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Did Moses Exist?: The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Murdock D.M. , S Acharya

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The biblical figure of Moses has been the center of fascination for over 2,000 years, but what do we actually know about him? Was he a real person? Did the Exodus truly happen? Or is the story in the Pentateuch a mythical account written centuries after the alleged events?

Why does Moses's story resemble that of other, older lawgivers and legendary predecessors? Why are there so many elements of sun and wine god myths in the tale of Moses? What does the focus on the serpent in his story signify? Who were Yahweh and the Elohim?

Did Moses Exist? includes:

Maps and 126 illustrations
Extensive bibliography, table of contents and index
Hundreds of footnotes and citations from primary sources in multiple languages
Best modern scholarship from credentialed authorities

Did Moses Exist? provides a massive amount of information from antiquity about the world's religious traditions and mythology, including how solar myths, wine cultivation and fertility cults have shaped the Bible and Judaism. This book may be the most comprehensive study to date, using the best scholarship and state-of-the-art research methods.

"The existence of Moses as well as the veracity of the Exodus story is disputed amongst archaeologists and Egyptologists, with experts in the field of biblical criticism citing logical inconsistencies, new archaeological evidence, historical evidence and related origin myths in Canaanite culture." --"Moses," Wikipedia

"There is no historical evidence outside of the Bible, no mention of Moses outside the Bible, and no independent confirmation that Moses ever existed." --Dr. Michael D. Coogan, lecturer on the Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School

"We cannot be sure that Moses ever lived because there are no traces of his earthly existence outside of tradition." --Egyptologist Dr. Jan Assmann, Moses the Egyptian

"The life of Moses contains elements--canonical and apocryphal--that mark him as a true mythic hero, and certainly he is Judaism's greatest hero and the central figure in Hebrew mythology." --Dr. David Leeming, The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

"...the stories of the creation, of the flood, of Abraham, of Jacob, of the descent into and the exodus from Egypt, of the career of Moses and the Jews in the desert, of Joshua and his soldiers, of the judges and their clients, are all apocryphal, and were fabricated at a late period of Jewish history." --Dr. Thomas Inman, Ancient Faiths and Modern

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Who Wrote the Pentateuch?
Was Moses an Egyptian Pharaoh or Priest?
The Exodus as History?
The Exodus in Ancient Literature
Hyksos and Lepers
Who Were the Israelites?
The Exodus as Myth
The Lawgiver Archetype
The Dionysus Connection
The Life of Dionysus
The Vine and Wine
The Great God Sun
Yahweh and the Sun
Moses as Solar Hero

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "D" should stand for "Doctorate"! 18 octobre 2014
Par Robert M. Price - Publié sur Amazon.com
Amazing! This would make a fine dissertation, and you can tell anyone I said so! I wish I could award you a doctorate! You deserve one, my friend.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Compelling and detailed analysis of textual and archaeological evidence 17 août 2014
Par Robert Tulip - Publié sur Amazon.com
1. DM Murdock’s study of the Biblical stories of Moses and their sources is a compelling and detailed analysis of the available textual and archaeological evidence. She explains in great depth and breadth the facts surrounding this major religious character, rigorously and systematically drawing on sound scholarship to demonstrate a new, provocative and coherent interpretation that refutes conventional assumptions. In highlighting the best and most scientific research, Murdock brings forth lost information with the high goal of enabling greater understanding and social harmony.

2. The findings of this important research should be the subject of much wider conversation about how and why the Bible was written and how it is perceived and used today. The low level of public interest in this material is disturbing, showing the strong pathologies that still surround religion, with widespread prejudices inhibiting scientific analysis of history. Murdock has maintained a fierce integrity in her analysis by working as an independent scholar. Did Moses Exist? presents a jarring conflict with established patterns of thought, and does so with systematic rigor and depth of scholarship. This book deserves to be read as a major contribution to assessment of the supernatural myths of the Judeo-Christian tradition against a modern natural scientific perspective.

3. The Pentateuch or Torah, the first five books of the Bible, is conventionally but falsely attributed to Moses. The real authors had agendas far removed from the modern goal of providing accurate historical accounts. Murdock explores how the Bible authors adapted older myths, and how the Bible gives readers a false picture about how and why it was written. In an illuminating comment, she says “popular religious, spiritual and mythological ideas often float between cultures during contacts of a wide variety, from conquests of peoples to cross-cultural royal marriages, deliberate exchanges between educated priesthoods and travelling merchants as well as the lowliest illiterate slaves sharing their faiths with one another.” (p22)

4. This context of broad multilayered cultural contact means that Biblical themes often reflect widespread and enduring genres, for example with the Egyptian solar worship seen in Psalm 104. The Mosaic texts evolved and were combined in complex ways that are not obvious, like a natural mosaic of pebbles in a river. The Torah only achieved final form nearly a thousand years after the supposed time of the Exodus, with Moses astoundingly absent from the writings of the pre-exile prophets in the Bible. The Exodus is also entirely absent from non-Biblical sources. The authors had abundant opportunity to create the Moses stories drawing from a range of real origins, simplifying and mythifying chaotic cultural relations into archetypal symbols and stories that served political purposes.

5. In fact, the first books of the Bible bear little if any connection to real events, but evolved from far older stories, serving agendas of cultural construction rather than historical description. Murdock shows that Moses stories originated in myths of a fictional solar God or hero, and the Moses figure was designed to synthesise a range of religious traditions into a simple historical story. As his myth evolved within the Bible, Moses was demoted from a God to a hero, to support Jewish monotheist ideas of cultural identity and security. Elements of the stories that did not meet these political objectives were altered or discarded.

6. The invention of Moses is broadly recognised by scholars but is immensely controversial for conventional religion. Popular reverence for Moses approaches that for Jesus Christ. Jews and Christians want to believe the stories are true in order to justify their faith, and they are often emotionally affronted by challenges to their naïve assumptions. The Exodus is a powerful model of liberation from oppression. It presents the ethical clash between monotheism and paganism, providing the foundation for Christian dogmas of good and evil. But believing stories on emotional grounds is a dishonest historical method. If we are serious in our commitment to truth, we should try to understand the realities behind the untrue stories that Christians and Jews have been taught as divine truth. The key message in Did Moses Exist? is that an ethical and scientific approach to religious studies requires a comprehensive inversion of received opinion.

7. In advocating this scientific paradigm shift in religious studies, Murdock goes much further than conventional critical theology in looking for coherent explanations. The dominance of the church has meant that scholarship on religion has often accepted dogmatic assumptions that lack evidence. The power of popular prejudice about the reliability of the Biblical record and the nature of God has corrupted theology with literal acceptance of claims that were originally meant as allegory.

8. Biblical texts contain multiple levels of meaning. The simple literal stories conceal a wealth of deeper symbolic understandings. Over the millennia, simple orthodox faith has gradually forgotten and suppressed cultural memory of the concealed complex vision in the texts, in favour of what people wanted to believe.

9. Conventional theology starts from a premise of respect for religious belief. While seemingly reasonable, this approach has resulted in indifference about evidence, willingness to be intimidated by faith, and failing to realise that the surface text does not convey the real meaning originally intended by the authors. The systematic analysis of ancient evidence and archaeological data in Did Moses Exist, and in Murdock’s earlier books, overturns major cultural beliefs regarding the origin of the Bible stories.

10. Murdock summarises the broad scholarly consensus of evidence about the Exodus story as related in the Bible, to show Moses did not exist and the Exodus did not happen. The data show the stories are fiction, not fact. Moses is myth historicised, not history mythologised. The captivity in Egypt, the mass flight of the Jewish people, the plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea, the forty years in the Sinai Peninsula, the Jewish conquest of the Promised Land, none of these fabled events actually occurred. If these events had happened, archaeological data would support the stories of the Bible. In fact, the Egyptian Empire controlled Canaan at the claimed time of the Exodus. This is just one of the myriad problems that show the Biblical account is clearly fictional. The Moses story does not appear until after the Jewish captivity in Babylon, centuries after its events, and then, like so many other Bible stories, it shows clear evidence of the transposition of other myths into a Jewish framework.

11. The gulf between the possible events and the Biblical story is vast. One possible origin Murdock cites is the hypothesis of Russell Gmirkin in Berossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus that the entire Pentateuch was written in Alexandria in the third century BCE, and that Manetho provided the framework for the Exodus. The bottom line in terms of Bayesian probability is that if Moses did not exist, the existing texts are possible, but if Moses did exist, the texts would be very different. This simple point of logic shows that Moses did not exist.

12. The paradigm of modern science requires an attitude of relentless scepticism towards data. Biblical studies have traditionally been unscientific, using methods corrupted by faith. No well-informed people today believe in Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood, or traditional literal concepts of God and Heaven. These stories are generally seen as mythical, like Greek and Egyptian myths. But some Biblical characters, such as Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David and Jesus, are still widely accepted as historical, even though the evidence indicates they too are fictional. This fascinating question of how myths came to be seen as history is at the heart of Murdock’s deconstruction of the Biblical narrative. Psychologically, to claim a God is real increases the political power of belief in that God. Similarly, belief in Moses or Jesus as historical figures serves to simplify and clarify Biblical faith, regardless of the evidence.

13. Part of the shift of understanding now underway is that conventional views of history can be placed in a longer time frame. Looking beyond just the conventional written records, DNA analysis explains the diffusion of humanity from Africa over the last hundred thousand years, an immensely long period in which our species has been modern in brain and body capacity. The entirety of Biblical writing dates to the three thousand years since the dawn of the Iron Age around 1000 BCE, after the Bronze Age collapse. Once we start to place the extant written record within the longer paleontological context of prehistory, conventional views become very shaky. Murdock accepts this larger paleolithic framework for myth, opening the question of how some religious ideas reach back into very ancient African and Indian sources.

14. Murdock devotes most of her Moses book to compiling information that can help us to work out what really happened in the process of writing the Bible. The conclusion is that the reality is extremely different from the traditional myths. Over the generations people had strong incentive and means to promote myths as history, establishing powerful false beliefs that still endure today. The evolutionary drift of the stories meant they gradually changed towards what people wanted them to say. This is confronting for people who have internalised Biblical stories as part of their personal cultural identity, but such psychological challenges should not deter rigorous analysis.

15. There is no evidence for stories about Moses from earlier than about 600 BCE, a dating which incidentally illustrates that the jibe of the Bible as the product of Bronze Age shepherds is wrong, since the Bronze Age ended many centuries before the Moses stories appear. However, many themes that appear in the later Pentateuch literature can be found in myths that date back much earlier, especially the stories of the Babylonian hero Gilgamesh, and of the wine God Dionysus, whose cult extended from Greece across the Middle East.

16. Analysis of the Dionysus evidence shows that big themes in early Judaism were later systematically suppressed for political reasons. Primarily, these important themes include the role of religion in helping people to enjoy life, and the role of religion in explaining nature.

17. Ancient Israel was a tiny nation seeking peace and security in a region dominated by big aggressive empires, including in early days Babylon, Egypt, Assyria and Persia, and later Greece and Rome. Over the course of the Bronze and Iron Ages, war steadily escalated. Weapons of stone and wood were replaced by bronze from about 3000 BCE and then by the new higher technology of iron from about 1000 BCE. The emergence of iron technology meant that war became more frequent, large scale and violent. How could Israel protect itself?

18. My own speculation, and an area that I suggest Murdock could usefully further discuss, is that the evolution of the Moses stories match to the thesis that earlier more peaceable cultures, with greater social equality, freedom, diversity and pleasure, were replaced by warrior cultures, grounded in hierarchy, dogma, conformity and a puritanical patriarchal morality. Murdock discusses the patriarchal Biblical agenda of the prophets in terms of the rise of megalomania, but it is important to recognise that the war myths of the Bible were suited to their political context, a context enframed in the myth of the fall from grace. As we now shift to a new global context, the stories that provide meaning for us today should also shift. As Murdock says, myth is not meaningless. However, finding the meaning in the myths of monotheism puts them in a dubious ethical light.

19. King Josiah is recorded in the Bible as smashing the female astral cult of Asherah. It appears that Josiah saw astral religion as incompatible with the need for a regimented patriarchal society that would obey a strict and severe morality. His political vision involved a promise from Yahweh to give Israel the land of Canaan. The divine deal of land for faith means that if the Israelites are unfaithful to God, they will lose the land. The Biblical prophets, such as Amos and Jeremiah, argued that the only way Israel could obtain military security was by radically distinguishing its monotheist religion from the polytheistic astral traditions then prevalent, and by using monotheism as a basis for ethical standards that would enable Israel to maintain cordial relations with its big dangerous neighbours. So the relatively more anarchic local freedoms of the Bronze Age and earlier times were gradually lost under the hierarchical imperial obedience of the Iron Age in service to ideas of national security.

20. This cultural evolution towards patriarchal regimentation set the scene for the construction of the Moses Myth. From relatively peaceful societies where religion had provided a controlled social structure for experience of ecstasy and a cosmology to interpret nature, the new conflicted times required that ecstasy be shunned as dangerous and dissolute, and that nature be placed within the supernatural framework of a violent God of wrath. This agenda of social control used the Moses story as its founding myth of a God of volcano and storm. But earlier Jewish religion was much more Dionysiac, recognising the importance of wine as a source of pleasure. And indeed, Murdock provides a fascinating array of common features between Moses and Dionysus. In an extraordinary list of 46 similarities between Moses and Dionysus drawn from sources such as Homer, Pausanius, Cicero, Diodorus, Apollodorus, Macrobius, Euripides, Strabo, Seneca, Arrian and other ancient and modern writers, Murdock demonstrates such detail of structure and intent as to show that the Moses myth was in large part constructed on Dionysian origins.

21. One of the hard things to appreciate in cultural evolution is that when older myths are suppressed, much evidence about them can be destroyed. Especially with oral transmission, as a society changes its prevailing views the evidence of the older ideas can be lost, except for traces in durable media such as stone. George Orwell puts this well in his novel Nineteen Eighty Four, when he says “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” So with the Biblical authors of the Moses story, as in the story of King Josiah in the seventh century BCE, their control of the temple enabled them to conveniently ‘find’ an ancient scroll, which we know today as the Book of Deuteronomy, one of the supposed five books of Moses. Deuteronomy was written to convey a plausible story about Israel’s past, so the kings could maintain control into the future. Gaps of many centuries are passed over in the Bible, but these gaps should give readers today reason to see the works as entirely fictional.

22. Did Moses Exist begins with the observation that the Church Father Origen of Alexandria told Celsus that the Egyptians veiled their knowledge of things in fable and allegory. Origen said "The learned may penetrate into the significance of all Oriental mysteries, but the vulgar can only see the exterior symbol. It is allowed by all who have any knowledge of the Scriptures that everything is conveyed enigmatically." The story of Moses is full of enigmas. The similarities to the Babylonian story of Gilgamesh, the story of Sargon, and the story of Dionysus illustrate that we are dealing with myth, not history. The veneration of a bronze snake on a pole is utterly contrary to the Genesis vision of the snake as evil and to Josiah’s later removal of this snake idol from the temple, but the raising up of the snake on the pole then becomes a central image for Jesus Christ, immediately before the famous line John 3:16. The magical wand used by Moses to make water gush from rock is a hermetic symbol like the rod of Hermes, the trident of Neptune and the bow of Mithras, producing what Jesus would call living water and what Paul would call the water of the supernatural Christ. The Ark of the Covenant is a highly mysterious symbol with antecedents in Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek myth.

23. To illustrate the controversy in all this material, one commentator has claimed that the suggestion the myth of Moses drew on stories of Dionysus should be dismissed as ludicrous. This example is well worth more detailed debate. There is evidence of the worship of Dionysus dating from the second millennium BCE, but Moses is not mentioned for nearly a thousand years after that. Dionysus was wildly popular across the Mediterranean, with hundreds of early extant mentions and images, figuring prominently in Homer and Hesiod, and filling the Moses role of lawgiver. The Greek historian Herodotus, fifth century BCE, says the cult of Dionysus came to Greece from Egypt, and that Dionysus was one of the main Gods of the Arabs. There is no mention of Moses before the Babylonian captivity. The Encyclopedia Judaica reports the cult of Dionysus was widespread among Jews. Grapes, the object of the Dionysus cult, were grown in Israel for thousands of years before Christ, featuring in the Christ Myth in the water to wine miracle at the wedding at Cana and in the transubstantiation of wine into the blood of Christ in the sacrament.

24. The range of ancient authors listed above indicate the abundant fertile sources for the Biblical authors to construct Moses as a divine hero. Murdock’s thesis about the cultural evolutionary antecedents for Moses applies sound scholarship to confront deep prejudice. Dismissal of this new systematic approach to Biblical studies is careless, to put it mildly. This example alone of the connections between Moses and Dionysus shows that Murdock has provided fascinating insights into the nature of religious thought, and the need for a comprehensive paradigm shift in discussion of religious origins. Did Moses Exist is a magnificent and courageous work of sound scholarship, based on deep insight into the actual nature of religious evolution.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Great Work by D. M. Murdock (Must Read!) 2 octobre 2014
Par Tom Cloud - Publié sur Amazon.com
It is a shame in one sense, in a time of scientific understanding and great leaps of knowledge, that a mind like D. M. Murdock's must be spent trying to explain to adults that magical stories of parting waters and talking burning bushes, and God instructing Man on just what cities He wants slaughtered and how He wants sacrifices made to Him are Myth and NOT actual history, but there it is.

Thank Goodness that she does take that role seriously! She has built a huge volume of works that go step by step through the evidence against the claimed histories that form the basis of, (and the excuse for), Judaism, Christianity, Islam and all the many off-shoots, sects and scholarly works that have tried to make impossible stories into historical fact.

" Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver" can properly be considered a 'prequel' to her previous work "The Christ Conspiracy: the Greatest Story Ever Sold".

She takes the reader step by step, and thought by thought, through the claims made in the Pentateuch and by it's believers, and holds these claims up against the actual known history of that time, and against the myths and legends and scholarly writings that preceded these supposed events.

D. M. Murdock is very well trained in comparative religions, in archaeology, and in linguistics. She is able to draw upon, and build upon the works and understandings of scholars and historians both ancient and modern. Each step of the logic that she presents in this book, as in all of her other works, is meticulously annotated. She never offers a claim without citing her sources.

Ms. Murdock has a good writing style that breaks down each concept and each point of debate into a form that can be grasped by the lay reader as well as offer the depth and reliability needed by the serious researcher.

A great deal of the book compares previous myths, those of Dionysus/Bacchus and Gilgamesh in particular, to the Moses story and finds point after point that enforces the logic of the Torah being a re-write of myths that go back into the dawn of our species. She shows us that the region now called the ' Middle-East' did not live in a cultural vacuum, but that it was a cross-roads of cultures, and it's legends and myths and religious beliefs were all shaped by the great cultures of it's time, such as Greece and Egypt, India and Persia.

She helps us compare the evolution of language, of society, and of religious claims and leads us time and time again to the Mythicist position as being the most logical as well as the most provable.

I strongly suggest that any person with a leaning toward comparative religion, or toward religious history and thought read " Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver" and then, if you have not read them, move on to " The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold " and " Christ In Egypt: The Horus/Jesus Connection".

After that you'll be ready for her many other books and articles!

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the awesome Ms Murdock publishes another one 17 avril 2014
Par Orva Schrock - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've read almost everything ms Murdock has published beginning with her first big hit, "The Christ Conspiracy: the Greatest Story Ever Sold" [1999].

D.M.Murdock, aka Acharya S, is a very great scholar of antiquites, languages, secular and sacred history, the rise of mythologies, the power of ritual and symbol, etc. I've always found her commitment to truth, wherever it may lead, to be extraordinary and very intellectually refreshing... So thank you, Ms Murdock, for that.

You'll be well rewarded in your reading of this author's work. In a world where people are so quick and easy at believing whatever airy confection is convenient instead of what's actually true, she sets us back down on solid ground. And, really, isn't getting the basic facts right the place where we should begin our deepest searches for truth and meaning?

I've happily spent much of the last 3 days immersed in 'Did Moses Exist?' This is a treasure-trove of ancient religious lore. My expectations of great work from this author were once again well founded. I've been interested for decades now in the "truth" of religious proclamations and especially where it touches on the veracity of so-called historical "facts."
This great book will confirm what i've thought for many years: The promotors of religious dogmas will go to any length to popularize their fantasies of how "it might have been." Here we have a really large assembly of the very best of research into these shadowy areas of legend and tradition. There is a complete table of contents [over 6 pages], a list of illustrations [over 5 pages], a preface, an introduction, a bibliography listing hundreds of sources, and a complete index. The heart of the book, the text itself, is nearly 500 pages of painstaking research and clear conclusions drawn. I must say, WOW!, what an impressive achievement by D. M. Murdock!

I would recommend buying the hard-copy as opposed to e-book due to the many illustrations and inter-related items where you will want to flip back and forth.

As Ms Murdock makes plain, a pseudo-historical figure, such as the Moses treated here, does not arise in a vacuum. These religious heroes evolve over centuries as the promotors of the religion keep bringing to bear every trick they know of to solidify their own preferred take on history. I have often noticed that a lot of religious people apparently believe imagined events and out-right lies are all right in the service and promotion of "a higher good." But what they really should come to realize is that there is no religion higher than truth. This book goes a long way toward revealing the Truth.

Finally, from the Preface, Ms Murdock says what we fans of Campbell's mythology and Jung's archetypes are glad to hear:
"...one need not throw the baby out with the bathwater and simply dismiss these traditions because they are myth, as myth is not meaningless. Quite the opposite is true, because myth is pregnant with meaning, more so than is understood....This book is necessary in order to bring forth the lost information, which in reality has a very unifying effect on humanity, helping to transcend biases and predjudices that divide and separate us..."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a very dense book yet important for humanity's sake 9 janvier 2015
Par Jonathan Michael Acha - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In times like this when incited violence is justified by religious doctrines, we need more minds like Ms. Murdock. For people who have truly read her books with an open mind, you'll realize that her erudition is way beyond than the bulk of her detractors; theists and atheists alike. In her latest book, she took it up a notch and made a scholarly work that actually deserves to be used as a textbook for college and graduate school students. To be fair, this book of her is the most dense that she has to spin off a study guide separately, and not only that, it is loaded with primary sources in their original language.

This book has so much information that will shame most history encyclopedias. For example, her discussion of the proto-Israelites, the rampant departures of people in Africa towards Levant and Mediterranean which is not seen in TV shows (ahem NatGeo), and my most favorite part is the lack of historicity of the events in Pentateuch as well as Moses himself. Just like the canonical gospels, Pentateuch is written by anonymous authors and apologist rely on the slimmest scientific evidence in attaching Mosaic authorship. Just like Jesus, Moses's life is filled with anthropomorphized allegories and metaphors. In part 1 of Zeitgeist, there's this brief parallels between Sargon and other pre-Judaic lawgivers, she expanded that and spilled more ink to other lawgivers with parallel stories (Tammuz, Dionysus, Osiris, etc). She shows the art of myth making and that the Moses story is not as linear as the pagan tales and evidence shows that the Moses story is also a composite of pagan lawgivers.

One more thing, she presented information and theological works that are not taught in Catechism or Sunday school. This book is an important work for the betterment of humanity. This book reminds me of her conclusion on her third book Who Was Jesus:Fingerprints of the Christ that we must be able to examine any sort of holy writ because our global structures are based on it and that instead of ascribing them as history, they are man made stories that poses more harm than good.
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