By Diane Smith
Examines Wiccan magic, rituals, traditions, and code of conduct
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thinking about what it takes to be a Wiccan? This plain-English consultant introduces you to the colourful international of Wicca and the practices of Witchcraft, describing its old origins, dispelling stereotypes, and explaining Wiccan ideals, ethics, rituals, and vacations. you will see what it potential to dwell as a modern Wiccan -- and the way to worship on my own or with a group.
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* Worship by myself or sign up for a coven
* practice charms, benefits, and spells
* receive worthy instruments and supplies
* Spot non secular scams and beside the point behavior
* discover a non secular course guided via nature
By N. T. Wright, N.T. Wright
A part of a five-volume venture at the theological questions surrounding the origins of Christianity, this e-book deals a reappraisal of literary, historic and theological readings of the hot testomony, arguing for a kind of "critical realism" that enables various readings of the textual content.
By Virginia Blanton
Signs of Devotion is the 1st longitudinal learn of an Anglo-Saxon cult from its inception within the overdue 7th century in the course of the Reformation. It examines the creation and reception of texts—both written and visual—that supported the cult of Æthelthryth, an East Anglian princess who had resisted the conjugal calls for of 2 political marriages to take care of her virginity. Æthelthryth forfeited her place as Queen of Northumbria to develop into a nun and based a monastery at Ely, the place she governed as abbess earlier than death in 679 of a neck tumor, which used to be interpreted as divine retribution for her younger vainness in donning necklaces. The cult used to be initiated while, 16 years after her demise, Æthelthryth’s corpse was once exhumed, the physique came upon incorrupt, and the tumor proven to were healed posthumously.
Signs of Devotion unearths how Æthelthryth, who grew to become the preferred local lady saint, offers a important aspect of research one of the cultic practices of numerous disparate teams over time—religious and lay, aristocratic and customary, female and male, literate and nonliterate. This research illustrates that the physique of Æthelthryth grew to become a malleable, versatile photo that may be comfortably followed. Hagiographical narratives, monastic charters, liturgical texts, miracle tales, property litigation, shrine debts, and visible representations jointly testify that the tale of Æthelthryth used to be an important a part of the cultural panorama in early and overdue medieval England. extra very important, those representations display the actual devotional practices of these invested in Æthelthryth’s cult.
By centering the dialogue on problems with textual construction and reception, Blanton presents a special examine of English hagiography, cultural trust, and devotional perform. Signs of Devotion adds, additionally, to the present dialog on virginity and hagiography by way of encouraging students to bridge the divide among reviews of Anglo-Saxon and past due medieval England and hard them to undertake methodological options that might foster additional multidisciplinary paintings within the box of hagiographical scholarship.
By Ernesto Frers
The maritime historical past of the Knights Templar following the Church’s try to expunge them in southern France
• exhibits that the pirates of legend originated with the Knights Templar’s mystery army
• unearths the Templars’ mystery target to set up a brand new common order in keeping with spirituality, knowledge, and individualism--the New Jerusalem
• Examines the key heritage of the Templars’ impact in foreign politics
When the Vatican condemned the Order of the Temple in 1312, lots of those that escaped took to the ocean. Their speedy aim used to be to take revenge at the Church. contemporary discoveries determine that ships of the Templar fleet that went lacking at l. a. Rochelle later reappeared--first within the Mediterranean and later within the Atlantic and Caribbean--to risk the Church’s maritime trade. those Templar vessels usually flew the famed Jolly Roger, which took its identify from King Roger II of Sicily, a famed Templar who, in the course of a public spat with the Pope in 1127, used to be the 1st to fly this flag.
Opportunistic buccaneers have been fast to determine that huge wealth may be received in pursuing the Templars’ harassment of the Pope’s pursuits at the excessive seas, they usually unfold a reign of terror around the transport lanes of the recent international. a few unaffiliated pirates, in admiration of the Templar egalitarian beliefs, even shaped their very own mystery societies, and including the Templars have been a part of the ferment that gave upward thrust to independence hobbies in France and the recent international and contributed to the expansion of Freemasonry.
The Templar Pirates is the tale of the beginning and genuine behavior of piracy at the seas of the hot international and of the impact the Templars had on their elements, and, by way of their wealth, at the governments of countries previous and new.
Religion's nice and strong secret fascinates us, however it additionally terrifies. So too the monsters that hang-out the tales of the Judeo-Christian mythos and previous traditions: Leviathan, Behemoth, dragons, and different beasts. during this strange and provocative ebook, Timothy okay. Beal writes concerning the monsters that lurk in our non secular texts, and approximately how monsters and faith are deeply entwined. Horror and religion are inextricable. Ans as monsters are a part of non secular texts and traditions, so faith lurks within the sleek horror style, from its delivery in Dante's Inferno to the modern spookiness of H.P. Lovecraft and the Hellraiser movies. Religion and Its Monsters is vital examining for college kids of faith and pop culture, in addition to any readers with an curiosity in horror.
By William Myron Price
The real fact Of the genuine Pirates Of The Caribbean Story…
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The Pirate is without doubt one of the best-known and most-loved anti-heroes. a twin of a swaggering adventurer in a tricorne hat and a couple of lengthy leather-based sea-boots has been part of Western pop culture for greater than 300 years.
However, loads of what we think approximately Pirates is really in accordance with fictional tales or even the preferred notion of what a Pirate feels like is predicated on a really particular time and position. in fact that Pirates were round for so long as people were crusing ships out of sight of land.
Most genuine Pirates have been easily bands criminals who have been not able or unwilling to discover criminal paintings. homicide, torture, rape, kidnapping and extortion have been all in a day’s paintings for the common Pirate. Pirate Captains quite often ended up responsible for no different cause than they have been much more psychotic and violent than their crews!
The picture of the Pirate nonetheless exerts a robust pull at the renowned mind's eye and lines in lots of profitable video clips, books and performs. nowa days, whilst it occasionally feels as though our each motion is managed through principles and laws, the belief of a free-booting anarchist defying the procedure has turn into much more popular.
But what's the fact in the back of the preferred notion of the Pirate? Let’s attempt to lower in the course of the delusion and notice if we will be able to become aware of the true tale at the back of the mythical Pirates of the Caribbean...
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- Pirates: useless males inform No Tales
- Pirates: A Shot around the Bows
- Pirates: Dancing the Hempen Jig
- Pirates: Shiver Me Timbers!
- Pirates: Scupper That!
- Pirates: Blow the fellow Down
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During the early glossy interval, hundreds and hundreds of Turks and Moors traded in English and Welsh ports, dazzled English society with unique delicacies and Arabian horses, and labored small jobs in London, whereas the "Barbary Corsairs" raided coastal cities and, if captured, lingered in Plymouth jails or stood trial in Southampton courtrooms. In flip, Britons fought in Muslim armies, traded and settled in Moroccan or Tunisian harbor cities, joined the foreign group of pirates in Mediterranean and Atlantic outposts, served in Algerian families and ships, and persisted captivity from Salee to Alexandria and from Fez to Mocha.
In Turks, Moors, and Englishmen, Nabil Matar vividly offers new info approximately Anglo-Islamic social and old interactions. instead of taking a look solely at literary works, which tended to provide unidimensional stereotypes of Muslims―Shakespeare's "superstitious Moor" or Goffe's "raging Turke," to call purely two―Matar delves into hitherto unexamined English criminal depositions, captives' memoirs, govt files, and Arabic chronicles and histories. the result's an important substitute to the present discourse on Islam, which just about consistently facilities round ethnocentrism and makes an attempt at dominance over the non-Western global, and an extraordinary revelation in regards to the realities of alternate and familiarity among England and Muslim society within the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods.
Concurrent with England's engagement and "discovery" of the Muslims was once the "discovery" of the yankee Indians. In an unique research, Matar exhibits how Hakluyt and Purchas taught their readers not just approximately the US yet concerning the Muslim dominions, too; how there have been extra purposes for Britons to enterprise eastward than westward; and the way, within the interval less than examine, extra Englishmen lived in North Africa than in North the United States. even though Matar notes the pointy political and colonial alterations among the English come upon with the Muslims and their come upon with the Indians, he indicates how Elizabethan and Stuart writers articulated Muslim when it comes to Indian, and Indian when it comes to Muslim. by way of superimposing the sexual structures of the Indians onto the Muslims, and via utilising to them the ideology of holy battle which had legitimated the destruction of the Indians, English writers ready the basis for orientalism and for the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century conquest of Mediterranean Islam.
Matar's specified learn presents a brand new path within the learn of England's geographic mind's eye. It additionally illuminates the subtleties and interchangeability of stereotype, racism, and demonization that has to be taken under consideration in any dependable depiction of English history.
By Robert Lomas
Freemasonry has a deep goal that are missed within the rush of the fashionable international. Its ritual says it's a excessive and critical topic. yet how can a person become aware of the truths it outlines? How do you turn into an start up and a grasp? a brand new, spiritually-aware iteration is calling this question and significant solutions. This booklet responds in an suddenly visible manner. utilizing phrases and photographs it leads you thru the non secular phases of Masonic wisdom. The Craft teaches that every new apprentice shall discover a instructor to achieve instruction.The open resort isn't the position for guide yet a spot for residing out truths which could be taught privately via contemplation of symbols. Robert Lomas has spent thirty years as a college instructor, and two decades learning Freemasonry and its ritual. during this publication he stocks his own perception into the Craft, explains his realizing of its ritual and descriptions the stairs a Mason needs to take to discover self-knowledge. His phrases are illuminated via the original symbolic drawings of 2 masters of Masonic Tracing board layout. the aim of Freemasonry is to assist its participants turn into Initiates within the technological know-how of lifestyles. as a way to be aware of your self, then Freemasonry bargains a route to that wisdom. it's a non secular event, healthy for the athletic and adventurous brain. the key technological know-how of Masonic Initiation finds that direction.