For many of us, cartography day in geography or history class meant a quick nap. With our eyes open, we’d dream of all the delicious stuff we were gonna eat after school, of music we’d play on the Walkman, of a message we received the other day from that cutie…

To bring back our long-lost excitement for hard pieces of data, aka maps, plans, and geographic drawings, we're gonna need to start from the very best of them. Luckily, there’s a whole online community on Reddit dedicated to the most unusual charts of geographic areas that took maps to a whole new level.

From mapping "October" in European languages to mapping an eagle’s track over a period of twenty years, these incredible examples will surely put the world into a completely new perspective.

Who knows, you may well unleash your inner cartographer and become among 1.1 million like-minded members of the maps subreddit. In that case, you may need some more cartographical goodness with 41 maps that portray lesser-known facts about America.

#1

An Image Of GPS Tracking Of Multiple Wolves In Six Different Packs Around Voyageurs National Park Shows How Much The Wolf Packs Avoid Each Other's Range

An Image Of GPS Tracking Of Multiple Wolves In Six Different Packs Around Voyageurs National Park Shows How Much The Wolf Packs Avoid Each Other's Range

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Wow! You learn new things every time you come to Bored Panda. 🐺

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#2

To Increase Local Tourism, Lithuania Has Made A Map With Magnets That You Can Only Find In Corresponding Cities

To Increase Local Tourism, Lithuania Has Made A Map With Magnets That You Can Only Find In Corresponding Cities

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Gillbella
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1 year ago

That is a great idea!

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#3

Occupied Bald Eagle Nests In Wisconsin. 1974 vs. 2019. Growth Credited To The Clean Water Act

Occupied Bald Eagle Nests In Wisconsin. 1974 vs. 2019. Growth Credited To The Clean Water Act

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Go eagles! 🦅

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To find out more about this amusing Reddit community by the name r/MapP**n, Bored Panda reached out to its creator Patrick McGranaghan, who started the subreddit in 2011 while living in Taiwan.

Patrick said he has always been a map geek: “I wanted people to share those maps so that they are easy to find and discuss.”

It turns out, he works as a land surveyor in Colorado and is a devoted member of several map societies across the nation, including the North American Cartographic Information Society, Charles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps, and Rocky Mountain Map Society, to name just a few.

#4

Tracking Of An Eagle Over A 20 Year Period

Tracking Of An Eagle Over A 20 Year Period

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Tiffany Marie
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1 year ago

That Eagle's gone places.

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#5

When A Band Announces A World Tour

When A Band Announces A World Tour

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tilly kate
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1 year ago

this is my favourite!!

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#6

Japan, How Big It Is In Reality?

Japan, How Big It Is In Reality?

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Theodore Theodora
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, mind blown; it's literally twice as big as I'd imagined given typical maps. Thank you, person who made it!

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The creator said that the title r/MapP**n followed the trend on Reddit at the time when “there were a lot of subreddits with a *-porn suffix.” He explained further: “This refers to pictures of innocuous things like nature, architecture, or engineering marvels in a beautiful way. It was not meant to be sexual. The internet at the time was a lot more relaxed and using that term was funny.”

“In the years since the culture on the internet has taken a much more puritan bias and some people don't like that name,” Patrick said.

However, he assured us that “the goal of the brand has not changed, though: it's a place to share and discuss beautiful maps.”

#7

The Earth Being Centered On Great Britain Is Arbitrary, So Here's A Map Centered On New Zealand

The Earth Being Centered On Great Britain Is Arbitrary, So Here's A Map Centered On New Zealand

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Gillbella
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1 year ago

Much better :)

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#8

Cheese Map Of Europe

Cheese Map Of Europe

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Holly D
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1 year ago

This is a new travel guide for when the world is open again!!

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#9

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
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1 year ago

Well, well, well, How the turntables...

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When it comes to submissions, they come in every form and style. “From historical maps showing ancient borders, to funny memes and transit maps. People also post imaginary maps of places that they create in their minds.”

In fact, every kind of map imaginable has been posted to this subreddit. Patrick said that linguistic maps are popular, as well as maps that re-imagine state and national borders. There are also maps of asteroids and maps of routes of famous explorers.

“One of my favorite interactions is when a map is posted of an obscure place and someone in the comments says they live there or has a story about that place.”

#10

50 Percent Of Canadians Live South Of The Red Line

50 Percent Of Canadians Live South Of The Red Line

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earringnut
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1 year ago

Completely off topic: Where are the great lakes?

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#11

Each Section Has 10% Of The World's Population

Each Section Has 10% Of The World's Population

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

This map is very cool. 😮

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#12

List Of Countries Mentioned Or Referred In The Bible

List Of Countries Mentioned Or Referred In The Bible

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Nicola Roberts
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1 year ago

Wow, I never knew this. Unlikely Jesus was fair skinned, blond and blue eyed....

Capelli rosa e patate
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1 year ago

Yeah he was from Nazareth, and the Bible states he looked no different than the average man there. Brown skin, brown eyes, brown hair, and probably on the short side too. Those paintings of a Swedish Jesus are just stupid. 😁

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Losferatu
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1 year ago

This a LIE! It doesn't show 'Mericuh, and everyone knows Jesuse loves 'Mericuh!

Bobby Stahr
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1 year ago

ha ha ha

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Lyra Fortune
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1 year ago

Oh honestly people, stop shaming peoples religions, and stop downvoting due to religious beliefs.

דרור שטרן
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1 year ago

Why do people here think that if these countries were mentioned in the bible it has to do with Jesus? Facts: -Jesus was born in Nazareth, which is located in northern Israel of today. The population there is mostly brown-eyed with white/dark skin. -Other countries were also mentioned in the bible with no correlation to Jesus.

Dave P
Community Member
1 year ago

Actually this is false. Bible (just the Jewish one) mentions Scythia (Western Russia), Germany as well, it says "Ibera" but here they only used spain, same with Arabia and forgetting parts of it. WHere today is Afghanistand and Pakistan is mentioned. Other parts of Europe are mentioned as well in several different books. It also mentiones vague exotic lands to the very far east, beyond India as well. Lastly Bible makes references to sub-sahara africa as well, just doesnt specify which parts. So really the only places not mentioned is the America's, and even so, some theologians in the 1500's thought it may have mentioned it as it defines a land as being to the far west beyond the Med Sea.

NMN
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1 year ago

Poor Oceania was forgotten once again

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Fiona Ferguson Gayther
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1 year ago

Carthage (in Tunisia) seems to be missing.

Bernard Davies
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1 year ago

So God did not bless America for some time then.

Bobby Stahr
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1 year ago

ha ha ha

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Jacqueline Pearl
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7 months ago

I can’t believe we are even having this discussion. Like today, the color of ones skin matters little compared to the content of his heart. Jesus was/is a symbol of the type of person we all need to be more like.

Maria Persson
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1 month ago

Exatly. But for some people, race and skin colour is everything.

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Ilze Peimane
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1 year ago

IDK if this is true. Jordan is nota marked, but the city Gadara, mentioned in Bible, is called Umm Quais today and is located in Jordan.

Har Hen
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1 year ago

The (Hebrew) Bible describes parts and peoples in Jordania. Shouldnt Jorden be added?

Cheryl Korchak
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3 months ago

The area that is now Jordan is colored red, it is included.

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Scyth
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1 year ago

Jordan wasn't mentioned?

Arthur Krupp
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1 year ago

Jordan came to be only in 1946, so yeah.

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Wyndmere
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1 year ago

King David and Esau were descendants of Abraham, who’s descendants are the known as Hebrews (meaning - to traverse, crossover), later, the nation of Israel, and today Israel and Jews. Both those men are described as having ruddy (reddish) complexions. They may have been red heads too.

Dave P
Community Member
1 year ago

actually red hair as well as brown are commonly used to dscribe and draw people from that region in ancient Egypt and ancient Persia, so quite possible. Red and brown hair is still quite common in the region.

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Flavia Slag
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1 year ago

Many are wondering what Jesus looked like...but you should be wondering what His Word says and reading the Holy Bible.

Norm Gilchrist
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1 year ago

To be fair, when the bible was suppose to be taking place many of the "Countries" outlined in the current map were not around yet. And I am sure the countries named in the bible had differing boarders than the current map represents.

Ana Solo
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11 months ago

It's myths from middle east plus Roman, Greek and local influences from the country where Christianity was introduced. 25 of December as we know is Day of Sol Invictus (Apollo plus Mitra).

TiaCalenture
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1 year ago

India is mentioned in Esther 1:1 and 8:9 as the eastern boundary of the Persian Empire under Ahasuerus (c. fifth century B.C.) and in 1 Maccabees 6:37 in a reference to the Indian mahouts of Antiochus's war elephants (second century B.C.). Otherwise there are no explicit references to India in the Old Testament. Hodu (Hebrew: הֹדּוּ‎ Hoddû) is the Biblical Hebrew name for India mentioned in the Book of Esther part of the Jewish Tanakh and Christian Old Testament. In Esther 1:1 and 8:9, Ahasuerus (Xerxes) had been described as King ruling 127 provinces from Hodu (India) to Ethiopia.

MrTir
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1 year ago

Great one. Also please keep in mind the borders have shifted quite a bit that's why there's a gap between India and Iran. If it was based on maps in those days it would be a continuous red stripe.

Susanhita Medda
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6 months ago (edited)

The gap happened only 70 years back. The India (as Alexander had seen) was a continuous area which includes modern Pakistan, Bangladesh,Afghanistan, Nepal and Tibet(as in seen in Nalanda engravings). The area guarded by Himalayas and sea. The area Europeans wanted to "discover" for a long time.

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Jadzia Lawn
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1 year ago

So Texas one of the most Bible believing States in America is not even mentioned in The Bible.

RandomMAdude
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1 month ago

I didn't know that where you are from being mentioned in the Bible was a prerequisite for believing in Christianity.

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*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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1 year ago (edited)

ignoring the angry religious banter in the rest of the comments... Have a great day ! I love you :/)

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
1 year ago

Interesting! I would have thought fewer than that. Where does India and Europe come into it?

RandomMAdude
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3 months ago

The Roman Empire ruled over Israel back then, that's why part of Europe is red.

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Mosheh Wolf
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1 year ago

The country names used in the Bible do not always correspond to the later use of the name.

Maurettis
Community Member
1 year ago

India?

Smarie Tatreaux
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't ascribe modern country names to the map. You would have to go back in history to determine what country names would have occupied that space at that time. The name "India" may have first been used sometime in the 5th to 12th Centuries CE.

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Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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1 year ago

Well, why would he mention Germany or Russia? travel-opportunities were sparse during that time. I'm surprised India was named!

Dave P
Community Member
1 year ago

Russia is mentioned, scythia and other places are mentioned. Germany is mentioned as well. India is mentioned in the book of Esther where it says "From India to Ethiopia" as the size of the Empire of Ahserius.

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Cip IESAN
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1 year ago

But France? Where was France mentioned or refered?

Matheus Oliveira
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1 year ago

It is the region previously known as Gaul, mentioned in 1 Maccabees 20:8 (a deutorocanonical book available only in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Bibles).

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Gonna track down Jesus. 😂

Ann Oldfield
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1 year ago

There is a perfect family tree for him in the Bible and it goes all the way back to Abraham

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RKSHARMA Jio
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3 months ago

Not surprising as the area covers all the ancient civilizations flourishing at His time.

Bitemabum
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4 months ago

Book of fiction

Serene Trabeek
Community Member
5 months ago

question as a Muslim i don't know much about the bible and as an American-Egyptian id like to know if Egypt was the bad or good guys

elStiJneriNO
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5 months ago

they started good, but ended bad ... with enslaving all the jews and such.

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Carolyn Rutherford
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1 year ago

This poves the Bible was written by people who had no idea of the existence of most lands beyond a small area of the world. So it cannot be the word of a supreme being, but stories collected, translated, and changed by human beings over two thousand years. Indigenous Australians have been here for over 60 thousand years, but nothing below the equator gets a mention.

Wyndmere
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1 year ago

Your ignorance is showing.

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

France is mentioned in the Bible? Really? Where?

Christel Nellemann
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1 year ago

It is the region previously known as Gaul, mentioned in 1 Maccabees 20:8 (a deutorocanonical book available only in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Bibles). A lot of todays states where not formed back then, areas had other names .

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Dalton Dickerhoof
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1 year ago

You forgot all of the province of Asia. Paul ran into some trouble there, remember?

gpc1965
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1 month ago

Pretty sure they don't mention "Spain", leaving out Portugal. Neither existed. Hispania refers to all of the peninsula. Get your red pen and start filling.

Tobiasz Blaszczynski
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1 month ago

Actually, in the story of Samson, he goes to Poland and kills either it was 300 or 1000 people with a donkey jaw. (btw im polish)

Accalia
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2 months ago

Why India?

Ulliam Mac Riobard
Community Member
2 months ago

This map is wrong. "Heaven" is clearly referred to in the Bible, so why isn't Ireland 🇮🇪 highlighted?

Ulliam Mac Riobard
Community Member
2 months ago

This map is wrong. "Heaven" is clearly referred to in the Bible, so why isn't Ireland 🇮🇪 highlighted on here?

Genevieve Gates
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2 months ago

whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa....I thought Jesus was American!!!!

AJ
Community Member
2 months ago

Just a bit more south east and they land in australia.

Sapna Sarfare
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I did know that India had early connections with Christianity... never knew it was mentioned or referred to in the Bible...

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
2 months ago

India?

Pamela Scott
Community Member
3 months ago

Of course if a person's biggest concern is what color his skin was they are probably not going to meet him. He would not have been European. Thing is there are images of him in pretty much every possibility but when most of those painting were being made they were made in by artist that were paid by men who wanted him to look that way so that's why they painted him that way

Shaun Coleman
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3 months ago

Wait, the bible mentions France? I am gutted.

Gail Nicholson
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3 months ago

I did NOT know France, Spain and Italy were mentioned in the Bible!

Duck Syone
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3 months ago

Most of those countries did not exist 2000 years ago.

Divyansh Rai
Community Member
5 months ago

Wait, Bible mentions India, but why?

Dewk D. X. Jy
Community Member
6 months ago

By official name . . . At best. 1. Even the peoples of those specific nations have spread far and wide 2. Genesis 10 wrecks

TexasWoman
Community Member
6 months ago

The Bible is just all fictional BS.

Deirdre Tallott
Community Member
7 months ago

NO WAY was Jesus fair skinned and blue eyed! Def middle eastern appearance!

Mark Flowers
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7 months ago

Where is India mentioned in The Bible?

Herta Schneider
Community Member
7 months ago

Jesus went to india and traveled in many places learning and teaching

Jesus
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11 months ago

stop fighting! all of you!

Olayinka Awobajo
Community Member
11 months ago

Never knew but i am christan

Judy Jacobs
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12 months ago

Population translocation was practiced during the many centuries that we now think of as "the times of the Bible." That is, when an area was conquered, some portion of its native population, often the teachers, scholars, leaders, influencers, were forcibly moved to a distant place, and members of another culture were moved into the conquered lands, which served to disrupt usual folkways, introduce the cultural norms of the conquerers to the conquered as well as permitting( or forcing) the conquered to learn how the other side lived. There are numerous instances cited throughout Biblical history. As far as the names of the countries, it's hard to tell, since national boundaries as we know them didn't correspond well to the lands held or claimed by the ancients. There are non-Hebrews mentioned whose places of origin don't correspond to a single modern geographical place. Example: Tzippora, daughter of Isro, a priest of Midian, married Moses. Where is that place?

Netra
Community Member
1 year ago

Found King Tut, many animal's from millions of year's ago... But where is this Jesus dude at??

Liz Sahlin
Community Member
1 year ago

Hypothetically: if you THEN had met a person from India on “vacation” in France (Gaul) and asked the classic “Oh! Then you must know GW? He lives there.” You would have got the answer “Yeah! Old GW! Sure, he’s married to my old aunt!”

Grace Marraffa
Community Member
1 year ago

Thee is no way on Gods green earth that Jesus is white, blonde, and blue eyed...no way

Markus Holstein
Community Member
1 year ago

Where in the bible do they mention India?

Dave P
Community Member
1 year ago

Book of Esther where is says Ahasuerus kindgdom was "M'Hodu V'ad Kush" or in English it is "From India to Ethiopia"

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Frank Pinkney
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1 year ago

List?

BeazleBug
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you post roman politicians for the edits.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

Every time I see a map like this I am amazed at how big Alaska is. I know I should have written this on the Alaska post, but I didn't.

R S
Community Member
3 months ago

What we know as "christianity" is a populistic hedonic religious mix made up by the Romans in a desperate attempt to avoid their fall from grace. And it is what Jesus warned about in Matthew chapter 13

FloridaMan
Community Member
7 months ago

did you put kuwait

Gabriel Grimm-Henze
Community Member
8 months ago

bible people was brown guys! who else knew this?

Ras Tsigan
Community Member
1 year ago

fair skinned ? you calling us unfair ??? bun dat

HalfFinnishedAustralian
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3 months ago

Do you really not understand that?

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Karen Harling
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1 year ago

Was not a real person

Csaba Hegedűs
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm shocked United States of America isn't mentioned.

స్టీఫెన్ ఆండ్రూ
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1 year ago

That's the Mormon bible...

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Pobin Rice
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1 year ago

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Completely false no way was France or India mention bullshit

MH3
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1 year ago

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There were no white people in the Bible.

May Day
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1 year ago

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The rest of the world was unknown to them?

Emi A.
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1 year ago

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Inida? So...there is a slim chance Jesus and Buddha is related...

Gary Lane
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1 year ago

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Perhaps that's because virtually none of the countries on this map existed at the time the bible was written..

Peter Bear
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1 year ago

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There you go, Bible Literalists. The rest of the world doesn't exist, and therefore neither do you. You're welcome.

PotatoNinja5000
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1 year ago

Edgy!

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The men who wrote the bible didn't know about anymore coutries

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Patrick concluded that “Maps are a way to visualize the world in a way that is easy to grasp. They are an aid in learning about new lands and faraway places. They help us find our way when we are lost.”

Especially in a time like now, “when the pandemic prevents us from traveling, maps are a way that we can travel without leaving our home,” the map enthusiast said.

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The Longest Possible Train Travel In The World

The Longest Possible Train Travel In The World

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Theodore Theodora
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1 year ago

Wait! Tell us more!

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#14

Where Penguins Are Found Naturally In The World

Where Penguins Are Found Naturally In The World

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Waddle waddle. 🐧

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#15

Size Comparison Between Australia And The United States

Size Comparison Between Australia And The United States

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Yeah, we’re not just an island. 🙃

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#16

3D Render Topographic Map Of Europe

3D Render Topographic Map Of Europe

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Linus Nilsson
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1 year ago

I didn't know there was an ice-wall between Finland and Russia!?! (Do I need to write 'Sarkasm'?)

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#17

North America Animal Migration Routes

North America Animal Migration Routes

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ML
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1 year ago

Surreal. I would put this on my wall just for the colours.

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#18

A Europe–U.S. Superhighway Proposed By The Former President Of Russian Railways

A Europe–U.S. Superhighway Proposed By The Former President Of Russian Railways

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Nicola Roberts
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1 year ago

That would have been so cool.

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#19

The Surface Of Mars: If, Like Earth, 71% Of Its Surface Area Was Covered With Water

The Surface Of Mars: If, Like Earth, 71% Of Its Surface Area Was Covered With Water

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