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What Is It with Dragons?

What Is It with Dragons?

What is it with Dragon’s? From hit television shows, books to video games, cartoons and Chinese Astrological signs, it seems dragons are popular and have been for a long time. Known to many cultures they were described by Ancient Greeks as Draconta, meaning “to watch”...

Bagel Heading | Is beauty Skin Deep?

Bagel Heading | Is beauty Skin Deep?

It seems that a lot of the new and unusual trends come from Japan; “Bagel Heading” first appeared around 2000 but has really picked up steam this year. The procedure was featured in a new National Geographic show called “Taboo.” Which, not surprisingly, encouraged people to try it.

New Religions Part Five | Two Sides of the Same Coin

Creativity, a religion that sounds like something I could get behind, after all who doesn’t want a little creativity, that is until I found out what it was really about and who was behind it. Founded in 1973 by Ben Klassen (inventor of the wall mounted can opener), Creativity is a nontheistic, ethnocentric “religion” that aims for a revolution in values, and a rejection of societies principles as they stand. To put it another way, it is anti-semitic, racists and anti-Christian.

New Religions Part Four |  I AM Activity

New Religions Part Four | I AM Activity

In the 1930’s Guy and Edna Ballard founded the original Ascended Master Teachings religious movement, the “I AM activity.” This activity was an offshoot of Theosophy (we’ll get to that in another post) and a predecessor of several New Age religions.