Religion

The Cult of the Black Virgin

The Cult of the Black Virgin

Author: Ean Begg

Publisher: Chiron Publications

ISBN: 1630515094

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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Why are over 500 of the world's images of the Madonna "black" or "dark"? And why are they so little known? A resurfacing of the powerful pagan goddesses of sexuality, the underworld and earth-wisdom, the Black Virgins are symbols of power and majesty, the other aspect of the traditional Madonna's maidenhood or tender maternity. They personify the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant in a quest for lost feminine wisdom and the search for soul. There are many icons of Mary that show black faces and hands. In France, these are called Vierge Noires-Black Virgins. Elsewhere, may be called Black Madonnas or the "other Mary." Jung called her Isis, while others claim she is the symbolic remains of a prehistoric worship of the Earth Mother. She is generally connected with Cybele, Diana, Isis, and Venus, as well as with Kali, Inanna, and Lilith. Historically she is connected with the Crusades, the Islamic occupation of Spain, the Conquistadors, as well as the Merovingians and Knights Templars, who viewed her as Mary Magdalene. Ean Begg's fascinating book investigates the pagan origins of the phenomenon as well as the heretical Gnostic-Christian underground stream that flowed west with the cult of Mary Magdalene and resurfaced in Catharism at the time of the Crusades, especially with the Templars.
Religion

The Cult of the Black Virgin

The Cult of the Black Virgin

Author: Ean Begg

Publisher: Chiron Publications

ISBN: 9781630514419

Category: Religion

Page: 174

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Religion

The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln

The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln

Author: Fred Gustafson

Publisher: Daimon

ISBN: 9783856307202

Category: Religion

Page: 175

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It is not easy to answer the question of what the Black Madonna actually represents. One answer leads to more questions, which, in turn, demand more explanations. Still, she reflects herself in our personal and collective lives and gives intimations of her most essential meaning through images, myths, dreams, and fantasies. If we are willing to receive and be open to such phenomena, we might not only learn what she could represent, but we could also experience the healing force she embodies in our time. Throughout history, this darker aspect of the feminine has been both feared and sought after, both hated and admired. The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln stands among the many Black Virgins that seem to imagistically express this dark side of the feminine in a creative transformational manner for both the individual and the collective. Beginning with a history of the Einsiedeln Madonna, Dr. Gustafson broadens his analysis into a psychological and historical examination of the Black Madonna, from her roots in the pagan deity Lilith and the archetype of the Great Mother, to her resurgence as the Virgin in the Middle Ages, to her life today as the unheeded, unconscious archetype of the feminine.
Religion

The Cult of the Black Virgin

The Cult of the Black Virgin

Author: Ean C. M. Begg

Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

ISBN: IND:30000062309988

Category: Religion

Page: 318

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A comprehensive gazetteer enables the reader to locate the sites where Black Virgins can be found and provides information about their origins. A work focusing on the Black Virgins, symbols of power and majesty.
Body, Mind & Spirit

Cracking the Symbol Code

Cracking the Symbol Code

Author: Tim Wallace-Murphy

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 9781780282534

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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Expanding on issues touched on in The Da Vinci Code, this thought-provoking study explores the real story of Christianity—a story told by men and women condemned by the traditional, orthodox church, and one long hidden in mysterious codes and symbols. In medieval times, dissenters believed the established church ruthlessly suppressed the truth about Jesus and his ministry. Branded as heretics and subject to torture and execution for their beliefs, the dissenters—including the Knights Templar, Freemasons, Cathars, and groups of scientists—devised an ingenious code to communicate with fellow sympathizers and preserve the truth. They concealed these complex symbols in art, artifacts, and architecture of the medieval world. Finally, this fascinating underground language is deciphered…revealing powerful messages meant as much for today’s truth seekers as for medieval minds.
Religion

Cracking the Symbol Code - The Heretical Message within Church and Renaissance Art

Cracking the Symbol Code - The Heretical Message within Church and Renaissance Art

Author: Tim Wallace-Murphy Author

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers

ISBN: 9781780280431

Category: Religion

Page: 398

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A heretic in medieval times was anyone who dissented from the established Church's view, and to be branded a heretic invited torture and execution. Such dissenters included the Knights Templar, the Freemasons, the Cathars, and scientists of the day. Their mission was to safeguard the truth about Jesus Christ and his ministry, which they believed was revealed in certain early scriptures and had been rejected and suppressed ruthlessly in the name of the Church. They devised an ingenius and complex secret code for communicating with others of like minds and to preserve the truth for future generations. This code was concealed in symbols which they hid in the art, artefacts and architecture of the medieval world. Symbolism has always been used by man in his exploration of the world of the spirit, and Christian symbolism was prevalent throughout medieval religious art and architecture. It is a relatively recent discovery that there were deeper layers of meaning disguised within that symbolism: "heretical" ideas that were kept hidden from the prying eyes of a repressive hierarchy. Decoding this "hidden symbolism" is on two levels. There are certain keys, but there will always be an intuitive element to the understanding of the coded messages. This book is an inspiration to search out the secret messages that were meant for us and our descendants as much as for the artists' contemporaries.
Religion

Missing Mary

Missing Mary

Author: C. Spretnak

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781403978547

Category: Religion

Page: 301

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What ever happened to the Virgin Mary in the modern Catholic Church? For the past forty years her presence has been radically minimized. In a groundbreaking work, Charlene Spretnak cuts across the battle lines delineated by the left and the right within the Church to champion the recovery of the full spiritual presence of Mary. Spretnak, a liberal Catholic, asserts that a deep loss ensues for women in particular when Mary's female embodiment of grace and mystical presence is denied and replaced with a strictly text-bound version of her as a Nazarene housewife. Complete with a striking insert of contemporary Marian art, Missing Mary is a deeply insightful reflection on Mary in the modern age.
Religion

Begrimed and Black

Begrimed and Black

Author: Robert Earl Hood

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 145141725X

Category: Religion

Page: 220

View: 166

Hood's unique and fascinating work probes the mythic roots of racial prejudice in Western attitudes toward color. With special attention to the history of ideas, but also to pictorial images and popular movements, Hood documents the inception and growth of the myth of black carnality, with its commingling of disdain and desire, fear and fascination.
Literary Criticism

The Prophets and the Goddess

The Prophets and the Goddess

Author: Dionysious Psilopoulos

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527505193

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 333

View: 381

This text discusses how W. B. Yeats, Aleister Crowley, Ezra Pound and Robert Graves had access to the forbidden knowledge of the Goddess. These four poets experienced a confrontation with their unconscious and let the grace of the Goddess touch their heart strings. Consequently, through this surrendering, they created avant-garde poetry and were inspired to write seditious manifestos that would teach humanity an esoteric creed. This creed, based on humans’ eternal divine essence, aspires to liberate the eternal feminine. These poets became the instruments of the Goddess. As defenders of the Light, they took arms against the forces of inertia and proclaimed the eleusis of a new faith. This creed pledges to overthrow the anachronistic religious and social institutions and initiate a new world order and a new divinity based on the ancient rites of the Great Goddess. No matter how disparate these four were in character, they shared the vision of transmitting esoteric knowledge to profane humanity. They were specifically chosen by the Goddess as Her troubadours and they pave Her way to the religious consciousness of the people.
Religion

The Virgin Goddess

The Virgin Goddess

Author: Stephen Benko

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004136398

Category: Religion

Page: 316

View: 454

The contemporary search for the feminine face of God requires a re- examination of the relationship of Christianity to the pagan world in which it was born. This study inquires into extra-biblical sources of Marian piety, belief and doctrine. This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details.
History

Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America

Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America

Author:

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004302150

Category: History

Page: 382

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Envisioning Others offers a multidisciplinary view of the relationship between race and visual culture in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world, from the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal to colonial Peru and Colombia, post-Independence Mexico, and the pre-Emancipation United States.
Biography & Autobiography

The Heresy of Jacob Frank

The Heresy of Jacob Frank

Author: Jay Michaelson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197530634

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 273

View: 584

The Heresy of Jacob Frank is the first monograph length study on the religious philosophy of Jacob Frank (1726-1791), who, in the wake of false messiah Sabbetai Zevi, led the largest mass apostasy in Jewish history. Based on close readings of Frank's late teachings, recorded in 1784 and 1790, this book challenges scholarly presentations of Frank that depict him as a sex-crazed "degenerate," and presents Frank as an original and prescient figure at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, reason and magic, Kabbalah and Western Esotericism. Frank's worldview combines a skeptical rejection of religious law as ineffectual and repressive with a supernatural, esoteric myth of immortal beings, material magic, and worldly power. With close readings of the theological and narrative passages of Frank's teachings, Michaelson shows how the Frankist sect evolved from its Sabbatean roots and the infamous 1757-59 disputations before the Catholic Church, into a Western Esoteric society based on alchemy, secrecy, and sexual liberation. Sexual ritual, apparently tightly limited and controlled by the sect, was not a libertine bacchanal but an enactment of the messianic reality, a corporealization of what would later become known as spirituality. While Frank was undoubtedly a manipulative, even abusive leader whose sect mostly disappeared from history, Michaelson suggests that his ideology anticipated themes that would become predominant in the Haskalah, Early Hasidism, and even contemporary 'New Age' Judaism. In an inversion of traditional religious values, Frank's antinomian theology held personal flourishing to be a religious virtue, affirmed only the material, and transferred messianic eros into social, sexual, and political reality.