Download E-books Ritual and Cult at Ugarit (Writings from the Ancient World) PDF

By Dennis Pardee

The Ugaritic ritual texts give you the purely broad documentary facts for past due Bronze cultic perform within the better Syro-Palestinian quarter. those texts, in a West-Semitic language that belongs to an analogous kin as Hebrew and Aramaic, mirror the particular perform of a sacrificial cult within the urban of Ugarit within the overdue twelfth-early 11th centuries B.C.E. in response to new collations of the capsules, those texts and translations offer prepared entry to this direct witness to the shape taken through one of many predecessors of the biblical sacrificial cult. as well as the narrowly ritual texts, which have been composed in prose and in a really laconic type of expression, a couple of poetic texts are provided that display the ideological hyperlink that existed among cultic perform and the concept that of royalty. whereas the prose ritual texts record a typical approach of choices to the good deities of the pantheon, similar on to the lunar cycle and no more on to the sun 12 months, many of the poetic texts display the need at the a part of the kings of Ugarit to keep up ties with their departed ancestors. The kings observed their powerful energy as which include a continuum from the royal ancestors via to the reigning king and the passage of this energy as being effected via ritual perform. extra mundane matters have been additionally addressed ritually, reminiscent of conserving horses or different equids from snakebite, discovering a treatment for a ailing baby, or protecting humans from assault via sorcerers. The perform of divination at Ugarit is documented via different texts, either within the kind of "manuals," collections of collections of omens from earlier perform, and within the type of debts of real-world consultations with a divinatory priest by means of somebody looking counsel.

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Download E-books Final Warning: A History of the New World Order Part One PDF

By David Allen Rivera

"Final caution" is the definitive source at the nature and origins of the flow in the direction of a one-world executive. A wealth of in-depth learn explains the jobs of the most important hands of the conspiracy this present day, similar to the Federal Reserve, the Committee on international family members (CFR), the Trilateral fee and the Bilderbergers. The background of the hot international Order is traced, from the Illuminati and the fomenting of the French Revolution, to the 1913 takeover of the united states executive through the bankers, the area wars, the increase of communism and the United countries.

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Download E-books The Genesis of Babi-Baha'i Faiths in Shiraz and Fars (Texts and Sources in the History of Religions) PDF

The Babi and Baha i Faiths symbolize of crucial non secular pursuits of contemporary occasions. This e-book relates the tale of the evolution of the Babi-Baha i group, starting with the delivery of its founder, Siyyid Ali-Muhammad, often called the Bab, in 1819 after which traced over the following century and a part within the urban of his start, Shiraz. Its writer, Mirza Habibu llah Afnan, used to be himself born in the home of the Bab, reared via the widow of the Bab, who shared with him many tales of the Bab s lifestyles, then spent approximately a 12 months with Baha u llah within the Akka-Haifa zone, and a few ten years in shut proximity to Baha u llah s son Abdu l-Baha. He served for the subsequent part century because the hereditary custodian of the home of the Bab, and as such used to be uniquely certified to inform the tale of the Babi-Baha i Faiths within the urban of Shiraz in extraordinary and relocating detail."

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Download E-books Dianetics: The Original Thesis PDF

By L. Ron Hubbard

Here is Ron’s first description of Dianetics. initially circulated in manuscript shape to a couple acquaintances, it was once quickly copied and handed hand-to-hand until eventually it actually turned around the globe. however the resultant note of mouth in simple terms fueled the hearth. With hundreds of thousands of letters inquiring for additional information, Ron concluded the one option to solution all inquiries used to be with a booklet. That publication used to be Dianetics: the fashionable technology of psychological future health, now the best-ever bestseller at the brain. discover what all started all of it. For listed here are the bedrock discoveries and equations of Dianetics, including:

  • The basic Axioms of Dianetics—axioms upon which the complete topic is built
  • The discovery of the Dynamic precept of life that drives all lifestyles forms—SURVIVE!
  • The 4 Dynamics wherein lifestyles is compartmented and which make certain one’s survival
  • The discovery and anatomy of the Reactive Mind
  • Engrams, the only resource of all irrational behavior
  • The robust command in each engram which avoided their discovery and dealing with sooner than Dianetics
  • The Analytical brain, its functionality and operation
  • The first description of the country of transparent, its attributes and potentials
  • And, most vital, the legislation of Returning—containing the reason of either how and why auditing works

Here, then, are the elemental breakthroughs Ron used to make the 1st Clears—breakthroughs which made attainable the advance of know-how to be used by means of each person to start the clearing of a planet, breakthroughs merely contained in Dianetics: the unique Thesis.

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Download E-books Nation Dance: Religion, Identity and Cultural Difference in the Caribbean PDF

Dealing with the continued interplay of wealthy and various cultural traditions from Cuba and Jamaica to Guyana and Surinam, state Dance addresses the various significant modern concerns within the examine of Caribbean faith and id. The book’s 3 sections flow from a spotlight on spirituality and therapeutic, to theology in social and political context, and directly to questions of identification and diaspora.

The booklet starts off with the voices of girl practitioners after which deals a vast, interdisciplinary exam of Caribbean faith and tradition. Afro-Caribbean religions, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are all addressed, with particular reflections on Santería, Palo Monte, Vodou, Winti, Obeah, Kali Mai, Orisha paintings, religious Baptist religion, Spiritualism, Rastafari, Confucianism, Congregationalism, Pentecostalism, Catholicism, and liberation theology. a few essays are in accordance with fieldwork, archival learn, and textual or linguistic research, whereas others are all in favour of methodological or theoretical concerns. members comprise practitioners and students, a few very validated within the box, others with clean, new techniques; them all come from the quarter or have performed large fieldwork or examine there. In those essays the poetic energy of the practitioner’s voice meets the attentive dedication of the postcolonial pupil in a dance of "nations" around the waters.

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Download E-books Inside the Brotherhood: Explosive Secrets of the Freemasons PDF

By Martin Short

Explosive secrets and techniques of the Freemasons while the home of Commons Affairs Committee lately advised that cops, magistrates, judges and crown officials may still publicly sign up their masonic club, it was once range principally because of the ammunition supplied via Martin Short's investigative journey de strength. His contained in the Brotherhood carried at the pioneering paintings began by means of Stephen Knight's explosive of the Brotherhood.

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Download E-books The Politics of Sociability: Freemasonry and German Civil Society, 1840-1918 (Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany) PDF

By Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann

An bold, unique paintings, The Politics of Sociability is Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann's exploration of the social and political importance of Freemasonry in German historical past. Drawing on de Tocqueville's concept that with no civic advantage there isn't any civil society, and that civic advantage unfolds purely throughout the social interplay among voters, Hoffmann examines the severe hyperlink among Freemasonry and the evolution of German civil society within the overdue 19th century. The perform of Masonic sociability mirrored an enlightened trust within the political value of ethical advantage for civil society, certainly, for humanity. Freemasons' self-image as civilizing brokers, performing in solid religion and with the unimpeachable concept of common brotherhood, used to be contradicted not just by way of their heightened feel of exclusivity; Freemasons by accident exacerbated nineteenth-century political conflicts---for instance, among liberals and Catholics, or Germans and French---by utilizing a universalist language.

Using a wealth of archival assets formerly unavailable, Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann indicates how Freemasonry grew to become a social shelter for increased and liberal-minded bourgeois males who felt drawn to its mystery rituals and ethical teachings. German Freemasons sought to reform self and society yet, Hoffmann argues, eventually did not stability sleek politics with a worldly ethos. Hoffmann illuminates a capacious heritage of the political results of Enlightenment strategies and practices in a century marked by means of nationalism, social discord, and non secular conflict.

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann is Assistant Professor of contemporary heritage at Ruhr-University Bochum. The German version of this publication, Die Politik der Geselligkeit: Freimaurerlogen in der deutschen Bürgergesellschaft, 1840-1918 (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2000), gained the organization of German Historians' 2002 Hedwig Hintze Prize for top First Book.

Tom Lampert used to be born in Boston in 1962 and grew up in northern California. He got a BA in political technological know-how from Stanford collage (1986) and a PhD in executive from Cornell (1998). His e-book, Ein einziges Leben (Hanser Verlag 2001) was once released as One Life through Harcourt in 2004, which he translated himself. Lampert has labored as a contract translator due to the fact 1998. He presently lives in undesirable Kreuznach, Germany.

Cover snapshot: Monument of the conflict of the countries in Leipzig, erected among 1898 and 1913 by way of German Freemasons, Barbarossa-Head via Christian Behrens, situated subsequent to the steps resulting in the monument. The German legendary determine of the Kaiser Barbarossa is depicted as a sphinx, which in Masonic symbolism protects the Masonic mystery from profanation. Courtesy of the Deutsche Bücherei, Leipzig.

"This is an exemplary learn of the function of Freemasonry within the German Bürgergesellschaft (civil society) of the 19th and early 20th centuries, concise, accomplished, and good written. It combines social profiling with a cautious exam of up to date ideas in a long term diachronic learn, in keeping with a magnificent volume of fundamental fabric. . . . Hoffmann's empirically and methodologically convincing learn isn't just an incredible contribution to our realizing of Freemasonry within the German Bürgergesellschaft. It additionally displays the advanced social and political transformation of German society within the 19th century and the problems contemporaries confronted in responding to it."
---German History

"Hoffmann's arguments are theoretically expert, supported by means of a wealth of archival assets. . . . certainly, in lots of methods this is often the easiest mixture of painstaking social historical past and well-argued Begriffsgeschichte (conceptual history). . . . one of many nice virtues of this ebook is that Hoffmann doesn't draw back from the contradictions within the Freemasons' rhetoric and activities. Such contradictions, actually, are key to the Mason's significance, simply because they strength us to reconsider a few of our assumptions approximately Imperial Germany. . . . this can be an enormous e-book that encourages us to reconsider lots of our characterizations of the German Kaiserreich and our assumptions approximately civil society."
---Central ecu History

"Based on a wealthy number of resources. . . . Hoffmann explores the evolving courting among Freemasonry and the monarchy, nation, and church, and he additionally scrutinizes the inner practices and discourse of those notoriously secretive and cosmopolitan societies. . . . Hoffmann engages fruitfully with a large historiography masking topics comparable to masculinity and racism, he dissects the complicated angle of Freemasonry to Jews and Catholics, and he scrutinizes the assaults of its conservative, clerical, and antisemitic critics."
---Journal of recent History

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Download E-books In the Shadow of the Shaman: Connecting with Self, Nature & Spirit (Llewellyn's New World Spirituality) PDF

By Amber Wolfe

Mixing old shamanistic knowledge with smooth non secular traditions, Amber Wolfe is helping
readers forge their very own own connection to shamanic worlds. This consultant to shamanism―
filled with examples of guided trips, secrets and techniques of shamanic divination, visualization recommendations, therapeutic practices, spells, rituals, and recipes―provides all one must start dancing within the shadow of the shaman.

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Download E-books Freemasonry and American Culture, 1880-1930 (Princeton Legacy Library) PDF

By Lynn Dumenil

As the U.S. moved from Victorian values to these of contemporary consumerism, the non secular element of Freemasonry was once more and more displaced via a mundane ideology of provider (like that of industrial clubs), and the Freemasons' psychology of asylum from the aggressive international gave approach to the purpose of fine fellowship" inside it. This learn not just illuminates this method yet clarifies the ignored subject of fraternal orders and enriches our figuring out of key aspects of yank cultural change.

Originally released in 1984.

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 prestigious backlist of Princeton collage Press. those paperback variants look after the unique texts of those very important books whereas providing them in sturdy paperback variations. The aim of the Princeton Legacy Library is to significantly elevate entry to the wealthy scholarly history present in the hundreds of thousands of books released by way of Princeton collage Press for the reason that its founding in 1905.

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