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92 definitions by World_Religions

 
50.
Release, liberation from the cycle of Samsara.
By obtaining Moksha, a person ends the cycle of Samsara.
by World_Religions August 04, 2010
 
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Communication with the dead for purposes of divination or magically influencing the course of natural events.
Necromancy is the act of conjuring the dead for divination. It dates back to Persia, Greece and Rome, and in the Middle Ages was widely practiced by magicians, sorcerers, and witches. It was condemned by the Catholic Church as "the agency of evil spirits," and in Elizabethan England was outlawed by the Witchcraft Act of 1604. Necromancy is not to be confused with conjuring devils or demons for help. Necromancy is the seeking of the spirits of the dead. The spirits are sought because they, being without physical bodies, are no longer limited by the earthly plane. Therefore, it is thought these spirits have access to information of the past and future which is not available to the living. It has been used to help find sunken or buried treasure, and whether or not a person was murdered or died from other causes.
by World_Religions August 04, 2010
 
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Dionysus (Bacchus) is the son of Zeus and the god of the vine (wine).
There were Greek festivals in honor of Dionysus and a theater of Dionysus in Athens. The terms Apollo and Dionysus are juxtaposed as contrasts or conflicts – restraint and reason vs. license; this concept was later written about by the German philosopher Friedich Nietzsche (1844-1900).
by World_Religions August 04, 2010
 
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Prescribed forms of ceremony used to mark and celebrate significant events in the life stages of an individual; birth, puberty, marriage, ordination of a special role, death, etc.
Rites of passage are ritual events that mark a person's progress from one status to another.
by World_Religions August 03, 2010
 
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A spirit full of mana often an inward mentor, a source of inspiration, and a moral guardian to an individual.
Daimon is the Greek derivative for the term demon. In this sense the term "demon" means "replete with knowledge." The ancient Greeks thought there were good and bad demons called 'eudemons' and 'cacodemons.' The term 'daimon' means "divine power," "fate" or "god." Daimons, in Greek mythology, included deified heroes. They were considered intermediary spirits between men and the gods. Good daimons were considered to be guardian spirits, giving guidance and protection to the ones they watched over. Bad daimons led people astray. Socrates said he had a life-time daimon that always warned him of danger and bad judgment, but never directed his actions. He said his daimon was more accurate than omens of either watching the flights or reading the entrails of birds, which were two respected forms of divination of the time.
by World_Religions August 13, 2010
 
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God of the sun (originally separate gods). The sun is seen to cross the sky by day. By night is passes through the Underworld to be reborn the next day.
Thus Amun-Ra keeps order
by World_Religions August 04, 2010
 
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Hestia (Vesta), sister of Zeus.
Hestia is the virgin Greek goddess of the hearth and home.
by World_Religions August 04, 2010