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xix, 287 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
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2. Achilles [2018]

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xii, 152 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Series foreword Acknowledgements List of illustrations Why Achilles? 1. Introducing Achilles A Mythological "Biography"? Who is Achilles? Evidence for Achilles The Best of the Achaeans, Apollo's Antagonist The Scope of this Book Brief overview of each chapter Key Themes 2. The Origins of The Trojan War, The Origin of Achilles Introduction The Origins of the Trojan War: Achilles and Helen The Birth and Childhood of Achilles Achilles' Teachers Overview 3. A Men's World: Achilles' Emotions Introduction Emotions and scenarios of action Achilles' anger as the Iliad's leitmotif Achilles and Ajax. A shame culture The Myrmidons Overview 4. Achilles' Sacrificial Victims Introduction Ambush, Pursuit and Sacrifice of Troilus Young Trojans on the Pyre of Patroclus The Hawk Chasing a Dove: The Death of Hector A Last Sacrifice in Honour of Achilles: Polyxena Overview 5. Gender And Sexuality Introduction Achilles on Skyros: Becoming a Man in Ancient Greece Achilles and Patroclus in Love? Tears of Heroes Sexual Violence on the Trojan Stage Overview 6. The Fury Subdued: To Forget, To Forgive Introduction Agamemnon's guilt Kissing Achilles' Hands Achilles with no Shadows Overview 7. The Death And Cult Of Achilles Introduction The Tradition of Achilles' Death in the Epic. Echoes of the "Homeric Question" Achilles' Heel, Achilles' Ankle: the Death of the Hero Achilles in the Underworld. The Island of Leuke The Cults of Achilles. Archaeological and Literary Evidence Overview 8. Philosophical, Political and Ethical Debates Introduction Achilles and the tortoise Not life but a good life. Achilles as model for Socrates Healing anger Justice and revenge More hateful than the gates of Hades is the man who hides one thing in his heart and says another Overview 9. Achilles In Modern Literature In English Introduction When there was peace, before the coming of the sons of the Achaians (Il. 22.156) Never More Shall a Second Grief thus Reach my Heart (Il. 23.45-46) And laid his manslaughtering hands over the chest of his dear friend (Il. 23.18) And kissed the hands that had killed so many of his sons (Il. 24. 478-479) Overview Further reading Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138677012 20180326
Achilles is the quintessential Greek hero, but that does not mean that he is a conventional hero. His uniqueness is dictated by his birth, as the son of a sea goddess, and his education at the hands of a centaur. The hero's exceptional nature also forms part of the tension that both unites and opposes him to Apollo. Achilles presents the different episodes in the life of this hero conventionally, in chronological order, based primarily on the Greek sources: birth, education, deeds in Troy, death and subsequent destiny as a figure of worship. On the other hand, this study employs the hero Achilles to reflect on various issues, all of them crucial for historians of the Greek world: what it meant to be and become a man in ancient Greece, what a hero's arete consisted of, how the Greeks represented the concepts of friendship and camaraderie, what moved them to revenge or reconciliation, what hopes they harboured as they faced their fate, how they imagined something as difficult to conceive of as a human sacrifice, and how they developed their ideas about the afterlife and hero cult.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138677012 20180326
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223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 28 cm
  • Les monothéismes en Afrique : une diffusion ancienne -- L'église orthodoxe éthiopienne et érythréenne -- Lalibela, cité monastique médiévale éthiopienne -- Trip to Mount Zuqualla. La transe sur le chemin des pèlerins -- Le mystique fondateur saint Gabra Manfas Qeddus -- Le halo des saints, rayonnement de la lumière spirituelle -- Rouleaux magiques protecteurs -- Les croix orthodoxes, symboles de vie éternelle -- Une église orthodoxe érythréenne à Genève -- Le christianisme africain aux visages multiples -- Des églises qui jalonnent le paysage zambien -- Héroïques missionnaires ou candidats au martyre ? -- Dieux malgaches dans des vanneries -- Colonialisme, "oeuvres missionnaires" et cartes à jouer -- Prophétismes, pentecôtisme et nouvelles Jérusalem -- Pentecôtisme et exorcisme au Nigéria -- La communauté des kimbanguistes à Genève -- Destins individuels : un prophète en déshérence -- "Train Church", ou quand les trains se muent en églises -- Les formes de l'islam en Afrique -- Manuscrit coranique avec recette de victoire au jihad -- Un sabre votif pris lors de la chute de Kairouan -- Trouvaille d'un naturaliste genevois en campagne -- Les Baye Fall, confrérie mouride sénégalaise -- La communauté mouride à Genève -- Veiled Woman on a Beachfront -- Le judaïsme en Afrique -- L'art religieux juif au Maghreb, une présence ancienne -- La divination, la mort et les ancêtres -- Appréhender l'invisible par la divination -- Lire la destinée avec le sikidy à Madagascar -- Tromba, la divination par la transe de possession à Madagascar -- Le "panier divinatoire" en Afrique centrale -- Un devin en plein exercice -- Les animaux dans la divination : l'oracle à souris et l'oracle à mygale -- Madagascar. L'île où les morts ne meurent pas -- Photographies de Jacques Faublée -- Du lamba au lambamena, des vêtements du quotidien à l'outre-tombe -- Retrouver ses ancêtres au Gabon -- Le sacrifice et la nourriture des dieux -- Le sacrifice chez les Bobo du Burkina Faso -- Nourrir les ancêtres chez les Luvale de Zambie -- Aïd al-Adha, la célébration du Jour du Sacrifice -- Faire corps avec les esprits : la transe de possession -- Zar Possession -- Les mahamba, esprits ambivalents en Afrique centrale -- Un culte de fertilité -- Un culte aux esprits du vent -- Le vaudou béninois, une religion au quotidien -- Portraits modelés des vaudouisants à Porto-Novo (Bénin) -- Les "bâtons de la rage", makpo -- Les bochio, gardiens des maisons -- Les dieux d'Afrique dans le vodou haïtien -- Les pèlerinages vodou en Haïti -- La cérémonie du Bois-Caïman -- Les vèvè, diagrammes de l'univers religieux vodou -- Les univers magico-religieux : un enchevêtrement de forces -- Les masques, sacrements sur le parcours d'une vie -- La puissance des masques en Zambie -- Le "père" des masques initiatiques -- Le masque antisorcier d'une société secrète -- Des hommes possédés par les masques qu'ils portent -- Se protéger de toute forme de sorcellerie -- Des objets pour faire le mal chez les Luvale -- La diversité des amulettes gabonaises -- Les talismans malgaches -- Se protéger du diable et des maladies en Égypte
  • Des masques pour débusquer les sorciers en Afrique de l'Ouest -- Les minkisi, objets-force des Kongo -- Mami Wata, une divinité devenue icône -- Les jumeaux : mauvais sort ou bénédiction? -- Les jumeaux, ancêtres mythologiques dogon au Mali -- Le festival des jumeaux à Accra (Ghana) -- River. Des jumelles caraïbes chantent la spiritualité africaine.
""Afrique. Les religions de l'extase" propose une introduction à la diversité des pratiques religieuses actuelles en Afrique et dans sa diaspora : du Sénégal à l'Éthiopie, de l'Égypte à l'Afrique du Sud, de Genève à Haïti! Abondamment illustré d'images saisissantes de cultes, de pèlerinages et autres rituels, prises par des photographes renommés, Theo Eshetu, Jacques Faublée, Christian Lutz, Mohau Modisakeng, Sanitu Mofokeng, Fabrice Monteiro, Jean-Pierre Grandjean, Anthony Pappone, Johnathan Watts et par l'auteur Boris Wastiau, ce livre nous immerge dans les systèmes magico-religieux africains, les cultes de possession et des ancêtres, et au coeur de l'expression du christianisme et de l'islam d'aujourd'hui."--Page 4 of cover.
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175 pages ; 20 cm
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238 pages ; 22 cm
"Si les dieux sont amoureux, ne jamais oublier qu'ils ne sont que le produit des aèdes et que leurs amours sont celles des hommes prenant une dimension surnaturelle. C'est donc en observant comment les dieux vivent leur passion, comment ils se comportent, que nous pouvons imaginer ce que vivaient nos ancêtres au temps d'Homère et d'Hésiode. En regroupant les amours divines, l'auteur nous offre un délassement agréable et instructif, car les amours entre divinités ne sont que le reflet de nos préoccupations ordinaires, même si elles se passent dans un autre monde. Comment ne pas prendre aussi cet ensemble comme un enseignement ?"--Page 4 of cover.
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93 pages ; 21 cm.
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xv, 237 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Do the natural sciences support a supreme Consciousness at work in the universe? Is there a dynamic principle moving all things toward spiritual wholeness? A response to these "big questions, " this book will resonate with readers who put primacy in the material basis of science, as well as religious readers for whom the essence of reality is Spirit. Rather than attempting to change minds, it offers a new idea of "catholicity" that makes sense to both. By focusing on the relationship between quantum biology and spirituality, Olson finds a dynamic wholeness that unifies them, at least metaphorically, as our lives continue to unfold with surprise in this technological and spiritual age.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781626982680 20180702
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xxii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • All or nothing? Nature in Chinese thought and the apophatic occident
  • Nothing and the poetic making of sense
  • Immanence: the last word?
  • Universalism, or the nothing that is all
  • An extra word on originality
  • Intercultural dia-logue and its apophatic interstices
  • Analytic table of contents.
In Apophatic Paths from Europe to China, William Franke brings his original philosophy of the unsayable, previously developed from Western sources such as ancient Neoplatonism, medieval mysticism, and postmodern negative theology, into dialogue with Eastern traditions of thought. In particular, he compates Daoist Way of Chinese wisdom with Western apophatic thought that likewise pivots on recognizing the nonexistent, the unthinkable, and the unsayable. Leveraging François Jullien's exegesis of the Chinese classics' challenge to rethink the very basis of life and consciousness, Franke proposes negative theology as an analogue to the Chinese model of thought, which has long been recognized for its special attunement to silence at the limits of language. Crucial to Franke's agenda is the endeavor to discern and renew the claim of universality, rethought and reconfigured within the predicament of philosophy today considered specifically as a cultural or, more exactly, intercultural predicament--back cover.
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ix, 184 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
This handsome volume presents an innovative look at the imagery of libations, the most commonly depicted ritual in ancient Greece, and how it engaged viewers in religious performance. In a libation, liquid--water, wine, milk, oil, or honey--was poured from a vessel such as a jug or a bowl onto the ground, an altar, or another surface. Libations were made on occasions like banquets, sacrifices, oath-taking, departures to war, and visitations to tombs, and their iconography provides essential insight into religious and social life in 5th-century BC Athens. Scenes depicting the ritual often involved beholders directly--a statue's gaze might establish the onlooker as a fellow participant, or painted vases could draw parallels between human practices and acts of gods or heroes. Beautifully illustrated with a broad range of examples, including the Caryatids at the Acropolis, the Parthenon Frieze, Attic red-figure pottery, and funerary sculpture, this important book demonstrates the power of Greek art to transcend the boundaries between visual representation and everyday experience.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300192278 20180416
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183 pages ; 20 cm
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x, 371 pages : illustrations, color facsimiles ; 25 cm.
  • Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1 Introduction 2 The Parsi Sanskrit Tradition 3 Physical Description 4 Age and History 5 Palaeography â 5.1 Avestan Palaeography â 5.2 Sanskrit Palaeography 6 Pahlavi Text 7 Range of Extant Text 8 Note to the Facsimile Images 9 Facsimile Images References.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004357693 20180409
The manuscript S1 is one of the chief witnesses to the Sanskrit Yasna, containing the Avestan text of the Zoroastrian Yasna liturgy to chapter 46.19, together with a Sanskrit translation and commentary. This book contains the complete, full-colour set of facsimile images of S1. An introduction by Leon Goldman provides an overview of the Zoroastrian Sanskrit tradition together with a discussion of the S1 manuscript covering its physical appearance, its age and history, and for the first time, a detailed palaeographic analysis of the Avestan and Sanskrit text.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004357693 20180409
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xiv, 165 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction Chapter 1: Baal and the Modern Study of Myth Chapter 2: The Baal Cycle and Bronze Age Politics Chapter 3: Divine Combat as Political Discourse at Mari Chapter 4: The Politics of Time Chapter 5: Unsettling Sovereignty Chapter 6: Kinship Contested Conclusion Appendix: The Envoy Scene (Ktu 1.2 I) Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138063624 20180219
Baal and the Politics of Poetry provides a thoroughly new interpretation of the Ugaritic Baal Cycle that simultaneously inaugurates an innovative approach to studying ancient Near Eastern literature within the political context of its production. The book argues that the poem, written in the last decades of the Bronze Age, takes aim at the reigning political-theological norms of its day and uses the depiction of a divine world to educate its audience about the nature of human politics. By attuning ourselves to the specific historical context of this one poem, we can develop more nuanced appreciation of how poetry, politics, and religion have interacted-in antiquity, and beyond.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138063624 20180219
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ix, 277 pages : 2 illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Vorwort
  • Einleitung
  • Grundlagen
  • Angelsachsen
  • Heidentum
  • Recht : Grundprobleme
  • Zum Begriff des Rechts in oralen Gesellschaften
  • Rechtsfindung
  • Die frühesten angelsächsischen Gesetze zwischen Tradition und Innovation
  • Recht und Religion bei den Angelsachsen im 6. und 7. Jahrhundert
  • Kent
  • Die Behauptung einer heidnischen Elite
  • Spuren heidnischer Lebensweise im 6. und 7. Jahrhundert
  • Grabhügelbestattungen
  • Beigabenfunde
  • Anhänger des Thunor- und Wodenkultes
  • Der Finglesham Man
  • Die kentischen Brakteaten des 7. Jahrhunderts
  • Fazit
  • Die rechtliche und gesellschaftliche Stellung von Heiden in der ersten Hälfte des 7. Jahrhunderts
  • Die Marginalisierung des kentischen Polytheismus in den Jahren von 640 bis 695
  • Zusammenfassung
  • Essex
  • Heidnische Gesellschaft unter einem christlichen König
  • Nach dem Tod Sæberhts
  • Konfrontation und Versuche der Behauptung der heidnischen Lebensweise
  • Marginalisierung der Polytheisten
  • Zusammenfassung
  • East Anglia
  • Eine polytheistische Gesellschaft öffnet sich dem Christentum
  • Christliche Könige einer heidnischen Gesellschaft
  • Das Ende des ostanglischen Polytheismus
  • Zusammenfassung
  • Northumbria
  • Versuch der Etablierung des römischen Christentums durch Edwin
  • Heidnische Restauration
  • Die Etablierung des Christentums und die Zurückdrängung des Heidentums unter Oswald
  • Oswiu und das Ende des northumbrischen Polytheismus
  • Zusammenfassung
  • Wessex
  • Die Etablierung christlicher Konkurrenz an der Spitze der Gesellschaft
  • Die Polytheisten bis zum Herrschaftsantritt Ines 688
  • Hinweise in den Schriftquellen
  • Archäologische Hinweise
  • Ortsnamen
  • Zwischenfazit
  • Ine und das Ende des westsächsischen Polytheismus
  • Zusammenfassung
  • Mercia
  • Mercias Polytheisten bis 655
  • Die Zeit der kulturellen Hegemonie
  • Die Entstehung christlicher Konkurrenz innerhalb des merzischen Machtbereichs
  • Der Verlust der Hegemonie
  • Das Ende des Polytheismus in den Midlands
  • Die Unterdrückung des Polytheismus unter northumbrischer Herrschaft
  • Der Aufbau eines christlichen Mercia unter Wulfhere
  • War das Reich der Magonsaete eine letzte Bastion des Polytheismus?
  • Zusammenfassung
  • Sussex
  • Polytheistisches Beharrungsvermögen trotz Königstaufe
  • Die Abkehr vom Polytheismus ab 681
  • Hinweise aus der archäologischen Forschung
  • Ein christliches Sussex unter westsächsischer Herrschaft
  • Zusammenfassung
  • Ergebnisse
  • Verzeichnisse
  • Abkürzungen
  • Quellenverzeichnis
  • Literaturverzeichnis
  • Anhang
  • Index.
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ix, 189 pages ; 24 cm
There are more than one billion Hindus in the world but very little seems to be understood about this gigantic, peaceful faith. Followers have not only built and sustained the world's largest democracy but also one of the greatest philosophical streams in the world, continuously, for more than 3,000 years. So what makes a Hindu? Why is so little heard from the real practitioners of the everyday faith? Why does it never go beyond cliches? This is a practitioner's guide, a journey to very simply and instinctively understand what the Hindu message is, where it stands in the Clash of Civilizations between Islam and Christianity and why the Hindu way could yet be the path for plurality and progress in the 21st century.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781442267459 20171211
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xxxvii, 210 pages ; 22 cm
  • Arjuna despairs
  • Samkhya
  • Karma
  • Renounce through knowledge
  • Renounce through works
  • Concentrate
  • Know and discern
  • Brahman the imperishable
  • Royal wisdom, royal secret
  • Expansive glories
  • Envision the universal form
  • Devote yourself
  • The field and the knower of the field
  • Tell apart the three Gunas
  • The highest human godhood
  • Tell the divine from the demonic inheritance
  • Tell apart the three kinds of faith
  • Free yourself through renunciation
  • Listener's guides.
"A fresh, strikingly immediate and elegant verse translation of the classic, with an introduction and helpful guides to each section, by the rising American poet. Born in the United States into a secularized Hindu family, Amit Majmudar puzzled over the many religious traditions on offer, and found that the Bhagavad Gita had much to teach him with its "song of multiplicities." Chief among them is that "its own assertions aren't as important as the relationships between its characters. The Gita imagined a relationship in which the soul and God are equals"; it is, he believes, "the greatest poem of friendship. in any language." His verse translation captures the many tones and strategies Krishna uses with Arjuna--strict and berating, detached and philosophical, tender and personable. "Listening guides" to each section follow the main text, and expand in accessible terms on the text and what is happening between the lines. Godsong is an instant classic in the field, from a poet of skill, fine intellect, and--perhaps most important--devotion"-- Provided by publisher.
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xv, 243 pages ; 24 cm.
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xiv, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Preface Acknowledgements List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations List of Contributors Introduction: Celtic Mythology in the 21st Century Jonathan Wooding, Series Editor Section 1: Myth and the Medieval 1. God and Gods in the Seventh Century: Tirechan on St Patrick and King Loegaire's Daughters - Elizabeth A. Gray 2. Time, Identity and the Otherworld: A Note on The Wooing of Etain - John Carey 3. The Celtic Dragon Myth Revisited - Joseph F. Nagy 4. Tory Island and Mount Errigal: Landscape Surrogates in Donegal for the Gods Balor and Lug - Brian Lacey Section 2: Comparative Mythology 5. Ireland as Mesocosm - Grigory Bondarenko 6. Hunting the Deer in Celtic and Indo-European Mythological Contexts - Maxim Fomin 7. Gods, Poets and Entheogens: Ingesting Wisdom in Early Irish Literary Sources - Sharon Paice MacLeod 8. The Armorican Voyage to the Afterlife and Celtic Myths - Fanch Bihan-Gallic Section 3: The New Cosmological Approach 9. Towards Adopting a Double Perspective on Celtic Mythology and its Prehistoric Roots - Emily Lyle 10. Sisters' Sons in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi - Anna June Page 11. Fashioners of the Cosmos in Ireland and India: The Dagda and Tvastr - John Shaw 12. Psycho-Cosmology: Mental Mapping in Tain Bo Cuailgne - James Carney Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781786832085 20180416
This wide-ranging book contains twelve chapters by scholars who explore aspects of the fascinating field of Celtic mythology - from myth and the medieval to comparative mythology, and the new cosmological approach. Examples of the innovative research represented here lead the reader into an exploration of the possible use of hallucinogenic mushrooms in Celtic Ireland, to mental mapping in the interpretation of the Irish legend Tain Bo Cuailgne, and to the integration of established perspectives with broader findings now emerging at the Indo-European level and its potential to open up the whole field of mythology in a new way.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781786832085 20180416
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vi, 429 pages ; 25 cm
  • Introduction Liselotte Frisk, Sanja Nilsson and Peter Akerback Section 1: General Overview and Perspectives 1. The Politicization of Children in Minority Religions: The Swedish and the European Contexts Peter Akerback 2. Children's Rights in Relation to Religion in Contemporary Sweden: Debates and Arguments Sanja Nilsson 3. Growing Up in Controversial Minority Religions: Constructions of Childhoods Liselotte Frisk Section 2: Different Groups and Different Perspectives 4. Recently Reborn: To Return as a Child of Scientologist Parents Peter Akerback 5. The Family International: A Narrative Approach Liselotte Frisk and Sanja Nilsson 6. Diana Baumrind's Parenting Styles: The Examples of the Osho Movement and Jehovah's Witnesses Liselotte Frisk 7. "I have lived all my life in a reality that doesn't exist": Perspectives from Ex-members Raised in Controversial Minority Religions Liselotte Frisk 8. Religion, Parenting and Child Corporal Punishment: The Example of the Twelve Tribes Liselotte Frisk 9. Medicine and Healthcare in Controversial Minority Religions: Perspectives from Medical Anthropology Liselotte Frisk 10. The Charismatic Leader in Knutby Filadelfia: The Children's Perspective Sanja Nilsson Section 3: Educational Perspectives 11. Learning the Principles: The Socialization of Children Within the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification Peter Akerback 12. In the Rear-view Mirror: Experiences of Attending an Ashram-based Religious Minority School in Sweden Sanja Nilsson 13. Raising and Schooling Children in the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church: The Swedish Perspective Liselotte Frisk and Sanja Nilsson 14. The Waldorf Education System and Religion Liselotte Frisk 15. Applied Scholastics and Study Technology: The Educational Perspective Developed by L. Ron Hubbard Liselotte Frisk Section 4: Conclusion 16. Conclusion: Controversial Minority Religions and Childhoods Liselotte Frisk, Sanja Nilsson and Peter Akerback Appendix 1: Glossary of Minority Religions Discussed in the Book Appendix 2: Interviews.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781781795910 20180508
Minority religions that differ from the mainstream are often perceived as controversial and as a threat to the individual and to society. During the 1970s and 80s, there were intense discussions about whether conversion to these groups was voluntary or an effect of brainwashing or manipulation. In recent years, however, the situation of children in these groups has taken over the public debate regarding minority religions. Many believe that childhoods in cults involve physical and psychological abuse, and that severe punishment, starvation, sexual abuse, manipulation, forced obedience, lack of medical care and demonization of the outside world is part of everyday life. This book presents four years of research. Its purpose is to highlight children's upbringing in certain minority religions with a high degree of "sectarian" criteria in a sociological sense including high tension with society/world, unique legitimacy, high level of commitment and exclusive membership. The study examines mainly, but not exclusively, seven minority religious communities: The Hare Krishna movement, The Family International (formerly Children of God), The Church of Scientology, The Family Federation (formerly The Unification Church), Knutby Filadelfia (a Pentecostal group), The Exclusive Brethren, and Jehovah's Witnesses. The fieldwork was conducted in Sweden, but the situation of the children and the findings are relevant to other countries. Most of the minority groups discussed have an international character with a presence in many countries, with only minor differences depending on local circumstances. The study is based on literature from the religions and observations of children and parents in religious rituals and daily life. However, the most important material for the book are seventy-five in-depth interviews with adults who grew up in minority religions and who are still involved, who grew up in minority religions, but are not now engaged, and who raised children in the minority religions; as well as eighteen in-depth interviews with children between the ages of 8 and 17 living in these groups.
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x, 153 pages : chiefly color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
  • Preface Technical Notes List of Illustrations 1 Introduction 2 Temples and Local Communities 3 Deities, Speech Groups and Temples 4 Temple Services, Mediums and Temple Promotion 5 Localization and Chinese Religion 6 Pudu: The Hungry Ghosts Festival 7 Religious Organizations and Philanthropy 8 Taoist Religion in Malaysia 9 Conclusion Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004357860 20180409
Based on long-term ethnographic study, this is the first comprehensive work on the Chinese popular religion in Malaysia. It analyses temples and communities in historical and contemporary perspective, the diversity of deities and Chinese speech groups, religious specialists and temple services, the communal significance of the Hungry Ghosts Festival, the relationship between religion and philanthropy as seen through the lens of such Chinese religious organization as shantang (benevolent halls) and Dejiao (Moral Uplifting Societies), as well as the development and transformation of Taoist Religion. Highly informative, this concise book contributes to an understanding of Chinese migration and settlement, political economy and religion, religion and identity politics as well the significance of religion to both individuals and communities.
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xix, 314 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm.
  • List of Illustrations xiPreface xiiiAcknowledgments xviiAbbreviations xix1 Remodeling the Christianization of Egypt 1I Overture 1II Historical Setting 3III The Problem of "Pagan Survivals" 7IV Syncretism and Purification 15V Agency, Gesture, and Landscape 20VI Social Sites and Religious Worlds of Syncretism in Late Antique Egypt 24VII Postscript on Comparison and the Scope of Argument 312 Domestic Devotion and Religious Change Traditions of the Domestic Sphere 34I Overture 34II Defining the Domestic Sphere and Its Religious Character in Late Antique Egypt 38III Christianization and the Imagination of New Boundaries 44IV The Domestic World as Site of Religious Bricolage 48V Domestic Ritual, Domestic Agents, and the Syncretic Construction of Christianity 54A Lamp-lighting 55B Bread Stamps 55C Domestic Charms and Their Dramatis Personae 56D Female Figurines and the Ambiguity of Representation 58E Amulets, Curses, Saintly Blessings, and Votive Donations 61VI Agents of the Domestic Sphere: Gender and Creative Independence 64VII Conclusion 683 Controller of Demons, Dispenser of Blessings Traditions of the Holy Man as Craftsman of Local Christianity 69I Introduction: Saints and Syncretism 69II Implications of Classification: From "Saint" to "Regional Prophet" 74III Exorcism and the Reordering of Tradition 76A Reordering Perceptions of Evil 78B Exorcism and Charisma 80C Demonology as Preservation 85IV Holy Men in the Egyptian Landscape 87A Divination and the Definition of New Centers 87B Ritual and the Egyptian Environment 90C Syncretism and the Dispensing of Materials 92V Conclusion 1004 A Site of Blessings, Dreams, and Wonders Traditions of the Saint's Shrine 104I Introduction 104II The Saint's Shrine as Social Site 108III Gestures 111IV Collective Expressions: Festivals and Their Gestures 114A Festival Hilarity and Control 114B Processions 118C Animal Slaughter and Feasting 120D Dance 122V Individual Expressions: Imprecation, Contact, Votive 126VI Divination 130VII Possession and the Performance of Spirits and Saintly Power 138VIII Conclusion 1445 The Magic of Craft Traditions of the Workshop and the Construction of Efficacy 145I Introduction: Art and Efficacy 145II Workshops in Late Antique Egypt 151III Examples 160A Stonecarvers 160B Potters and Terracotta Artisans 162C Painters 167D Textile Weavers 171E The Mortuary Craft 176IV Conclusion 1816 Scribality and Syncretism Traditions of Writing and the Book 184I Introduction 184II Scribality at the Shrines of the Saints 186III Monastic Scribes and the Mediation of Christianity 189A Monastic Libraries and Eclectic Scribes 190B Monastic Settings of Scribal Mediation 192IV Scribes and the Magic of Word and Song 197V The Recollection of Literary Traditions through the Scribal Craft 211A The Land of Egypt Oracle 212B Images of Amente and Its Demons 2181 The Media of Amente in Late Antique Egypt 2192 The Coptic Amente Mythology: Earlier Egyptian and Jewish Apocalyptic Traditions 2223 Apocalyptic Interpretation in Egypt and the Integration of Egyptian Traditions 226VI Conclusion 2287 Whispering Spirits, Holy Processions Traditions of the Egyptian Landscape 233I Introduction: Religious Landscape and Christianization 233II Temples and Churches 237III Habitats and Haunts of Spirits 242IV Procession and the Perception of Landscape 248V Inventing and Envisioning a Sacred Landscape 253VI Conclusion 256Afterword 257Bibliography 263Illustration Credits 309Index 311.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691176970 20180129
How does a culture become Christian, especially one that is heir to such ancient traditions and spectacular monuments as Egypt? This book offers a new model for envisioning the process of Christianization by looking at the construction of Christianity in the various social and creative worlds active in Egyptian culture during late antiquity. As David Frankfurter shows, members of these different worlds came to create different forms of Christianity according to their specific interests, their traditional idioms, and their sense of what the religion could offer. Reintroducing the term "syncretism" for the inevitable and continuous process by which a religion is acculturated, the book addresses the various formations of Egyptian Christianity that developed in the domestic sphere, the creative worlds of holy men and saints' shrines, the work of craftsmen and artisans, the culture of monastic scribes, and the reimagination of the landscape itself, through processions, architecture, and the potent remains of the past. Drawing on sermons and magical texts, saints' lives and figurines, letters and amulets, and comparisons to Christianization elsewhere in the Roman empire and beyond, Christianizing Egypt reconceives religious change--from the "conversion" of hearts and minds to the selective incorporation and application of strategies for protection, authority, and efficacy, and for imagining the environment.
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