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Abishabis (died 1843) was a Cree religious leader and prophet of a movement that spread during the 1840s among the Cree communities in what is now northern Manitoba and Ontario. His preaching, an admixture of Christianity and Cree beliefs, caused some Cree people to stop hunting furs, angering the Hudson's Bay Company and reducing its profits. In 1843, Abishabis was arrested on suspicion of murdering a First Nations family. While he was imprisoned at Fort Severn, a group of people broke in, took him from his cell, murdered him, and burned his body. His followers either slowly disavowed his teachings and destroyed their relics from the movement, or practiced the religion in secret. Abishabis had preached that he visited heaven and that followers could use a Cree writing system to create religious relics. His followers did not deify him but believed his teachings were a divine revelation. In 1930, it was reported that stories about him were passed down by the Cree people, who stated that he had brought them Christianity. (Full article...)
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The World Video Game Hall of Fame is an international hall of fame for video games. The hall's administration is overseen by The Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games, and is located at The Strong National Museum of Play (pictured) in Rochester, New York, United States. In the nine years that the hall of fame has been open, 40 games have been inducted out of 74 nominated. Many of those games have been nominated multiple times. Nintendo has been the developer of the most games inducted with six, out of a total of nine nominations of seven games. Atari has had three games inducted out of five nominations of four games, and Blizzard Entertainment has had two games inducted, both on their first nomination. Eight other developers have had more than one game nominated. Minecraft has had the most nominations of any game, at four, and was then inducted, while FIFA International Soccer has had the most nominations without being inducted, at three. (Full list...)

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Laodicea on the Lycus was an ancient city in Asia Minor, situated on a hill above the river Lycus. It was located in the Hellenistic regions of Caria and Lydia, which later became the Roman Province of Phrygia Pacatiana. It is now situated near the modern city of Denizli in Turkey. Laodicea was built on the site of an earlier pre-Hellenistic settlement, and was founded by Antiochus II Theos, the king of the Seleucid Empire from 261 to 253 BC, in honour of his wife Laodice, together with several other cities of the same name. Laodicea became a wealthy city, and was later controlled by the Roman and Byzantine empires. The city had a large Jewish population, dating from the time of Antiochus the Great, who transported 2000 Jewish families there from Babylonia. It also became an early seat of Christianity with a bishopric. The Epistle to the Colossians mentions Laodicea as one of the communities of concern for Paul the Apostle. The city was destroyed in an earthquake in around AD 60, and subsequently rebuilt. It was eventually destroyed during the invasions of the Turks and Mongols during the second millennium, and is now a ruin. This photograph taken in 2020 shows the remains of a colonnaded Laodicean street.

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