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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]

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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 .

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.)

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. In our descent to reconnect with our roots in wild nature, the deep levels of the psyche, like bees that are lost from the hive, we may encounter destruction, violence, devouring forces, dismemberment, death, and decay. Sufism Sufism (or taṣawwuf; Arabic: الصوفية‎) is a branch of Islam, defined by adherents as the inner, mystical dimension of Islam; others contend that it is a perennial philosophy of existence that pre-dates religion, the expression of which flowered within Islam.[1] Its essence has also been expressed via other religions and metareligious phenomena.[2][3][4] A practitioner of this tradition is generally known as a ṣūfī (صُوفِيّ). Sufis believe they are practicing ihsan (perfection of worship) as revealed by Gabriel to Muhammad: "Worship and serve Allah as you are seeing Him and while you see Him not yet truly He sees you". Sufis consider themselves as the original true proponents of this pure original form of Islam. Sufism is opposed by Wahhabi and Salafist Muslims. Classical Sufis were characterised by their attachment to dhikr, (a practice of repeating the names of God, often performed after prayers)[18] and asceticism. Etymology[edit]

Aleister Crowley After an unsuccessful attempt to climb Kanchenjunga and a visit to India and China, Crowley returned to Britain, where he attracted attention as a prolific author of poetry, novels, and occult literature. In 1907, he and George Cecil Jones co-founded a Thelemite order, the A∴A∴, through which they propagated the religion. After spending time in Algeria, in 1912 he was initiated into another esoteric order, the German-based Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), rising to become the leader of its British branch, which he reformulated in accordance with his Thelemite beliefs. Through the OTO, Thelemite groups were established in Britain, Australia, and North America. He spent the First World War in the United States, where he took up painting and campaigned for the German war effort against Britain, later revealing that he had infiltrated the pro-German movement at the behest of the British intelligence services. Early life[edit]

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. 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 Mali Empire The Mali Empire (Manding: Nyeni;[4] English: Niani), also historically referred to as the Manden Kurufaba[1] was a Mandinka empire in West Africa from c. 1230 to c. 1600. The empire was founded by Sundiata Keita and became renowned for the wealth of its rulers, especially Mansa Musa. The Mali Empire had many profound cultural influences on West Africa, allowing the spread of its language, laws and customs along the Niger River. It extended over a large area and consisted of numerous vassal kingdoms and provinces. The Mali Empire[edit]

Aether theories Historical models[edit] Luminiferous aether[edit] In the 19th century, luminiferous aether (or ether), meaning light-bearing aether, was a theorized medium for the propagation of light (electromagnetic radiation). However, a series of increasingly complex experiments had been carried out in the late 1800s like the Michelson-Morley experiment in an attempt to detect the motion of earth through the aether, and had failed to do so. A range of proposed aether-dragging theories could explain the null result but these were more complex, and tended to use arbitrary-looking coefficients and physical assumptions.

Neo-druidism Neo-druidism or neo-druidry , commonly referred to as Druidism or Druidry by its adherents [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] is a form of modern spirituality or religion that generally promotes harmony and worship of nature, and respect for all beings, including the environment. It is considered to be a Neopagan faith by some adherents, along with such religions as Wicca and Asatru , though "some assert that Druidry is not a religion at all, not even necessarily a spirituality, but simply a philosophy of living" [ 4 ] that can be adhered to by followers of any religion or by atheists . Originally inspired by 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century Romantic movements, modern Druidism was based upon theories about the Iron Age Celtic druids which are no longer considered to be historically accurate. Full article ▸

About 3Worlds - The Shamanism Website All of the items in this gallery are special, most of them are one-off pieces and have stories to tell you. All of them are as they are described or a full refund will be given. This is a gallery for those who are passionate about their Shamanism or Buddhism, and who feel the need to use fine quality sacred objects in their practice. The objects are from my ever changing collection, and are generally untouched, I do not often clean or do any repair work on them except for in extreme cases.

Mali: The treatment of individuals that convert from Islam to Christianity, particularly in the northern regions; availability of state protection and possibility of relocation to Christian areas in the south or to urban centres such as Bamako The Annual International Religious Freedom Report 2002 states that Muslims comprise 90 per cent of the Malian population (7 Oct. 2002, Sec.i). Christians make up approximately five percent of the population, and their community is evenly distributed between Catholics and Protestants (The Annual Religious Freedom Report 2002, Sec. 1). The report also states that there are no geographic concentrations or segregation of religious groups.

Locus amoenus Latin for "pleasant place", locus amoenus is a literary term which generally refers to an idealized place of safety or comfort. A locus amoenus is usually a beautiful, shady lawn or open woodland, or a group of idyllic islands, sometimes with connotations of Eden or Elysium.[1] Ernst Robert Curtius wrote the concept's definitive formulation in his European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages (1953).[2]

Types of Pagan Faiths A lot of times many pagan faiths are lumped together under Wicca. I'm here to give you a more broad outlook on all of our pagan brothers and sisters. In this part I will talk about the general faiths and approaches of the pagan follower. The second part will attempt to delve in to the myriad of religions we practice.

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