Dictionary of Ancient Deities

Author: Patricia Turner,Charles Russell Coulter
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195145045
Category: Social Science
Page: 597
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From Athena and Brahma to the evil demon king Kgworekara of the African Fan people and the Babylonian dream messenger Zagar, this title is one of the most extensive references ever compiled on ancient deities.

Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities

Author: Charles Russell Coulter,Patricia Turner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135963975
Category: Reference
Page: 610
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The history of the divine is the history of human thought. For as long as men and women have pondered the mysteries of their existence, they have answered their own questions with stories of gods and goddesses. Belief in these deities shaped whole civilizations, yet today many of their names and images lie buried. The Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities makes those names available to the general reader as well as the scholar. This reference work lists all the known gods through recorded history. Alphabetically arranged entries provide the name of each deity (with alternate spellings), as well as notes on names that may be linguistically or functionally related. The tribe or culture that worshiped the deity is identified, and the god's origins and functions are explained. An extensive bibliography provides opportunities for further research and an exhaustive index provides access to the entries through virtually all names, forms and kinds of deities.

Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses

Author: Michael Jordan
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438109857
Category: Goddesses
Page: 417
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Presents brief entries describing the gods and goddesses from the mythology and religion of a wide variety of cultures throughout history.

A Dictionary of World Mythology

Author: Arthur Cotterell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019107893X
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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The powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents all reflect very different civilizations, yet they also demonstrate the unity of mankind in its fundamental need for explanations of the unknown. Arthur Cotterell sets out clearly the chief myths of the world and explains why different mythologies arose in different lands. * Comprehensive coverage in seven main sections of West Asia, South and Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania * Clear and informative section introductions highlight the history and lifestyle of ancient peoples and the landscape in which they lived * Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps of each key area `An excellent reference book, as well as a good book for dipping into at leisure.' Greek Review

A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses

Author: George Hart
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134930127
Category: Social Science
Page: 248
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Students of archaeology, travellers, visitors to museums and all those interested in mythology will value this comprehensive handbook. It details the major gods and goddesses and presents a broad survey of others, giving a vivid picture of the complexity and richness of the imagery of Egyptian mythology.

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

Author: Karel van der Toorn,Bob Becking,Pieter Willem van der Horst
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802824912
Category: Religion
Page: 960
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The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (DDD) is the single major reference work on the gods, angels, demons, spirits, and semidivine heroes whose names occur in the biblical books. Book jacket.

A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology

Author: Dr Gwendolyn Leick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134641036
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
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The Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology covers sources from Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine and Anatolia, from around 2800 to 300 BC. It contains entries on gods and goddesses, giving evidence of their worship in temples, describing their 'character', as documented by the texts, and defining their roles within the body of mythological narratives; synoptic entries on myths, giving the place of origin of main texts and a brief history of their transmission through the ages; and entries explaining the use of specialist terminology, for such things as categories of Sumerian texts or types of mythological figures.

Encyclopedia of Spirits

The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses
Author: Judika Illes
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062046098
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 1072
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Enter the World of Spirits! The Encyclopedia of Spirits is a comprehensive and entertaining A to Z of spirits from around this world and the next. Within these pages meet love goddesses and disease demons, guardians of children and guardians of cadavers. Discover Celtic goddesses and goddesses of the Kabbalah, female Buddhas, African Powers, Dragon Ladies, White Ladies, Black Madonnas, the Green Man, the Green Fairy, lots and lots of ghosts, djinn, mermaids, fairies, and more. From the beneficent to the mischievous, working with these spirits can bring good fortune, lasting love, health, fertility, revenge, and relief. Discover: The true identities of over one thousand spirits (as well as their likes and dislikes) How to communicate with specific spirits for your own benefit How to recognize these spirits when they manifest themselves The mythological and historical events associated with specific spirits The colors, days, numbers, and astrological signs associated with specific spirits The Encyclopedia of Spirits also provides an overview of the role of spirit communication throughout history and a general guide to working with spirits. No matter what your life's problems or desires, this book can guide you to the right spirits who can help fulfill your dreams. For the spiritual adept, the amateur, or the simply curious, the Encyclopedia of Spirits will inform, inspire, and delight.

A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

Author: James MacKillop
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198804840
Page: 496
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This Dictionary is part of the Oxford Reference Collection: using sustainable print-on-demand technology to make the acclaimed backlist of the Oxford Reference programme perennially available in hardback format. A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology is a comprehensive and accessible survey of one of the world's richest mythological traditions. It covers the people, themes, concepts, places, and creatures of Celtic mythology, saga, legend, and folklore from both ancient pagan origins, and modern traditions.

Gods, demons, and symbols of ancient Mesopotamia

an illustrated dictionary
Author: Jeremy A. Black,Anthony Green,Tessa Rickards
Publisher: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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Ancient Mesopotamia was a rich, varied and highly complex culture whose achievements included the invention of writing and the development of sophisticated urban society. This book offers an introductory guide to the beliefs and customs of the ancient Mesopotamians, as revealed in their art and their writings between about 3000 B.C. and the advent of the Christian era. Gods, goddesses, demons, monsters, magic, myths, religious symbolism, ritual, and the spiritual world are all discussed in alphabetical entries ranging from short accounts to extended essays. Names are given in both their Sumerian and Akkadian forms, and all entries are fully cross-referenced. A useful introduction provides historical and geographical background and describes the sources of our knowledge about the religion, mythology and magic of "the cradle of civilisation."

A Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons

Author: Manfred Lurker
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136106286
Category: Religion
Page: 464
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Containing around 1,800 entries this Dictionary covers, in one volume, all the important deities and demons from around the world. The gods of ancient mythology appear alongside the gods of contemporary religion, and `lesser' mythologies and religions are also fully covered. The author provides an extensive network of cross-references, allowing the reader to draw cross-cultural comparisons. The Dictionary will be an invaluable source of information for anyone interested in comparative religion or the diversity of religious views throughout the world.

Describing Gods

Author: Graham Oppy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 110708704X
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 334
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How do religious believers describe God, and what sort of attributes do they attribute to him? These are central topics in the philosophy of religion. In this book Graham Oppy undertakes a careful study of attributes which are commonly ascribed to God, including infinity, perfection, simplicity, eternity, necessity, fundamentality, omnipotence, omniscience, freedom, incorporeality, perfect goodness and perfect beauty. In a series of substantial chapters, he examines divine attributes one by one, and relates them to a larger taxonomy of those attributes. He also examines the difficulties involved in establishing the claim that understandings of divine attributes are inconsistent or incoherent. Intended as a companion to his 2006 book Arguing about Gods, his study engages with a range of the best contemporary work on divine attributes. It will appeal to readers in philosophy of religion.

Encyclopedia of Gods

Over 2,500 Deities of the World
Author: Michael Jordan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781856266369
Category: Goddesses
Page: 309
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Throughout history, questions of life and death, famine and bounty, good and bad luck have puzzled people the world over, and they have attempted to solve mysteries and allay fears in the same way - through the worship of gods. Arranged alphabetically from A-a, the sun goddess of Mesopotamia, to Zurvan, the Persian god of fate, Encyclopedia of Gods is the most broadly based work of reference yet produced on gods from all over the world. Giving equal emphasis to ancient mythology and contemporary religions, the entries explain the culture of origin and the role of each god or goddess, while longer essays give details of artistic and literary references, known dates of worship and legends associated with the more important deities.

The Book on Palo

Deities, Initiatory Rituals and Ceremonies
Author: Baba Raul Canizares
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780942272666
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 148
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Guanabacoa is a city in Cuba famous as the birthplace of some of the most powerful Paleros ever. One of these spiritual giants was Demetrio Gomez, who for nearly fifty years led one of the most potent Palo houses in Cuba. Using an insider's knowledge as well as the careful scholarship that has come to identify his work (Cuban Santeria: Walking with the Night), Demetrio's godson, Baba Raul Canizares, Know in Palo circles as Tata Camposanto Medianoche, gives us Demetrio's own teachings, which makes this the best Palo book in English, featuring never-before published sygills, workings, and the unique contribution to the field of over 200 translations of herbs, sticks, and palo sticks from CUBAN Spanish to Bantu and English, including each plant's scientific classification. The book also features' many photographs of rituals, initiations, and sacrifices

A Dictionary of Symbols

Author: J. E. Cirlot
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486132668
Category: Social Science
Page: 528
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A valuable reference, this informative and entertaining volume presents a key to elucidating the symbolic worlds encountered in both the arts and the history of ideas. 32 black-and-white illustrations.

Guide to the Gods

Author: Marjorie Leach
Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated
Category: Religion
Page: 995
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This unique and fascinating volume features every type of deity from every culture in all regions of the world, from prehistory to the present.

A Pocket Dictionary of Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses

Author: Richard Woff
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892367061
Category: Art
Page: 48
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Includes individual entries on more than forty of the most frequently represented gods and goddesses, as well as related mythical creatures, such as Fates and Furies, and lesser-known gods from outlying areas of the Greco-Roman world.

The Book of Gods & Goddesses

A Visual Directory of Ancient and Modern Deities
Author: Eric Chaline
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060732563
Category: Social Science
Page: 128
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Discover a host of gods and goddesses, some of them familiar, others forgotten or unknown. Drawn from cultures around the globe, divided by region and fully illustrated. From Tiamat (the great mother goddess of the ancient Mesopotamianst) to Olorun (the "Owner of the Heavens" for the Yoruba people of Nigeria).

Historical Dictionary of Hinduism

Author: Jeffery D. Long
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810879603
Category: Religion
Page: 390
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The Historical Dictionary of Hinduism relates the history of Hinduism through a chronology, an introductory essay, photos, an extensive bibliography, and over 1,000 cross referenced dictionary entries on Hindu terminology, names of major historical figures and movements, gods and goddesses, prominent temples, terms for items used in Hindu practice, major texts, philosophical concepts, and more. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Hinduism.

A Dictionary of Asian Mythology

Author: David Leeming
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195120531
Category: Religion
Page: 232
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Offers alphabetically arranged stories of the revered deities, sacred places, key events and epics of Asia discusses the recurring themes and traditions that make up the varied fabric of Asian mythology.