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The satirical Alexamenos graffito

Onolatry is worship of the donkey: old Oriental and African worship attributed also to the Jewish people who travelled in the desert.[1]

In Imperial Rome, the charge of onolatry was used by the pagans to taunt the first Christians and Jews.[2] A famous example of this is the Alexamenos graffito.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Mitchell, W. J. T. (2006). What Do Pictures Want?. University of Chicago Press. p. 87.  
  2. ^ Gavrilyuk, Paul L. (2004). The Suffering of the Impassible God. Oxford University Press. p. 76.  
  3. ^ Herbermann, Charles George. The Catholic Encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia Press. p. 793. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 

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