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Specifically, animism is used in the anthropology of religion as a term for the belief system or cosmology of some indigenous tribal peoples,[5] especially prior to the development and/or infiltration of colonialism and organized religion.[6] Although each culture has its own different mythologies and rituals, "animism" is said to describe the most common, foundational thread of indigenous peoples' "spiritual" or "supernatural" perspectives. The animistic perspective is so fundamental, mundane, everyday and taken-for-granted that most animistic indigenous people do not even have a word in their languages that corresponds to "animism" (or even "religion");[7] the term is an anthropological construct rather than one designated by the people themselves. Largely due to such ethnolinguistic and cultural discrepancies, opinion has differed on whether animism refers to a broad religious belief or to a full-fledged religion in its own right. Theories of animism[edit] Religion and animism[edit] Related:  Becoming WiccanRandom useful knowledgeShamanism

Ceremonial magic Ceremonial magic , also referred to as high magic and as learned magic , [ 1 ] is a broad term used in the context of Hermeticism or Western esotericism to encompass a wide variety of long, elaborate, and complex rituals of magic . It is named as such because the works included are characterized by ceremony and myriad necessary accessories to aid the practitioner. It can be seen as an extension of ritual magic, and in most cases synonymous with it. Popularized by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn , it draws on such schools of philosophical and occult thought as Hermetic Qabalah , Enochian magic , Thelema , and the magic of various grimoires . Renaissance magic [ edit ] The term originates in 16th century Renaissance magic, referring to practices described in various Medieval and Renaissance grimoires and in collections such as that of Johannes Hartlieb . Revival [ edit ] Francis Barrett [ edit ] Eliphas Levi [ edit ] Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn [ edit ] Aleister Crowley [ edit ]

Sprite (creature) The word "sprite" is derived from the Latin "spiritus" (spirit). Variations on the term include "spright" (the origin of the adjective "sprightly", meaning "spirited" or "lively") and the Celtic "spriggan". The term is chiefly used in regard to elves and fairies in European folklore, and in modern English is rarely used in reference to spirits or other mythical creatures. In some elemental magics, the sprite is often believed to be the elemental of air (see also sylph). For the plant species, see Ceratopteris thalictroides (given an honourable name for its purpose in hydroculture.) A water sprite (also called a water fairy or water faery) is a general term for an elemental spirit associated with water, according to alchemist Paracelsus. In elemental classifications, water sprites should not be confused with other water creatures considered to be "corporeal beings" such as selkies and mermaids. Swedish Myths

Where Carl Jung and Shamanism Converge Image from efigment on Flickr This is a 15 page academic paper (PDF here) that goes into great detail around shamanism, the psyche, the soul, and Carl Jung's view of it all. It concludes with this: In spite of our current collective cultural crisis, Jung inferred that the loss of instinct, the loss of soul, which is the root of our pathology, can be restored through reconnection with the sacred aspects of the natural and imaginal worlds. Darkness is an aspect of nature. The hive is being dismembered through the loss of the bees, it behooves us to understand that dismemberment is the first act of initiation. Griot Senegalese Wolof griot, 1890 A griot (/ˈɡri.oʊ/; French pronunciation: ​[ɡʁi.o]), jali or jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition, and is also often seen as something of a societal leader due to his traditional position as an adviser to royal personages. As a result of the former of these two functions, he is sometimes also called a bard. Griots today live in many parts of West Africa, and are present among the Mande peoples (Mandinka, Malinké, Bambara, etc.), Fulɓe (Fula), Hausa, Songhai, Tukulóor, Wolof, Serer, Mossi, Dagomba, Mauritanian Arabs and many other smaller groups. In African languages, griots are referred to by a number of names: jeli in northern Mande areas, jali in southern Mande areas, guewel in Wolof, gawlo in Pulaar (Fula). Terms "griot" and "jali"[edit] In the Mali Empire[edit] In Mande society[edit] Today[edit] In popular culture[edit] Gambia[edit]

US Grand Lodge » Ordo Templi Orientis Tartarus Greek mythology[edit] In Greek mythology, Tartarus is both a deity and a place in the underworld. In ancient Orphic sources and in the mystery schools, Tartarus is also the unbounded first-existing entity from which the Light and the cosmos are born. As for the place, Hesiod asserts that a bronze anvil falling from heaven would fall nine days before it reached the earth. Originally, Tartarus was used only to confine dangers to the gods of Olympus. According to Plato (c. 427 BC), Rhadamanthus, Aeacus and Minos were the judges of the dead and chose who went to Tartarus. Plato also proposes the concept that sinners were cast under the ground to be punished in accordance with their sins in the Myth of Er. There were a number of entrances to Tartarus in Greek mythology. Roman mythology[edit] Biblical Pseudepigrapha[edit] Tartarus also appears in sections of the Jewish Sibylline Oracles. New Testament[edit] Footnotes [1] 2:4 Greek Tartarus See also[edit] Notes[edit] References[edit]

Sacred Wheel Teachings and Self-Development Techniques by Swiftdeer Sacred Wheel Teachings and Self-Development Techniques by Harley Swiftdeer Reagan 1986 Copyright Deer Tribe Metis-Medicine Society word format This way is an all-consuming, all-illuminating lifelong commitment that will tolerate NO illusions. As this Warrior Task Assignment journey begins, we must approach it as we would a pilgrimage to a Holy Shrine. By embracing the Warrior's Path we will find our way home! Swiftdeer The Deer Tribe Metis-Medicine Society, through the auspices of the Shamanic Lodge of Ceremonial Medicine; has chosen a select set of Sacred Wheel Teachings and Self-Development Techniques from the vast amount of knowledge found in the Inter-Tribal, Native-American Traditions. In our people's language, the hair symbolized knowledge and, therefore, a "Twisted Hair" was one who wove knowledge from all sources into their Path with Heart and made it their knowledge. Historically, part of following the Warrior's Path Involves setting out on the "Warrior's Errantry" Vision Quest.

Meroë Meroë is northeast of Khartoum (center right). Coordinates: Meroë /ˈmɛroʊeɪ/ (also spelled Meroe[1][2]) (Meroitic: Medewi or Bedewi; Arabic: مرواه Meruwah and مروى Meruwi, Ancient Greek: Μερόη, Meróē) is an ancient city on the east bank of the Nile about 6 km north-east of the Kabushiya station near Shendi, Sudan, approximately 200 km north-east of Khartoum. Near the site are a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. The city of Meroë was on the edge of Butana and there were two other Meroitic cities in Butana, Musawwarat es-Sufra and Naqa.[3][4] The presence of numerous Meroitic sites within the western Butana region and on the border of Butana proper is significant to the settlement of the core of the developed region. The Kingdom of Kush which housed the city of Meroe represents one of a series of early states located within the middle Nile. The site of the city of Meroë is marked by more than two hundred pyramids in three groups, of which many are in ruins. History[edit] "2. Notes[edit]

Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) 12 dicas para escritores iniciantes por George R. R. Martin | Game of Thrones BR A época dessa entrevista em Novembro de 2013, George R.R. Martin esteve em Sydney no Opera House, para comentar mais uma vez sobre As Crônicas de Gelo e Fogo e aproveitou para dar algumas dicas para quem quer se aventurar pela escrita de fantasia, baseado em sua própria experiência. Mesclamos isso a algumas dicas tiradas da seção de perguntas frequentes do site oficial de Martin. Então abaixo seguem os doze mandamentos do Rei (olha a heresia) dos escritores de Fantasia da atualidade. George R. Ler e Escrever, sempre Eu acho que, a coisa mais importante para qualquer aspirante a escritor, é ler. Comece aos poucos Dada a realidade do mercado de ficção cientifica e fantasia atual, eu sugiro também que qualquer aspirante a escritor comece com histórias curtas, contos. Não há problema em pegar “emprestado” da HistóriaEmbora minha história seja de fantasia, é fortemente baseada em história medieval real. Montagem com parte do elenco principal da primeira temporada E então?

Shamanism_training_courses_workshops_uk Kalahari Desert Kalahari in Namibia The Kalahari Desert (in Afrikaans Kalahari-woestyn) is a large semi-arid sandy savannah in southern Africa extending 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa. A semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains, the Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert, such as the Namib Desert to the west. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. The driest areas usually receive 110–200 millimetres (4.3–7.9 in) of rain per year,[1] and the wettest just a little over 500 millimetres (20 in). Description[edit] Flora[edit] Despite its aridity, the Kalahari supports a variety of flora. In an area of about 600,000 km² in the south and west of the Kalahari the vegetation is mainly xeric savanna. A totally different vegetation is adapted to the perennial fresh water of the Okavango Delta, an ecoregion termed (Zambezian flooded grasslands AT0907).[4] Odachi/otachi or nodachi? | Samuraiantiqueworld image forum There are differing opinions on whether odachi (large/great sword) and nodachi (field sword) are actually different names for the same type of sword or if there are two distinct extra large Japanese swords. I have gathered together as many images of these extra long swords as I could find, and there is an excellent gallery of images here, From what I can see there is no clear difference between odachi and nodachi, as with many Japanese items there can be two or more names for the same type of sword. Stephen Turnbull and Kanzan Satō have a third name "seoidachi" (back carried sword) which seems to fit as these swords are to long to be worn in the conventional manner. To complicate things even more Serge Mol and Kanzan Satō use the term "otachi" (great tachi) rather than "odachi". In the Nambokuchô period terminology changed again. Katana: The Samurai Sword By Stephen Turnbull The Japanese Sword By Kanzan Satō