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Battle of Montgisard

At the Battle of Montgisard, the Kingdom of Jerusalem, established by the First Crusade and led by Baldwin IV, defeated Saladin, the renowned Kurdish military general. Learning of Saladin's plans to invade from Egypt, Baldwin's forces surprised his army en route and were triumphant despite inferior numbers. Saladin renewed his attacks, but not before the kingdom enjoyed a year of peace. The victory soon became a heroic legend. What powerful Christian military order participated in the fighting?



Vision Serpent

In Maya mythology, the serpent symbolizes rebirth and renewal. Of the serpents, the Vision Serpent is most important, representing a direct link between the spirit realm of the gods and the physical world. It is, therefore, depicted frequently in Maya jewelry, pottery, and architecture. During Maya bloodletting ceremonies, participants experienced visions in which they communicated with ancestors or gods in the form of the Vision Serpent. How is the vision quest performed in modern times?

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Andrew Carnegie

Famous as a self-made man, Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist, businessman, and philanthropist. He amassed a huge fortune in iron and steel during the American Industrial Revolution, becoming the second richest man in the world. He later sold his firm to J.P. Morgan and donated over $350 million dollars to various charitable organizations before his death. What was Carnegie's connection to the Johnstown Flood, which killed over 2,200 people?

Last updated on Sunday, 25th November 2007

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