In the shamanic view of Dagara people, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer.” Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.
What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm. “Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field,” These disturbances result when the person does not get assistance in dealing with the presence of the energy from the spirit realm.
Virtually all Middle Ages scholars believed that the Earth is spherical. The myth that people in the Middle Ages thought the earth is flat appears to date from the 17th century as part of the campaign by Protestants against Catholic teaching.
Jediism is a very real religion based on the Jedi beliefs and doctrine of the Jedi in the Star War Universe. In 2012, over 176 thousand people in the UK and Wales indicated Jediism as their faith.
Jainism is a religion so dedicated to non-violence that some Jains cover their mouths and sweep the path they walk to avoid killing smaller creatures. An extremist Jain literally wouldn’t hurt a fly…
The keys to the holiest site in Christianity are held by a Muslim family that opens the church every morning. Meant to keep the peace between the denominations this arrangement has been in place since 1187 ce.
Before the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther confessed for hours at a time. Annoyed, the priest told him “If you’re going to confess so much, why don’t you go do something worth confessing? Kill your mother or father! Commit adultery! Quit coming in here with such flummery and fake sins.”
The Bible explicitly tells you not to force people into believing or boasting about your religion.
Since 1991 the percentage of Russia’s population that does not identify with any religion has dropped from 61% to 18%.
There was a Christian movement in the 12th-14th centuries that believed that the God from the Old testament was in fact Satan.
There is a wooden ladder in Jerusalem that cannot be moved due to conflicts between the Armenian and Greek Orthodox church. Called the Immovable Ladder, it has remained in the same exact location since the 18th century. The ladder is referred to as immovable due to the fact that no cleric of the six ecumenical Christian orders may move, rearrange, or alter any property without the consent of all six orders.
Some time in the first half of the 19th century, a mason has placed a ladder up against the wall of the church. No one is sure who he was, or more importantly, to which sect he belonged. The immovable ladder remains there to this date. No one dares touch it, lest they disturb the status quo, and provoke the wrath of others. The exact date when ladder was placed is not known but the first evidence of it comes from 1852.