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8. The eyes of heaven: pairs and sequences

8. The eyes of heaven: pairs and sequences  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2004
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775802
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0009
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chapter
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9780192803467
The ‘sacred eye’ of Egypt brings together the two most important elements in Egyptian religion: the solar cult and the Osiris cult. The sacred eye is now one of the best known symbols of ... More
5. The third dimension

5. The third dimension  

Michael Land

in The Eye: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2014
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May 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779961
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199680306.003.0005
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9780199680306
Each retina has a two-dimensional image of the world. ‘The third dimension’ explains how distance is perceived using binocular stereopsis, which deals with retinal disparity, and monocular ... More
7. Fallen angels

7. Fallen angels  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0007
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9780199547302
If the forces of light are angels, what are the forces of darkness? Where do they come from? Led by the Devil, they were originally good angels who rebelled and turned against God. These ... More
6. Twilight in the far west

6. Twilight in the far west  

Barry Cunliffe

in Druids: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777233
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199539406.003.0006
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9780199539406
Irish vernacular literature reveals Irish Druids, in the centuries before Christianity, as men of power, established in royal courts and serving as intermediaries between gods and men. ... More
5. Modern Times I: The Christian Kabbalah

5. Modern Times I: The Christian Kabbalah  

Joseph Dan

in Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365616
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195327052.003.0005
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9780195327052
Towards the end of the fifteenth century, the Kabbalah transformed from a uniquely Jewish tradition to one mixed with European culture, Christian thinking, philosophy, science, and magic. ... More
5. Justice

5. Justice  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777158
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0005
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9780199236954
The early church did not execute witches, seeing them as reformable, but in the Middle Ages the campaign against heresy intensified. Reliance on secular power to kill diabolists was ... More
9. Neodruids and the neopagans

9. Neodruids and the neopagans  

Barry Cunliffe

in Druids: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777233
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199539406.003.0009
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9780199539406
Whilst 18th-century neodruidic societies embraced the trappings of romantic druidism — occasionally making spurious claims to legitimate descent from the Druids of the Classical world — ... More
2. Heresy

2. Heresy  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777158
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0002
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9780199236954
According to ‘Heresy’, historically, political and religious orthodoxy went together. Romans saw witches as ruthless criminals. The early Christian church expressed hostility to magic but ... More
1. Fear

1. Fear  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777158
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0001
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9780199236954
‘Fear’ reminds us that witches are monsters haunting our dreams, confirming who we are through what we are not. Witches are living projections of feelings that defy easy rationalization or ... More
8. Culture

8. Culture  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777158
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0008
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9780199236954
Witches are archetypes, stored inside individuals but originating in shared cultural sources and activated by similar experiences and emotions. The stereotype of the historic and folkloric ... More
3. Gods in the North

3. Gods in the North  

Owen Davies

in Paganism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777110
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199235162.003.0004
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9780199235162
While the leaders of some Germanic tribes converted in the 4th century, it was in northern Europe that non-Christian religions held out the longest against the spread of Christianity. This ... More
2. Religious superstition

2. Religious superstition  

Stuart Vyse

in Superstition: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2020
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Jan 2020
eISBN: 
9780191859854
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198819257.003.0002
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9780198819257
Under Theodosius I (r. 379–95) Christianity became the Roman Empire’s official religion and the word superstitio was now used against those who once used it against Christians. ‘Religious ... More
4. Odds, evens, and shells

4. Odds, evens, and shells  

Frank Close

in Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780191788062
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198718635.003.0004
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chapter
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9780198718635
‘Odds, evens, and shells’ considers the fundamental property laws governing nuclear structure. It explains element stability and abundance, as well as the quantum rules, magic numbers, ... More
4. Ritual and transformation

4. Ritual and transformation  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780199394432
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.003.0005
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chapter
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9780199943524
There are many rites that traffic in symbols and processes of transformation: healing rites, funerary rites, magic, sacrifice, rites of inversion, and rites of passage. Ritual theorists ... More
Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Angels: A Very Short Introduction  

David Albert Jones

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.001.0001
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book
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9780199547302
Angels: A Very Short Introduction outlines prominent stories and speculations about angels in Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and post-Christian spiritualties. What are angels? ... More
1. A brief history of angels

1. A brief history of angels  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0001
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9780199547302
The story of Abraham and the angels is one of the first mentions of angels in the Hebrew scriptures. The story is over three thousand years old. There are many renditions of this story and ... More
5. Ministering spirits

5. Ministering spirits  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0005
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9780199547302
‘Ministering spirits’ relates the story of Archangel Raphael to the image of an angel. Why is the story of Raphael as told in the book of Tobit not in some Bibles? It finds a place in Roman ... More
Introduction: initial observations

Introduction: initial observations  

Owen Davies

in Magic: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777929
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588022.003.0001
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chapter
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9780199588022
What does magic mean to scholars, non-scholars, scientists, writers, primitive societies, and modern cultures? ‘Introduction: initial observations’ asks How do you define magic? The Ancient ... More
Final thoughts

Final thoughts  

Owen Davies

in Magic: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777929
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588022.003.0008
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chapter
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9780199588022
Magic does not live in the past — magic is alive and well today, all over the world. Magic has a range of meanings and has still has relevance. Magic is a language, a belief, an action, ... More
5. Practising magic

5. Practising magic  

Owen Davies

in Magic: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777929
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588022.003.0006
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199588022
You have to ‘do’ magic — it's a practical action. In ‘Practising magic’ magical actions, such as the sympathetic magic (voodoo dolls), the doctrine of signatures (powerful plants), and ... More

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