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A place between Heaven and Hell, where the soul is not bad enough to be sent to an eternity of damnation in Hell, but not good enough to go to Heaven, so it is sent there temporarily where the person suffers, and is purified so that it can be sent to Heaven. Heaven is depicted as being above or in the realm of the sky, while Hell is depicted as below or within the bowels of the Earth. These locations are thought to be physical. Purgatory is often depicted as a mountain mostly due to Dante's Divine Comedy, but it is also sometimes depicted as a middle realm between Heaven and Hell or a level beneath Hell. In most instances, Purgatory is simply seen as a type of limbo perhaps suspended between the upper and lower realms of Heaven and Hell. Purgatory plays a prominent role in Catholic religion. Roman Catholics, among other Christians, believe in the existence of purgatory as a realm of the afterlife, as well as Heaven and Hell.
The Catholic Church used this to pressure people to buy indulgences. The selling of indulgences has really slowed now, but back in the day it was one way the Church made money. If the indulgences were bought from the church, the purchase of the indulgence would excuse/cause God to forgive past sin, and one would spend less time in Purgatory and get to Heaven sooner. The more indulgences one bought, the more extra forgiveness was given to that person. The more the Catholic Church sold indulgences the more they could build their empire on the backs of the poor and their fear of being stuck in Purgatory for a very long time. Purgatory is unbiblical, because it makes it seem like Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our forgiveness was not enough and places working for forgiveness back on the spiritual backs of us. Selling indulgences is totally anti Gospel, let alone unbiblical.

"Marriage is neither Heaven nor Hell, it is simply Purgatory." - Abraham Lincoln

"Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that Hell is Hell, and the secret function of Purgatory is to make of Heaven an effective reality." - Arnold Bennett
by Paul Wall Da People's Champ November 23, 2009
Bat out of Hell was a common rural expression in the southeast US a half century ago. Meatloaf originated the expression in 1976 or thereabouts with the mid-70s Zeitgeist eponymous album "Bat Out of Hell." The expression 'like a bat out of hell' has been in common UK-English usage for decades meaning to fly, usually figuratively. Bats have been associated with witches and the occult, and therefore thought to originate in the bowels of hell, as they fly quickly as if in panic, to make the comparison with a bat flying out of hell for anything going recklessly fast would seem quite natural and likely to be a country idiom prior to being recorded in print.
Look at this maniac driving behind me!! He's coming at us like a bat out of Hell.
by Paul Wall Da People's Champ October 25, 2009
Karl Marx was a German philosopher, political economist, historian, political theorist, sociologist, communist, and revolutionary whose ideas are credited as the foundation of modern communism. Marx summarized his approach in the first line of chapter one of The Communist Manifesto, published in 1848: “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” He believed that the roots of human misery lay in class conflict, the exploitation of workers by those who own the means of production. Social change, in the form of the overthrow of the capitalists by the workers (proletariat), was inevitable from Marx’s outlook. Although Marx did not consider himself as a sociologist, his ideas have influenced many sociologists today, especially conflict theorists.
"Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks." - Karl Marx
by Paul Wall Da People's Champ November 23, 2009
The third eye (also known as the inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept referring in part to the ajna (brow) chakra in certain Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. It is also spoken of as the gate that leads within to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. In New Age spirituality, the third eye may alternately symbolize a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply-personal spiritual or psychological significance. The third eye is often associated with visions, clairvoyance (which includes the ability to observe chakras and auras), precognition, and out-of-body experiences, and people who have allegedly developed the capacity to utilize their third eyes are sometimes known as seers.
In Hinduism and Buddhism, the third eye is a symbol of enlightenment (moksha and nirvana). In the Indian tradition, it is referred to as the gyananakashu, the eye of knowledge, which is the seat of the 'teacher inside' or antar-guru. The third eye is the ajna chakra (sixth chakra) also known as brow chakra or brow centre. This is commonly denoted in Indian and East Asian iconography with a dot, eye or mark on the forehead of deities or enlightened beings, such as Shiva, Buddha, or any number of yogis, sages and bodhisattvas. This symbol is called the "Third Eye" or "Eye of Wisdom," or, in Buddhism, the urna. In Hinduism, it is believed that the opening of Shiva's third eye causes the eventual destruction of the physical universe.
by Paul Wall Da People's Champ December 02, 2009
Ask any two artists, fans, or other assorted members of the rap/hip-hop community to explain the precise difference between the two terms, and odds are you'll get different answers. Even so, most would probably agree that rap describes a type of music while hip-hop refers to a cultural phenomenon that includes graffiti, breakdancing, and fashion in addition to music -- or as rapper social theorist KRS-One says, "Rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live." Musically, the only difference between the two is that rap always contains the vocal element of rhythmically spoken rhymes while hip-hop can be purely instrumental in nature. Rap in its earliest stages consisted of DJs mixing records and juggling beats and breaks for block parties while emcees rhymed over the rhythms. This practice of adapting, dissecting, and transforming pre-recorded music to create new songs could be hip-hop's most significant contribution to modern music.
Rap/Hip-Hop: The Game, Nas, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Big L, Big Pun, Eazy-E, N.W.A., MC Ren, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Ice T, Immortal Technique, KRS-One, C-Murder, Public Enemy, EPMD, Mobb Deep, 50 Cent, Kanye West, The D.O.C., The Diplomats Aka Dipset, Jim Jones, Cam'Ron, Juelz Santana, Wu-Tang Clan, MC Eiht, Compton's Most Wanted, Eric B. & Rakim, Common, DMX, Asheru & Blue Black Of The Unspoken Heard, People Under The Stairs, Onyx, Jay-Z, Grand Daddy I.U., Big Daddy Kane, Lil Scrappy, Lil Jon, Lil Wayne, Westside Connection, Mack 10, W.C., Too $hort, Audio Two, One Be Lo, R.A. The Rugged Man, Naughty By Nature, Cypress Hill, B-Real, Delinquent Habits, A Lighter Shade Of Brown, Omar Cruz, JV, Ludacris, Run-D.M.C., Channel Live, Warren G, Kurupt, Kam, King Tee, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Black Star, Jay Rock, Ya Boy, Snoop Dogg, Canibus, Zion I
by Paul Wall Da People's Champ October 05, 2009
Ranchera is a genre of the traditional music of Mexico literally meaning "music of the ranches.” The word ranchera was derived from the word rancho because the songs originated on the ranches and in the countryside of rural Mexico. Rancheras that have been adapted by conjuntos, or norteño bands from northern Mexico and the southwestern US, are sometimes called norteños, from the Spanish word for northern. Although closely associated with the mariachi groups which evolved in Jalisco in the post-revolutionary period, Rancheras are also played today by Norteño (or Conjunto) or Banda (or Duranguense) groups. Drawing on rural traditional folklore, Ranchera was conceived as a symbol of a new national consciousness in reaction to the aristocratic tastes of that era. Traditional rancheras sing about love, patriotism or nature. Rhythms can be in 3/4, 2/4 or 4/4, reflecting the tempo of, respectively, the waltz, the polka, and the bolero. Songs are usually in a major key, and consist of an instrumental introduction, verse and refrain, instrumental section repeating the verse, and another verse and refrain, with a tag ending. Instrumentation may include guitars, strings, trumpets, and/or accordions, depending on the type of ensemble being utilized.
Ranchera Music: Vicente Fernandez, José Alfredo Jiménez, Pedro Infante, Pablo Montero, Pepe Aguilar, Rocío Dúrcal, Lorenzo de Monteclaro, Lola Beltran, Javier Solis, Tomas Mendez, Pedro Fernandez, Angeles Ochoa, Lucha Reyes, Amalia Mendoza, Lila Downs, Vikki Carr, Soledad Bravo, Astrid Hadad, Jorge Negrete, Paquita la del Barrio, Cuco Sanchez, Yolanda del Río, Antonio Aguilar, Alejandro Fernandez, and Nortec Collective.
by Paul Wall Da People's Champ October 29, 2009
R&B/Soul is a broad category that encompasses much of non-sacred African American music. Its reach spans from the early vocal hits by Sam & Dave such as "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Soul Man" to Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" to the mid-1970s radio-ready soul/pop of the Delfonics' "Didn't I Blow Your Mind" and Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," and all the way to the modern R&B of Beyonce and Usher. The category is united by emotive vocals, hints of funk and, of course, ample doses of pure, impassioned soul.
R&B/Soul: Earth Wind and Fire, The Five Stairsteps, Marvin Gaye, Lenny Williams, Donny Hathaway, The Isley Brothers, Dwele, Chuckii Booker, Kem, Floetry, Silk, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Jean Knight, Will Downing, Brian McKnight, Sly & The Family Stone, Avant, Ray Charles, Akon, R. Kelly, Nate Dogg, Usher, Carl Thomas, Dru Hill, Bobby Valentino, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Jagged Edge, TLC, Ciara, Beyonce, Aaliyah, Alfonzo Hunter, After 7, Atlantic Starr, Barry White, Curtis Mayfield, Whitney Houston, Omarion, J. Holiday, Raheem DeVaughn, The Dream, Keri Hilson, Tyrese, Joe, Alicia Keys, Keyshia Cole, Lloyd, Musiq Soulchild, Montell Jordan, I-15, Lyfe Jennings, Mario, Ray J, and Gnarls Barkley.
by Paul Wall Da People's Champ October 05, 2009