Ahl al-Kisa’ – People of the Cloak

Ahl al-Kisa’ (Arabic: أهل الكساء‎, Ahl al-Kisā’), or the People of the Cloak, refers to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad; his daughter, Fatimah; his cousin and son-in-law Ali; and … More

the ‘butcher of Karbala’

The Wahhabi sack of Karbala occurred on 21 April 1802 (1216 Hijri) (1801), under the rule of Abdul-Aziz bin Muhammad the second ruler of the First … More

Sikhism – disciple, learner

Sikhism (meaning a “disciple”, or a “learner”), is a religion that originated in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent about the end of the … More

Hinduism – a way of life

Hinduism is an Indian Dharma, or a way of life, widely practiced in South Asia. Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world, and … More

Falun Gong – Dharma Wheel Practice

Falun Gong or Falun Dafa (Standard Mandarin Chinese: [fàlwə̌n tâfà]; literally, “Dharma Wheel Practice” or “Law Wheel Practice”) is a modern Chinese spiritual practice that combines … More

Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on original teachings attributed to the Buddha and resulting interpreted philosophies. Buddhism originated in Ancient India sometime between the … More

Taoism – compassion, frugality, humility

Taoism is a religious or philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (Chinese: 道; pinyin: Dào; literally: “the Way”, also romanized as Dao). The Tao is … More

Bon

Bon, also spelled Bön, is a Tibetan religion. It is almost indistinguishable from Tibetan Buddhism in terms of doctrines and rituals, but differs in the … More

Crimean Karaites – Krymkaraylar

The Crimean Karaites or Krymkaraylar, also known as Karaims and Qarays, are an ethnic group derived from Turkic-speakingadherents of Karaite Judaism in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in the territory of the … More

Krymchaks – “Children of Israel”

The Krymchaks are Jewish ethno-religious communities of Crimea derived from Turkic-speaking adherents of Orthodox Judaism. They have historically lived in close proximity to the Crimean Karaites, also Turkic but … More

Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia that is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature. The literary history … More

Myth of Etana

The Myth of Etana is the story of the Sumerian antediluvian King of Kish who ascends to heaven on an … More

Atra-Hasis

Atra-Hasis (“exceedingly wise”) is the protagonist of an 18th-century BC Akkadian epic recorded in various versions on clay tablets. The Atra-Hasis tablets include both a creation myth and a flood … More