By John Ferguson
Starting from Christian mystical theology to Sufism, from the traditional philosophers to the Cambridge Platonists, from visionaries similar to William Blake and the writer of The Cloud of Unknowing to the function performed by means of medications, yoga, song and the dance, this Encyclopaedia offers crucial info at the manifold elements of mysticism and should function a accomplished and helpful paintings of reference for a few years to return. contains 2 hundred illustrations.
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And then he leaps about the house like a frog; and the house becomes too small for him, and he goes out, leaping and singing, and shaking like a reed in the water, and dripping with perspiration. " Then he is quiet for a few days, having gone to the inyanga to have ubulawo churned for him; and he comes back quite another man, being now cleansed and an inyanga indeed. The familiar spirits do not begin by explaining omens which occur among the people; they begin by speaking with him whose familiars they are, and making him acquainted with what is about to happen, and then he divines for the people.
Many dreams are supposed to be caused or sent by the Amatongo [ancestors], but not all. Diviners are said to have "soft" heads. Hence to have "eaten impepo" means to be a trustworthy diviner. "Treated with blood," that is, of sacrifices. 14]. Or, he is possessed by your people. When he leaves off medicines, he is better and takes a little food. , the power to divine. They retire to rest doubtful whether they shall find him still living at daybreak. , that it is affected in that way which is followed by the power to divine.
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An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Mysticism: and the Mystery Religions by John Ferguson