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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THE PANTHEON OF GODS THE UNIVERSE is pervaded by the great spirits,
called devas in Sanskrit. They each have responsibility for an aspect of nature,
which in their personal form they embody, such as Agni, the god of fire. Another ...
Brahma and the gods produced the myriad life-forms of the universe, among
them human beings. The gods were given the power to grant great blessings to
their worshippers. They are the powers behind the elements of the natural world
Do not mourn the inevitable.' At the end of the universe the sun and moon shine
no more and all becomes dark. Shiva begins his pralaya, dance of destruction,
accompanied by his drum called damaru, to draw the curtain on the universal act.
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