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Comments for The Faith of a Heretic http://www.krauselabs.net The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:59:41 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.18 Comment on Chris Krause by William McKenzie http://www.krauselabs.net/chris-krause/comment-page-1/#comment-593747 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:59:41 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=1543#comment-593747 Hi, so it’s currently 3:00 am and I’m supposed to be writing a research paper for English due in six hours, but I got here searching for sources. I’m planning on citing your “Hebrew God vs Greek Pantheon” article, and somehow I navigated to your D&D mythological one shot. I notice that post was made about 2 years ago, but I just thought I’d comment.
It appears that the classics and D&D always manage to find me…

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Comment on Herodotus: Father of History? by Holly http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/herodotus-father-of-history/comment-page-1/#comment-540308 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:02:48 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=331#comment-540308 Hi there, I am looking to reference this page for a Uni essay. Please could you provide me with the following information: the author of the article, when the page was last updated and who published it. Many thanks in advance, Holly

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Comment on Shinnecock Indians by Karen Berry http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/shinnecock-indians/comment-page-1/#comment-511494 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:39:52 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=619#comment-511494 Both my Great-grandfather and Great-grandmother where full blood Shinnecock. How can I get more information on them.

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Comment on Pre-Islamic Arabia and Pagan Foundations of Islam by Sridhar http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/pre-islamic-arabia-and-pagan-foundations-of-islam/comment-page-1/#comment-471834 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 06:51:55 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=126#comment-471834 Western scholars look through the prism of Abrahamic religions and miss a lot of research material.
For eg, it is well known that Vedic religion (aka Sanatana dharma or as wrongly termed today, Hinduism) was widely prevalent for many centuries before christ and continues to be a thriving religion (albeit in a distorted form) today. It was spread over a vast landmass that would include today’s India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and beyond. It is not inconceivable that through many centuries of trade with India (India being a very important center), Arabs would have come into contact with the Vedic religion in a pre-islamic arabia and adopted many of its practices.
In fact, they did just that.
The following are the facts which point to a Vedic influence in pre-islamic Arabia:
1. Mecca was a spiritual center of the time where people from all over Arabia came and worship the main deity, Allah and other deities that were personal to the Tribes.
2. The ritualistic purification by bathing, wearing sacred clothes (white is a sign of purity), circumambulating the temple (then a temple, now the main mosque at Mecca), sacred water (Ganga or Ganges as distorted by the Westerners in India and Zamzam water in Arabia) etc all point to Vedic influence.
3. All the pre-islamic Gods have their equivalent in Vedic Gods. I won’t go into the detail and this would be long and cumbersome to read.
4. Muslims do not believe in idol worship but there is a sacred black stone in the main mosque in Mecca. I do not know about Jewish or other religions but I do know that there is a black stone that is still worshipped in India and is called Linga that represents the creative energy of Shiva.
One interesting feature about this stone at Kaba:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Stone
(Some writers remark on the apparent similarity of the Black Stone and its frame to the external female genitalia,[13][14] and this to its earlier association with fertility rites).
Interesting! Shiva linga is black with a central phallic structure and surrounded by what looks like female genitalia.
Anyways, my point is: Western scholars are missing a lot by being biased and closing their mind to other options.

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Comment on Reflections on pen and paper games by Back to D&D, a mythological one shot in Summer’s eve 2014 | The Faith of a Heretic http://www.krauselabs.net/reflections-on-pen-and-paper-games/comment-page-1/#comment-402486 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:53:02 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?p=1127#comment-402486 […] social and fulfilling way. These things appeal to me at a visceral level. This sort of gaming is a fond remembrance of my childhood, into my young adult years, and something that feels woefully absent from my life. Hanging out with […]

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Comment on Why I play pen and paper games by Back to D&D, a mythological one shot in Summer’s eve 2014 | The Faith of a Heretic http://www.krauselabs.net/why-i-play-pen-and-paper-games/comment-page-1/#comment-402484 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:51:24 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?p=1149#comment-402484 […] those unfamiliar I have a long history with pen and paper games. I consider it an art form which can be used to realize the scholarship of etymology, mythology, […]

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Comment on Pre-Islamic Arabia and Pagan Foundations of Islam by Abd-Shams http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/pre-islamic-arabia-and-pagan-foundations-of-islam/comment-page-1/#comment-371397 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:21:42 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=126#comment-371397 And Al-Lat is not a moon goddess either, the moon was thought of as male in pagan Arabia and the sun female. Al-Lat was a mother goddess!

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Comment on Pre-Islamic Arabia and Pagan Foundations of Islam by Abd-Shams http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/pre-islamic-arabia-and-pagan-foundations-of-islam/comment-page-1/#comment-371395 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:18:50 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=126#comment-371395 Most of it’s right, but the part about Ilah/Allah being a moon god is not. Allah is the Arabian etymological equivalent of the Canaanite god El, who was a creator god not a moon god. It is even said that the pagan Arabians thought of Allah as the creator of the universe (father of sun, moon, stars etc), not as a simple moon god. The Hilal (Crescent moon) imagery associated with Islam is not relative to Allah.

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Comment on Shinnecock Indians by mayia b http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/shinnecock-indians/comment-page-1/#comment-346367 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 15:48:44 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=619#comment-346367 @ana venzen, my great grandmother was Shinnecock her name was Lily. Thus far I have no sur name, she married a Dutchman, Ryerson. My mother is working with a genealogists, we are clear on the Ryerson side of our lineage. What documents are needed to prove we are descendants of the Shinnecock?

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Comment on Pre-Islamic Arabia and Pagan Foundations of Islam by Pagan origins of Islam @Pre-Islamic Arabia and Pagan Foundations of Islam | The Faith of a Heretic | Shinubi Wang http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/pre-islamic-arabia-and-pagan-foundations-of-islam/comment-page-1/#comment-345926 Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:44:09 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=126#comment-345926 […] Pre-Islamic Arabia and Pagan Foundations of Islam | The Faith of a Heretic. […]

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