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What You Should Know About Vaccination and the New COVID-19 Vaccines

What You Should Know About Vaccination and the New COVID-19 Vaccines

Since English physician Edward Jenner first inoculated a 13-year-old boy with cowpox (or the vaccinia virus) in 1796 and the subsequent development of the first smallpox vaccine a couple of years later, a number of vaccines have been created to prevent disease such as typhoid fever, tuberculosis, and polio that could have previously proven dangerous or fatal. According to the World Health Organization, immunization currently prevents 2-3 million deaths each year. [1]…

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Unbelievable True Story About the Fox Sisters, Spiritualism, & the Biggest hoax of the 19th Century

Unbelievable True Story About the Fox Sisters, Spiritualism, & the Biggest Hoax of the 19th Century

Many may not know that the religious movement that swept the world during the nineteenth century was essentially concocted by a couple of girls playing a trick on their parents some 173 years ago in Hydesville, New York. On March 31, 1848, Margaretta and Catherine Fox were home alone sewing carpet rags and scheming about what pranks they would pull on their friends on the following All Fools’ Day while their parents…

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The Lakota Sioux’s Sun Dance

The Lakota Sioux's Sun Dance

The Lakota Sioux are one of the indigenous peoples of the Great Plains of North America. Central to their religion and of utmost importance are the “Seven Sacred Rites.” After the European colonization of the Americas, several of these practices were suppressed by the United Sates and Canadian governments – though the rights of the Native Americans were restored in the late twentieth century. Of these rites, the Sun Dance is one…

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On Zoroastrianism: The Sacred Fire, the Garment of Good Mind, & the Girdle of Righteousness

On Zoroastrianism: The Sacred Fire, the Garment of Good Mind, & the Girdle of Righteousness

Originating from what is now northeastern Iran or southwestern Afghanistan, Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest religions. Ahura Mazda, or the Wise Lord, is the ultimate entity; members believe he is the eternal source of light in both the menog (world of thought) and the getig (world of bones). Zoroastrians pray in front of a fire or other light source in order for members to “activate the connection between getig where…

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