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Cats are actually a pretty big deal in Islamic cultures.

I think it's the near East in.general.I do know there is a nice story of Mohammed not wanting to disturb a cat.

Dogs however tend to be hated and feared because they are little better than wolves in the region...at least in the Levant area.

Yeah, in a lot of places worldwide, dogs are for hunting, fighting, or guarding.

I know dogs were revered in Zoroastrian Persia and the Muslim conquerors made a point of mistreating dogs to humiliate the natives.

That's interesting.  I knew the Zoroastrians had a list of good vs bad animals.  I didn't know dogs were particularly sacred.  I guess that adds ad hoc symbolism to that war.  I wouldn't be surprised if the middle East is the exception and not the rule to having a low opinion of domestic dogs (which is odd, because shepherding is a major trade).  I've seen women go into shock when they see dogs in people's houses if they are new or visiting America.

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As a American, I am just wondering Why are the Saudis still considered "our friends"?
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I instinctively cringe if I hear an organ during a service. 

Anyway, one should always allow the culture to try and present music within the scope of the rules.  Here is some beautiful liturgical music done in the tradition of Appalachian music:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c04QTftw4X4

I highly doubt a rock beat is acceptable, it's not like Polish music would put a polka beat on worship music or the Viennese would put a waltz on it, or the Syrians a debke
Appalachian?
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Cats are actually a pretty big deal in Islamic cultures.

How so?

Cats in the Near East helped keep cities sanitized.  The Near East was the first place to domesticate cats.
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Cats are actually a pretty big deal in Islamic cultures.

I think it's the near East in.general.I do know there is a nice story of Mohammed not wanting to disturb a cat.

Dogs however tend to be hated and feared because they are little better than wolves in the region...at least in the Levant area.

Yeah, in a lot of places worldwide, dogs are for hunting, fighting, or guarding.

I know dogs were revered in Zoroastrian Persia and the Muslim conquerors made a point of mistreating dogs to humiliate the natives.
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Other Topics / Re: Landing in Santorini in 7 hours! :-)
« Last post by DeniseDenise on Today at 04:10:40 PM »
I hope you have a good time.
Thank you Biro. The next 5 days should be exciting. God bless. We just arrived and its 2:17 am, GOOD NIGHT :-)

Happy birthday!


are we sure he isn't still lost in Santorini somewhere?????
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Cats are actually a pretty big deal in Islamic cultures.

I think it's the Near East in general.  I do know there is a nice story of Mohammed not wanting to disturb a cat.

Dogs however tend to be hated and feared because they are little better than wolves in the region, at least in the Levant area. 
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Cats are actually a pretty big deal in Islamic cultures.

How so?
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Orthodox-Protestant Discussion / Re: Article on the creed
« Last post by mcarmichael on Today at 04:03:04 PM »
What is the Orthodox understanding of this? My understanding is that prior to the Cross, everyone [righteous and unrighteous] went to a place of the dead (Sheol in the Old Testament), and that following Christ's death He descended to this place, preached the Gospel to them (as in 1 Peter 3:19) and lead the righteous out. Is this the view of the Catholics, and how does their view differ from the Orthodox?

The Orthodox view is that all of the dead- righteous or otherwise- were liberated in the harrowing of Hell. This is borne out in our liturgical texts.

Aren't some of these texts allegorical, though? I'm told that that is part of the tradition, too?
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