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From primitives to Zen; a thematic sourcebook of the history of religions.

Author: Mircea Eliade
Publisher: New York, Harper & Row [1967]
Edition/Format:   Book : English : [1st U.S. ed.]View all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mircea Eliade
OCLC Number: 337659
Description: xxv, 644 pages 24 cm
Contents: Gods, goddesses, and supernatural beings --
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 and of origin --
Myths of the creation of the world --
A myth of beginning and end --
The creation of man --
Myths of the origin of death --
Myths of the flood --
Man and the sacred --
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 --
Death, afterlife, eschatology --
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 --
Specialists of the sacred: from medicine men to mystics and founders of religions --
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 --
Speculations on man and God --
Different understandings of the human condition --
Humility, wisdom, tolerance --
Egyptian teaching --
Greek thought --
Jain belief --
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.

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