Divine Fertility

This book uniquely explores the impact of indigenous ideology and thought on everyday life in Northeast Africa.

Author: Sada Mire

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429769245

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

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This book uniquely explores the impact of indigenous ideology and thought on everyday life in Northeast Africa. Furthermore, in highlighting the diversity in pre-Christian, pre-Islamic regional beliefs and practices that extend beyond the simplistic political arguments of the current dominant narratives, the study shows that for millennia complex indigenous institutions have bound people together beyond the labels of Christianity and Islam; they have sustained peace through cultural exchange and tolerance (if not always complete acceptance). Through recent archaeological and ethnographic research, the concepts, landscapes, materials and rituals believed to be associated with the indigenous and shared culture of the Sky-God belief are examined. The author makes sense, for the first time, of the relationship between the notion of sacred fertility and a number of regional archaeological features and on-going ancient practices including FGM, spirit possessions, and other physically invasive practices and the ritual hunt. The book explores one of the most important pilgrimage centres in Somaliland and Somalia, the sacred landscape of Saint Aw-Barkhadle, founded ca. 12th century AD. It is believed to be the burial place of the rulers of the first Muslim Ifat and Awdal dynasties in this region, and potentially the lost first capital of Awdal kingdom before Harar. This ritual centre is seen as a ‘microcosm’ of the ancient Horn of Africa with its exceptional multi-religious heritage, through which the author lays out a locally appropriate archaeological interpretational framework, the "Ritual Set," also applied here to the Ethiopian sites of Tiya, Sheikh Hussein Bale, Aksum and Lalibela, setting these places against a wider historical background of indigenous Sky-God belief. This archaeological study of sacred landscapes, stelae traditions, ancient Christian and medieval Muslim centres of Northeast Africa is the first to put forward a theoretical and analytical framework for the interpretation of the shared regional heritage and the indigenous archaeology of the region. It will be invaluable to archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and policymakers interested in Africa and beyond.

Journal of the Indian Society of Oriental Art

The descent of the Gangā from heaven to earth establishes yet another bridge
between the two spheres , another deva - yāna , Just as the sacrifice ascends to
the upper regions , so the divine fertility , be it rain or the holy Gangā , descends ...

Author: Indian Society of Oriental Art



Category: Art, Asian


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How to Save the Catholic Church

The issue here is not doctrine, for both the Catholic and the Protestant believe
that Jesus is human and divine. ... God with the natural fertility processes or at
least of not maintaining a sharp enough distinction between God and natural

Author: Andrew M. Greeley

Publisher: Viking Adult

ISBN: 9780670384754

Category: Religion

Page: 258

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Offers recommendations for a renewal of the Catholic Church in America, addressing issues of worship, parish life, the arts, family life, and sexuality

Hammer of the North

But there were also deities who were essentially fertility gods and goddesses
embodying concepts of growth and natural ... of divine fertility - kings , whose
reign was one of fruitful harvests and peace , while the Norwegians and Danes
harked ...

Author: Magnús Magnússon


ISBN: 9780399117442

Category: Mythology, Norse

Page: 128

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Text and more than 120 photographs examine the history, culture, civilization, and achievements of the Vikings and analyze their mythology and poetry.

Encyclopedia of religion

Deities promoting fertility and prosperity fit into an extremely broad and diverse
category; in fact, the majority of gods and ... It is perhaps in securing and
producing food that humans experience most deeply the in- terpenetration of
divine ...

Author: Lindsay Jones

Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library


Category: Religion

Page: 10735

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Among Library Journal's picks of the most important reference works of the millennium - with the Encyclopedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia - Mircea Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion won the American Library Associations' Dartmouth Medal in 1988 and is widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field. This second edition, which is intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since 1987, includes almost all of the 2,750 original entries - many heavily updated - as well as approximately 600 entirely new articles. Preserving the best of Eliade's cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers. The result is an essential purchase for libraries of all kinds.

The Divine Destroyer

Their fertility cults were the membranes through which divine grace passed from
the gods to men . While men worked in the sweat of their faces , their labors were
sacramental links to the ground of being . Those ancient cults recognized that ...

Author: Walter Earl Stuermann



Category: Good and evil

Page: 187

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What Women Don t Understand about Men

... to develop the ways in which the infant Jesus symbolizes the vulnerability of
God , the extent to which God wanted to know our human condition personally ,
the intimate union between human maternity and divine fertility , and so on .

Author: John Carmody

Publisher: Twenty Third Publications

ISBN: 9780896225008

Category: Interpersonal communication

Page: 106

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Examines male & female relationships and their relationship with God.

Karanga Mythology

13 Are the symbolical sexual organs really the expression of divine fertility ? The
Karanga describe God as neither male or female ; they know of no biologically
defined sexuality of God and expressly reject such an idea . Through the
calabash ...

Author: Herbert Aschwanden



Category: Social Science

Page: 287

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Newly reissued, this remains a rare work on the systems of interpretation and meaning, mythological traditions and realities of the Karanga people in Zimbabwe. The author considers the Karanga's cosmology, as a system of psychological and biological expressions, and in relation to mythological feeling and thinking. Topics covered include: creation myths; mythologies of the symbols of life and death; incest and marriage problems; forbidden sexual intercourse; pregnancy and birth; mythology as experienced reality; the mythology of an image of god; and the mythology of the night. Further cultural sources drawn on are Shona proverbs, which are to some extent included in the work. Throughout the study, the author aims to apply appropriate African, rather than narrowly Western, systems of interpretation and analysis to his material.

The Cult of the Matronae in the Roman Rhineland

Author: Alex Gustav Garman



Category: Religion

Page: 174

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The incredible life of Sonia Gandhi, one of the most powerful women in the world, and a look at the future of IndiaSonia Gandhi's story represents the greatest transformational journey made by any world leader in the last four decades. Circumstance and tragedy, rather than ambition, paved her path to power. Born into a traditional, middle-class Italian family, Sonia met and fell in love with Rajiv Gandhi, son of future Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru, while studying English in Cambridge. Cruelly tested by the assassinations of her mother-in-law and of her husband, Sonia grew into a strong, authoritative but always private figure, now president of a coalition ruling over a billion people in the world's largest democracy. Through exclusive interviews with members of Sonia's party, political opponents and family friends, Rani Singh casts new light on Sonia. In the firstmainstream biography of this inspirational figure, the author's compelling narrative retraces the path of the brave and beautiful Sonia Gandhi, examining what her life and legacy mean for India .


This divine fertility has ever been found through the long history of Christianity in
the charity of the Christian missionaries , priests , Sisters and lay people , in a Dr.
Tom Dooley , a Father Damien , the apostle of the lepers , a Francis Xavier and ...






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Africa s Social and Religious Quest

Michael Lawler's summary probes these details: Underlying the themes of
sexuality, fertility, and marriage in [ANE] cultures are the archetypal figures of the
god-father and the goddess-mother, the sources of universal life in the divine, the

Author: Randee Ijatuyi-Morphé

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761862684

Category: History

Page: 646

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This well-crafted book probes the key dimensions of Africa’s existential predicament. It constitutes an intellectual response to a gnawing “African situation”—the starting point for grasping Africa’s social and religious quest. Beyond split explanations of external versus internal factors (e.g., colonization/slavery vs. leadership/cultural values), this study accounts more comprehensively for emergent issues shaping this situation. The situation reflects a gamut of problems in traditional African religion and material culture, which hitherto defines African communality, polities, and destinies vis-à-vis the cosmos and nature. Thus, African religion and communities, each with its own attendant values, do not operate by critical engagement with larger issues of society and civilization, especially those shaped by the advent of (post-) modernity. Rather, they operate via adaptation. The communal drive for natural and social harmony inevitably produces a preservationist view of culture (“leaving things as they are”). This study takes an integrative approach to religion, society, and civilization; eschews dichotomies; and broadly defines and re-signifies life and wholeness as a true end of Africans’ quest today.

The Divine Versus the Asurian

As we have already noted , Njord is related to , or identical with , the primitive
fertility goddess Nerthus whom Tacitus ( Germ . 40 ) mentions as the primary
Germanic deity in the first century C.E.125 Vanir deities appear frequently in
couples or ...

Author: Michael York



Category: History

Page: 636

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This is a major multidisciplinary study of cult and myth, which embraces archaeology, comparative linguistics and mythology as well as sociological analysis. The Divine Versus the Asurian forms an innovatively complete view of the European past and the subsequent dichotomy that occurred. To the many scholars studying cult and myth, York presents a viable hypothesis in an area of great scholarly dispute. This book serves to sharpen the impetus to investigate European origins and to widen our intellectual horizons.

Prayer in World Religions

... to sexual union is quite instructive . The contemplative prayer that binds people
to the divine mystery ... If a beautiful spring day has quickened our juices , we can
take it as a hint of the divine fertility . Then , we can cry out in delight , praise ...

Author: Denise Lardner Carmody



Category: Prayer

Page: 168

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A brief survey of the nature and function of prayer in the world religions. Treats Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Native American religions, and African religions. Christian prayer is not included,but each section offers "Christian reflections", tying the given traditions's experiences to the experiences of Christians.

The Riverside Shakespeare

On the ethical level she is irresponsible in every way — lubricious, cruel, self-
regarding; but to disregard the divine ... represented not merely as a voluptuary's
weakness, the soft beds of the East, but as a divine fertility like that of the Nile; it is

Author: William Shakespeare


ISBN: 9780395044025

Category: Drama

Page: 1902

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The plays and poems, based on a consideration of all the major texts since 1709, are accompanied by a wealth of information on Shakespeare, his work, and era

Classical Views

When their brief season of bloom is prolonged or when they bloom out of season
, they reflect the timelessness of divine life and the power of divine fertility . When
they bloom on a battlefield or among the bones of sailors , their beauty ...




Category: Classical antiquities


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Journal of American Folklore

But the fertility concept , although it has become more abstract , is still intact .
Another Roman god who can be described as a divine bridesman would be
Consus . It is reported that he inspired the rape of the Sabine women , celebrated
on the ...




Category: Folklore


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Two Strange Beasts

... way in which subsequent themes are presented . The sequence “ Theophany
of Divine Warrior ”" Fertility of restored order ” appears in its simplest form in the
Ba l - Yamm cycle where the opening “ Threat ” is addressed against Ba'l himself

Author: K. William Whitney (Jr.)

Publisher: Harvard Semitic Monographs


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 213

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The ancient myth of a battle between a Divine Warrior and a primordial monster undergoes significant development in postbiblical and rabbinic literatures. This development is the focus of the present study. In particular, it examines the monsters Leviathan and Behemoth, showing that the postbiblical and rabbinic traditions about them are derived from ancient sources that are not all preserved in the biblical texts. In the Apocalypse of Abraham and the Ladder of Jacob, the monster Leviathan is placed at the juncture of heaven and the underworld. This cosmological focus appears in rabbinic literature in traditions concerning Behemoth, Leviathan, and the world rivers, and concerning Leviathan as the foundation of the axis mundi. These originate in the Divine Warrior's enthronement upon the vanquished chaos dragon. A second role in which Leviathan and Behemoth appear in postbiblical literature is as food for the eschatological banquet. Whitney studies this in a variety of sources, among them 4 Ezra 6:47-52, 2 Apocalypse of Baruch 29:4, and 1 Enoch 60:7-9, 24, and a number of rabbinic texts. In one tradition, the battle between God and monster becomes an angelic hunt, described by the Greek word kynegesia. This sometimes referred to battles between beasts in the arena, and in a variant tradition Leviathan battles Behemoth in a fight to the death before the banquet. The "food for the righteous" motif possibly stems from the introduction of hunting imagery into the combat myth: the prevalence of hunting banquets gave rise to the expectation that these monsters, the prey in a divine hunt, would feed the righteous at the end of time.