religious traditions
History
Tomb of Jesus Reopens Following a $4 Million Restoration Project
The shrine hadn’t been restored since 1810, after nearly being destroyed by a fire.... READ ON
Animals
Saint Gertrude of Nivelles: The Patron Saint of Cats (More or Less)
Patrick isn't the only saint celebrated on March 17.... READ ON
List
11 Festive Facts About Hanukkah
Don't worry about spelling it wrong.... READ ON
History
St. Nick's Real Hometown Is an Ancient City in Turkey Entombed in Mud
Welcome to Myra, where a Greek bishop became a power player in early Christianity.... READ ON
List
10 Things You Might Not Know About Yom Kippur
Even the Torah gets a special outfit.... READ ON
Art
See Literary Figures Rendered in Byzantine Icon Style
What would Walt Whitman look like as a religious figure?... READ ON
Show & Tell
A "Speaking" Arm Reliquary of Saint Pantaleon
The arm reliquary was a kind of prop that stood in for the saint.... READ ON
Videos
The Ancient Japanese Log-Riding Tradition Is Not For the Faint of Heart
The Onbashira Festival is thrilling—and dangerous.... READ ON
History
Get Swept Away By These 8 Facts About Spring Cleaning
Surprisingly, the concept wasn't invented by corporations hoping to sell more vacuums.... READ ON
Food
A Dozen Easter Delicacies From Around the Globe
This year, try some "osterlamm" or "mämmi" to break Lent.... READ ON
Art
11 Gossipy Confessions I Learned from Mexican Folk Art
Need to thank Saint Francis because your wife stopped alphabetizing her pets? "Retablos" are the wild, wonderful art form you've been waiting for.... READ ON
Geography
How to Put On a 200 Pound Turban
If you think your morning beauty routine is time consuming, check out what Baba Avtar Singh has to do.... READ ON
History
What is a Black Mass?
Big Question
How Do Muslims Fast for Ramadan if There’s No Sunset?
Pretty Pictures
11 Scenes from "Mummies of the World" in Portland
Music
The Saint Who Played Sax
Music lovers are known to put their favorite artists on pedestals and bestow them with lofty titles. Springsteen is the Boss. Elvis is the King. Aretha is the Queen. Every genre, from punk to funk to bluegrass seems to have a Godfather. Bluesbreakers fans went so far as to proclaim that Clapton was God. John Coltrane, though, is probably the only musician to officially become a saint.... READ ON

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