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Omen Lists in Babylonian Culture

Marc Van De Mieroop

in Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157184
eISBN:
9781400874118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157184.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines Babylonian divinatory writings that guided the interpretation of the signs of the gods, with particular emphasis on the omen lists. These writings are overly abundant and highly ... More


Way and Byway: Taoism, Local Religion, and Models of Divinity in Sung and Modern China

Robert Hymes

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520207585
eISBN:
9780520935136
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520207585.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Using a combination of newly mined Sung sources and modern ethnography, this book addresses questions that have perplexed China scholars in recent years. Were Chinese gods celestial officials, ... More


Exorcising the Spirits: The Alternative Therapeutics of Protestantism1

Lesley A. Sharp

in The Possessed and the Dispossessed: Spirits, Identity, and Power in a Madagascar Migrant Town

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520080010
eISBN:
9780520918450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520080010.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses an alternative form of healing offered by an unusual group of vahiny in northwest Madagascar. Protestantism and exorcists serve as a final option in a locally conceived ... More


Prophets and visionaries, possessed and exorcists – all religious impostors?

Tobias B. Hug

in Impostures in Early Modern England: Representations and Perceptions of Fraudulent Identities

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719079849
eISBN:
9781781702413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719079849.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter highlights the prevalence of religious imposture in early modern England, including prophets, visionaries and exorcists. It suggests that the occurrence of religious individuals who ... More


From Praxis to Prescribed Ritual

in Believe Not Every Spirit: Possession, Mysticism, & Discernment in Early Modern Catholicism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226762821
eISBN:
9780226762951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226762951.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Beginning in the second half of the sixteenth century, the Catholic Church initiated a systematic campaign to control all activities that dealt with the miraculous and the supernatural. The changes ... More


Saffron, Spices, and Sorceresses: Magic Bowls and the Bavli

Yaakov Elman

in Daughters of Hecate: Women and Magic in the Ancient World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780195342703
eISBN:
9780199387748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342703.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World, Religion and Literature

This chapter investigates evidence for women’s involvement in the production of Aramaic incantation bowls from ancient Syria and Mesopotamia. Looking first at technical skills required for the ... More


The Horror of Hosea: Female Bodies and Masculine Anxieties in Hosea 1–3

Rhiannon Graybill

in Are We Not Men?: Unstable Masculinity in the Hebrew Prophets

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190227364
eISBN:
9780190227388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190227364.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Chapter 2 introduces the first of three case studies of prophetic masculinity. Using horror film and feminist film theory, it offers a new reading of Hosea’s marriage (Hos. 1–3), infamous for his ... More


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