By Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack
Watch your again! . . . tips to spot and establish demons and different subversive spirits . . . And what to do next.
Demons, fairies, and fallen angels are all over the place. They lurk at crossroads, crouch in the back of doorways, conceal in bushes, slip into beds, wait in caves, hover at weddings and childbirths, cover themselves as acquaintances, relatives-even conceal themselves as you. they're robust; they're protean; they're captivating. And, to the uninformed, they can be invisible. This illustrated guide-the first of its kind-reveals the awesome diversifications of the demon and fairy species around the globe. full of lore approximately every one demon, detailing its origins, the tradition surrounding it, and its reputed antics and exploits, A box advisor to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and different Subversive Spirits is an engaging exploration of world mythologies. excellent for the armchair vacationer and the intrepid, pro demon-spotter alike, this entire advisor to subversive spirits bargains a behind-the-scenes examine the devilish mishaps, impish irritations, and demonic devastations that punctuate our lives.
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It is both the elixir of life and the source of the deluge. Approaching a body of water is still an occasion for prayer in many traditions. The washing of hands and feet, the baptismal font, the sacred spring, and the holy well — all flow with myth. Human sacrifices were routinely cast into water to propitiate the spirits within, and then fortunes were told by oracles at the riverbank. Vast seas with their still uncharted depths and their mysterious hidden creatures have prompted many sailors' tales.
In the lore of Japan, India, Egypt, and Babylonia, and in the Jewish tradition, it was the primal sea from which creation emerged. Ancient deities imbued the Nile, the Euphrates, the Ganges, and the fountains of ancient Rome. As a sacred element, water is believed to hold purifying and healing powers. It can relieve thirst, renew the earth, or destroy by flood. If water is withheld there will be drought and death. It is both the elixir of life and the source of the deluge. Approaching a body of water is still an occasion for prayer in many traditions.