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  • Haitian Vodou: An Introduction to Haiti's Indigenous by Mambo Chita Tann

    By Mambo Chita Tann

    Deeply rooted in Haiti's tradition and held sacred by way of thousands, Haitian Vodou is a joyous and profound ancestral perform descended from the Vodu priesthood of West Africa. This little-understood trust procedure is one of the truest religions of the Americas—yet its essence has remained a secret to outsiders.

    Written by means of a practitioner of the top initiatory rank, Haitian Vodou is the single ebook that gives a deferential, first-hand evaluation of the centuries-old indigenous culture. From Haiti's tradition and historical past to the sacred ideals, ceremonies, rituals, and practices grounded in ancestral communion, readers gets a unprecedented glance within Haitian Vodou. additionally explored: its courting to different African diasporic traditions within the West; universal misconceptions; Vodou magic and initiations; how thousands survived slavery, betrayal, and revolution; and the twentyone international locations of the Lwa, the spirits of Haitian Vodou.

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  • The Journey of the Magi by Richard C. Trexler

    By Richard C. Trexler

    Matthew's Gospel unearths little in regards to the 3 filthy rich viewers acknowledged to have offered presents to the baby Jesus. but enormous quantities of generations of Christians have decorated that picture of the 3 Kings or Magi for a myriad of social and political in addition to religious reasons. the following Richard Trexler heavily examines how this tale has been interpreted and used in the course of the centuries. Biblically, the adventure of the Magi provides a good snapshot of worldly strength, depicting the devoted in growth towards their God and conveying the significance of the gift-giving laity as legitimators in their deity. With this in brain, Trexler explains specifically how Western societies have molded the tale to explain and increase their very own power--before the baby God and between themselves.
    The writer demonstrates how the magi as a gaggle functioned in Christian society. for instance, magi performs, processions, and photographs taught humans the right way to pray and behave in reverential contexts; they featured monarchs and heads of republics who enacted the jobs of the magi to valid their rule; they usually restricted local americans to fall in line at the back of the magi to instill in them loyalty towards the eu global order. even if, Trexler additionally indicates those philosopher-kings as aggressive between one another, as have been teams of alternative a while, races, and genders in society at huge. initially modeled on representations of the Roman triumphs, the magi have reached the current day as highway kids donning crowns of cardboard, proving back the universality of the picture for developing, reinforcing, or even demanding a social hierarchy.
    Originally released in 1997.
    The Princeton Legacy Library makes use of the most recent print-on-demand expertise to back make on hand formerly out-of-print books from the celebrated backlist of Princeton collage Press. those paperback variations safeguard the unique texts of those very important books whereas providing them in sturdy paperback versions. The objective of the Princeton Legacy Library is to significantly bring up entry to the wealthy scholarly history present in the millions of books released by way of Princeton collage Press in view that its founding in 1905.

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  • Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground Up by Ellen Dugan

    By Ellen Dugan

    How does your magickal backyard grow?... With violets, rosemary, and yarrow to draw faeries; an apple tree for romance and health and wellbeing; and a circle of stones in a few tucked-away nook? no matter if you reside in a cottage within the woods, a house within the suburbs, or a urban house with a small balcony, a strong and enchanted realm awaits you. become aware of the key language and magickal homes of the timber and plant life, herbs and crops came across transforming into round you, and find out how to create your personal witch's garden.

    Written with down-to-earth humor through a grasp gardener who's additionally a training witch, this inventive and inspiring advisor will motivate gardeners of every age and adventure degrees. It contains a magazine part that makes it effortless to maintain song of your growth, sensible gardening suggestion, own tales, and backyard witchery lore and magick. inside of, you'll get the airborne dirt and dust on:

    — Flower folklore
    — Moon gardening and astrological timing
    — Faerie magick
    — commencing to complicated witchcraft
    — Floral and natural spells
    — Sabbat celebrations
    — Witch crafts (sachets, wreaths, appeal bags)
    — growing sacred space
    — color, moonlight, and solar gardens
    — Enchanted houseplant and box gardens
    — Magickal natural correspondences
    — backyard benefits    

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  • St. Paul and Epicurus by Norman Wentworth DeWitt

    By Norman Wentworth DeWitt

    St. Paul and Epicurus was once first released in 1954. Minnesota Archive versions makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more available, and are released unaltered from the unique college of Minnesota Press variations. all people who's fascinating within the which means of the Bible will locate this a revealing research, for it opens up a brand new window at the New testomony, a window that used to be walled up centuries in the past by way of prejudice. Professor DeWitt throws new gentle at the writings of the Apostle Paul by means of exhibiting how they have been prompted by means of the lessons of the Greek thinker Epicurus. The Epicureanism can have a spot in Christian faith may well come as a shock to these conversant in the normal inspiration of the philosophy of Epicurus. As verified within the that means of the English note epicure ,derived from the identify of the traditional thinker, the fashionable international has lengthy linked Epicurus with the indulgence of sensual excitement in food and drinks. yet, as Professor DeWitt makes transparent either during this quantity and in its predecessor, Epicurus and His Philosophy , the pleasures which the traditional Greek espoused as constituting the executive strong of existence weren't the pleasures of the flesh. The advantage and the trap, notwithstanding, of the Epicurean ethic, which allied happiness with excitement, have been so beautiful and so extensively stated that Paul had no selection yet to undertake it and bless it for his fans with the sanction of faith. He couldn't, although, admit indebtedness to a thinker who had lengthy been accused of sensualism and atheism, and there has been no selection, accordingly, yet to consign Epicurus to anonymity. via his scholarly research into the Epicurean resource of definite parts of the Epistles, Professor DeWitt offers new motives or translations for seventy-six biblical verses. The shut scrutiny of biblical passages is conducted, no longer in a spirit of vandalism, yet in a quest for accuracy, and the result's a demanding, readable, and soaking up publication.

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  • Religion in the New Europe (Conditions of European by Krzysztof Michalski

    By Krzysztof Michalski

    The articles during this quantity care for the position of Christianity within the definition of ecu id. Europeans frequently determine complicated civilizations with secularity. yet faith is especially a lot alive in different quick constructing international locations of the realm. In Europe, however, the prepared church buildings greatly desired to rigidity the Christian personality of ecu id, and this engendered a full of life protest targeting the perceived possibility to the secular ecu culture. additionally, Europe is dealing with its maximum cultural problem within the call for of Turkey to be admitted as a member, and within the call for of many Muslims in Europe, usually voters of the nations within which they reside, to be well-known of their distinction and even as built-in within the ecu nationwide and supranational associations. those essays have been written upon the invitation through the former President of the eu Union, Romano Prodi.

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  • The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation by Lee Strobel

    By Lee Strobel

    A professional journalist chases down the most important tale in history--is there credible facts that Jesus of Nazareth fairly is the son of god?

    Retracing his personal religious trip from atheism to religion, Lee Strobel, former felony editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen specialists with doctorates from faculties like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who're famous gurus of their personal fields. Strobel demanding situations them with questions like: How trustworthy is the recent testomony? Does facts for Jesus exist open air the Bible? Is there any cause to think the resurrection was once a precise occasion?

    Strobel's tricky, point-blank questions make this Gold Medallion-winning publication learn like an enthralling, fast moving novel. yet it's now not fiction. It's a riveting quest for the reality approximately history's so much compelling determine. what's going to your verdict be in The Case for Christ?

    "Lee Strobel probes with bulldog-like tenacity the proof for the reality of biblical Christianity."--Bruce M. Metzger, Ph.D., Professor of latest testomony, Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary

    "Lee Strobel asks the questions a tough-minded skeptic could ask. His ebook is so strong I learn it out loud to my spouse evenings after dinner. each inquirer must have it."--Phillip E. Johnson, legislation Professor, collage of California at Berkeley

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  • Religion and Female Body in Ancient Judaism and Its by Géza G. Xeravits

    By Géza G. Xeravits

    The amount publishes papers learn on the 9th overseas convention at the Deuterocanonical Books, Budapest, 2012. The name of the convention and the issuing quantity covers an, at the one hand, very important and, nonetheless, unfortunately missed element rather of the traditional Jewish and Christian traditions. conventional manifestations of either Judaism and Christianity are predominantly masculine theological buildings. regardless of their harsh masculine orientation, despite the fact that, neither Judaism nor Christianity lacks elaboration at the lady precept. whilst an old writer chooses girl imagery so as to make his message extra emphatic, the feminine physique as such kinds an essential component in their metaphors. The contributions during this quantity discover this phenomenon in the literature of early Judaism, and inside of its vast environments.

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  • I culti orientali ad Ostia by Maria Floriani Squarciapino

    By Maria Floriani Squarciapino

    Grâce à los angeles parution d'importants ouvrages ces dernières années, Ostie jouit d'une place privilégiée dans nos études qui correspond bien d'ailleurs à l'intérêt considérable que présente le web site. Dans le domaine de l'histoire de ses cultes, le port de Rome avait même suscité aussi — il y a un quart de siècle déjà — l. a. magistrale monographie de Mrs. L. Ross Taylor, The cults of Ostia (Bryn Mawr, 1912), dont on pourrait souhaiter bien des équivalents dans le monde romain. Mais le dévelopment donné aux fouilles, de 1938 à 1942 surtout, l'avait rendue incomplète à los angeles suite des découvertes de G. Calza au sanctuaire de los angeles Magna Mater, de los angeles remise au jour de plusieurs mithraea, triplant le nombre de ceux que l'on connaissait au second du livre de Mrs. Taylor, de différentes trouvailles d'objets (la plupart du temps encore inédits) et d'inscriptions relatifs à ce domaine de l. a. vie d'Ostie. los angeles book fondamentale des mithraea par G. Becatti en 1954, I mitrei dans los angeles assortment des Scavi di Ostia, II, a livré de façon exhaustive le matériel concernant l. a. faith du dieu solaire d'origine perse ; les autres croyances orientales étaient moins favorisées malgré un substantiel chapitre de l. a. somme de M. R. Meiggs, Roman Ostia (Oxford, 1960), pp. 354-377. Aussi l'excellente mise au element que nous livre Mme Floriani Squarciapino
    sera-t-elle los angeles bienvenue dans cette si utile assortment d'Études préliminaires aux religions orientales dans l'empire romain qui semble décidémant bien partie et dont le rythme de ebook est des plus prometteurs.

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  • Religion in Prison: 'Equal Rites' in a Multi-Faith Society by James A. Beckford, Sophie Gilliat

    By James A. Beckford, Sophie Gilliat

    This can be the 1st in-depth research of relatives among the Anglican Church and different faiths within the criminal carrier Chaplaincy. It examines the more and more debatable position of Anglican chaplains in facilitating the non secular and pastoral care of the expanding inhabitants of prisoners from non-Christian backgrounds. Drawing priceless contrasts with the location within the usa, it indicates how the fight for equivalent possibilities in a multi-faith society is politicizing relatives one of the Church, the nation and non secular minorities in England.

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