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Are there any sources about defiling and/or renouncing an idol being a capital offense?

Are there any sources about defiling and/or renouncing an idol in the ancient pagan world being a capital offense?
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Is there any documentation of the use of scientific knowledge or technology in pagan temples?

One of the great rabbinic scholars from the Geonic period, Rabbi Hai Gaon (939-1038 CE) wrote a responsum wherein he mentions as something "well-known" that that idolatrous temples would set ...
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Was there a Roman festival where people dressed in skins?

In the middle of a discussion on different pagan Roman festivals, the Talmud in Tractate Avodah Zara 11b describes a certain Roman festival: "Rav Yehuda says that Shmuel says: They have another ...
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What are the meanings for these symbols?

I wasn't sure what the right place was to ask this question but since it pertains to identifying presumably occult or pagan symbols this seemed like the right stackexchange. I saw these symbols on a ...
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What are the origins of Christmas? [closed]

I know that there are some Pagan origins of Christmas, but what exactly are they?
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Are there any known records of pagan worship in early 13th century Europe?

(Specifically Scandinavia, Iceland, Finland, Gotland, Baltic lands, and Russian Slavic lands to the east of the Baltic) I am aware of recorded paganism in Henry of Livonia's Chronicle of Livonia (i.e. ...
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