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The Historical Blindness podcast is a podcast about history’s myths, mysteries, and forgotten truths. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, pernicious conspiracy theory, mass delusion, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, Historical Blindness searches for insights into modern religious belief and political culture. 

Historical Blindnes‪s‬ Nathaniel Lloyd

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The Historical Blindness podcast is a podcast about history’s myths, mysteries, and forgotten truths. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, pernicious conspiracy theory, mass delusion, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, Historical Blindness searches for insights into modern religious belief and political culture. 

    The Abode of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Part Two: Diaspora

    The Abode of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Part Two: Diaspora

    In part 2 of my series on the legend of the Lost Tribes, we see how this historical myth has evolved in different eras as the basis for numerous insidious theories of racial origin. Here again are many of the hallmarks of subjects I cover on the podcast: bad etymology, pseudo-archaeological hoaxes, outrageous interpretations of scriptures, and people holding up false history as justification for hate and exploitation. 
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    Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact him at alexkishmusic.com to get music for your own projects. Additional music, including "Oneiri," "Remedy for Melancholy," "Comatose," "Smoldering," "Interception," "Laburnum," and "Wake Up" are by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0).
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    • 42 min
    The Abode of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Part One: Conquest

    The Abode of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Part One: Conquest

    The first part of a 2-part series on the Lost Tribes of Israel. This topic contains a lot of the hallmarks of this podcast's most interesting subjects: myth, legend, apocryphal scripture, texts of uncertain authorship, literary hoaxes, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, faulty scholarship, and dubious religious beliefs. 
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    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or finding me on Venmo at @HistoricalBlindness, or by signing up for a 2-week trial of The Great Courses Plus or a 30-day trial of Audible.
    Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact him at alexkishmusic.com to get music for your own projects. Additional music, including "Daylight PON II," "Remedy for Melancholy," "Marée," "daedalus," "Low Horizon," "Salue," and "daemones" are by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0).
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    • 36 min
    The Epistle of Prester John

    The Epistle of Prester John

    A look at Presbyter Johannes, or Prester John, a legendary Christian king of a faraway land filled with wonders. Who authored the hoax that propagated his legend, and how valid are the various theories of his historical identity? 
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    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or finding me on Venmo at @HistoricalBlindness, or by signing up for a 2-week trial of The Great Courses Plus or a 30-day trial of Audible. 
    Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact him at alexkishmusic.com to get music for your own projects. Additional music, including "daemones," "Smoldering," "Global Warming," "Marée," "daedalus," "Plague," "Comatose," and "Behind Your Window" are by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0).
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    • 45 min
    Patron Minisode Release: Little Caesar Lost

    Patron Minisode Release: Little Caesar Lost

    I'm running late on the next full-length episode, so here's a patron exclusive I did in January last year when I was running behind for other reasons. After talking about what's going on with me know (and what was going on with me back then), enjoy an episode about the mysteries surrounding Cleopatra and her son, which ties in a bit with the cold open on the last episode, about the destruction of the library at Alexandria.
    (Disclaimer: I am aware that I get it a bit wrong in this minisode when assigning responsibility for the fire that may have destroyed the library, but my last episode got it right, so it's all good.)
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    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or at venmo.com/HistoricalBlindness. Additionally, you can support the show by signing up for a 2-week trial of The Great Courses Plus or a 30-day trial of Audible.
    Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact him at alexkishmusic.com to get music for your own projects. Additional background song, "laburnum," is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0).
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    • 14 min
    Hermes Trismegistus, Father of Alchemy

    Hermes Trismegistus, Father of Alchemy

    In this volume of my Encyclopedia Grimoria, I continue to seek the origin of magic in history, having followed the trail in my previous exploration from ancient Persia to ancient Egypt, where I now find the enigmatic figure of Hermes Trismegistus and his Emerald Tablet. 
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    Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact him at alexkishmusic.com to get music for your own projects. The background song behind the cold open, "The Bee Sting," is used courtesy of Creepy Pizza. Additional background music, including "Comatose," "Marée," "daedalus," "Plague," "daemones," "Modum," and "Interception" are by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0).
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    • 44 min
    A Very Historically Blind Christmas III: The Epiphany of the Magi

    A Very Historically Blind Christmas III: The Epiphany of the Magi

    In the third annual holiday special, I look at the legendarium of the Three Wise Men and the Star of Bethlehem. Were they and their visit to the Christ Child real? If a myth, what was the reason for the inclusion of the brief passage in Matthew that originated their legend? 
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    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or by signing up for a 2-week trial of The Great Courses Plus or a 30-day trial of Audible.  
    Background music, including "April," "Seeker," "Brave New World," "Periculum," "Laburnum," "Modum," "Meekness," "Brooks" and "Holiday Gift" are by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0).  
    Additional music: 
    Canon in D Major Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    Angels We Have Heard on High Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    Wish Background Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    • 39 min

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