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Mermaids were often depicted as beautiful innocent women who married human men, or evil sea monsters who lured men into the depths of the sea. These ten mermaids, sea nymphs, and sea goddesses come from various legends, cultures, and traditions. 10. Melusine In an old French tale, Melusine, a creature with a fish or water…

Being martyred was considered the highest honor for early Christian believers who converted from paganism. And despite the risk of death, many young women were attracted to the prospect of devoting themselves to God, especially if celibacy helped them avoid an unhappy arranged marriage. Some women who were beheaded for their faith have fascinating stories…

Throughout history humanity has worshipped many gods and goddesses. They oversaw various areas of ordinary people’s lives, granted favors, fulfilled their dreams, and punished the guilty. Many of those divine managers required some sacrifices or other tokens of appreciation in return for their services. While many gods were satisfied with prayers or non-living gifts, a few…

To be dubbed a saint in the Christian faith, you have had to have undergone some form of tribulation for the sake of your religion. The Christian history is riddled by numerous stories of people who gave their lives for the causes they believed in. Although many of these martyrs have gone unnoticed, some have…

For centuries, objects associated with Jesus Christ have been venerated. Their authenticity has not been verified, but whether you’re a believer or not the history behind these religious relics is fascinating. 10. The Holy Nails Experts have debated how many nails were used to crucify Jesus almost from the moment it happened. Some say it’s…

Many people believe in the existence hell; some do not. Well, we really can’t blame those who don’t believe in hell, can we? There are no scientific evidences that prove that this terrible place does exist. What we only have are accounts from the Bible that point out that hell is as real as the…

The Catholic Church traces its lineage all the way back to the first leader of the church after Jesus Christ was crucified, Saint Peter.  In the 2000 years since, the church has grown from a dozen hardcore followers to a flock of over 1.5 billion people.  Times have changed over the past 2 millennium and…

From the Paleolithic paintings of the Chauvet Cave to Tolkien’s Shadowfax, horses have played a central role in mankind’s legends, cultures, and myths. Used as beasts of burden on farms, weapons on the battlefield, and as simple companions, perhaps no other domesticated animal has been so vital and intrinsic to the evolution of humans. Here…

Buddhism is extremely fast growing and estimates put its adherents at somewhere around one billion. Even though Buddhism is so popular, many in the western world, where it is barely practiced, have a very poor understanding of it. Not only have many people gained a completely incorrect understanding of it, but some attempt to practice…