THREAD SPLIT FROM "Do you ever remove your wrist chotki?"
That might actually be a good analogy... if taken one step further. ;)
Someone I know was being nagged by a heterodox about why Kyrie eleison is repeated...
I think the confusion has to do with how ancient Christians conceived geography - the Aithiopes (those with faces scorched by the sun) were thought to be at the southernmost limit of the world. They must have had a vague idea that India was someplace around there too.
Rite of Tonsuring (Supara) and Clothing (Talbashta)
I'm not sure this link belongs here, but anyway - a documentary on the history of the (western only :( ) Arameans made by the Syrian Orthodox (Jacobite) Church in collaboration with Prof. Sebastian Brock. It's called The Hidden Pearl, and it comes in 13 sections on youtube. Here's a link to...