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Solomon prays at the temple in Jerusalem. (James Tissot / Public domain)

The End of Ancient Judaism: The Captivity

The twelve tribes of ancient Judaism were united into a single kingdom under the reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon. The destruction of...
Vikings Attacking Lindisfarne Monastery Credit: Algol / Adobe Stock

Vikings Didn’t Just Murder Monks and Pillage Monasteries – They Helped Spread Christianity Too

Vikings are often seen as heathen marauders mercilessly targeting Christian churches and killing defenceless monks. But this is only part of their...
Holly, ivy and mistletoe have been used for thousands of years as decorative greenery during festivities. Credit: alterimago / Adobe Stock

Decking the Halls of History: The Pagan Origins of Christmas Decorations

The idea of hanging up decorations in the middle of winter is older than Christmas itself. Decorations are mentioned in ancient descriptions of...
Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children admire the royal Christmas tree, December 1848. (Public Domain)

The Historic Growth of the Christmas Tree

François Lévêque / The Conversation A few hundred years ago, who would have dreamed that the humble Christmas tree would one day...
Plans are to rebuild the beacon on the coast at The Ness in Torryburn into a witch monument. (Fife Council)

Monumental Reminder of Scottish Witch Persecutions

The Scottish public is being consulted on a proposed national memorial in Fife for people condemned as witches. Scottish records inform that between...
The Fearsome Wicker Man: An Eerie Way Druids Committed Human Sacrifice

The Fearsome Wicker Man: An Eerie Way Druids Committed Human Sacrifice

The wicker man is purported to be one of the means by which the ancient druids made human sacrifices. According to a...
A comb made of antler from around 150 to 200 CE and was found in Vimose on the island of Funen, Denmark. The Elder Futhark inscription reads "Harja", a male name. This is the oldest known runic inscription. The comb is housed at the National Museum of Denmark.

Futhark: Mysterious Ancient Runic Alphabet of Northern Europe

Runes are the characters of the earliest written alphabet used by the Germanic peoples of Europe called Futhark. The runic alphabet was used...
Painting depicting Thor who like Ukko was also a sky god. (DcoetzeeBot / Public Domain)

Ukko, The Mighty Finnish God of Thunder and Lightening

Every culture has its sky deity or old man of the heavens. The ancient Greeks had Zeus. The Romans had Jupiter. For the...

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