Shinto: The Ancient Religion of Japan: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This short work is a compilation of religious lore mainly of a historical background. The primordial Japanese religion of Shinto is quite complex, but the linguistic content here is secondary and much of it is a description of the different types and usages of deities and rituals. It is worth noting that Astons' study coincides with the rise of Japan as a power in the world and...
The Hidden Treasures of the Ancient Qabalah: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This is a nice little work but the title is slightly misleading; while it speaks about Kabbalah it is a Theosophical manuscript (a transcription of oratory) which ties the same in to alchemy, yoga, and certain Christian and Buddhist tenets of spirituality. It is well written, and about half of it actually comprises a sort of social tract which speaks about inter-sex relationships,...
The Religion of Ancient Palestine: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
Here is another creation series work, one which I finished a week ago but which got caught up in Amazons' massively slow processing system. It is partly linguistic but unlike the last two titles is mostly about religious history and how the various spiritual systems that would contribute to Judeochristianity co-evolved and borrowed imagery and words and ideas from one another. It...
The Mythology of Ancient Britain and Ireland: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This short work is yet another creation series entry; essentially in part supplementary to Anwyl's "Celtic Religion" in the same set. It is partially linguistic in nature and traces the development of post-christian British Isle spiritual systems and folklore (especially in the Arthurian sense) from prior religious figures; namely, deities of various sorts.
The origin stories of...
Swedenborg and the Sapienta Angelica: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This intermediate-length text is essentially three short works in one; the first third of the work is an autobiography of Emanuel Swedenborg and the second a brief overview of some of his more important works. In both, there are bits of his overarching philosophy listed and described briefly. The final section is a fairly lengthy bibliographic appendix listing both his works and...
The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This work is one of the most dense entries in the esteemed "Creation Series"- a series which contains as well several other works I have edited. It is mostly linguistic, but is also a work of religious history, and dwells mostly on some of the more important spiritual figures within the Babylonian/Sumerian pantheon. We must of course recognize that it was written long before...
The Idea of God in Early Religions: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This work is one of the main texts crafted by FB Jevons; a relatively well known academic in his day, who managed to create, here, a work which would remain relevant after a century- it is a combination of strict religious history with linguistic anthropology; a fascinating field that most would benefit from studying at least in a basic sense.
Religious evolution is explored here;...
The Indigenous Drugs of India: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This intermediate-length medical work is one part anthropological text, one part recipe book, and one part good medical history. About 90% of the entries here are herbal; but it lists some minerals and chemical compounds and even a couple of insect species, all of which were apparently sold through the Indian subcontinent as medical materials in the 1860s.
The fascinating blend of...
Abaddon and Manahaim: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This book is quite interesting, even though I disagree (obviously) with much of the religious content herein- several sections are dedicated to the topic of the Devil (from a protestant perspective) and demons, and the bit about mortality and Hellfire is, of course, interesting as well.
The author, Joseph Berg, was a preacher, so some of the statements he makes are emotionally...
The Theosophy of Christ: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This short work represents a contemporary look at Theosophy from a perspective different from that of the Oriental tradition. While Theosophy at large brought East to West, this and similar works spoke more of Jesus and attempted to re-assert the supremacy of Christendom over spiritism and similar phenomena.
Largely, it encourages prayer for healing, claiming that the dispensation...
The Laws of the Higher Life: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This short work is one of the many writings of the rather famous (or infamous!) Annie Besant; a Theosophist and one of the main figures thereof. This work lays out three particular laws (or sets of laws) governing a higher existence, ascendant and enlightened. They are, respectively, consciousness, duty, and sacrifice, and form a deeply Hinduism-tainted variant of Theosophy in...
Celtic Religion: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This little work is a fairly brief primer on the basics of Celtic spiritual systems. It goes into the division of the Druid priesthood in the pagan era, among other things, and correlates the development of the religious beliefs there with the advancement of contemporary culture. Altogether it's a very good work, although a few of the tenets it espouses have been largely forsaken...
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