By Mircea Eliade
This quantity completes the immensely realized three-volume A historical past of non secular rules. Eliade examines the stream of Jewish proposal out of historic Eurasia, the Christian transformation of the Mediterranean quarter and Europe, and the increase and diffusion of Islam from nearly the 6th throughout the 17th centuries. Eliade's big wisdom of previous and current scholarship offers a synthesis that's remarkable. as well as reviewing fresh interpretations of the person traditions, he explores the interactions of the 3 religions and exhibits their carrying on with mutual impression to be refined yet unmistakable.
As in his past paintings, Eliade will pay specific awareness to heresies, folks ideals, and cults of mystery knowledge, similar to alchemy and sorcery, and keeps the dialogue, began in prior volumes, of pre-Christian shamanistic practices in northern Europe and the syncretistic culture of Tibetan Buddhism. those subcultures, he continues, are as very important because the better-known orthodoxies to an entire realizing of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
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Sometimes the illness has a double cause: the soul's flight is aggravated by the evil spirits' "possession" of it, and the shamanic cure includes the quest of the soul as well as the expulsion of the demons. Many times, the search for the soul consists in itself of an entire spectacle. 36 247. The meaning and importance of shamanism The shamans play an essential role in the defense of the psychic integrity of the community. They are the antidemonic champions par excellence; they combat not only demons and illnesses but black magic.
553-579. But as we have seen (§250), polycephalism is also attested among other Indo-European peoples. 75. It is found uniquely among peoples influenced by the Slavs: the Germans, Romanians, and other populations of southeastern Europe. 34 THE RELIGIONS OF ANCIENT EURASIA into the house and placed provisionally in the "sacred comer, " in the place where the icons are hung. The magico-religious value accorded to this napkin is due to its contact with the skull and bones of the dead. 6 Another Slavic institution which is not known by the Indo-Europeans is the snochacestvo, that is, the right of the father-in-law to sleep with the fiancees of his pubescent sons and with his daughters-in-law when their husbands go away for a long time.
60. Certain Slavic groups formed part of Attila's hordes; cf. Gimbutas, The Slavs, pp. 98ff. 30 THE RELIGIONS OF ANCIENT EURASIA in Russia and the Baltic region. But the only written sources on the religion of the ancient Slavs are later than Christianity. Even where they are available, the ethnic paganism which they present has reached a decadent state. Nevertheless, as we will see a little later, an attentive analysis of their rites and popular beliefs allows us to grasp certain specific traits of the original Slavic religiosity.
A History of Religious Ideas: From Muhammad to the Age of Reforms by Mircea Eliade