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Essential sacred writings from around the world

Author: Mircea Eliade
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, 1992.
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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mircea Eliade
ISBN: 0062503049 9780062503046
OCLC Number: 24065099
Notes: Originally published: From primitives to Zen. New York : Harper & Row, 1967.
Description: xxv, 644 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Divinities of primitives (pre-literate societies) --
African high gods --
North American Indians --
Polynesia, Colombia, Labrador, New Guinea --
Gods of the ancient Near East, ancient India, and Japan --
Greek gods and heroes, and the Iranian supreme being, Ahura-Mazda --
Islam: Allah and his prophet --
Myths of creation of the world --
A myth of beginning and end --
The creation of man --
Myths of the origin of death --
Myths of the flood --
Sacred world, sacred life, sacred time --
Origin and destiny of the soul --
and the powers of mana --
Types of sacrifice --
Rituals, oracles, prescriptions, devotion --
Prayers and hymns --
Patterns of initiation --
Gods, heroes, and death --
Death and the intermediate state --
Funerary rituals --
Egyptian conceptions of death --
The roads to the nether world --
Greek and Roman conceptions of death and immortality --
Orpheus myths --
Paradises --
The end of the world --
Messianic prophecies and millenarian movements. Shamans and medicine men --
Holy personages --
Forms of asceticism --
Prophets and founders of religions --
Spiritual techniques and mystical experiences --
Techniques of yoga --
Japanese Buddhism --
Zen Buddhism --
Islam --
Different understandings of the human condition --
Humility, wisdom, tolerance --
Egyptian teaching --
Greek thought --
Jain belief --
A Buddhist emperor and philosopher: Ashoka --
Confucius --
Buddha explains the middle path --
The ultimate reality: questions and answers --
Reflecting on gods, the self, and the God.
Other Titles: From primitives to Zen.
Responsibility: Mircea Eliade.
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