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501 wordsVodou, a traditional Afro-Haitian religion, is a worldview encompassing philosophy, medicine, justice, and religion. Its fundamental principle is that everything is spirit. Humans are spirits who inhabit the visible world. The unseen world is populated by lw a (spirits), myst'e (mysteries), (the invisible's), zane (angels), and the spirits of ancestors and the recently deceased. All these spirits are believed to live in a mythic land called Given, a cosmic "Africa". The God of the Christian Bibl...
Representatives Of The Spirit World
600 wordsWhen turmoil comes about, many have merely one attribute to rely on to help them overcome certain disasters: their faith. The characters of Things Fall Apart are no exception. The people of Umuofia call upon representatives of the spirit world as a means of hospitality. They rely on their religion to settle resolutions with other tribes and to answer questions. They depend on the spirit world also to take care of punishments and in addition play a significant role on new born babies. Unfortunate...
Spirits Back To Their World
603 wordsThe Japanese cultural holiday Obon is short for Urabon and can be traced etymologically to the Sanskrit word Ullambana, literally meaning to "hang upside down". It implies that one must withstand unbearable suffering while being hanged upside down. In the Buddhist script Urabon Sutra, a story is told where a son saves his mother from Hell by making offerings to monks. Through the merits of his actions, his mother was saved from Hell, ascended into divinity, and became a Buddha. Thusly, to save p...
Young Shaman's Contact With The Spirit World
1,743 wordsAn Exploration of Spiritual Healing Throughout time, mankind has constantly been seeking ways to maintain their health and to cure those that had not been so fortunate in that task. Just about everything has been experimented with as a cure for some type of illness; whether physical or mental. There is also a third type of illness that can and is addressed, which is healing on the spiritual plan. According to research, most of the spiritual healers are concentrated in primitive societies and und...
Essential Question Of Spirit's Faith
1,305 wordsAnne Bradstreet's poem "The Flesh and the Spirit", reveals an interesting inner conflict in the life of a Puritan woman in the New World, as well as insight into Bradstreet and her own internal conflicts with Puritanism and the wilderness of America. Bradstreet is considered a representative of the ideal Puritan wife and mother; her poems reflect those images as well as give the opportunity to question them. "The Flesh and the Spirit" is a poem about conflict versus resolution, evil versus good,...
991 wordsA Shaman is a person anchored securely in both the physical world and the spiritual realm, a mediator if you will. Therefore, Shamanism is a way of life revolving around interaction of the spiritual and physical worlds. The Shaman does not solely exist as other humans do; they lead a totally different life in conjunction with their earthly duties within their tribe. The two are not separate by any means; one has direct impact on the other, or so it is believed by those who study this form of hea...
364 wordsTold from the perspective of Olivia, the very Western and practical younger sister, this delightful tapestry is the result of Tan's signature wise yet comical scripting. From the suburbs of modern-day Daly City to the mystical village of Chang mian during the Taiping Rebellion, Tan creates high adventure by expertly weaving two distinct plots. Kwan, the eccentric and overly ingenuous older sister, was left behind in China by the sisters' father when she was 5 years old. Upon his death, Kwan come...
Fairies And Fairy Lore
1,575 wordsFairies are usually associated with northwestern Europe, especially with the British Isles, but fairylike creatures have appeared in many cultures throughout literature. There are many different types of fairies and they take on many different shapes and forms. For example, fairylike beings such as nymphs and dryads have appeared in classic mythology, the djinn, or genies, have appeared in Arabic lore, and the peri in Persian lore. Throughout the years, because of economic, scientific, and techn...
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