49 The shift from Zhemyna as the supreme deity of the early Aistians , to Perkunas , as the supreme god of the following era , meant a shift from the Earth to the Sky in the conception of the ultimate reality .
Author: Vincent Vycinas
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
This study presents development of European mythical culture, which began with the cults of the Great Goddess some 30,000-20,000 B.C. and flourished in Europe for millennia. This matriarchic culture - invaded by the patriarchic Indo-Europeans (Pre-Aistians), the worshippers of sky deities (3,000 B.C.) - remained alive in the souls of the Indo-Europeans, especially the Aistians. Moreover, during the break-down of the patriarchic order, the matriarchic deities surfaced and became dominant again. Thus they closed the cycle of mythical development. At its end this study shows philosophy's cyclic development, analogous to that of the mythical. Ultimately, this study suggests Old Europe's matriarchic culture as the cradle of Western civilization.
... a major work of contemporary feminist spirituality, and The Great Goddess and the Aistian Mythical World (1990), by Vincent Vycinas, a Heideggerian view of a primal religion of the earth in prehistoric Europe.
Author: Harry T. Hunt
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Explores the roots of modern transpersonal psychology and spirituality through psychobiography.
Of God and Men : Studies in Lithuanian Mythology . Milda Newman , trans . Bloomington : Indiana University Press , 1992 . Vyèinas , Vincas [ Vincent ] . The Great Goddess and the Aistian Mythical World . New York : Lang , 1990 .
Author: Ellen Cannon Reed
Publisher: Weiser Books
Ellen Cannon Reed. Takes us beyond many of the currently popularized ideas and images related to the nature of Wiccan beliefs and practices. It guides us past the surface into a deeper understanding of the lifestyle, mind set, and religious dedication to spiritual growth that lie at the heart of this life-transforming practice. Reed tells us about life in a coven, training, rituals, initiations, finding a teacher, and spell-casting. Introduction. Reading list. Index. 2000. 144 pp.
People ritually hit the Earth with poles to wake her up. ... They depict cosmological and natural imagery, especially Saule ̇, the Earth, evergreens, and snakes. ... The Great Goddess and the Aistian Mythical World.
Author: Bron Taylor
Publisher: A&C Black
The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, originally published in 2005, is a landmark work in the burgeoning field of religion and nature. It covers a vast and interdisciplinary range of material, from thinkers to religious traditions and beyond, with clarity and style. Widely praised by reviewers and the recipient of two reference work awards since its publication (see www.religionandnature.com/ern), this new, more affordable version is a must-have book for anyone interested in the manifold and fascinating links between religion and nature, in all their many senses.
The Celts – albeit probably having assimilated hordes of horse warriors from the east at some point – have grown out of an ancient European society that worshipped the earth as the All-Mother, as the Great Goddess providing her people ...
Author: Christian Brunner
Christian F. Brunner, author of several books on shamanism in the Alps, has practiced ancient healing methods for over twenty years. He is also a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, contributing regularly to the Order's monthly magazine, ""Touchstone."" The author invites you to take a stroll with him through his beloved Alps, where myths and folk customs still sing of the people who lived there in antiquity, the Celts. Walk with the author along the narrow ridge between history and otherworld, which we encounter behind many a jagged rock, in a deep forest, or dark cave. We will meet giants there, mystical ladies, and the Kasermandl; and all have fascinating stories to tell. Learn what the Alpine people of old thought about Vervain and how ancient magical spells connected folks on continent with their brethren on the British Isles. And finally, you can go with Christian Brunner on a shamanic journey to Mutter Perchtl and thus participate in the remembrance of the Great Goddess.
Lithuanian Mythological Tales. Translated by Birute Ki5kyte. Vilnius: Vaga, 1998. —. The World Outlook of the Ancient Balts. Translated by Dalija Tekoriene. Vilnius: Mintis, 1989. Vycinas, Vincent. The Great Goddess and the Aistian ...
Author: Saulius A. Suziedelis
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Lithuania will serve as a useful introduction to virtually all aspects of Lithuania's historical experience, including the country's relations with its neighbors. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, and events; institutions and organizations; and political, economic, social, cultural, and religious facets.