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Originally posted by hotpinkurinalmint
The Samaritans were a group of people that practiced a Judaism-like religion and continue to live in what is now modern Israel and the West Bank today. They are most known for the parable of the Good Samaritan, but have a long and interesting history. They were a large nation in biblical times, but their numbers have dwindled to just a small number of people. Samaritans claim to have decended from the lost tribes of ancient Israel. The Bible claims they moved into ancient Israel during the Babylonian exile and converted to Judaism because they felt honoring the local god would protect them from lion attacks.