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Secret Societies (Paperback, UK ed.): Nick Harding Secret Societies (Paperback, UK ed.)
Nick Harding
R205 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R43 (21%) In stock
Peyote Religion (Paperback, New edition): Omer C. Stewart Peyote Religion (Paperback, New edition)
Omer C. Stewart
R496 R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Save R99 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In this definitive work-a product of more than half a century of research and close observation-the noted anthropologist Omer C. Stewart provides a sweeping reconstruction of the rise of peyotism and the Native American Church. Although it is commonly known that the modern peyote religion became formalized around 1880 in western Oklahoma, it had roots in precontact American Indian ritual. Today it is practiced by thousands upon thousands of American Indians throughout the West.

Long a subject of controversy, peyotism has become a unifying influence in Indian life, providing the basis for ceremonies, friendships, social gatherings, travel, marriage, and much more. As Stewart demonstrates, it has been a source of comfort and healing and a means of expression for a troubled people.

Brighde's Cave - A Mythical Journey (Paperback): Isabella Weber Brighde's Cave - A Mythical Journey (Paperback)
Isabella Weber
R210 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R42 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Second Coming of the New Age - The Hidden Dangers of Alternative Spirituality in Contemporary America and Its Churches... The Second Coming of the New Age - The Hidden Dangers of Alternative Spirituality in Contemporary America and Its Churches (Paperback)
Josh Peck, Steven Bancarz
R391 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R74 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Black Elk Reader (Paperback, Annotated Ed): Clyde Holler The Black Elk Reader (Paperback, Annotated Ed)
Clyde Holler
R503 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R39 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A compilation of essays by authorities on Black Elk. The introduction explores his life and texts, and the essays demonstrate Black Elk's relevance to today's scholarly discussions, and consider his work from postcolonial, anthropological and cultural perspectives.

Pantheologies - Gods, Worlds, Monsters (Hardcover): Mary-Jane Rubenstein Pantheologies - Gods, Worlds, Monsters (Hardcover)
Mary-Jane Rubenstein
R711 R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Save R178 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Pantheism is the idea that God and the world are identical--that the creator, sustainer, destroyer, and transformer of all things is the universe itself. From a monotheistic perspective, this notion is irremediably heretical since it suggests divinity might be material, mutable, and multiple. Since the excommunication of Baruch Spinoza, Western thought has therefore demonized what it calls pantheism, accusing it of incoherence, absurdity, and--with striking regularity--monstrosity. In this book, Mary-Jane Rubenstein investigates this perennial repugnance through a conceptual genealogy of pantheisms. What makes pantheism "monstrous"--at once repellent and seductive--is that it scrambles the raced and gendered distinctions that Western philosophy and theology insist on drawing between activity and passivity, spirit and matter, animacy and inanimacy, and creator and created. By rejecting the fundamental difference between God and world, pantheism threatens all the other oppositions that stem from it: light versus darkness, male versus female, and humans versus every other organism. If the panic over pantheism has to do with a fear of crossed boundaries and demolished hierarchies, then the question becomes what a present-day pantheism might disrupt and what it might reconfigure. Cobbling together heterogeneous sources--medieval heresies, their pre- and anti-Socratic forebears, general relativity, quantum mechanics, nonlinear biologies, multiverse and indigenous cosmologies, ecofeminism, animal and vegetal studies, and new and old materialisms--Rubenstein assembles possible pluralist pantheisms. By mobilizing this monstrous mixture of unintentional God-worlds, Pantheologies gives an old heresy the chance to renew our thinking.

The Luminous Stone - Lucifer in Western Esotericism (Paperback): Michael Howard The Luminous Stone - Lucifer in Western Esotericism (Paperback)
Michael Howard
R508 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R110 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Good Spell Book - Love Charms, Magical Cures and Other Practices (Paperback): Gillian Kemp The Good Spell Book - Love Charms, Magical Cures and Other Practices (Paperback)
Gillian Kemp 1
R231 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R40 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Every witch needs a book of spells. Bring the power of magic into your everyday with these fun and easy-to-use spells, charms, potions and more. Using common household ingredients, The Good Spell Book provides answers to the problems we all face in our day-to-day lives; from winning a job to attracting the one you love - it will give you all the guidance you need. Whether you're a complete beginner, advanced spell caster, or simply curious, these are the spells that will increase your self-worth, and empower you to lead a healthier, happier and more fulfilled life.

Black Elk's Religion - The Sun Dance and Lakota Catholicism (Hardcover, New ed.): Clyde Holler Black Elk's Religion - The Sun Dance and Lakota Catholicism (Hardcover, New ed.)
Clyde Holler
R1,033 Discovery Miles 10 330 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Black Elk was one of the greatest religious thinkers produced by native North America, and the Sun Dance the central religious ritual of his Lakota tradition. Beginning with a review of the recent critical work on Black Elk by Paul B. Steinmetz, Julian Rice and Michael K. Steltenkamp, Holler reconstructs the history and development of the Lakota Sun Dance, essential background for understanding Black Elk's thought. His analysis is a comprehsnive study of the dance, which was banned by the government in 1883. Holler shows how Black Elk adapted the dance to the conditions and circumstances of reservation life, reinterpreting it in terms commensurate with Christianity. His firsthand account of the dance associated with Frank Fools Crow at Three Mile Camp near Kyle, South Dakota, shows how the contemporary Sun Dance reflects Black Elk's vision. Holler's book offers a philosophical engagement with native North American religion, carried out in close dialogue with anthropology. Readers who were captivated by John G. Neihardt's gripping portrait of Black Elk in ""Black Elk Speaks"" may be surprised to learn that he was a vital and creative leader until his death in 1950, not the broken, despairing old man made famous by Neihardt. Holler establishes that Black Elk was both a sincere traditionalist and a sincere Christian, seeing the two religious traditions as expressions of the sacred. Students of religion should be stimulated by Holler's interpretation of Black Elk as a creative thinker, rather than a passive informant on his people's past. Those interested in Native Americans, especially the Lakota, should appreciate his authoritative reconstruction of the Sun Dance, which proposes new understandings of this central Lakota religious ritual. The book also includes a glossary of terms.

Being versus Becoming - Experiencing Awareness Beyond the Relative Mind (Paperback): Paresh M. Jivanji Being versus Becoming - Experiencing Awareness Beyond the Relative Mind (Paperback)
Paresh M. Jivanji
R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book helps you uncover the secrets to discovering your true self, your purpose in life, and how to achieve true happiness. Being Versus Becoming presents the timeless wisdom of the Vedanta philosophy, which has its roots in the ancient teachings of Sanatan Dharma. It weaves and blends meticulously while explaining to the reader the importance of living in the Present, in the Now. Being Versus Becoming offers you the opportunity to peel through the layers taking you to the core of the Truth of who you are and your purpose in life; wisdom attained through the rigorous penance and personal experience of the ancient seers. They saw how human nature attempts to achieve happiness by Doing and Becoming which is propelled by greed and desire. The secret to happiness as revealed by these ancient seers is that it is only when the mind loses the fascination for the worldly joys and turns inward to contemplate upon the Higher Self that one can rejoice in the source of the infinite joy within. It is then that he ceases to Become and is immersed in the Light of his Being, his true nature thus ending the search for happiness.

The Quiet Mind - Sayings of White Eagle (Paperback, New edition): "White Eagle" The Quiet Mind - Sayings of White Eagle (Paperback, New edition)
"White Eagle" 1
R63 Discovery Miles 630 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

White Eagle's teaching is an inspirational, spiritual message bringing great encouragement and a clearer understanding of human purpose. The understanding and love which the teaching embodies, finds its roots in the Ancient Wisdom and, therefore, contains a distillation of elements from many religions and spiritual teachers, including Christianity, Eastern Religions and Native American wisdom. However, White Eagle's 'voice' is timeless and the depth of awareness and explanation, as well as advice, resonates strongly with the needs and challenges of our modern lives. Therefore, much of the material in the publications is not only philosophical, but provides us with ways of approaching all aspects of life in a practical, as well as spiritual, way. This famous collection of White Eagle sayings has already sold over 400,000 copies. Following the Master within' is the theme for the sayings in this book. This pocket-sized book seems to touch people from all persuasions at the heart level (nearly half a million copies have been sold). The sayings are not intellectual statements so much as themes for further reflection - themes that give deep comfort and encouragement. White Eagle's gentle words help the reader hear the voice of his or her own heart. Each saying gives guidance on how to bring peace and harmony into our lives. The secret of strength lies in the "Quiet Mind". This much-loved book of spiritual guidance is now available in paperback.

The Starseed Transmission (Paperback, New edition): Ken Carey The Starseed Transmission (Paperback, New edition)
Ken Carey
R291 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R87 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The first volume of the Starseed Trilogy: Intuitive knowledge featuring a startling new view of human evolution.

Launch - Starting a New Church from Scratch (Paperback, Revised and Expanded Edition): Nelson Searcy, Kerrick Thomas, Jennifer... Launch - Starting a New Church from Scratch (Paperback, Revised and Expanded Edition)
Nelson Searcy, Kerrick Thomas, Jennifer Dykes Henson
R270 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R48 (18%) Shipped within 5 - 10 working days

Starting a church from scratch? Start here! Launch offers specific strategies for beginning a church with no members, no money, and no staff. Readers get clear, practical how-to strategies for quickly raising funds, creating a team, planning services, effective evangelism, and rapidly developing a growing membership. Specific advice is included for reaching that often difficult-to-target demographic, the 20- to 40-year-old. Now thoroughly revised and expanded to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of church planting.

Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan (Hardcover): Anthony T. Kronman Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan (Hardcover)
Anthony T. Kronman
R759 R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Save R75 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In this passionate and searching book, Anthony Kronman offers a third way-beyond atheism and religion-to the God of the modern world "An astonishing, . . . epically ambitious book. . . . An intellectual adventure story based on the notion that ideas drive history, and that to dedicate yourself to them is to live a bigger, more intense life."-David Brooks, New York Times We live in an age of disenchantment. The number of self-professed "atheists" continues to grow. Yet many still feel an intense spiritual longing for a connection to what Aristotle called the "eternal and divine." For those who do, but demand a God that is compatible with their modern ideals, a new theology is required. This is what Anthony Kronman offers here, in a book that leads its readers away from the inscrutable Creator of the Abrahamic religions toward a God whose inexhaustible and everlasting presence is that of the world itself. Kronman defends an ancient conception of God, deepened and transformed by Christian belief-the born-again paganism on which modern science, art, and politics all vitally depend. Brilliantly surveying centuries of Western thought-from Plato to Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant, from Spinoza to Nietzsche, Darwin, and Freud-Kronman recovers and reclaims the God we need today.

New Religious Movements in the Twenty-First Century - Legal, Political, and Social Challenges in Global Perspective... New Religious Movements in the Twenty-First Century - Legal, Political, and Social Challenges in Global Perspective (Paperback)
Phillip Charles Lucas, Thomas Robbins
R782 Discovery Miles 7 820 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


New religious movements are proliferating in nearly every region of the world. From new sects within larger global movements such as Islam, Christianity, or Buddhism, to the growth and spread of minority religions (e.g. ISKON, Unification Church, and Scientology) and the development of completely new religions, the future of these new religious movements will increasingly come to be played out on a political battlefield. Governments in many countries in both the industrialized and the developing worlds have enacted new policies and legislation that dramatically affect not only marginal and minority religious groups but also the broader power relationships between states and the religious freedom of their citizens.
New Religious Movements in the 21st Century is the first volume to examine the urgent and important issues facing new religions in their political, legal and religious contexts in global perspective. With essays from prominent new religious movement scholars and usefully organized into four regional areas covering Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe, and North and South America, as well as a concluding section on the major themes of globalization and terrorist violence, this book provides invaluable insight into the challenges facing religion in the twenty-first century. An introduction by Tom Robbins provides an overview of the major issues and themes discussed in the book.

A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology (Paperback, New Ed): Gwendolyn Leick A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology (Paperback, New Ed)
Gwendolyn Leick
R917 Discovery Miles 9 170 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


The Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology covers sources from Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine and Anatolia, from around 2800 to 300 BC. It contains entries on gods and goddesses, giving evidence of their worship in temples, describing their 'character', as documented by the texts, and defining their roles within the body of mythological narratives; synoptic entries on myths, giving the place of origin of main texts and a brief history of their transmission through the ages; and entries explaining the use of specialist terminology, for such things as categories of Sumerian texts or types of mythological figures.

eBook available with sample pages: EB:020302852X

The American Soul Rush - Esalen and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege (Hardcover): Marion Goldman The American Soul Rush - Esalen and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege (Hardcover)
Marion Goldman
R871 Discovery Miles 8 710 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Yoga. Humanistic Psychology. Meditation. Holistic Healing. These practices are commonplace today. Yet before the early 1960s they were atypical options for most people outside of the upper class or small groups of educated spiritual seekers. Esalen Institute, a retreat for spiritual and personal growth in Big Sur, California, played a pioneering role in popularizing quests for self-transformation and personalized spirituality. This "soul rush" spread quickly throughout the United States as the Institute made ordinary people aware of hundreds of ways to select, combine, and revise their beliefs about the sacred and to explore diverse mystical experiences. Millions of Americans now identify themselves as spiritual, not religious, because Esalen paved the way for them to explore spirituality without affiliating with established denominations The American Soul Rush explores the concept of spiritual privilege and Esalen's foundational influence on the growth and spread of diverse spiritual practices that affirm individuals' self-worth and possibilities for positive personal change. The book also describes the people, narratives, and relationships at the Institute that produced persistent, almost accidental inequalities in order to illuminate the ways that gender is central to religion and spirituality in most contexts.

Southern Cunning - Folkloric Witchcraft in the American South (Paperback): Aaron Oberon Southern Cunning - Folkloric Witchcraft in the American South (Paperback)
Aaron Oberon
R188 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R34 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Southern Cunning is a journey through the folklore of the American South and a look at the power these stories hold for modern witches. Through the lens of folklore, animism, and bioregionalism the book shows how to bring rituals in folklore into the modern day and presents a uniquely American approach to witchcraft born out of the land and practical application.

Iroquois Ceremonial of Midwinter (Paperback, 1st pbk. ed): Elisabeth Tooker Iroquois Ceremonial of Midwinter (Paperback, 1st pbk. ed)
Elisabeth Tooker
R379 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R75 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Midwinter ceremonial -- the longest and most complex of the rituals of the Longhouse religion -- is examined here in three parts. Following a short cultural history of the Iroquois and a description of the present geographical location of the various longhouses and tribes, Elisabeth Tooker discusses the principles of Iroquois ritualism.

The second part of the book is devoted to detailed accounts of the Midwinter ceremonial as it is performed today at six Iroquois longhouses. The third part presents the historical perspective of the ceremony through excerpts from writings of Roman Catholic and Protestant missionaries, captives, travelers, local residents, and anthropologists.

American Cosmic - UFOs, Religion, Technology (Hardcover): D. W. Pasulka American Cosmic - UFOs, Religion, Technology (Hardcover)
D. W. Pasulka
R396 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R81 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

More than half of American adults and more than seventy-five percent of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life. This level of belief rivals that of belief in God. American Cosmic examines the mechanisms at work behind the thriving belief system in extraterrestrial life, a system that is changing and even supplanting traditional religions. Over the course of a six-year ethnographic study, D.W. Pasulka interviewed successful and influential scientists, professionals, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who believe in extraterrestrial intelligence, thereby disproving the common misconception that only fringe members of society believe in UFOs. She argues that widespread belief in aliens is due to a number of factors including their ubiquity in modern media like The X-Files, which can influence memory, and the believability lent to that media by the search for planets that might support life. American Cosmic explores the intriguing question of how people interpret unexplainable experiences, and argues that the media is replacing religion as a cultural authority that offers believers answers about non-human intelligent life.

The Manitous - The Supernatural World of the Ojibway (Paperback, HarperPerennial ed): Basil H. Johnston The Manitous - The Supernatural World of the Ojibway (Paperback, HarperPerennial ed)
Basil H. Johnston
R268 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R49 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Manitous are mysteries and spirits - the essences - that infuse and safeguard plants and animals, including humans, in all aspects of life. The tales of the manitous are simple in narration and complex in spirit, rich with incident and detail, and attempt to explain the mysterious ways of the natural world. Here are wily tricksters, timorous tree spirits, wise grandmothers, seductive maidens, and the ever-hungry evil manitous, fearsome giants known as Weendigoes. Here is a half-man, half-manitou legend of Ojibway lore who represents the wonders and shortcomings of all humankind and who becomes a hero by masquerading as one; a powerful warrior who is riled and routed by a younger sibling with a fight for dancing and disguises; a man who seems obsessed with the trivial but learns to understand the spiritual; and The Prophecy - which is told but disbelieved - telling of the changes in the native world to come. By turns comic, erotic, dramatic, and tragic, these engrossing stories - most of which have never before been recorded - provide a window into an ancient culture, and hold great meaning for modern readers.

The Transatlantic Zombie - Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death (Paperback): Sarah Juliet Lauro The Transatlantic Zombie - Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death (Paperback)
Sarah Juliet Lauro
R626 R569 Discovery Miles 5 690 Save R57 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Our most modern monster and perhaps our most American, the zombie that is so prevalent in popular culture today has its roots in African soul capture mythologies. The Transatlantic Zombie provides a more complete history of the zombie than has ever been told, explaining how the myth's migration to the New World was facilitated by the transatlantic slave trade, and reveals the real-world import of storytelling, reminding us of the power of myths and mythmaking, and the high stakes of appropriation and homage. Beginning with an account of a probable ancestor of the zombie found in the Kongolese and Angolan regions of seventeenth-century Africa and ending with a description of the way, in contemporary culture, new media are used to facilitate zombie-themed events, Sarah Juliet Lauro plots the zombie's cultural significance through Caribbean literature, Haitian folklore, and American literature, film, and the visual arts. The zombie entered US consciousness through the American occupation of Haiti, the site of an eighteenth-century slave rebellion that became a war for independence, thus making the figuration of living death inseparable from its resonances with both slavery and rebellion. Lauro bridges African mythology and US mainstream culture by articulating the ethical complications of the zombie's invocation as a cultural conquest that was rebranded for the American cinema. As The Transatlantic Zombie shows, the zombie is not merely a bogeyman representing the ills of modern society, but a battleground over which a cultural war has been fought between the imperial urge to absorb exotic, threatening elements, and the originary, Afro-disaporic cultures preservation through a strategy of mythic combat.

Popol Vuh - The Definitive Edition Of The Mayan Book Of The Dawn Of Life And The Glories Of (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed): Dennis... Popol Vuh - The Definitive Edition Of The Mayan Book Of The Dawn Of Life And The Glories Of (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed)
Dennis Tedlock
R354 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R65 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Popol Vuh, the Quiché Mayan book of creation, is not only the most important text in the native languages of the Americas, it is also an extraordinary document of the human imagination. It begins with the deeds of Mayan gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan lords who founded the Quiché kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs, it was transcribed into the Roman alphabet in the sixteenth century.

This new edition of Dennis Tedlock's unabridged, widely praised translation includes new notes and commentary, newly translated passages, newly deciphered hieroglyphs, and over forty new illustrations.

The Pilgrimage (Paperback): Paulo Coelho The Pilgrimage (Paperback)
Paulo Coelho 2
R186 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R48 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An extraordinary mixture of adventure story and guide to self-knowledge, this book recounts the spectacular trials of Paulo and his mentor, Petrus, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword.

The Missing Lands - Uncovering Earth's Pre-Flood Civilization (Paperback): Freddy Silva The Missing Lands - Uncovering Earth's Pre-Flood Civilization (Paperback)
Freddy Silva
R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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