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History of religion

Religions of Antiquity VII: The Mithras Mystery

(Published in GralsWelt 39/2006) During excavations of Roman antiquities, Mithraea, ie cult sites dedicated to Mithras, were found in many places, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For example, you can visit a Mithras grotto on the Hallberg near Saarbrücken; the Saalburg near Bad Homburg (Taunus) and the Palatinate Museum in Heidelberg have reconstructed mithraea. "Had a fatal disease [...]

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History of religion

Religions of Antiquity V: The Oracle at Delphi

(Published in Grail World 38/2006) THE QUESTION ABOUT THE FUTUREWhoever thinks or plans ahead does so for the sake of a future he hopes for. Out of this desire, asking about the future to gain foreknowledge has become a practice almost as old as humanity. Here some practical reasons: "On holy tripod also sits the prophetess [...].

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History of religion

Religions of Antiquity I: Introduction

(Published in GralsWelt 33/2004) When we Europeans speak of antiquity, we actually only think of the Mediterranean area, but especially of Greece and Rome. We were taught at school that this is where the roots of our culture lie; this is where philosophies were devised two and a half millennia ago and which continue to have an impact today; and on the edge of the Mediterranean - [...]

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History of religion

Religions of Antiquity II: EGYPT

(Published in GralsWelt 34/2004) LIFE FOR DEATH? “You shouldn't go out of your house (= die) if you don't know the place where your corpse will rest. Let your resting place, where you wish your corpse be buried, be known so that you can be buried ... Decorate ... the grave that is to contain your corpse. ”From an ancient Egyptian [...]

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History/Historic

The First World War

(Published in GralsWelt 18/2001) At the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15, after Napoleon's fall, European diplomats created a so-called balance of power that was supposed to give the continent stable conditions and save war. The unification of the German provinces into a common state (1871) and the subsequent rise of the German Empire to an important industrial nation disturbed this balance of forces. Such [...]

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History/Historic

The last Hindu kingdom

(Published in GralsWelt 18/2001) Of the 14 mountains on earth that are over 8,000 meters high, eight - including the Sagarmantha (Everest) at 8,848 meters - are wholly or partly in Nepal, the last Hindu kingdom, a country with about 25 million inhabitants, once the land of Buddha, today a magnet for trekkers. Two continental plates collide in [...]

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History/Historic

The epoch of the Second Empire

(Published in GralsWelt 17/2000) In the second half of the 19th century Europe reached the height of its importance in the world: European science and culture seemed to be well on the way to determining “world culture”. Christianity also wanted to convert the remaining peoples to its faith. However, the Christian churches were divided on hundreds of denominations, and [...]

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History of religion

The early Christian communities

(Published in GralsWelt 16/2000) The history of the origins of the first Christian communities is still incompletely known. The most important source has always been the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, which, however, was only written between 80 and 100. It takes the standpoint of the doctrine preached by Paul. This was spread by the so-called "Gentile Mission", from which [...]

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History of religion

The professors' dispute over Qumran

(Published in GralsWelt 16/2000) The riddles and conjectures around the "Dead Sea Scrolls" When, from 1947 on, ancient scrolls were discovered in rock caves, 12 km south of Jericho, these finds were considered a world sensation and they are still reading today one that it is an archaeological event of the century. What was found In eleven different [...]

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Esotericism

Mesmer's magical magnetism

(Published in GralsWelt 15/2000) “My healing method cannot be learned, it is given to me.” Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). The 18th century was an interesting and complicated epoch in the history of the West, in which several very opposing currents collided. Superstition and Science On the one hand, the Baroque era had the [...]