Author: Paxson, Diana L.
Publisher: Weiser Books
Release Date: 2015-03-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Bestselling author of several fantasy novels including Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Ancestors of Avalon, Diana L. Paxson now turns her attention to Trance Possession. Specifically, how to safely and effectively enter and to exit possessory trance. In possessory trance, one voluntarily offers one’s body as a vehicle for spirit work. This differs from other forms of trance in that one’s “normal” personality is replaced by a personality that is identified by oneself and one’s community as a spirit or a god. Here Paxson explores all aspects of trance possession, including: how to prepare for possessory trance how to enter and exit trance possession safely, and what to do if things get too heavy connecting with Saints and Spirits, including those found in Afro-Diasporic religions A practical book of particular interest to witches and pagans, each chapter includes two to five exercises that will assist you in your personal experiences with possession.
Author: David Leeming
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2005-10-07
Genre: Social Science
Cave paintings at Lascaux, France and Altamira, Spain, fraught with expression thousands of years later; point to an early human desire to form a cultural identity. In the Oxford Companion to World Mythology, David Leeming explores the role of mythology, or myth-logic, in history and determines that the dreams of specific cultures add up to a larger collective story of humanity. Stopping short of attempting to be all-inclusive, this fascinating volume will nonetheless be comprehensive, opening with an introduction exploring the nature and dimensions of myth and proposing a definition as a universal language. Briefly dipping into the ways our understanding of myth has changed from Aristotle and Plato to modern scholars such as Joseph Campbell, the introduction loosely places the concept in its present context and precedes articles on influential mythologists and mythological approaches that appear later in the Companion. The main body of Leemings work consists of A-Z entries covering all aspects of mythology, including substantial essays on the worlds major mythological traditions (Greek, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Sumerian, Egyptian), mythological types and motifs (Descent to the Underworld, the Hero, the Trickster, Creation, the Quest), mythological figures (Odysseus, Zeus, Osiris, Spider Woman, and Inanna) as well as numerous interrelated subjects such as fairly tales and legends. The Companion also locates myth in our lives today, relating it to language patterns, psychology, religion, politics, art, and gender attitudes. Many of the better-known and more significant myths are vividly retold in this volume that will be illustrated with maps, more than 70 black and white images, and eight pages of color highlighting the central role art has often played in the transmission and perpetuation of myth. Following the entries, a rich section of appendices will include family trees of the major pantheons, equivalency charts for the gods of Greece and Rome, Babylon and Sumer, as well as other traditions, an extensive bibliography, and an index.
Author: Donald B. Redford
Publisher: JHU Press
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Moving beyond recent debates between Afrocentrists and their critics over the racial characteristics of Egyptian civilization, From Slave to Pharaoh reveals the true complexity of race, identity, and power in Egypt as documented through surviving texts and artifacts, while at the same time providing a compelling account of war, conquest, and culture in the ancient world.
Encompassing every aspect of the office environment, this practical reference includes information on common filing systems, tips on using PowerPoint and giving presentations, a glossary of essential business terms, and advice on business writing, e-mail and telephone etiquette. Original.
Author: Bruce Manning Metzger
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Release Date: 2001
Featuring some 280 articles by 125 leading biblical scholars, this reference source to the Bible's key players and locales encompasses information on both individuals and groups in ancient Israel and early Christian communities, along with a history of major geographical locales, helpful cross-references, and more. Original.
Author: Jay R. Crook
Publisher: A B C International Group, Incorporated
Release Date: 1992-08-28
This work provides the historical background, social context and other relevant information about the stories of the Old Testament in comparison to the same stories in the Quran and in medieval Quranic commentaries.