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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

Today’s religious topic is as follows:

“Balor”, in Celtic mythology, chief of the chaotic race of FOMOIRE—the demonic race that threatened the Irish people until they were subdued in the second great battle of AG TUIRED (Moytura). When Balor was a boy, he looked into a potion being brewed by his father’s DRUIDS, and the fumes caused hi to grow a huge, poisonous eye. The ye had to be opened by attendants, and it killed anything on which it gazed. Balor was eventually killed by his grandson, the god LUGUS (Lugh), in the climactic battle between the TUATHA DE DANANN, or race of gods, and the FOMOIRE.

Balor in Magh Tuireadh by Jim Fitzpatrick

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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

Today’s religious topic is as follows:

“Ball Game”, in PRE-COLUMBIAN MESO-AMERICAN cultures, ceremonial contest, not unlike modern soccer. The object of the game was to propel a gutta-percha ball through the air without touching it with the hands; if it went through a small hole in the carved stone disk, or hit that circular goal, the game was won. Tremendous exchanges of personal property resulted from such a victory—indeed, often life itself was forfeit in important contests. See TLACHTLI.

Replica Mesoamerican ball court.

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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

Today’s religious topic is as follows:

“Balder”Old Norse Baldr, in Norse mythology (see GERMANIC RELIGION), the son of ODIN and FRIGG. Beautiful and just, he was the favorite of the gods. The Icelandic scholar Snorri (c. 1220) relates in his EDDA how the gods amused themselves by throwing objects at him, knowing that he was immune from harm. However, the blind god Höd deceived by the evil LOKI, killed Balder by hurling mistletoe, the only thing that could hurt him. The giantess Thökk, probably Loki in disguise, refused to weep the tears that would release Balder from Hell.

Some scholars believe that the passive suffering figure of Balder was influenced by that of Christ. The Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus (c. 1200), however, depicts him as a warrior engaged in a feud over the hand of a woman.

The Death of Baldur.

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Retro News Wednesday Just For You

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1. The Ferry: A Civil Rights Story

2. Jack Kevorkian Dies, Leaves Controversial Legacy, No Successor

3. 1950s American cars aren’t collector’s items in Cuba

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4. The mystery of Crooked Cottage: Home abandoned over ten years ago is still filled with food and belongings of long-gone residents 

Known as the Crooked Cottage, this rural Hertfordshire home is believed to have been untouched since its owners, said to be a married couple, departed

5. Original Rolling Stones to rock Old Capitol

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6. The Truman Doctrine, 1947

President Harry Truman

7. What Women Used to Wear to Play Sports

As these vintage photos show, turn-of-the-century sportswear was much different than today’s performance gear.

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8. Bing Crosby Sang Me a Lullaby

A chance encounter on a train led to an unforgettable photo.

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9. Hey, Mom Used To Make That

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10. Flashback Music Memories


Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

Today’s religious topic is as follows:

“Balarama”, in Hindu mythology, elder half-brother of KRISHNA. Sometimes Balarama is considered one of the 10 AVATARS (incarnations) of the god VISHNU, one of the “three RAMAS” alongside Parashurama (Rama with an axe) and Ramacandra (hero of the RAMAYANA epic). Other legends identify him as the incarnation in human form of the serpent Sesa, and he may originally have been and agricultural deity. As early as the 2nd-1st century BCE he is depicted holding a plowshare and a pestle with a snake canopy above his head. In this early period he seems to appear in sculpture at least as frequently as Krishna himself. In painting Balarama is always shown with fair skin, in contrast to Krishna’s blue complexion. The stories associated with him emphasize his love of wine and his enormous strength.

Hindu deities Balarama (left, with horn) and his half-brother Krishna (with flute), depicted in a painting from 1865.

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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

Today’s religious topic is as follows:

“Balaam”, non-Israelite prophet described in the OLD TESTAMENT (Numbers 22-24) as a diviner who is urged by Balak, the king of Moab, to place a curse on the people of ISRAEL. Balaam states that he will utter only what his god YAHWEH inspires, but he is willing to accompany the MOABITE messengers to Balak. He is met en route by an ANGEL of Yahweh, who is recognized only by Balaam’s ass, which refuses to continue. Then Balaam’s eyes are opened, and the angel permits him to go to Balak but commands him not to curse but to bless Israel. Despite pressure from Balak, Balaam remains faithful to Yahweh and blesses the people of Israel. In later literature (the Second Letter of Peter 2:15), however, Balaam is held up as an example of one who apostasized for the sake of material gain. In RABBINIC JUDAISM, some RABBIS venerate Balaam as a prophet comparable to MOSES (Numbers Rabbah 20:1, Tanha, Balak 1, SIFRE TO DEUTERONOMY), while others remember him as evil, haughty, and proud (Avot 5:19) and cite him as the reason the HOLY SPIRIT departed from the GENTILES. There is conjecture that Balaam represents JESUS in Haggadic (see HALAKHAH AND HAGGADAH) literature.

The Prophet Balaam and the Angel

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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

Today’s religious topic is as follows:

“Battle of Badr”, (624), first military victory of MUHAMMAD. It seriously damaged Meccan prestige while strengthening the political position of Muslims in MEDINA and establishing ISLAM as a force to be reckoned with in the Arabian Peninsula.

Since their emigration from MECCA (622), the Muslims in Medina had depended on constant raids on Meccan caravans for economic survival. When word of a particularly wealthy caravan escorted by Abu Sufyan, head of the Umayyad clan, reached Muhammad, a raiding party of about 300 Muslims, to be led by Muhammad himself, was organized. By filling the wells on the caravan route near Medina with sand, the Muslims lured Abu Sufyan’s army to battle at Badr, near Medina, in March 624. Despite the superior numbers of the Meccan forces (about 1,000 men), the Muslims scored a complete victory. The success at Badr was recorded in the QUR’AN as a divine sanction of the new religion: “It was not you who slew them, it was God…in order that He might test the Believers by gracious trial from Himself” (8:17). Those Muslims who fought at Badr became known as the badriyun and make up one group of the COMPANIONS OF THE PROPHET.

The death of Abu Jahl, and the casting of the Meccan dead into dry wells

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