Judaism 101 – Monotheism Of The Ancient World

Judaism is said to be the oldest monotheistic religion in the world. The main book of the faith is the Tanakh, believed written approximately 500 BCE (according to the Talmud). The Jewish faith was the basis of both Christianity and Islam, although there are clearly many differences between them today. Of all the religions on […]

Jainism – Ancient Religion Of Peace

It has between 4-5 million adherents, most of which live in India. It was believed to have been founded approximately 500 BCE, but the first teacher, or tirthankara, was said to have existed millions of years before that. And the name for each practitioner, Jain, comes from the Sanskrit word, ‘Jina‘, which means victor. Jainism […]

Meso-American Cultures – An Introduction

Meso-America is the geographical area that encompasses much of modern Mexico and Central America. It was a land where the Zapotecs, Toltecs, Aztecs and Mayans all held sway at one time or another. It is a region of great culture, art and history. Then the Europeans arrived with their war and diseases. It’s never been […]

Anasazi – Mystery Of A Vanished Tribe

Who were the Anasazi? Why did they disappear? Where did they go? If you are familiar with the mysterious First Nation tribe from approximately 500-1200 CE, then you may be curious about their full story. Recent archaeological finds suggest that cannibalism played a role in the life, and perhaps decline, of the Anasazi. But were […]

Ancient Mayan Remains Found In Mexico

Some readers will be familiar with the Mayans from the fantastic Mel Gibson movie, Apocalypto, in which the lead protagonist was from that people. They were an ancient and storied civilization whose ways are still being examined and discovered. Many myths are associated with the Mayans, especially surrounding astronomy at which they excelled. The turn […]

Sikhism – India’s Expression

The Indian subcontinent is the birthplace of a number of the world’s great religions and Sikhism is one of them. It’s commonly regarded as a monotheistic faith founded around 1500 by Guru Nanak Dev. He was the first of the ‘Ten Gurus’ or spiritual leaders of the Sikhs. Today, Sikhism has approximately 27 million adherents […]

Hinduism – World’s Oldest Continuing Religion

Hinduism has been around for a very long time in one guise or another. It is one of the most popular religions in the world with approximately 900+million practitioners. It is a diverse faith with no point of origin and no founder. It simply appeared organically and evolved over thousands of years. It is closely […]