Author: Hru Yuya T Assaan-Anu
Release Date: 2014-11-05
"Shrine and Altar" is a journey into the base elements that are used to establish a sacred space of mindful meditation, spiritual awakening, and divine communion with the guardian forces of the cosmos. In this work the reader will be given tools in the form of knowledge that they can use as the building blocks for their spiritual work. A sacred space is a focused portal and spiritual gateway to worlds beyond our own. In this life of five sensory perception physical tools are often utilized in order to align all of our faculties to one intention. The erecting of a sacred space accomplishes this goal as it creates a single focused environment aimed at the singular goal of spiritual cultivation and empowerment. This book pursues a simplistic approach to altar/shrine erection in order to establish a foundational facility in the reader and spiritual aspirant. Before you lend your efforts to the design and construction of your next sacred space, you would do well to study the gems offered in this great work.
"This work provides information on the modern practice of Isis worship, portraying the goddess as a universal rather than specifically Egyptian deity. It contains rituals and exercises demonstrating how to divine the future using the Sacred Scarabs, cast love spells, and more."--Amazon.
The revised and expanded 20th-anniversary edition of Iyanla Vanzant’s first published work offers a powerful path to self-empowerment through the revitalization of one’s spiritual and ancestral roots. Written with Iyanla’s signature healing stories, this classic guide to uniting the will with the spirit teaches that only you have the power to make a change for the better. With chapters on basic breathing and meditation techniques, setting up a home altar, connecting with ancestors and guardian spirits, and the extraordinary power of forgiveness, this book is a perfect companion on the way toward the real you. Known for teaching by principle and example, this exclusive edition also contains Iyanla’s special "What I Know Now" commentaries and a link to download original audio. These tools will challenge you to stop struggling and start recognizing that it is possible to reconcile your humanity with your divinity. Whether you are a beginner on the path or a veteran in need of refreshment, Iyanla’s prescriptions can support your growth from the comfort of spiritual adolescence to the wisdom of spiritual maturity. You no longer need to settle for the way things are . . . you can open up to the way things can be—if you dare to tap the power within!
Constructed in 1297?1300 for King Edward I, the Coronation Chair ranks amongst the most remarkable and precious treasures to have survived from the Middle Ages. It incorporated in its seat a block of sandstone, which the king seized at Scone, following his victory over the Scots in 1296. For centuries, Scottish kings had been inaugurated on this symbolic ‘Stone of Scone’, to which a copious mythology had also become attached. Edward I presented the Chair, as a holy relic, to the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey, and most English monarchs since the fourteenth century have been crowned in it, the last being HM Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953. The Chair and the Stone have had eventful histories: in addition to physical alterations, they suffered abuse in the eighteenth century, suffragettes attached a bomb to them in 1914, they were hidden underground during the Second World War, and both were damaged by the gang that sacrilegiously broke into Westminster Abbey and stole the Stone in 1950. It was recovered and restored to the Chair, but since 1996 the Stone has been exhibited on loan in Edinburgh Castle. Now somewhat battered through age, the Chair was once highly ornate, being embellished with gilding, painting and coloured glass. Yet, despite its profound historical significance, until now it has never been the subject of detailed archaeological recording. Moreover, the remaining fragile decoration was in need of urgent conservation, which was carried out in 2010?12, accompanied by the first holistic study of the Chair and Stone. In 2013 the Chair was redisplayed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Coronation of HM The Queen. The latest investigations have revealed and documented the complex history of the Chair: it has been modified on several occasions, and the Stone has been reshaped and much altered since it left Scone. This volume assembles, for the first time, the complementary evidence derived from history, archaeology and conservation, and presents a factual account of the Coronation Chair and the Stone of Scone, not as separate artefacts, but as the entity that they have been for seven centuries. Their combined significance to the British Monarchy and State – and to the history and archaeology of the English and Scottish nations – is greater than the sum of their parts. Also published here for the first time is the second Coronation Chair, made for Queen Mary II in 1689. Finally, accounts are given of the various full-size replica chairs in Britain and Canada, along with a selection of the many models in metal and ceramic which have been made during the last two centuries.
Author: Odwirafo Kwesi Ra Nehem Ptah Akhan
Publisher: Odwirafo Kwesi Ra Nehem Ptah Akhan
HOODOO PEOPLE: Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut (Africans) in North America - Akan Custodians of Hoodoo from Ancient Hoodoo/Udunu Land (Khanit/Nubia) Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut (Africans~Black People) in North america brought our Hoodoo religion and culture with us in our blood-circles from Afuraka/Afuraitkait (Africa) during the Mmusuo Kese (Great Perversity/Enslavement Era). This is an unbroken tradition which is not only intergenerational, but transcarnational. This means that it was and is informed by the Abosom and our Nananom Nsamanfo, Akan terms for Deities/Divine Spirit-Forces that animate Creation and our Spiritually Cultivated Ancestresses and Ancestors. It is through the Abosom (Deities) that our Ancestral Religious traditions are established. This is true of all Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut (Africans) wherever we are in the world. When the Abosom first possessed our Ancestresses and Ancestors via ritual and communicated the Divine Order of Creation directly to them, our religious practice was established. When those first Ancestresses and Ancestors preserved what they were taught by the Abosom and transferred that tradition via protocols to their posterity without profanation, our religious practice was/is perpetuated. Our knowledge of Nyamewaa-Nyame Nhyehyee, The Mother and Father Supreme Being’s Order (Divine Order), our role in the Divine Order and the means by which we can ritually incorporate Divine Law and ritually restore Divine Balance to our lives is replenished in every generation as the Abosom and Nananom Nsamanfo continue to communicate with us via spirit-possession and spirit-communication. Ancestral Spirit possession includes communication with our ancient Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) Ancestresses and Ancestors up to our recently transitioned Ancestresses and Ancestors of good character. Whenever we have children we have drawn one or more of our Nsamanfo, our Ancestresses and Ancestors, into the womb to return to Asaase Afua (Earth Mother) once again. The knowledge of the religion and culture is written into their Okra/Okraa, their Soul/Divine Consciousness by Nyamewaa-Nyame, the Supreme Being. As they grow and develop they access this Ancestral knowledge and incorporate it into every aspect of their lives when properly acculturated. Through this process they positively impact the lives of everyone in the community. This is transcarnational transmission of culture, the intergenerational spiri-genetic transmission of culture which was/is impervious to being broken through the horrors of the Mmusuo Kese (enslavement).
Shrine enthusiast Michael Tavinor explores the history and the present day significance of the shrines to the saints that can be found in many cathedrals and abbeys, and in places such as Walsingham, Dorchester, and other local pilgrimage destinations. He traces the importance of shrines in the UK’s spiritual life from medieval times and considers how people and church buildings were influenced by shrines in their midst. He recounts the shrines' destruction at the Reformation; asks why they provoked such a vicious reaction and what was happening during the hidden years before the tide turned in both Anglican and Catholic churches in 19th century. As visitor numbers to cathedrals and pilgrimage centres continue to grow in strength in the twenty first century, this guide includes information on current ‘working shrines’ and a reflection on the power of shrines now, from cathedrals to the 'roadside shrines’ prevalent today.
Author: Robert Amos
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
Release Date: 2009-08-01
Victoria’s Chinatown is Canada’s oldest Chinese neighbourhood and has a lineage unbroken since 1858. With large-format colour photos and photocollages, Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong take you behind the doors of the 29 private clubs that make up the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, where you’ll see the gilded altars, antique art and ornate furniture that grace the meeting halls. Through stunning pictures and text in both Chinese and English, you will meet the club members and take an inside look at the culture of this complex community. Inside Chinatown is sure to become a landmark publication chronicling the vibrant heritage of Chinese Canadians. Inside Chinatown was voted Monday Magazine's Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and authors Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong were presented with a 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from BC Heritage for their work on Inside Chinatown.
Annette Adams shows Baby-Boomers how to get your life in order before you die, design your funeral/passing and HAVE THE LAST WORD...creative thoughts and lists of what to do before you go. Have fun planning your going away party: choose your own music and flowers, leave notes, and write your own eulogy and obituary (guidelines for you). Learn how to have a green funeral or read the cultural history of burials
Author: John Annerino
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: 2013-07-09
Wooden sculptures and relief paintings of saints such as St. Francis, the Blessed Virgin, and Apostles of Christ have for centuries been objects of devotion and worship in the Southwest Catholic culture. This centuries-old heritage is celebrated here through photographs, essay, and literary quotes that beautifully bring the devotion into focus. Crafting saints has always been seen as a high calling. These santeros and santeras (saint makers) created santos—images of saints, Christ, the Trinity, and Holy Family—painting them on wooden panels called retablos. They carved and painted wooden sculptures called bultos. And if they built a home chapel, they carved and painted an altar screen, or altar retablo, called a reredos, that was made up of smaller retablos and sometimes adorned with bultos. John Annerino is the author and photographer of seventeen distinguished photography books and thirty-two single-artist calendars, including The Virgin of Guadalupe (Gibbs Smith), Ancient America, New Mexico Wild & Scenic, Arizona Wild & Scenic, and the awardwinning books Desert Light, Indian Country, Grand Canyon Wild, Canyons of the Southwest, The Wild Country of Mexico, and Roughstock: The Toughest Events in Rodeo (acclaimed by the Rodeo Hall of Fame). He lives in Tucson.
Author: Thomas A. Tweed
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2011-06-28
The National Shrine in Washington, DC has been deeply loved, blithely ignored, and passionately criticized. It has been praised as a "dazzling jewel" and dismissed as a "towering Byzantine beach ball." In this intriguing and inventive book, Thomas Tweed shows that the Shrine is also an illuminating site from which to tell the story of twentieth-century Catholicism. He organizes his narrative around six themes that characterize U.S. Catholicism, and he ties these themes to the Shrine's material culture--to images, artifacts, or devotional spaces. Thus he begins with the Basilica's foundation stone, weaving it into a discussion of "brick and mortar" Catholicism, the drive to build institutions. To highlight the Church's inclination to appeal to women, he looks at fund-raising for the Mary Memorial Altar, and he focuses on the Filipino oratory to Our Lady of Antipolo to illustrate the Church's outreach to immigrants. Throughout, he employs painstaking detective work to shine a light on the many facets of American Catholicism reflected in the shrine.