The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal by Arthur Edward Waite

By Arthur Edward Waite

It truly is on the middle of all Western tradition: the tale of the Holy Grail, the key heritage of Christianity and the grand quest to discover it that informs every thing from stories steeped in centuries, comparable to the legend of King Arthur, to the main glossy renowned fiction, just like the Da Vinci Code. during this hugely readable yet densely informative paintings, Waite, a preeminent 19th-century professional in esoterica, explores the entire literature devoted to this "legend of the soul" from either an highbrow and a religious standpoint, searching out the basic through-lines of this so much primary of reports in addition to a paranormal essence of Christianity itself. scholars of folklore, readers of fantasy-quest fiction, and seekers after non secular fact Christian and Pagan alike will all locate this an important source. American-born British occultist and writer ARTHUR EDWARD WAITE (1857-1942) used to be cocreator of the well-known 1910 Rider-Waite Tarot deck. between his a variety of books are e-book of Ceremonial Magic, The Holy Kabbalah, and New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry.

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Self Analysis by L. Ron Hubbard

By L. Ron Hubbard

Self research  The boundaries of existence are particularly simply shadows. discover ways to recognize your self — not only a shadow of your self.  Containing the main whole description of awareness,   Self research takes you thru your earlier, via your potentials, your lifestyles. First, with a sequence of self-examinations and utilizing a unique model of the Hubbard Chart of Human assessment, you plot your self at the Tone Scale. Then, utilising a sequence of sunshine but robust methods, you embark at the nice experience of self-discovery. This e-book extra comprises embracive rules that stretch any case, from the bottom to the top — together with auditing strategies so potent they're spoke of through Ron many times via all following years of analysis into the top states. In sum, this ebook not just strikes one up the Tone Scale yet can pull an individual out of virtually something.      

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

By Nadia Lovell

The connection among humans and their gods lies on the centre of all questions of id, person and collective. Nadia Lovell examines how non secular emotions mirror notions of personhood and belonging, and the way spiritual involvement can remodel gender family members, through targeting cults of Vodhun (voodoo) ownership one of the Watchi in Southern Togo. utilizing this specified ethnographic research as some extent of departure she bargains a desirable perception into the complicated interaction among faith, gender, ethnography and globalisation.Lovell argues that the connection of fellows and ladies to the Vodhun is one in all mutual dependency: at the one hand people will gods to exist; nevertheless, gods include themselves in people, specifically girls, via ownership. ownership, based on Lovell, implies not just ailment, however the manifestation of inventive power by which ladies can show a number of identities -- a strategy by which strategies of gender are either proven and dismantled. taking a look particularly on the position of the devotees, Lovell provides an attractive account which bargains a big contribution to the learn of faith, gender and society.

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Encounters of the Spirit: Native Americans and European by Richard W. Pointer

By Richard W. Pointer

Historians have lengthy been conscious that the come across with Europeans affected all points of local American existence. yet have been Indians the one ones replaced via those cross-cultural conferences? may well the rookies' methods, together with their spiritual ideals and practices, have additionally been altered amid their myriad contacts with local peoples? In Encounters of the Spirit, Richard W. Pointer takes up those interesting questions in an cutting edge research of the spiritual come across among Indians and Euro-Americans in early the USA. Exploring a chain of episodes throughout the 3 centuries of the colonial period and stretching from New Spain to New France and the English settlements, he unearths that the move of cultural impression used to be extra usually reciprocal than unidirectional. (2008)

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Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of by Aisha Beliso-De Jesús

By Aisha Beliso-De Jesús

Santería is an African-inspired, Cuban diaspora faith lengthy stigmatized as witchcraft and infrequently brushed aside as superstition, but its spirit- and possession-based practices are swiftly successful adherents the world over. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús introduces the time period "copresence" to seize the present transnational adventure of Santería, during which racialized and gendered spirits, deities, monks, and spiritual tourists remake neighborhood, nationwide, and political barriers and reconfigure notions of expertise and transnationalism.

Drawing on 8 years of ethnographic examine in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba, and in long island urban, Miami, la, and the San Francisco Bay zone, Beliso-De Jesús lines the phenomenon of copresence within the lives of Santería practitioners, mapping its emergence in transnational areas and ancient moments and its ritual negotiation of race, imperialism, gender, sexuality, and non secular shuttle. Santería's spirits, deities, and practitioners enable electronic applied sciences for use in new methods, inciting particular encounters via video and different media. disposing of conventional perceptions of Santería as a static, localized perform or as a part of a mythologized "past," this publication emphasizes the religion's dynamic circulations and demands nontranscendental understandings of spiritual transnationalisms.

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The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous by Rebecca Musser

By Rebecca Musser

Rebecca Musser grew up in worry, concealing her family's polygamous way of life from the "dangerous" open air global. lined head-to-toe in strict, modest garments, she got a rigorous schooling at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' institution headed through Warren Jeffs. regularly trying to be an obedient Priesthood lady, in her kids she grew to become the 19th spouse of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. ultimately sickened by way of the abuse she suffered and observed round her, she pulled off a bold get away and sought to construct a brand new lifestyles and kinfolk.

The church, even though, had a manner of pulling her again in-and through 2007, Rebecca had no selection yet to take the witness stand opposed to the recent prophet of the FLDS so one can defend her little sisters and different younger ladies from being pressured to marry at shockingly younger a while. the subsequent yr, Rebecca and the remainder of the area watched as a workforce of Texas Rangers raided the longing for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS. Rebecca's next testimony may exhibit the terrible secrets and techniques occurring in the back of closed doorways of the temple, sending their leaders to legal for years, and Warren Jeffs for all times.

THE WITNESS WORE purple is a gripping account of 1 woman's fight to flee the perverse include of non secular fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a brave tale of wish and transformation.

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Joseph Priestley and English Unitarianism in America by J. D. Bowers

By J. D. Bowers

Many have argued that American Unitarianism originated completely from inside Congregationalism and constructed self sufficient of out of doors impacts. William Ellery Channing's 'Unitarian Christianity' sermon in 1819 used to be a key second within the heritage of the denomination, as Channing consciously sought to outline the parameters of the religion and put off all vestiges of competing affects. but the yank Unitarian culture used to be way more complicated than its nineteenth-century adherents have been prepared to confess. In Joseph Priestley and English Unitarianism in the US, J. D. Bowers reexamines its origins, direction, and improvement and accordingly finds the level to which Joseph Priestley's principles bearing on Congregational polity have been well-known and tested in the usa. unlike experiences that easily hint the heritage of the denomination because it flows out of latest England and is managed via Bostonians, Bowers indicates that Priestley's legacy grew in significance in the course of the 19th century and held sway all through some of the frontier areas of the state. by way of discussing the complexity of interdenominational contention, loss of important keep watch over, and a continual transatlantic alternate between spiritual liberals, he indicates that English Unitarianism persevered to function an important and remarkable starting place for next advancements in the American denomination because it continued the demanding situations of Protestant orthodoxy, unregulated liberalism, Transcendentalism, and the endless quest to outline liberal faith in the USA. this can be an insightful account of a frequently overlooked set of tenets and advancements within the denomination's historical past. It uniquely strains the process persisted English impact because it demonstrated a brand new element of reference for knowing the dynamic origins of denominational improvement, Unitarian inspiration, and liberal faith.

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