By Daniele Bolelli
If you're expecting the world's "Holy Men" to inform you the reality approximately their religions, do you feel they'll point out that:
• The Tao Te Ching used to be merely created simply because Lao Tzu was once thrown in detention center by means of a disciple who didn't are looking to allow him go away city with out writing down his teachings?
• "Passover" celebrates God killing all firstborn Egyptian childrens whereas Jewish houses have been "passed over" by way of the angel of death?
• Shinto, a nature-loving, mellow faith, used to be reworked through the japanese executive right into a nationalistic ideology selling "holy" war?
Adding to its renowned 50 issues You're now not imagined to recognize sequence, Disinformation has teamed with Daniele Bolelli (writer, professor of comparative faith, and popular martial arts practitioner and thinker) to take on an ever extra severe and critical subject: renowned misconceptions approximately faith.
Among different revelations:
• Carpocrates, an early Christian, argued that intercourse orgies have been a key to heaven.
• Prostitution was once a spiritual accountability in Mesopotamian temples.
• the 2 significant chinese language religions (Taoism and Confucianism) are thoroughly at odds with one another and but are usually practiced together.
• regardless of having persecuted Jews for 2,000 years, Christian fundamentalists are Israel's largest supporters.
Capturing simply the suitable stability of in-depth wisdom, recognize, humor and irreverence, Bolelli takes an ecumenical method of the duty, revealing incredible, surprising, and little-known proof in regards to the "big three" religions but in addition many extra, together with Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and, after all, the more and more renowned non-religion: atheism.
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Famous for his ascetic life and his power as a healer, his biography was written by his disciple Sulpicius Severus while Martin was still alive. 12 Four thousand parish churches in France alone were dedicated to him (as well as ﬁve hundred villages which bore his name). Pilgrimages to his shrine in Tours were popular well into the sixteenth century. Interestingly enough, the life of Martin strongly emphasized the saint’s miraculous powers, comparing him favorably to the exemplary ascetics of the Egyptian deserts.
Thus, to cite a conspicuous 32 The Bureaucratization of Sanctity example, devotion to the fourth-century Saint Nicholas of Myra (in present-day Turkey) spread to the West through the port city of Bari in southern Italy in the tenth century and north in subsequent centuries into places as disparate as the British Isles and Russia. 1 Likewise, the cult of the sixth-century Irish Saint Brigid of Kildare, who was head of a double monastery of men and women and about whom many elements of druidic customs accrued, was honored in Italy because a ninth-century Irish pilgrim, Bishop Donatus of Fiesole (near Florence) introduced her cult there and also wrote her life in Latin hexameters.
Through royal patronage the cult of the saint and his relics moved to Compostela where there was already a shrine to early martyrs. Because of the enormous popularity of the pilgrimage the iconography of the saint made him a fellow pilgrim with his pilgrim’s hat and a cockle shell, which was the badge of those who made the pilgrimage, just as the palm branch was the badge of those who made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem (hence the surname Palmer). Why did pilgrims travel? The reasons were various.