The Divine And The Demonic

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The Divine And The Demonic

Author : Dr Graham Dwyer
ISBN : 9781134431090
Genre : Political Science
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Based on fieldwork in the north Indian state of Rajasthan, this book focuses on supernatural affliction - illness and misfortune ascribed to demonic spirits or ghosts and to other mystical agents, such as sorcerers and witches. The study augments and extends the existing scholarship on a range of issues, including inter alia beliefs about spirit possession, sorcery, witchcraft and the evil eye. The themes of ritual practice, especially exorcism or healing ceremonies, Hindu priests and curers, popular Hinduism and pilgrimage are discussed, and the anthropology of South Asia is explored with an emphasis on medical anthropology and Indian ethnomedicine. At a theoretical level, the book sharply contrasts with much of the literature on spirit possession or on supernatural affliction and its treatment, as the author's phenomenological orientation involves movement away from psychological or psychiatric paradigms as well as from other forms of Western rationalism that have tended to dominate scholarly work. The book thus offers fresh insights, both in terms of understanding supernatural malaise and its treatment, and in terms of the application of the approach the author engages.
Category: Political Science

The Sinister Way

Author : Richard von Glahn
ISBN : 0520928776
Genre : Religion
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The most striking feature of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in late imperial China, was the deity's diabolical character. Wutong was perceived not as a heroic figure or paragon of noble qualities but rather as an embodiment of humanity's basest vices, greed and lust, a maleficent demon who preyed on the weak and vulnerable. In The Sinister Way, Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult within the larger framework of the historical development of Chinese popular or vernacular religion—as opposed to institutional religions such as Buddhism or Daoism. Von Glahn's study, spanning three millennia, gives due recognition to the morally ambivalent and demonic aspects of divine power within the common Chinese religious culture.
Category: Religion

Desire Divine Demonic

Author : Michele Stephen
ISBN : UOM:39015060640417
Genre : Social Science
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This original and innovative book challenges many of our long-held assumptions about traditional Balinese religion. Drawing on data from visual art, mythology, esoteric texts, and public rituals, Michele Stephen identifies a core of important mystical themes at the heart of Balinese religion and demonstrates the striking parallels between these and Indian Tantric thought. Desire, Divine and Demonic begins with an introduction to the problems of defining mysticism in Bali, a discussion of prevailing scholarly views concerning the nature of Balinese religion, and a brief description of the link between art and religion in Balinese culture. What follows is an intriguing analysis of two series of paintings by contemporary Balinese artists I Ketut Budiana and I Gusti Nyoman Mirdiana, who specialize in mystical and mythological scenes.
Category: Social Science

Deceptive Gods Confronting The Divine And Demonic

Author : Lorne J. Therrien Sr
ISBN : 1733466797
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Are angels, demons, aliens, Satan, and God one and the same entity? Examine the evidence and come to your own conclusion. Lorne J. Therrien Sr. is a mystic and a seasoned empath. On his path to win God's heart, Therrien experienced angels that appeared as bright as the sun, the comforting embrace of the Holy Spirit that would come and go leaving him in a euphoric state, and darker-than-night hooded shadows that lingered on the sidelines, watching. It is written, 'You shall not test the Lord, your God'. But when his empathic ability recognizes a similarity in the energy of the angels, demonic hooded shadows, and the Holy Spirit, a red flag is raised. Does he accept what has been written, or trust his intuition and test the God he loves? Making no assumptions, Therrien lets empathy, intuition, and thorough research guide the way, arriving at a clear understanding of both human and non-human nature. The opportunity presents itself with an unexpected visitation at a former monastery, and the game begins. Therrien invites a student curious about spiritual communication to join him as he confronts and converses with the divine and demonic to learn the true identity of the invisible presence. Lorne J. Therrien's Deceptive Gods will also share with you: - Why ancient aliens are not visitors from another planet but dual dimensional beings that have always been here. - What's behind the claim of hearing the voice of God. - Why God allows Satan to live. - Why exorcisms and house blessings rarely work. - How to stop dark thoughts and memories from dominating your consciousness. - How the jinn use mediums and play the dead. - How sex demons apply seductive techniques and can destroy a relationship. - What is inside the cloak of the hooded shadow. - What fairies are really like. And a long-held secret will be revealed. A deceiving hidden race has pulled the wool over humanity's eyes for millennia. Education in how to recognize their influences, guises, and lies is a must to avoid falling into their traps.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Other Side Of Kabbalah

Author : Nathaniel Berman
ISBN : 9789004386198
Genre : Religion
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Divine and Demonic in the Poetic Mythology of the Zohar offers a new interpretation of the Kabbalistic “Other Side,” exploring the intimacies and antagonisms of divine and demonic, and showing how the Zoharic literature contributes to thinking about alterity generally.
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Divine Scapegoats

Author : Andrei A. Orlov
ISBN : 9781438455839
Genre : Religion
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Explores the paradoxical symmetry between the divine and demonic in early Jewish mystical texts. Divine Scapegoats is a wide-ranging exploration of the parallels between the heavenly and the demonic in early Jewish apocalyptical accounts. In these materials, antagonists often mirror features of angelic figures, and even those of the Deity himself, an inverse correspondence that implies a belief that the demonic realm is maintained by imitating divine reality. Andrei A. Orlov examines the sacerdotal, messianic, and creational aspects of this mimetic imagery, focusing primarily on two texts from the Slavonic pseudepigrapha: 2 Enoch and the Apocalypse of Abraham. These two works are part of a very special cluster of Jewish apocalyptic texts that exhibit features not only of the apocalyptic worldview but also of the symbolic universe of early Jewish mysticism. The Yom Kippur ritual in the Apocalypse of Abraham, the divine light and darkness of 2 Enoch, and the similarity of mimetic motifs to later developments in the Zohar are of particular importance in Orlov’s consideration.
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Discerning Spirits

Author : Nancy Mandeville Caciola
ISBN : 9781501702174
Genre : History
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Trance states, prophesying, convulsions, fasting, and other physical manifestations were often regarded as signs that a person was seized by spirits. In a book that sets out the prehistory of the early modern European witch craze, Nancy Caciola shows how medieval people decided whom to venerate as a saint infused with the spirit of God and whom to avoid as a demoniac possessed of an unclean spirit. This process of discrimination, known as the discernment of spirits, was central to the religious culture of Western Europe between 1200 and 1500. Since the outward manifestations of benign and malign possession were indistinguishable, a highly ambiguous set of bodily features and behaviors were carefully scrutinized by observers. Attempts to make decisions about individuals who exhibited supernatural powers were complicated by the fact that the most intense exemplars of lay spirituality were women, and the "fragile sex" was deemed especially vulnerable to the snares of the devil. Assessments of women's spirit possessions often oscillated between divine and demonic interpretations. Ultimately, although a few late medieval women visionaries achieved the prestige of canonization, many more were accused of possession by demons. Caciola analyzes a broad array of sources from saints' lives to medical treatises, exorcists' manuals to miracle accounts, to find that observers came to rely on the discernment of bodies rather than seeking to distinguish between divine and demonic possession in purely spiritual terms.
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Author : Kerry S. Walters
ISBN : 0809139154
Genre : Religion
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Explores how our innate desire for God (and to be like God) is often perverted into the arrogant lust to be God.
Category: Religion

Colors Demonic And Divine

Author : Herman Pleij
ISBN : 0231130228
Genre : Art
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Including a wealth of vivid detail and ranging over theology, poetry, painting, heraldry, fashion, and daily life, this book elucidates the attitudes toward color in medieval times and the effect these attitudes still have on modern society.
Category: Art

Demonic Divine

Author : Jeff Watt
ISBN : 1932476083
Genre : Art
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Category: Art

Hypnotism Divine Or Demonic

Author : Lester Sumrall
ISBN : 0937580058
Genre : Hypnotism
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The contamination of psychic phenomena is spreading like spores of some self-proliferating fungus. Hypnotism is a poisonous art. It is not an innocent, harmless party frolic. It is an explosive, destructive and contagious menace.
Category: Hypnotism

Divine And Demonic In The Poetic Mythology Of The Zohar

Author : Nathaniel Berman
ISBN : 9004386181
Genre : Religion
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Divine and Demonic in the Poetic Mythology of the Zohar offers a new interpretation of the Kabbalistic "Other Side," exploring the intimacies and antagonisms of divine and demonic, and showing how the Zoharic literature contributes to thinking about alterity generally.
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Divine Demonic And Disordered

Author : Hsiao-wen Cheng
ISBN : 9780295748337
Genre : History
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A variety of Chinese writings from the Song period (960–1279)—medical texts, religious treatises, fiction, and anecdotes—depict women who were considered peculiar because their sexual bodies did not belong to men. These were women who refused to marry, were considered unmarriageable, or were married but denied their husbands sexual access, thereby removing themselves from social constructs of female sexuality defined in relation to men. As elite male authors attempted to make sense of these “unnatural” women whose sexual bodies were unavailable to them, they were forced to contemplate the purpose of women’s bodies and lives apart from wifehood and motherhood. This raised troubling new questions about normalcy, desire, sexuality, and identity. In Divine, Demonic, and Disordered, Hsiao-wen Cheng considers accounts of “manless women,” many of which depict women who suffered from “enchantment disorder” or who engaged in “intercourse with ghosts”—conditions with specific symptoms and behavioral patterns. Through her questioning of conventional binary gender analyses, Cheng shifts attention away from women’s reproductive bodies and familial roles. Her innovative study offers historians of China and readers interested in women, gender, sexuality, medicine, and religion a fresh look at the unstable meanings attached to women’s behaviors and lives even in a time of codified patriarchy.
Category: History

The Vision Of Paul Tillich

Author : Carl J. Armbruster
ISBN : UOM:39015059662869
Genre : TILLICH, PAUL,1886-1965
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The Arts And Their Interrelations

Author : James M. Heath
ISBN : UOM:39015032187505
Genre : Arts.
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This issue of the Bucknell Review studies the interrelations among the arts by exploring, comparing, and contrasting the treatment of the "same" subject matter by a poet, a composer, a painter, a novelist, a film director, and a sculptor. It is hoped that these essays will suggest some next steps in the exploration of the arts. Illustrated.
Category: Arts.

Ancient Egyptian Demonology

Author : Panagiotis Kousoulis
ISBN : 9042920408
Genre : History
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In the Egyptian context, what we term magic and demon, drawing on our own cultural heritage, are not seen as negative aspects of cultural practice and conceptualisation. Similarly, the Egyptian equivalents do not carry the pejorative connotations borne by the modern terms and their Greek antecedents; magic and demons can be forces for good as well as evil. Indeed, the practice of magic and the conceptualisation of personified demonic agents are central to the Egyptian understanding of the workings of the world from the very continuation of the cosmos itself down to the vicissitudes of existence faced by individuals. In particular, the broader practice of magic and articulation of the involvement of demonic agency form one of the crucial links in Ancient Egypt between individual existence on the human level and the level of nature or the cosmos, the realm of the gods. Unlike, though, the explicit recognition of the term demon in the ancient Greek language and religion, as the intermediary between god and mortals, the majority of the demonic names in the Egyptian literature do not possess an apparent ontological essence, or a clearly defined denotation. Their characteristics and role depended momentously on the verbal and performative ritual environment they were part of. The relation between the name of a demon and its cosmic-natural personification is not contradictory as it may seem, but it is closely interwoven in a well established ritual framework of words and actions. This multi-authored volume of 10 essays comprises an up-to-date authorized account of many aspects of ancient Egyptian demonology, including the multiple persona of the demonic or name vs. identity in the Egyptian formation of the demonic, nightmares and underworld demons, dream rituals and magic, categories of demonic entities and the vague distinction between the divine and the demonic in Egyptian cosmology and ritual, the theological and demonic aspects of Egyptian magic, and demons as reflections of human society. Contributors include Paul John Frandsen, Hedvig Gyory, Joachim Friedrich Quack, Yvan Koenig, Panagiotis Kousoulis, Alan Lloyd, Robert Ritner, Alessandro Roccati, Kasia Szpakowska and Penelope Wilson.
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Overcoming Demonic Dreams Spirit Spouses Lesson 6

Author : Hlompho Phamodi
Genre : Religion
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It is said that; human beings spend most of their life dreaming, in fact statistics show that by the age of 60 years, you would have spent 20 years of your live dreaming. Meaning 1/3rd of your life is just spend on dreams. So what are dreams? •Dreams according to Gods plan were designed to convey a divine message from God to man. Job 33:15-16 explains this; In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds. Then He opens their ears of men, and seal instruction. •Dreams are a natural way in which the spirit world is open to the natural. •Dreams are a channel or means of communicating from the supernatural world into the natural. •Dreams are a doorway into the destiny of man. •Dreams are a Godly natural way that God has set to speak to man, but is also being used by the devil to manipulate and program all kinds of evil to man....
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Divine And Demonic Imagery At Tor De Specchi 1400 1500

Author : Suzanne M. Scanlan
ISBN : 9462983992
Genre : Art and religion
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This book offers the first English-language examination of art commissioned by religious women in fifteenth-century Rome. Detailed photographs show readers the impressive array of paintings commissioned by oblates for their living quarters, Tor de'Specchi. The book focuses primarily on the sensual and corporeal, as earthly, divine, and demonic figures occur throughout the imagery. The book uses formal analysis, theories of vision and anthropological models to explore the disciplinary and educational purposes of the images, as well as their relationship to important papal projects at the Vatican.
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Hearing Voices Demonic And Divine

Author : Christopher C. H. Cook
ISBN : 9780429750946
Genre : Religion
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The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivative 4.0 license. Experiences of hearing the voice of God (or angels, demons, or other spiritual beings) have generally been understood either as religious experiences or else as a feature of mental illness. Some critics of traditional religious faith have dismissed the visions and voices attributed to biblical characters and saints as evidence of mental disorder. However, it is now known that many ordinary people, with no other evidence of mental disorder, also hear voices and that these voices not infrequently include spiritual or religious content. Psychological and interdisciplinary research has shed a revealing light on these experiences in recent years, so that we now know much more about the phenomenon of "hearing voices" than ever before. The present work considers biblical, historical, and scientific accounts of spiritual and mystical experiences of voice hearing in the Christian tradition in order to explore how some voices may be understood theologically as revelatory. It is proposed that in the incarnation, Christian faith finds both an understanding of what it is to be fully human (a theological anthropology), and God’s perfect self-disclosure (revelation). Within such an understanding, revelatory voices represent a key point of interpersonal encounter between human beings and God.
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