Encyclopedia of World Mythology
The myriad rituals used by medicine men, shamans and elders to call upon the spirits, the customary beliefs in the powers of the gods, and the social and cultural influences behind these beliefs are all explained within this volume.
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His mountain home is Mount Kailash and his followers are numerous in the
Himalayas, but he is also found in cremation grounds, where he smears his body
with ashes and sits in a trance of meditation. Among his followers are the ascetics
This led to a confrontation between the followers of Shiva and the followers of
Daksha, from which originated the age-old antagonism between the worshippers
of Vishnu and the worshippers of Shiva. Daksha organised another sacrifice and
According to the myth, Thunapa arrived from the north with five followers. He was
an impressive man with blue eyes and a beard, and he preached against war,
drunkenness and the taking of more than one wife. Thunapa carried a wooden ...
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