Selva J. Raj and William P. Harman, editors Drawing on original field research, Dealing with Deities explores the practice of taking ritual vows in the lives of ordinary religious practitioners in South Asia.
Author: Selva J. Raj
Publisher: SUNY Press
Explores the practice of taking ritual vows in South Asia, a lay tradition prevalent in the region’s religions.
Again, a perfect opportunity to use literature to lambaste other gods was not taken by the author. The most dismissive of manners to deal with deities that appears in the Bible is, of course, to flatly say they do not exist.
Author: Lowell K. Handy
The story of Jonah, often read as a simple children's story, is a multifaceted and elaborate narrative with serious intent. Treating the biblical book as a fictitious story based on real locations and recognizable persons, 'Jonah's World' examines the background to the story and draws on social science approaches to describe its imaginative world. The book explores the geography, theology, myth, human characters, natural landscape, and the ideology behind the story to uncover a vision of reality shaped by literary technique. Jonah's World will be invaluable to students and scholars seeking a new approach to the reading of this colourful text.
A differently focused discussion of this ritual appears in Dealing with Deities: The Ritual Vow in South Asia (2006), where I explore the dynamic of ritual exchange between Hindus and Catholics in south India. 4.
Author: Selva J. Raj
Publisher: SUNY Press
Explores the significance of levity and humor in South Asian religious traditions.
This book is a whirlwind tour of the players determining the destiny of corporate America, including the government, private equity, strategic buyers, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds.
Author: Steven M. Davidoff
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
An engaging exploration of modern-day deals and deal-making Gods at War details the recent deals and events that have forever changed the world of billion-dollar deal-making. This book is a whirlwind tour of the players determining the destiny of corporate America, including the government, private equity, strategic buyers, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds. It not only examines many of the game-changing takeover events that have occurred in the past years, but also puts them into context and exposes what is really going on behind the scenes on Wall Street. Gods at War completely covers the strategic issues that guide the modern-day deal, and since they unfold under the shadow of the law, it also focuses on the legal aspects of deal-making and takeovers. Each chapter unfolds through the lens of a recent transaction, from the battle between Yahoo! and Microsoft to the United Rental/Cerberus dispute Provides in-depth explanations and analysis of the events and actors that have shaped this fast-moving field Examines the federal government's regulation by deal approach to saving the financial system and explains the government's biggest "deals", including its bail-outs of AIG, Bank of America, and Citigroup Filled with in-depth insights that will enhance your understanding of this field, Gods at War offers an engaging look at deals and deal-makers in the context of recent historical events. It's a book for those who want to understand deals, takeovers, and the people and institutions who shape our world.
Care should be taken with the assumption that religion is definitively otherworldly even when it does involve dealing with deities. Perhaps even more detrimental to the effort to understand particular religions in their own terms, ...
Author: Graham Harvey
Religion is more than a matter of worshipping a deity or spirit. For many people, religion pervades every part of their lives and is not separated off into some purely private and personal realm. Religion is integral to many people's relationship with the wider world, an aspect of their dwelling among other beings - both human and other-than-human - and something manifested in the everyday world of eating food, having sex and fearing strangers. "Food, Sex and Strangers" offers alternative ways of thinking about what religion involves and how we might better understand it. Drawing on studies of contemporary religions, especially among indigenous peoples, the book argues that religion serves to maintain and enhance human relationships in and with the larger-than-human world. Fundamentally, religion can be better understood through the ways we negotiate our lives than in affirmations of belief - and it is best seen when people engage in intimate acts with themselves and others.
Of God and Gods explores the revolutionary newness of biblical theology against a background of the polytheism that was once so commonplace.
Author: Jan Assmann
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
For thousands of years, our world has been shaped by biblical monotheism. But its hallmark—a distinction between one true God and many false gods—was once a new and radical idea. Of God and Gods explores the revolutionary newness of biblical theology against a background of the polytheism that was once so commonplace. Jan Assmann, one of the most distinguished scholars of ancient Egypt working today, traces the concept of a true religion back to its earliest beginnings in Egypt and describes how this new idea took shape in the context of the older polytheistic world that it rejected. He offers readers a deepened understanding of Egyptian polytheism and elaborates on his concept of the “Mosaic distinction,” which conceives an exclusive and emphatic Truth that sets religion apart from beliefs shunned as superstition, paganism, or heresy. Without a theory of polytheism, Assmann contends, any adequate understanding of monotheism is impossible. Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the Public Library Association
Still there can be no doubt that at one time he was regarded as a real deity, and not merely a spirit or demon. ... It is often difficult to determine whether we are dealing with gods or spirits, and the origin and meaning of many of ...
Author: Morris Jastrow
Publisher: Good Press
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
Another noteworthy aspect of this book is that it is a unique piece of literature which shows the author's creativeness and praiseworthy diction providing the reader with greater insight and fascination.
Author: Somapala Dematapitiya
We are always inquisitive about the existence of gods. Somapala Dematapitiya's 'Discovery of Gods Unseen' provides us with food for thought in this regard. It deals with this issue, setting the contents in a clear perspective, that appeals to the reader substantially. The methodology used in collecting materials for this treatise is twofold; (i) as research work and (ii) as revelations by Gods through a divine screen known as "Anduna" a devise of divination. This aspect of the methodology is the most distinct characteristic of this book. Due to some unavoidable constrains, the author has been compelled to select only seven Gods and Deities from the distinguished pantheon to be disclosed by this volume, allocating a chapter each to Viz. Bodhisathwa Maithra, God Sri Vishnu, God Katharagama, God Dedimunda of Aluthnuwara, God Sumana Saman, Demi-god Siddha Suniyam and Goddess Patini. The somewhat occult birth stories of these Gods and Deities are very interesting and fascinating, but the facts expounded therein, are profound in every respect. We can gain new vivid and enthralling information from the subject matter as well as the anecdotes, incidents and situations lucidly discussed on many a page in this volume. Viz, As to who these Gods are, their classification, abodes, nature and powers and geographical location of heavenly abodes, activation of the divine screen and divination along with dialogues with Gods and astral beings; rituals in nullifying spells (hoodoos); God's benevolence and divine punishments, together with the divine medicine "Rajamanthri" and other divine prescriptions including those for AIDS. Above topics have been discussed in depth with entailing stories frequently. Another noteworthy aspect of this book is that it is a unique piece of literature which shows the author's creativeness and praiseworthy diction providing the reader with greater insight and fascination.
It seems to me that we might well consider Chinese vows to gods and saints in similar light . Inter - deity Relations In examining direct appeals by worshipers , visitations by the Immortals , and vows , I have been dealing only with ...
Author: Meir Shahar
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Unruly Gods: Divinity and Society in China is the first study in English to offer a systematic introduction to the Chinese pantheon of divinities. Until now, Chinese deities have often been presented as mere functionaries and bureaucrats. The essays in this volume eloquently document the existence of other images that allowed Chinese gods to challenge the prevailing power structures and traditional mores of Chinese society. Here are deities who kill their parents, who refuse to marry, who depose their predecessors, who demand cigarettes instead of incense - in short, who challenge all preconceptions about Chinese divinity. The authors draw on a variety of disciplines (history, anthropology, literary studies) and methodologies to throw light on various aspects of the Chinese supernatural. In addition to reflecting the existing order, Chinese gods shaped it, transformed it, and compensated for it, and, as such, this study offers fresh perspectives on the relations between divinity and society in China.
Abandoning monolithic approaches and embracing the possibility of inconsistencies and incongruities in Greek thought, behaviour, and culture, this book investigates how ancient Greeks could validate the complementarity of dissonant, if not ...
Author: Henk Versnel
Abandoning monolithic approaches and embracing the possibility of inconsistencies and incongruities in Greek thought, behaviour, and culture, this book investigates how ancient Greeks could validate the complementarity of dissonant, if not contradictory, representations in e.g.polytheism, theodicy, divine omnipotence and ruler cult.
Deception: of nature, 43; of superhuman powers, 38,95, 100, 102 f., 311 Defense: instinct of, 49 ff.; and vengeance, 50, 55, 57 Deities, mytbs dealing with, 128 f, Deity, justice as essential quality of, 187 ff.
Author: Hans Kelsen
First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Taking on the Gods explores a clinical theological approach to the treatment of individuals, couples, and families suffering from neurotic styles of life.
Author: Merle R. Jordan
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Taking on the Gods explores a clinical theological approach to the treatment of individuals, couples, and families suffering from neurotic styles of life. Merle Jordan exposes the origins of neuroses in idolatry: the substitution of false psychological gods for the true God as the center of ultimate reality. In attempting to earn the approval of these false gods and to escape their harsh judgment, one enters into a second idolatry: becoming one's own Messiah, parts of the self are sacrificed to placate the false gods. The resulting personality distortions are the source of many emotional difficulties. Jordan discusses not only the role of pastoral counselors in helping clients confront their idols, but also the counselors responsibility to recognize their own false gods. Topics covered include: Pastoral Counseling as the Encounter Between Gods, The Implicit Religious Drama in Marital and Family Counseling, The Operational Theology of the "Common Cold" - Depression, and Self-justification Versus Justification by Faith Through Grace. According to Jordan, helping people to 'take on their gods," to free themselves to experience the loving God, is the heart of the pastoral counselor's task.
From Midas’s tragic gift to the exploits of Hercules and the curse of Pandora, Robert Graves brings the legends of ancient Greece to life in a way that’s sure to appeal to everyone; from children to adults, and from casual readers to ...
Author: Robert Graves
Publisher: Rosetta Books
A retelling of the greatest myths and legends of the ancient Greek gods and heroes for readers of all ages by a celebrated historical novelist. In the ancient past, the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Greece lived on Mount Olympus and ruled the world of mortals. Famous heroes shaped the course of history, beautiful women drew the gazes of gods and men alike, and the gods were both fickle in their favors and breathtakingly generous to those they smiled upon. From Midas’ tragic gift to the exploits of Hercules and the curse of Pandora, renowned classicist and historical novelist Robert Graves brings the legends of ancient Greece to life in a lively, accessible way that’s sure to appeal to everyone; from children to adults, and from casual readers to serious scholars.
#1 bestselling YA Norse-mythology-based Paranormal romance:Runes (book 1):Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father's disappearance, her mother's erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend ...
#1 bestselling YA Norse-mythology-based Paranormal romance:Runes (book 1):Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father's disappearance, her mother's erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James--a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.Raine is drawn to Torin's dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can't stop thinking about him. Half the time, she's not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her lifeImmortals (book 2):Nothing can stop Raine Cooper when she wants something...Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology, and that her feelings for him are strong. Torin is crazy about Raine too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is he no longer remembers her, his memories erased by Norns--Norse destiny deities--to punish her for defying them.So Raine comes up with a plan...She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again.But she quickly learns that well-laid plans do not work when dealing with deities and supernatural beings. Desperate, Raine makes choices that could not only tear her and Torin further apart, but lead to the destruction of everything and everyone she loves gods might have erased Torin's memories, but they didn't take into account his feelings for Raine and hers for him.Grimnirs (book 3):Straight out of the psych ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn't want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The guy she's loved from a distance for years moves away without saying goodbye. So yes, she's nursing a serious heartbreak. It's no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms into her life.Too bad Echo is the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy--hot, beautiful,and cocky. He is also a soul reaper. A Grimnir.The very beings she wants out of her life. Maybe normal is overrated because Cora wants it all. Answers. Love. A life.