Encyclopedia of Giants and Humanoids in Myth, Legend and Folklore
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Encyclopedia of Giants and Humanoids in Myth, Legend and Folklore

Every culture has in its folklore and mythology beings of immense size and strength, as well as other preternatural humanoids great or small who walk among us, serving the divine or fulfilling their own agendas. This book catalogs the lore and legends of more than 1,000 different humanoid species and individual beings, including the Titans, Valkyries, Jotnar, yōkai, biblical giants, elves, ogres, trolls and many more.

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction
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The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction

"...an excellent, brief, but thorough introduction... Lim provides an authoritative guide to the contents and significance of the scrolls as ancient documents of major religious importance. That would be enough to ask, but he also provides a fascinating account of how these documents have played a role in modern copyright law and have become a focus for polemically tinged religious conspiracy theories. What a story!" - Carol A. Newso...

Rethinking Relations and Animism: Personhood and Materiality
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Rethinking Relations and Animism: Personhood and Materiality

"From religious objects that mobilize communities, to the analysis of techno-animisms where robots and humans project agency in Japan, passing through the redefinition of Stonehenge and Mayan Polyontologies, Rethinking Relations is a book that will make a significant impact in anthropology, religious studies, and archaeology [...] In essence, Rethinking Relations gives us a refreshing view of traditional anthropological concepts, whe...

Magic in Western Culture: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment
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Magic in Western Culture: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment

'Brian Copenhaver's Magic in Western Culture is a towering achievement in the field of intellectual history that is evidently the product of years - or decades, one suspects - of its author's immersion in the primary sources. In spite of its focus on the history of magic, this book is in fact essential reading for students of the history of ideas, the history of philosophy, the history of medicine, the history of science and even stu...

Modern Chinese Religion I (2 Vols.)
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Modern Chinese Religion I (2 Vols.)

A follow-up to Early Chinese Religion (Brill, 2009-10), Modern Chinese Religion focuses on the third period of paradigm shift in Chinese cultural and religious history, from the Song to the Yuan (960-1368 AD). As in the earlier periods, political division gave urgency to the invention of new models that would then remain dominant for six centuries. Defining religion as "value systems in practice", this multi-disciplinary work shows t...

Beyond the Nation-State: The Zionist Political Imagination from Pinsker to Ben-Gurion
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Beyond the Nation-State

“Beyond the Zionist Nation State” by Dmitry Shumsky (Oct. 2018). Partial comments by Gil S. Rubin in the January 9, 2019 online TABLET magazine: “In Beyond the Nation-State, Dmitry Shumsky argues that, like [Vladimir] Jabotinsky, [c. 1930] an entire cast of mainstream Zionist leaders and thinkers envisioned the future Jewish state in Palestine as either binational or part of a larger multinational framework. … "Shumsky critiques the ...

Magical Tools and the Daoist Altar: The Secret Teaching of Esoteric Daoist Magic
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Magical Tools and the Daoist Altar

Never before has a book been written that contains so much informative on the esoteric subject of Daoist Magical Tools. Now at 539 pages, this incredible book contains secret teachings on how to imprint the magic tool, the secret seals and incantations needed to magically activate the altar tools, and how to utilize the various magic tools used in both Daoist Folk Magic and Daoist Religious Magic. Also included are several secret mag...

God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay 'On the Trinity'
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God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay 'On the Trinity'

"In the beginning was the Word ... Where the Christian account of divine trinity is traced back to the Johannine correlation of God and the Logos, the third Person may be no more than a necessary postscript. In this remarkable first volume of her Systematic Theology, Sarah Coakley proposes an alternative, Pauline trinitarianism in which the Holy Spirit is fundamental rather than marginal - the Spirit who 'helps us in our weakness' by...

Everyday Hinduism
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Everyday Hinduism

Flueckiger draws on her wide-ranging ethnographic work to vividly illustrate and critically appreciate the stories, rituals, and materials of an ancient, complex, and continuously evolving tradition and invites readers to engage both the past and the modern in fresh and respectful ways. Imaginatively conceptualized, sensitive to variation, context and change, and beautifully written, Everyday Hinduism evokes a wonderful sense of the ...

Daoist Magical Incantations, Hand Seals, and Star Stepping: The Secret Teaching of Esoteric Daoist Magic
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Daoist Magical Incantations, Hand Seals, and Star Stepping

Never before has a book been written that contains so much informative on the esoteric subject of Daoist Magical Incantations, Hand Seals and Star Stepping. Now at 319 pages, this incredible book contains secret Daoist teachings on Magical Incantations, Imprinting with Incantations, Enchantment, Trance Induction, Daoist Magical Hand Seal Training, Types of Hand Seals, Specific Functions of the Hand Seals, Hand Seals Used For Worship,...