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Two new studies suggest that the Salado people who built the ruins at Tonto National Monument may have started a religion of peacemakers that spread throughout the Southwest.

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Ancient women fought back

Women victimized by war may have become peacemakers

Victimized by generations of warfare, women who lived in Rim Country 700 years ago fought back by establishing a religion whose central theme may well have been — “blessed are the peacemakers.”

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