The Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia of History, Rites, Symbolism, by Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie

By Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie

The nineteenth-century author and Masonic student Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie (1833-86) studied occultism with Frederick Hockley, and met the well-known French occultist Éliphas Lévi in 1861. He was once additionally interested by the basis of the airtight Order of the Golden sunrise. This huge encyclopaedia, first released in 1877, is taken into account to be a vintage Masonic reference paintings. It comprises precise details at the symbols, rites, legends, phrases, humans and locations linked to Freemasonry. the various symbols are illustrated and lists of scores are given, together with a 'traditional' checklist of Grand Masters of britain that incorporates Sts Swithin and Dunstan, Alfred the nice, Sir Christopher Wren (twice) and Charles II. Mackenzie goals in his entries to be severe whilst appropriate: as he says within the Preface, freemasonry has 'received a keen tribute' in his ebook, yet he tricks at problems encountered in publishing fabric a few famously secretive society.

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Blood Expiation in Hittite and Biblical Ritual (Writings by Yitzhak Feder

By Yitzhak Feder

This pioneering learn examines using blood to purge the consequences of sin and impurity in Hittite and biblical ritual. the concept that blood atones for sins holds a well-liked position in either Jewish and Christian traditions. the writer strains this thought again to its earliest documentation within the fourteenth- and thirteenth-century B.C.E. texts from Hittite Anatolia, during which the smearing of blood is used as a way of expiation, purification, and consecration. This ceremony parallels, in either its process and targets, the biblical sin delivering. the writer argues that this tradition stems from a typical culture manifested in either cultures. furthermore, this ebook goals to decipher and elucidate the symbolism of the perform of blood smearing via trying to determine the sociocultural context during which the expiatory importance of blood originated. therefore, it's crucial examining for a person drawn to the that means and efficacy of formality, the origins of Jewish and Christian notions of sin and atonement, and the foundation of the biblical blood ceremony.

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Cord of Blood: Possession and the Making of Voodoo by Nadia Lovell

By Nadia Lovell

The connection among people and their gods lies on the centre of all questions of id, person and collective. Nadia Lovell examines how spiritual emotions replicate notions of personhood and belonging, and the way spiritual involvement can rework gender kinfolk, through concentrating on cults of Vodhun (voodoo) ownership one of the Watchi in Southern Togo. utilizing this targeted ethnographic research as some extent of departure she bargains a desirable perception into the advanced interaction among faith, gender, ethnography and globalisation. Lovell argues that the connection of fellows and ladies to the Vodhun is certainly one of mutual dependency: at the one hand people will gods to exist; nonetheless, gods embrace themselves in humans, particularly girls, via ownership. ownership, in accordance with Lovell, implies not just ailment, however the manifestation of inventive capability in which girls can exhibit a number of identities -- a procedure by which techniques of gender are either proven and dismantled. having a look particularly on the position of the devotees, Lovell offers an attractive account which bargains a big contribution to the learn of faith, gender and society.

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Contemporary Religious Satanism: A Critical Anthology by Jesper Aagaard Petersen

By Jesper Aagaard Petersen

The Church of devil was once based via Anton LaVey on April 30, 1966. In his fingers, devil turned a provocative image for indulgence, important lifestyles, usual knowledge and the human being's precise animal nature. at the moment, non secular Satanism exists essentially as a decentralized way of life with a powerful net presence inside of a bigger Satanic milieu in Western tradition. although so much are encouraged by way of LaVey, nearly all of modern Satanists aren't participants of the Church of devil. many of the expressions of contemporary Satanism all navigate in state-of-the-art detraditionalized spiritual marketplace in the course of the artistic appropriation of pop culture, philosophy, literature and faith. The concrete ideas are assorted; yet all of them comprehend the facility of transgression allying oneself with a strongest image of resistance, specifically devil. hence, modern spiritual Satanism may be understood as a fancy negotiation of atheism, secularism, esotericism and self: A "self-religion" within the smooth age. regardless of the attention-grabbing nature of spiritual Satanism, it has attracted little scholarship till fairly lately. This booklet brings jointly a bunch of foreign students to supply the 1st severe book-length examine of spiritual Satanism, offering a set that would have large entice experts and non-specialists alike. the 1st half includes broader reports of influential teams and significant facets of the Satanic milieu, in particular relating to ancient advancements, the development of culture and problems with legitimacy. the second one half narrows the view to nearby adaptations, specifically with experiences on Northern and jap Europe. The 3rd half comprises basic files chosen for his or her representational and informational price.

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Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas by Henry Goldschmidt

By Henry Goldschmidt

The pioneering essays gathered during this quantity convey severe new views to the interdisciplinary examine of racial, nationwide, and non secular identities. The authors exhibit that one can't research those different types of id formation in isolation, yet needs to as an alternative learn the methods each one intersects with-and eventually is helping construct-the others. This cutting edge theoretical standpoint sheds new mild at the position of faith in shaping the lives of numerous groups through the Americas and forces us to reevaluate the reductive competition among secular and non secular identities. The twelve essays within the quantity discover the binds among race, country, and faith in ethnographic and historic aspect. issues variety from Jesuit undertaking paintings to Hollywood movie, take place future to liberation theology, the Haitian Rara pageant to American immigration legislation. In those and different contexts, the authors discover the intertwined histories of a hemisphere outlined on the charged intersections of race, state, and religion.

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Paul in Ecstasy: The Neurobiology of the Apostle's Life and by Colleen Shantz

By Colleen Shantz

Whereas many readers of Paul's letters realize how very important his adventure used to be to his existence and notion, Biblical students haven't ordinarily addressed this subject head-on. Colleen Shantz argues that they've been held again either by way of a bias opposed to non secular ecstasy and via the boundaries of the Biblical texts: How do you responsibly entry a person else's event, really event as strange and debated as non secular ecstasy? and the way do you account responsibly for the function of expertise in that person's inspiration? Paul in Ecstasy pursues those questions via a number of disciplines – so much particularly neuroscience. This learn offers cogent motives for bewildering passages in Paul's letters, outlines a far larger impact of such event in Paul's existence and letters, and issues to its value in Christian origins.

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Tongnaab: The History of a West African God by Jean Allman, John Parker

By Jean Allman, John Parker

For many Africanist historians, conventional faith is just a place to begin for measuring the historical impression of Christianity and Islam. In Tongnaab, Jean Allman and John Parker problem the excellence among culture and modernity through tracing the flow and mutation of the robust Talensi god and ancestor shrine, Tongnaab, from the savanna of northern Ghana throughout the forests and coastal plains of the south. utilizing quite a lot of written, oral, and iconographic resources, Allman and Parker discover the old dynamics of cross-cultural non secular trust and perform. They demonstrate how Tongnaab has been intertwined with many issues and occasions in West African history―the slave alternate, colonial conquest and rule, capitalist agriculture and mining, exertions migration, transferring ethnicities, the construction of ethnographic wisdom, and the political initiatives that led to the fashionable country country. This wealthy and unique publication indicates that indigenous faith has been on the middle of dramatic social and fiscal adjustments stretching from the slave exchange to the vacationer trade.

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