The Pagan Religions Of The Ancient British Isles

Author : Ronald Hutton
ISBN : 0631189467
Genre : Religion
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This is the first survey of religious beliefs in the British Isles from the Old Stone Age to the coming of Christianity, one of the least familiar periods in Britain's history. Ronald Hutton draws upon a wealth of new data, much of it archaeological, that has transformed interpretation over the past decade. Giving more or less equal weight to all periods, from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, he examines a fascinating range of evidence for Celtic and Romano-British paganism, from burial sites, cairns, megaliths and causeways, to carvings, figurines, jewellery, weapons, votive objects, literary texts and folklore.
Category: Religion

Religion Und Musik In Glastonbury

Author : Isabel Laack
ISBN : 9783647540115
Genre : Religion
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Die körperlich-sinnliche Erfahrung von Musik ist ein wesentliches Medium für die Identifizierung mit religiösen Traditionen, das heißt für die Anbindung Einzelner an kollektive religiöse Identitäten. Diese zentrale These wird in der ethnografischen Studie für das Forschungsfeld Glastonbury entwickelt.Grundlage der Feldforschung ist die Erfassung der religiösen Strömungen vor Ort. Das Spektrum reicht von Anglikanern über Neo-Hindus bis hin zu Druiden und den Goddess People. In der Darstellung dieses religiösen Feldes wird die Vielfalt, Flexibilität und situative Gebundenheit religiöser Identitätsbildung auf innovative Weise eingefangen. Des Weiteren wird im Rahmen einer Sensografie beschrieben, wie Körper und Sinne im Rahmen der gemeinschaftlichen religiösen Praxis der verschiedenen Gruppierungen angesprochen werden.Im Zentrum der Untersuchung steht die ausführliche religionsmusikologische Analyse der im religiösen Feld verwendeten Musik.Ein theoretisches Erklärungsmodell wird entworfen, das die Rolle von Musik in den lokalen kollektiven Identitätsbildungsprozessen bestimmen will. Dabei werden Aspekte wie die Wirksamkeit von Musik, Gemeinschaftserlebnisse beim Musizieren, die Konstruktion kollektiver religionshistorischer Autobiografien und ästhetisch-musikalische Identitätskonstitutionen diskutiert und neueste ethnologische, musikwissenschaftliche und ritualtheoretische Ansätze kreativ miteinander verbunden. Das im Umfeld der Religionsästhetik angesiedelte Forschungsfeld Religion und Musik wird erstmals umfassend aus religionswissenschaftlicher Perspektive erschlossen.
Category: Religion

Schuld Und S Hne

Author : Klaus E. Müller
ISBN : 9783643117533
Genre : Anthropology of religion
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Category: Anthropology of religion

A Legacy Of Druids

Author : Ellen Evert Hopman
ISBN : 9781785351365
Genre : Religion
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A book of conversations with prominent Druids from across Britain, the USA and other countries whose voices describe the basic beliefs, practices and struggles of the emerging Druid faith. Conducted in person and online in the late 20th century, these collected conversations provide a historic window into the movers and shakers of the modern Druid world.
Category: Religion

The Mythic Forest The Green Man And The Spirit Of Nature

Author : Gary R. Varner
ISBN : 9780875864358
Genre : Nature
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A delightful world tour of traditions and beliefs related to trees and forests, The Mythic Forest highlights modern-day revivals of ancient customs and identifies the Green Man motif in American architecture, hisface peering out from behind his leaves on California banks and New York brownstone houses. The book will appeal to readers interested in folklore and legends, mythology, urban archeology, and, of course, trees and their lore. Trees and forests are rich in symbolism and have been feared or revered since man began to walk the earth. In Part I, the author discusses the gods of nature and the folklore of trees, tracing a variety of legends, practices and beliefs; in Part II he presents the history of the image of the Green Man and its use in pre-Christian and early Christian times up to today. Mankind has given a recognizable face to the awesome and impalpable forces of nature in the image of the Green Man and the nature spirits that this book explores. The ways in which different societies and different craftsmen have depicted these spirits display the wide creative range of the human imagination, but the persistence of the theme suggests that in all their many facets these "spirits" represent a deep, primordial sense that humans have shared since civilization began; for the message of these images has remained the same, even if somewhat altered over time. Folk traditions from around the world, from the rites that celebrate spring and egg on the forces of fertility to folk health remedies and the use of talismans to ward off illness and other evils, show some surprising similarities and hint at the shared origins of human culture. Even though the original significance of manycustoms has been lost or diluted, they still hold an appeal and many American towns even today are re-introducing seasonal fairs to recreate and revel in the link between man and nature. * Gary R. Varner is author of: Essays in Contemporary Paganism; Sacred Wells: A Study in the History, Meaning, and Mythology of Holy Wells & Waters; Water of Life-Water of Death: The Folklore and Mythology of Sacred Water; and Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone: The Folklore and Magic of Sacred Stone.
Category: Nature

The Gods Of Man Gods Of Nature God Of War

Author : Gary R. Varner
ISBN : 9781435703315
Genre : Religion
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Today the majority of humankind worships a single God. Although this God is said to be all loving and wanting peace for his worshippers there is very little peace among the three religions based on common theology. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all foster hatred for one another, causing millions of deaths and untold suffering for hundreds of years.This book explores the mythic, historical, and archaeological record to illustrate the history of these conflicts. The Gods of Man also looks at how monotheism eventually dominated and destroyed the ancient and peaceful goddess traditions that had existed for thousands of years before. Is the God of today simply used to enforce government edicts, justify war and to control society?Gary R. Varner has written several articles and books on ancient religions, folklore and mythology. He is a member of the American Folklore Society and the Foundation for Mythological Studies.
Category: Religion

Contemporary Druidry A Historical And Ethnographic Study

Author : Michael T. Cooper
ISBN : 9781452471327
Genre : Religion
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Contemporary Druidry is one of the fastest growing religions in Western society. This book addresses the attempt by practitioners to bring an ancient spirituality into the mainstream. It examines ancient Druid beliefs and critiques the contemporary expression by comparing the two. Relying on eight years of research and more than 200 interviews, the book provides an outsider's look at this faith
Category: Religion

Deep Blue

Author : Sylvie Shaw
ISBN : 9781317488187
Genre : BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
File Size : 87.50 MB
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Nature religions look to rivers, lakes and oceans for inspiration and spiritual transformation. 'Deep Blue' brings together the work of influential scholars in the field of nature religion, ranging across anthropology, mythology, sociology and psychology. The essays examine the interrelationship between spiritual practice, critical thinking, and environmental concern. Tracing the ancient history of humanity's close relationship with both salt and fresh water, the book calls for a sustainable relationship with water in contemporary western culture. 'Deep Blue' will be of interest to students of paganism and religion, environmental researchers and activists, and all those involved in the intersection between religion and ecology.
Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Sacred Wells

Author : Gary R. Varner
ISBN : 9780875867175
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 75.39 MB
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Sacred Wells is an in depth study of springs, wells and waters that have been venerated from California to Cornwall, Russia to Australia. Tales of faeries, black hounds, hauntings and miraculous cures are explored. Many of these sites are still locations for religious festivals and ritual, unchanging for hundreds of years. The book is illustrated with photos taken by the author.
Category: Social Science

Encyclopedia Of World Religions

Author : Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
ISBN : 9781593394912
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A guide to the religions of the world and to the concepts, movements, people, and events that have shaped them. It includes features such as: entries on religious movements and concepts, historical and legendary figures, divinities, religious sites and ceremonies; images that show sacred places, vestments, rituals, objects, and texts; and more.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction