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Is there a connection between Adam and Eve, and Ask and Embla?

The creation myths of the Abrahamic religions declares humanity's protoplasts to be Adam and Eve. Norse lore declares them to be Ask and Embla. Linguistically, these seem to be fairly similar names. ...
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Was the story of Adam and Eve influenced by Sumerian Ninti and Enki?

Was the story of Adam and Eve from Book of Genesis influenced by the Sumerian story of Enki and Ninti? On Wikipedia page about Ninti we can read: Some scholars suggest that this served as the ...
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Are Noah and Ziusudra the same person?

There are similarities between the stories of Noah from the Bible and Ziusudra hero of the Sumerian flood epic. Both stories describe a flood myth. Based on what kind of information/similarities we ...
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Does the Abrahamic God smite people with lightning?

A recent question on similarities between Zeus and the Christian God, and it occurred to me God striking down sinners with lightning is a trope, but, offhand, I can't think of stories from the bible ...
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Are there religions with no concept of afterlife?

Are there any accepted religions that have never developed a concept for where individuals go when they die? (i.e. Heaven/Hell, Valhalla, reincarnation, etc.) I only ask because I believe this to be ...
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Why is easter called 'easter'?

The Christian feast of 'easter' is based on the ancient Yewish religious feast (their main one), is widely spread and was linked to remember the 'Passion of Christ'. Recall that 'Christianity' started ...
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Which myth says that Eve wasn't the first wife of Adam, but Lilith?

According to the Hebrew Bible and Islamic tradition, Eve is known as Adam's wife. However some other works suggested something opposite. Which myths suggest that Biblical Eve wasn't the first wife ...
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Are there any old religions/mythologies where people would get tattood to get closer to or for their god?

Most religions today condemn the use of tattoos but Are there any old religions/mythologies where people would get tattood to get closer to or for their god? The majority of Sunni Muslims believe ...
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Is there a god called Iob/Job/Yov?

R. Simon Ashenburg in Debek Tob reconciles a contradiction in the Bible regarding the name of Issachar's son which is given as Yov (יוב) in Genesis 46:13 and elsewhere as Yashuv (ישוב) in Numbers 26:...
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Are angels ever depicted fighting in Abrahamic religious texts?

Revelation 12:7-17King James Version (KJV) 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, How do angels fight? All Christian,...
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Are there any established religions that explicitly support homosexuality?

According to scripture Judaism doesn't support gay marriage. Christianity is similar. Hindiusm talks about people born with out gender parts and therefore being 3rd gender but doesn't accept ...
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In Abrahamic religions, what is the origin of angels?

In Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and potentially by relation Zoroastrianism), what do the sources say is the origin of angels?
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What do the abrahamic angels call God?

There are many names for God. (Yahweh, Adonai etc.) By what name might the angels call God?
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Do humans become angels when they die?

Where does the belief that humans become angels after death come from? Who (which groups) have this belief? Is it an idea from other religions that has been incorporated into Christian beliefs? Has ...
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What is the oldest known religious song/chant?

In most branches of Christianity, there are choirs, solo song or even Christian rockbands. I remember reading that in the case of Christianity most people where illiterate when they started making ...
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Characteristics, associations, or icons pertaining to Zoroastrian demons?

I'm working on an undergraduate term paper about the impact of the Achaemenid empire (so literature would have to be pretty old) on the development of Judeo-Christian demonology. I've found some lists ...
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Was the historical Hyksos account, the real story behind the biblical exodus narrative?

Hyksos The Hyksos (/ˈhɪksɒs/; Egyptian ḥqꜣ(w)-ḫꜣswt, Egyptological pronunciation: hekau khasut,[4] "ruler(s) of foreign lands"; Ancient Greek: Ὑκσώς, Ὑξώς) were people of probable Levantine ...
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Why are Gods in the Greek pantheon portrayed as performing unsavory & amoral acts?

I was perusing the series 'Crash-course: Mythology' by John Green (Great Show) about pantheons. When it arrived on the Hellenic Pantheon, Its a web of confusing genealogy rivaled only by the Egyptian ...
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Untangling Bahamut, Behemoth and Leviathan

In Abrahamic religions, there seem to be several versions of the giant sea beast that may (or not) carry the Earth on its back... I am trying to figure out what the original version of this myth is. ...
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Is there a complete list of Abrahamic texts?

I am trying to develop a comprehensive understanding of the mythology built around the Abrahamic religions. To that end I was trying to find every historical religious text about the Abrahamic ...
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How was hubris involved in the conversion of Lucifer into Satan?

My question is really at the margin of Literature and Mythology, my main focus is how hubris is involved in the conversion of Lucifer into Satan. This is my first question here, so I may be not ...
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Who came first, Egyptian pharoah Horus-Aha 3100bc, or, Horus the Deity?

Horus-Aha Hor-Aha (or Aha or Horus Aha) is considered the second pharaoh of the First Dynasty of Egypt by some Egyptologists, others consider him the first one and corresponding to Menes. He lived ...
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Are there any stories of Eisheth in Jewish Kabbalah feeding on souls

"Kabbalistic writings mention Eisheth is responsible for the creation of the Shedim (type of demon). Eisheth feeds upon the souls of humans, specifically those that have fallen from the virtuous ...
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Why do Mormons believe they will become gods when they die?

The LDS scriptures declare that the ultimate goal of a Mormon is to become a god and procreate for all eternity in their own worlds. Why is the goal to become a god in their own world and rule over it?...
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What inspired the story of The Sinai Event and what other stories did it inspire?

This is a two-part question: 1: What are the earliest known examples of a group believing in a story that is based on or inspired by the story of The Sinai Event? (The Samaritans are a good example, ...
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Would Lilith's pact with God be obsolete?

God curses Lilith for her defiance in the Garden of Eden, and as such, Hebraic tradition depicts her as a temptress and slayer of children. She eventually marries Asmodeus, himself a tempter and a ...
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If angels cannot reproduce, then why did God castrate the angel Samael?

It's a common belief that angels are incapable of reproduction, if that is so then why is there a story about God castrating the angel Samael, he wouldn't need to if angels cannot procreate.
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Was Eannatum, the real historical figure that was characterised as Adam, in the Garden of Eden narrative?

Eannatum Eannatum (Sumerian: 𒂍𒀭𒈾𒁺 É.AN.NA-tum2) was a Sumerian Ensi (ruler or king) of Lagash circa 2500–2400 BCE. He established one of the first verifiable empires in history: he subdued Elam ...
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