Musala Parva book 8:

“The unknown weapon is radiant lightning, a devastating messenger of death, which turned all the relation of Vrishni and Andhaka to ashes. Their calcined bodies were unrecognizable. Those who escaped lost their hair and nails. Crockery broke without cause; birds turned white. In a very short time food was poisonous. The lightning subsided and became fine ash.”

Even Imagination needs something to start off.
Westners didn’t believe in Yoga, Law of Interconnectedness, Cause and Effect, Ayurveda untill it was scientifically proved.

*)The first Aeroplane took off in Mumbai, Chowpathy which was made by Bapuji Talpade, a Sanskrit Scholar in 1895. He studies the laws of Aviation from ‘Vaimanik Shastra.’ The Aeroplane is named ‘Marutsakha’ which is still present in British Museum.

*)In 2004, CERN, Geneva a 2m long statue of Natraja was unvieled which is still present. “Natraja” means Cosmic Dancer.

*)NASA’s ion engine is based on the Vedic Texts. And, NASA will be soon echoing Sanskrit Syllabales in Space.
Not every thing which is not proved can be considered false, Vedic era was the most scientific era.
@U235_PORTS, you are it will require electricity, Sage Agastya has given a wonderfull method to make electricity, & by the way let me tell you that many of the sanskrit scriptures were burnt down by Mughal Emperors.

I do have one of the Upanishads were it is clearly mentioned that water can be used for the purpose of electricity generation.
@U235_PORTS, you are correct, it will require electricity, Sage Agastya has given a wonderfull method to make electricity, & by the way let me tell you that many of the sanskrit scriptures were burnt down by Mughal Emperors.

I do have one of the Upanishads were it is clearly mentioned that water can be used for the purpose of electricity generation.

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Answer by SupaStar
Article:- Nuclear Warfare in Ancient Era….Very Stupid.

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Mar 232014

Question by Kevin7: what is the evidence behind the book the “Phantom Voyagers” about Indonesians in ancient Africa?

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Answer by Hαяνєy Bσi ThєHiρ416™
‘Great Zimbabwe built by Indonesians’

By Mduduzi Mathuthu
Last updated: 11/12/2009 10:59:10
THE treasured Zimbabwean stone wonder — the Great Zimbabwe — was built by Indonesian mariners, a controversial new book claims.

“Without the input of Indonesians, the Great Zimbabwe might never have come into being,” writer Robert Dick-Read claims in his new book The Phantom Voyagers.

In the book, Dick-Read also claims that several monuments like the Nyanga and Khami ruins were built by the Indonesians, modelled on structures that still exist in Madagascar.

Dick-Read further makes the staggering claim that the name Zimbabwe (short for Dzimba dza mahwe or house of stone) could be derived from Zomba-be`, a Madagascan word which he says appears to have the same meaning.

People who reject this theory, he says, are “contrarians by nature who love to complicate simple things”.

The latest claims contradict popular wisdom that the 32 feet high and 800 feet stretch of stone walls were built by the local Karanga tribesmen around 500 AD.

Archeologists and historians have struggled to solve the mystery of Great Zimbabwe due to the absence of written language nor any oral traditions. The greatest puzzle for historians is why the civilization declined around 1600, after the great archeological triumph that is Great Zimbabwe.

In The Phantom Voyagers, Dick-Read traces the journey of Indonedian mariners who settled first in Madagascar, then Africa, long before the arrival of the Europeans.

Says Dick-Read: “Within the walls of Great Zimbabwe there is an anomalous structure known as ‘The Conical Tower’ that has so far defied explanation, but which like so much else in Zimbabwe may find an explanation in Madagascar.”

He further draws similarities between some minor features of the monument and similar structures in Madagascar. Mbira music, he adds, could have its origins in Madagascar.

But George Landow, a Professor of English and Art History at Brown University in the U.S rejects Dick-Read’s analysis as flawed and reflecting a refusal by Europeans and their friends to embrace the fact that the Great Zimbabwe was built by the Karanga.

“Since Europeans first encountered the ruins of Great Zimbabwe,” he writes, “it has been the focus of ideological concern and conflict. Unwilling to believe that sub-Saharan Africans could have built such a structure, adventurers and ideologues long claimed the ruins a mystery, theorising that ancient Phoenicians, Arabs, Romans, or Hebrews created the structures. In fact, since archaeologist Gertrude Caton-Thompson’s excavations in 1932, it has been widely known that Great Zimbabwe is truly of Africa and less than 1000 years old.

“Nonetheless, the White Rhodesians, whose ideology proclaimed the land ‘empty’ of people and culture before they arrived, tried to rewrite history — even asserting that an African genesis for Great Zimbabwe was tantamount to treason,” says Landow.

Some archeologists have surmised that the site’s impressive stone structures were the work of Egyptians, Phoenicians, or even Prester John, the legendary Christian king of lands beyond the Islamic realm.

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Mar 212014

Question by pillabrut: Why is it that ancient mythology is considered mythology but everything written in the bible is considered…?

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Answer by rand a
cause the winners write the history books

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Feb 112014

Question by Kendra: Books that are set in Ancient China?
I am heading to the beach tomorrow and sadly my supply of books has dwindled down to 2 books (and both are way too thick to be lugging to the beach for a bit of light reading).
So last night I watched the movie ‘Shaolin’ with Andy Lau and it was fantastic! I have always loved historical action movies.
So I thought, since I enjoyed this movie, I might enjoy a book set in ancient china. But one that is a work of fiction (it can have parts that are actual true historical fact) but I always like when an author takes history and makes it their own.
So a work of fiction, set in ancient china, that is hopefully not a romance. I’m looking more for a book about an epic war/action/mystery. To try to put it into words, I’m looking for something like Games of Thrones, only in Ancient China. Conflict, death, conspiracy, affairs, war, etc.

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Answer by Reeree-san
I think you’d like Romance of the Three Kingdoms (NOT a romance in the modern sense) but it’s also too hefty for the beach!

The same is true of the modern novel Under Heaven by Gay Gavriel Kay which also seems to fit your requirements – well, epics do tend to be long.

Perhaps you’d like a retelling of Journey to the West – often titled Monkey or The Monkey King.

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