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The satirical Alexamenos graffito

Onolatry is worship of the donkey: old Oriental and African worship attributed also to the Jewish people who travelled in the desert.[1][need quotation to verify]

In Imperial Rome, the charge of onolatry was used by the pagans to taunt the first Christians and Jews.[2][need quotation to verify] A famous example of this is the Alexamenos graffito.[3]

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  1. ^ Mitchell, W. J. T. (2006). What Do Pictures Want?. University of Chicago Press. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-226-53245-5. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  2. ^ Gavrilyuk, Paul L. (2004). The Suffering of the Impassible God. Oxford University Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-19-926982-2. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  3. ^ Herbermann, Charles George. The Catholic Encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia Press. p. 793. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 

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