Magico-Religious Groups and Ritualistic Activities: A Guide by Tony M. Kail

By Tony M. Kail

A lady lays subconscious at the flooring surrounded by way of charcoaled symbols, burning candles, a bowl of viscous crimson liquid, and an array of dried herbs. was once this a therapeutic ritual long gone improper or simply uncomplicated foul play? more and more, first responders needs to care for overseas practices and cultures which are usually hectic of their unfamiliarity. realizing cultural diversifications and nuances could make the variation among much-needed emergency therapy and the aggravation of an already delicate state of affairs. the 1st publication of its style, Magico-Religious teams and Ritualistic actions: A advisor for First Responders presents a cultural bridge for emergency group of workers while interacting with a variety of magico-religious cultures. greater than only a litany of artifacts, rituals, and emblems, this useful ebook attracts from cultural anthropology and non secular stories to unearth hidden meanings and position the data in a context proper for the 1st responder. It deals an important keys for making improvements to conversation, review, and therapy in culturally delicate events. starting with an creation to the significance of trans-cultural conversation, the booklet devotes next chapters to the typical and contrasting components of a number of magico-religious teams. It considers the practices of Neo-Paganism, Santeria, Bantu faith (Palo Mayombe), Voodoo, and Curanderismo. The booklet separates truth from myth concerning sacred areas and dates, ceremonies, crew constitution, sacred items, cultural taboos, and ideology approximately affliction and therapeutic. additionally it is a close overview of the typical herbs utilized in therapeutic and formality, in addition to a word list of cultural phrases and an index of symbols. selling sensible cultural competency, this ebook offers public provider companies and emergency responders the instruments to correctly determine events, open strains of communique, safeguard cultural variety and ideology and, certainly, supply powerful emergency remedy.

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Cauldron: The cauldron may be placed on the altar to represent the goddess. The cauldron may contain herbs or incense to burn during the ritual. Salt: Salt may be placed on an altar to cleanse ritual spaces. Offerings: Altars may contain candy, flowers, fruits and vegetables. These may be given as offerings to the gods. Photographs: Altars may contain photos of relatives and friends that are seeking healing or have passed away. The photo may be present to show respect and honor to the ancestor or to communicate with the dead.

This represents a “degree” of initiation in the Alexandrian Wiccan tradition. migrates into a different body or being. Those who create “bad karma” will be reborn as lower beings as punishment. Group Structure The traditional term used to describe a Wiccan religious body is coven. Some groups use circle, grove or order. Wiccans believe that anyone can interact with the gods; therefore, clergy is not necessary to access the gods. However, clergy is recognized as a respected and honored office. Traditional leadership in the coven is led by the High Priestess (HPS).

The herb is used to guard against nightmares. It may be placed inside a pillow to prevent these events. Thyme may also be burned as incense or worn as an amulet to guard against sadness or to draw love. Thyme is also used in cleansing rituals to remove negative energies. Sandalwood (Santalum album or Santalum rubrum): Folk names include Red Sanders. Sandalwood is used to create a spiritual environment. The herb is used to increase power in performing the magical practices of divination, astral travel and working with spirits.

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