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A Ceremony Called Life PDF Book By Tehya Sky

A Ceremony Called Life

  • Author: Tehya Sky
  • ISBN Code: : 162203712X
  • Publisher : Sounds True
  • Page : 232 pages
  • Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reviews : 319 Readers
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When we gather in ceremony—to welcome a newborn, celebrate a marriage, or bid farewell to those we’ve lost—we are fully present to our lives and in touch with the deep meaning that feeds our souls. Imagine how our lives might change if we brought the same loving attention to every “ordinary” moment. This is the invitation of A Ceremony Called Life, the debut book by new author Tehya Sky. For anyone struggling to find their place and purpose in our ever-changing world, Sky deconstructs our most common spiritual ideas and empowers readers to participate whole-heartedly in the magic and mystery of our human journey. Topics include recalibrating our vision of spirituality; moving through the obstacles that keep us feeling separate; embodying our sacred nature of creator and created; and engaging life as the spiritual practice.

The Altar Within PDF Book By Juliet Diaz

The Altar Within

  • Author: Juliet Diaz
  • ISBN Code: : 1955905061
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Page : 264 pages
  • Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reviews : 494 Readers
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In her third and most important work, Juliet Diaz, the bestselling author of Witchery, offers an approach to Magic, spirituality, and healing like no other and takes readers through the deep work of decolonizing their spirituality. The Altar Within: A Radical Devotional to Liberate the Divine Self is a work of spiritual revolution for all peoples, offering them practices and rituals in the arts of self-worship, self-discovery, and self-activism. The Altar Within is like no other approach to Spirituality, breaking through the vicious cycles of harmful and toxic spiritual practices and beliefs. Diaz speaks for those victimized and enslaved by colonization and offers a new take on personal development based in the resounding plea of our ancestors to live our Divined lives, the ones they could not have for themselves. In the book, Diaz leads the reader through an exploration of: Self-Worship: Here, the reader comes to ritualize the experiences of self-compassion, mindfulness, self-acceptance, and radical self-honesty, creating practices that help them to see their Divinity and Altar within. Through these rites, readers will have a better understanding of what it means to decolonize their Spirituality, giving birth to new spiritual practices while honoring the experiences of our ancestors. Dismantling the idea that Divinity must only exist from without, Diaz takes readers on a journey of powerful Self-Worship, connecting them into the Divinity that resides within all of us. Self-Discovery: In this section, Diaz helps the reader to discover their Divined lives, but in a way that most teachers haven't offered. As Diaz shares, it isn't through our achievements that we find our purpose but through understanding the Divine self. Here, Diaz leads readers through practices in self-love, self-patience, and self-forgiveness, helping them to experience the stillness and wholeness needed to hear the messages shared by the Divine. Self-Activism: Unlike traditional manifestation teachers, Diaz recognizes that manifestations are not brought forth by #goodvibesonly but by a real and committed process of activism, standing in our deep worth and sharing our humanity. In this section, Diaz offers a series of Devotionals to guide readers in the practice of Community Care, connecting the work not only with the Magic of manifestation but with our communities, our ancestors, and the Divine Self within. Pushing back on #lightandlove and #goodvibesonly, Diaz dismantles the wellness industry, releasing readers from the practice of spiritual bypassing into a far more powerful experience of self, healing, hope, and Spirit. This book is for anyone, including those who can't afford to buy all the tools, pay for the expensive memberships, people who have real-life issues, illnesses, and hardships. Through The Altar Within, Diaz brings the Magic to real life, acknowledging our humanness by connecting with our Spirit. The Altar Within will help readers create success in every area of their lives—from wealth, health, relationships, and personal development, to the nourishment of their relationship with the Divine self. As Diaz explains, when we can finally decolonize our spiritual beliefs, Divinity can be a super force in our lives, making us whole, stronger, wiser, and setting us on a path of transcendent activism. #magicalaf Bonus Gifts: Your copy of The Altar Within comes with a very special gift for readers. Look inside for a QR-Code that leads you to a magical space full of bonus content created just for the book. You can expect mini-courses, video tutorials, downloadable worksheets, journaling prompts, meditations, workbooks, and more!

The Book of Ceremony PDF Book By Sandra Ingerman

The Book of Ceremony

  • Author: Sandra Ingerman
  • ISBN Code: : 1683641507
  • Publisher : Sounds True
  • Page : 216 pages
  • Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reviews : 815 Readers
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Sandra Ingerman We perform ceremonies to mark important events and celebrate holidays—yet our modern approach to ceremony only scratches the surface of its true potential. With The Book of Ceremony, shamanic teacher Sandra Ingerman presents a rich and practical resource for creating ceremonies filled with joy, purpose, and magic. “We are hungry to connect with more than what we experience with our ordinary senses in the material world,” writes Sandra. “By performing ceremonies, you will find yourself stepping into a beautiful and creative power you might never have imagined.” Weaving shamanic teachings together with stories, examples, and guiding insights, The Book of Ceremony explores: • The elements of a powerful ceremony—including setting strong intentions, choosing your space, preparing ceremonial items, and dealing gracefully with the unexpected • Stepping into the sacred—key practices for leaving behind your everyday concerns and creating a space where magic can happen • Guidance for working alone, in community, and across distances with virtual ceremonies • Invoking spiritual allies—the power of working with the elements, the natural world, ancestor spirits, and the creative energy of the divine • Sacred transitions—including ceremonies for weddings, births, rites of passage to adulthood, funerals, honorable closure, and new beginnings • Ceremonies for energetic balance—healing and blessing, resolving sacred contracts, getting rid of limiting beliefs, creating Prayer Trees, and more • Life as a ceremony—how to infuse your entire life with ceremonial practice, from planting a garden or to revitalizing your home or office to helping heal our planet The Book of Ceremony is more than a “how-to” guide—it will inspire you to create original ceremonies tailored to your own needs and the needs of your community. When you invoke the sacred power of ceremony, you tap into one of the oldest and most effective tools for transforming both yourself and the world. As Sandra writes, “If you perform one powerful and successful ceremony for yourself, the principle of oneness ensures that all of life heals and evolves.”

I Regret Everything PDF Book By Seth Greenland

I Regret Everything

  • Author: Seth Greenland
  • ISBN Code: : 1609452577
  • Publisher : Europa Editions
  • Page : 256 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 578 Readers
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From the author of The Angry Buddhist: “An intoxicating and ultimately moving modern romance . . . A story that’s all the sweeter for its shadows” (Los Angeles Review of Books). I Regret Everything confronts the oceanic uncertainty of what it means to be alive, and in love. Jeremy Best, a Manhattan-based trusts and estates lawyer, leads a second life as published poet Jinx Bell. To his boss’s daughter, Spaulding Simonson, at thirty-three years old, Jeremy is already halfway to dead. When Spaulding, an aspiring nineteen-year-old writer, discovers Mr. Best’s alter poetic ego, the two become bound by a devotion to poetry, and an awareness that time in this world is limited. Their budding relationship strikes at the universality of love and loss, as Jeremy and Spaulding confront their vulnerabilities, revealing themselves to one another and the world for the very first time. A skilled satirist with a talent for biting humor, Seth Greenland creates fully realized characters that quickly reveal themselves as complex renderings of the human condition—at its very best, and utter worst. I Regret Everything explores happiness and heartache with a healthy dose of skepticism, and an understanding that the reality of love encompasses life, death, iambic pentameter, regret, trusts, and estates. “Affecting and funny.” —The New York Times “Edgy and sweet, witty and wise, I Regret Everything is rollicking good fun. It’s also, in the end, a deeply moving love story between two unforgettable characters discovering what it means to truly be alive.” —Maria Semple, New York Times–bestselling author of Where’d You Go Bernadette “A poignant story of dreams and the way they can crash into the reality of the dreamers.” —Booklist

Le Point Vierge PDF Book By Philip Krill

Le Point Vierge

  • Author: Philip Krill
  • ISBN Code: : 1665515309
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Page : 410 pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 888 Readers
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‘At the Center of our being is a point of pure truth, ‘ wrote Thomas Merton, ‘ a point or spark which belongs entirely to God...This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us.’ Merton called this Center Point, Le Point Vierge the Virginal Point. Here, we and God are untied in a Mystery of inexpressible Presence. LE POINT VIERGE: Meditations on the Mystery of Presence is a year of daily meditations exploring the Mystery of Presence as we experience It in the Virginal Point in our hearts. Practicing Presence is a sure and certain way to make fresh contact with God. God is not an Object of our understanding but a Mystery of Presence encountered in the Virginal Point of our hearts. It is hoped that by reading LE POINT VIERGE, the reader will discover the truth of St. Augustine’s words: ‘You, O God, were more inward to me than my most inward parts and higher than my highest’ (Confessions 3.6.11).

Shinto - The Ancient Religion of Japan PDF Book By W. G. Aston

Shinto - The Ancient Religion of Japan

  • Author: W. G. Aston
  • ISBN Code: : 1473377196
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Page : 504 pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 574 Readers
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The present treatise has two objects. It is intended, primarily and chiefly, as a repertory of the more significant facts of Shinto for the use of scientific students of religion. It also comprises an outline theory of the origin and earlier stages of the development of religion, prepared with special reference to the Shinto evidence. The subject is treated from a positive, not from a negative or agnostic standpoint, Religion being regarded as a normal function, not a disease, of humanity. This element of the work owes much to the continental scholars Réville, Goblet D’Alviella, and Pfleiderer.

This Thing Called Life PDF Book By Joseph Vogel

This Thing Called Life

  • Author: Joseph Vogel
  • ISBN Code: : 150133400X
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Page : 240 pages
  • Genre : Music
  • Reviews : 430 Readers
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What were Prince's politics? What did he believe about God? And did he really forsake the subject-sex-that once made him the most subversive superstar of the Reagan era? In this illuminating thematic biography, Joseph Vogel explores the issues that made Prince one of the late 20th century's most unique, controversial, and fascinating artists. Since his unexpected death in 2016, Prince has been recognized by peers, critics, and music fans alike. President Barack Obama described him as “one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time.” Yet in spite of the influx of attention, much about Prince's creative life, work, and cultural impact remains thinly examined. This Thing Called Life fills this vacuum, delving deep into seven key topics-politics, sound, race, gender, sex, religion, and death-that allow us to see Prince in fresh, invigorating new ways. Accessible and timely, This Thing Called Life takes the reader on a journey through the catalog and creative revolution of one of America's most compelling and elusive icons.

Celebrating Life Customs around the World: From Baby Showers to Funerals [3 volumes] PDF Book By Victoria Williams Ph.D.

Celebrating Life Customs around the World: From Baby Showers to Funerals [3 volumes]

  • Author: Victoria Williams Ph.D.
  • ISBN Code: : 1440836590
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Page : 1247 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 528 Readers
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This book documents hundreds of customs and traditions practiced in countries outside of the United States, showcasing the diversity of birth, coming-of-age, and death celebrations worldwide. • Examines cultural events in the general categories of birth and childhood events, teen and early adulthood milestones, and aging and death customs • Offers primary and cultural document excerpts that are useful for the purposes of meeting Common Core standards • Includes color inserts that help bring the text to life • Features sidebars that present fun facts, interesting anecdotes, and recipes that are often used to celebrate various life-cycle customs in different countries • Provides information ideal for students studying geography, global studies, anthropology, and world cultures

A Collection of College Words and Customs PDF Book By Benjamin Homer Hall

A Collection of College Words and Customs

  • Author: Benjamin Homer Hall
  • ISBN Code: : N.a
  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Page : 476 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 791 Readers
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"A Collection of College Words and Customs" by Benjamin Homer Hall. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality PDF Book By Karen-Marie Yust,Aostre N. Johnson,Sandy Eisenberg Sasso,Eugene C. Roehlkepartain

Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality

  • Author: Karen-Marie Yust,Aostre N. Johnson,Sandy Eisenberg Sasso,Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
  • ISBN Code: : 1461665906
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Page : 496 pages
  • Genre : Psychology
  • Reviews : 826 Readers
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Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World's Religious Traditions provides a forum for prominent religious scholars to examine the state of religious knowledge and theological reflection on spiritual development in childhood and adolescence. Featuring essays from thinkers representing the world's major religious traditions, the book introduces new voices, challenges assumptions, raises new questions, and broadens the base of knowledge and investment in this important domain of life. It specifically and intentionally focuses on theological and philosophical perspectives from within religious traditions, creating space for the religious traditions to find their voices. Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality is firmly grounded in the language and priorities of religious studies, and helps stimulate explorations of whether and how religious communities are tapping their own wisdom and strengths in nurturing today's young people in a complex and changing world. Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality will set the stage for new waves of scholarship and dialogue within and across traditions, disciplines, and cultures that will enrich understanding and strengthen how the world's religious traditions, and others, understand and cultivate the spiritual lives of children and adolescents around the globe.

Living in the Heart PDF Book By Drunvalo Melchizedek

Living in the Heart

  • Author: Drunvalo Melchizedek
  • ISBN Code: : 1622335066
  • Publisher : Light Technology Publishing
  • Page : pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 642 Readers
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Long ago we humans used a form of communication and sensing that did not involve the brain in any way; rather, it came from a sacred place within our hearts. What good would it do to find this place again? This is a book of remembering. You have always had this place within your heart, and it is still there now. It existed before creation, and it will exist even after the last star shines its brilliant light. At night when you enter your dreams, you leave your mind and enter the sacred space of your heart. But do you remember? Or do you only remember the dream? Why am I telling you about this "something" that is fading from our memories? What good would it do to find this place again in a world where the greatest religion is science and the logic of the mind? Don't I know where emotions and feelings are second-class citizens? Yes, I do. But my teachers have asked me to remind you who you really are. You are more than just a human being, much more. For within your heart is a place, a sacred place, where the world can literally be remade through conscious cocreation. If you really want peace of spirit and if you want to return home, I invite you into the beauty of your own heart. With your permission, I will show you what has been shown to me. I will give you the exact instructions to the pathway into your heart where you and God are intimately one. It is your choice. But I must warn you: Within this experience resides great responsibility. Life knows when a spirit is born to the higher worlds, and life will use you as all the great masters who have ever lived have been used. If you read this book and do the meditation and then expect nothing to change in your life, you may get caught spiritually napping. Once you have entered the light of the great darkness, your life will change -- eventually, you will remember who you really are.

Social Life Of The Chinese PDF Book By Doolittle

Social Life Of The Chinese

  • Author: Doolittle
  • ISBN Code: : 1136888578
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 256 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 126 Readers
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First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Giver PDF Book By Lois Lowry

The Giver

  • Author: Lois Lowry
  • ISBN Code: : 0547345909
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Page : 240 pages
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Reviews : 968 Readers
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In Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning classic, twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community. Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. Everyone is the same. Except Jonas. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late? The Giver has become one of the most influential novels of our time. Don't miss the powerful companion novels in Lois Lowry's Giver Quartet: Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

The Sacred Rite of Magical Love PDF Book By Maria de Naglowska

The Sacred Rite of Magical Love

  • Author: Maria de Naglowska
  • ISBN Code: : 1594777063
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Page : 144 pages
  • Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reviews : 340 Readers
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The first English translation of Maria de Naglowska’s sexually magical novella, Le rite sacré de l’amour magique • Contains autobiographical material from Maria de Naglowska’s life • Continues, in symbolic story form, the sexual initiatory teachings expounded in Naglowska’s The Light of Sex and Advanced Sex Magic • Includes a summary of Naglowska’s religious doctrine in her own words Available for the first time in English, The Sacred Rite of Magical Love is a mystical, sexually magical novella written by Maria de Naglowska--the Russian mystic and esoteric high priestess of 1930s Paris. Her religious system, called the Third Term of the Trinity, taught the importance of sex for the upliftment of humanity. A natural continuation of Naglowska’s The Light of Sex and Advanced Sex Magic, this volume also contains autobiographical material from Maria de Naglowska’s life. Full of symbolic language and hidden meanings, the story follows a young woman named Xenophonta as she experiences the apparition of a dark force, whom she calls the Master of the Past and to whom she dedicates her heart and her service. En route to a midnight rendezvous with him, Xenophonta encounters a young Cossack, Micha, who sexually accosts her. Telling Micha that she already belongs to another, she escapes to keep her rendezvous. Micha, now jealous, follows her and ends up taking part in a strange, mystical ceremony that transforms him, through the magic of word and flesh. With a preface discussing the Sacred Triangle and the magical symbol of the AUM Clock, both central symbols in Naglowska’s religious system as well as in the story, the book also includes a summary of the doctrine of the Third Term of the Trinity in de Naglowska’s own words--important to any student of the Western Mystery tradition.

Life in the City of Dirty Water PDF Book By Clayton Thomas-Muller

Life in the City of Dirty Water

  • Author: Clayton Thomas-Muller
  • ISBN Code: : 0735240078
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Page : 320 pages
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 163 Readers
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*FINALIST FOR 2022 CANADA READS* *SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2022 J.W. DAFOE BOOK PRIZE* *SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2022 MANITOBA BOOK AWARDS’ MCNALLY ROBINSON BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD* NATIONAL BESTSELLER A gritty and inspiring memoir from renowned Cree environmental activist Clayton Thomas-Muller, who escaped the world of drugs and gang life to take up the warrior’s fight against the assault on Indigenous peoples’ lands—and eventually the warrior’s spirituality. There have been many Clayton Thomas-Mullers: The child who played with toy planes as an escape from domestic and sexual abuse, enduring the intergenerational trauma of Canada's residential school system; the angry youngster who defended himself with fists and sharp wit against racism and violence, at school and on the streets of Winnipeg and small-town British Columbia; the tough teenager who, at 17, managed a drug house run by members of his family, and slipped in and out of juvie, operating in a world of violence and pain. But behind them all, there was another Clayton: the one who remained immersed in Cree spirituality, and who embraced the rituals and ways of thinking vital to his heritage; the one who reconnected with the land during summer visits to his great-grandparents' trapline in his home territory of Pukatawagan in northern Manitoba. And it's this version of Clayton that ultimately triumphed, finding healing by directly facing the trauma that he shares with Indigenous peoples around the world. Now a leading organizer and activist on the frontlines of environmental resistance, Clayton brings his warrior spirit to the fight against the ongoing assault on Indigenous peoples' lands by Big Oil. Tying together personal stories of survival that bring the realities of the First Nations of this land into sharp focus, and lessons learned from a career as a frontline activist committed to addressing environmental injustice at a global scale, Thomas-Muller offers a narrative and vision of healing and responsibility.

The Book of Life PDF Book By Upton Sinclair

The Book of Life

  • Author: Upton Sinclair
  • ISBN Code: : 1513274872
  • Publisher : Graphic Arts Books
  • Page : 416 pages
  • Genre : Self-Help
  • Reviews : 362 Readers
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Upton Sinclair’s The Book of Life is a contains well founded advice and consists of two parts. The first part, Book of the Mind, covers spiritual topics such as faith, morality, and the subconscious. With intense conversations on the definition of each as well as their relationship and codependence on each other, Sinclair answers tough life questions and provides many thought-provoking ideas. While the first part of Sinclair’s work concerns the intangibles in life, focusing on matters of the mind, the second part of The Book of Life elects to address physical topics. Book of the Body shares Sinclair’s thoughts and research on diets, featuring discussions on how people should consume food, including fasting, and poisonous products. In this section he talks about diseases as well, citing their causes and offering advice on how to avoid them. Book of the Body also contains Sinclair’s advice on love, marriage, and sex. With these topics, Sinclair focuses on both the mental and physical attributes of life, advising how to lead the most fulfilling life possible. Though some of his ideas and advice are dated, The Book of Life remains relevant and interesting to a modern audience. First, though philosophy has progressed since Sinclair’s time, some human truths have remained evident and ever-present. Furthermore, this historical novel reveals the culture and world Sinclair was writing in, as well as allowing readers an intimate side of the esteemed author’s personality. The Book of Life serves as an encouraging work for thought, action, and gives great insights for how Upton Sinclair lived and what he believed. This edition of The Book of Life by Upton Sinclair is now presented in a modern, readable font and features a striking new cover design. With these accommodations, contemporary readers are allowed unparalleled access to Sinclair’s insight on love, sex, health, faith, and morality.

Tibetan Lives PDF Book By Peter Richardus

Tibetan Lives

  • Author: Peter Richardus
  • ISBN Code: : 1136809058
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 210 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 677 Readers
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In the early years of the 20th century, control over Tibet was contested by three major empires: those of China, Russia and Britain. The imperial powers and those who came in their wake - missionaries, scholars, traders and soldiers - employed local staff to assist in their dealings with the Tibetans, and these employees were in the vanguard of Tibet's encounter with the outside world. Yet they have been largely forgotten by history and most of the knowledge and understandings that they gained have been lost. It was left to a Dutchman, Johan van Manen, and hence an outside observer of the British imperial system, to preserve the impressions of three who served on the periphery of the imperial system. The three autobiographies that make up this book, crowded with ethnographical, sociological and historico-religious data, offer a unique insight into the world of the intermediary class. In addition to being interesting and entertaining, they are an important contribution to our understanding of the history of Tibet and its opening up to cultures beyond its own.

Ethnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East: An Encyclopedia PDF Book By John A. Shoup III

Ethnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East: An Encyclopedia

  • Author: John A. Shoup III
  • ISBN Code: : 159884363X
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Page : 377 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 964 Readers
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This encyclopedia is an essential guide to the different ethno-linguistic groups in Africa and today's complicated Middle East region. • Contains contributions from international scholars and independent researchers who have lived and worked in countries such as Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Guinea Conakry, Jordan, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, and Syria • Includes bibliographic information after each entry, photographs, and an index

The Afghanistan Papers PDF Book By Craig Whitlock,The Washington Post

The Afghanistan Papers

  • Author: Craig Whitlock,The Washington Post
  • ISBN Code: : 1982159022
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Page : 368 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 443 Readers
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The groundbreaking investigative story of how three successive presidents and their military commanders deceived the public year after year about America’s longest war, foreshadowing the Taliban’s recapture of Afghanistan, by Washington Post reporter and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Whitlock. Unlike the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 had near-unanimous public support. At first, the goals were straightforward and clear: to defeat al-Qaeda and prevent a repeat of 9/11. Yet soon after the United States and its allies removed the Taliban from power, the mission veered off course and US officials lost sight of their original objectives. Distracted by the war in Iraq, the US military became mired in an unwinnable guerrilla conflict in a country it did not understand. But no president wanted to admit failure, especially in a war that began as a just cause. Instead, the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations sent more and more troops to Afghanistan and repeatedly said they were making progress, even though they knew there was no realistic prospect for an outright victory. Just as the Pentagon Papers changed the public’s understanding of Vietnam, The Afghanistan Papers contains startling revelation after revelation from people who played a direct role in the war, from leaders in the White House and the Pentagon to soldiers and aid workers on the front lines. In unvarnished language, they admit that the US government’s strategies were a mess, that the nation-building project was a colossal failure, and that drugs and corruption gained a stranglehold over their allies in the Afghan government. All told, the account is based on interviews with more than 1,000 people who knew that the US government was presenting a distorted, and sometimes entirely fabricated, version of the facts on the ground. Documents unearthed by The Washington Post reveal that President Bush didn’t know the name of his Afghanistan war commander—and didn’t want to make time to meet with him. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld admitted he had “no visibility into who the bad guys are.” His successor, Robert Gates, said: “We didn’t know jack shit about al-Qaeda.” The Afghanistan Papers is a shocking account that will supercharge a long overdue reckoning over what went wrong and forever change the way the conflict is remembered.

Introduction to Chinese Culture PDF Book By Guobin Xu,Yanhui Chen,Lianhua Xu

Introduction to Chinese Culture

  • Author: Guobin Xu,Yanhui Chen,Lianhua Xu
  • ISBN Code: : 9811081565
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Page : 251 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 932 Readers
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Promoting cultural understanding in a globalized world, this text is a key tool for students interested in understanding the fundamentals of Chinese culture. Written by a team of experts in their fields, it offers a comprehensive and detailed introduction to Chinese culture and addresses the fundamentals of Chinese cultural and social development. It notably considers Chinese traditional culture, medicine, arts and crafts, folk customs, rituals and etiquette, and is a key read for scholars and students in Chinese Culture, History and Language.

Anthropologists and Their Traditions Across National Borders PDF Book By Regna Darnell,Frederic W. Gleach

Anthropologists and Their Traditions Across National Borders

  • Author: Regna Darnell,Frederic W. Gleach
  • ISBN Code: : 0803256884
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Page : 296 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 880 Readers
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Volume 8 of the Histories of Anthropology Annual series, the premier series published in the history of the discipline, explores national anthropological traditions in Britain, the United States, and Europe and follows them into postnational contexts. Contributors reassess the major theorists in twentieth-century anthropology, including luminaries such as Franz Boas, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Bronisław Malinowski, A. R. Radcliffe-Brown, Marshall Sahlins, and lesser-known but important anthropological work by Berthold Laufer, A. M. Hocart, Kenelm O. L. Burridge, and Robin Ridington, among others. These essays examine myriad themes such as the pedagogical context of the anthropologist as a teller of stories about indigenous storytellers; the colonial context of British anthropological theory and its projects outside the nation state; the legacies of Claude Lévi-Strauss’s structuralism regarding culture specific patterns; cognitive universals reflected in empirical examples of kinship, myth, language, classificatory systems, and supposed universal mental structures; and the career of Marshall Sahlins and his trajectory from neo evolutionism and structuralism toward an epistemological skepticism of cross cultural miscommunication.

Indigenous Peoples: An Encyclopedia of Culture, History, and Threats to Survival [4 volumes] PDF Book By Victoria R. Williams

Indigenous Peoples: An Encyclopedia of Culture, History, and Threats to Survival [4 volumes]

  • Author: Victoria R. Williams
  • ISBN Code: : 1440861188
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Page : 1248 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 138 Readers
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The book is an essential resource for those interested in investigating the lives, histories, and futures of indigenous peoples around the world. Perfect for readers looking to learn more about cultural groups around the world, this four-volume work examines approximately 400 indigenous groups globally. The encyclopedia investigates the history, social structure, and culture of peoples from all corners of the world, including their role in the world, their politics, and their customs and traditions. Alphabetically arranged entries focus on groups living in all world regions, some of which are well-known with large populations, and others that are lesser-known with only a handful of surviving members. Each entry includes sections on the group's geography and environment; history and politics; society, culture, and tradition; access to health care and education; and threats to survival. Each entry concludes with See Also cross-references and a list of Further Reading resources to guide readers in their research. Included in the encyclopedia are also Native Voices inset boxes, allowing readers a glimpse into the daily lives of members of these indigenous groups, as well as an appendix featuring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. • Allows for easy cross-cultural comparisons to be made from entry to entry • Includes an appendix with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples so readers can easily access it as a resource • Showcases "Native Voices" boxes throughout the work, allowing readers to get a snapshot of a "day in the life" of members of various cultural group • Offers "See Also" features at the end of each entry to easily cross-reference entries • Provides accessible insight into many aspects of indigenous life, including history, society and culture, healthcare and education, and environment

Muslim Worldviews and Everyday Lives PDF Book By El-Sayed el-Aswad

Muslim Worldviews and Everyday Lives

  • Author: El-Sayed el-Aswad
  • ISBN Code: : 0759121214
  • Publisher : Rowman Altamira
  • Page : 248 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 588 Readers
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The book is critical to understanding Muslim worldviews today, providing an analysis of ethno-cosmology, emic interpretation of sacred tradition, and crucial insight into modernity, folklore, geography, dreams, imagination, hybridity, and identity transformation.

The Melanesian World PDF Book By Eric Hirsch,Will Rollason

The Melanesian World

  • Author: Eric Hirsch,Will Rollason
  • ISBN Code: : 131552967X
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 576 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 623 Readers
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This wide-ranging volume captures the diverse range of societies and experiences that form what has come to be known as Melanesia. It covers prehistoric, historic and contemporary issues, and includes work by art historians, political scientists, geographers and anthropologists. The chapters range from studies of subsistence, ritual and ceremonial exchange to accounts of state violence, new media and climate change. The ‘Melanesian world’ assembled here raises questions that cut to the heart of debates in the human sciences today, with profound implications for the ways in which scholars across disciplines can describe and understand human difference. This impressive collection of essays represents a valuable resource for scholars and students alike.

The Handmaid's Tale PDF Book By Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

  • Author: Margaret Atwood
  • ISBN Code: : 1551994968
  • Publisher : Emblem Editions
  • Page : 368 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 811 Readers
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An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss. In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’ s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.

Healers on the Mountain PDF Book By Teresa Pijoan PhD

Healers on the Mountain

  • Author: Teresa Pijoan PhD
  • ISBN Code: : 1611390958
  • Publisher : Sunstone Press
  • Page : 220 pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 946 Readers
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A unique characteristic of Native American medicine is the belief that each patient holds a different spirit, and that the healing can only work when it affects the individual spirit. Mythology is essential to this healing process. The belief stories within these pages reflect a culture that holds both poignant and alarming lessons. Readers of this book will discover the intriguing past and knowledge of Native American history and beliefs which are more enlightening than they may have previously realized. TERESA PIJOAN was raised as a young child on San Juan Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico by her Barcelona born father and her New York born mother. When Teresa was twelve years old, her family moved to Nambe Indian Reservation. She also spent several summers with her adopted aunt at Hopi. As a University of New Mexico at Valencia history professor, Teresa Pijoan, PhD, is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, and lecturer. She has won many awards for her teaching and her publications. Her other books from Sunstone Press are “American Indian Creation Myths,” “Pueblo Indian Wisdom,” “Ways of Indian Magic,” and “Dead Kachina Man.”

The Private Life of the Romans PDF Book By Harold Whetstone Johnston

The Private Life of the Romans

  • Author: Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • ISBN Code: : N.a
  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Page : 7129 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 476 Readers
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"The Private Life of the Romans" by Harold Whetstone Johnston. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and the Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Themes PDF Book By Jan Hayes

My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and the Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Themes

  • Author: Jan Hayes
  • ISBN Code: : 1398332119
  • Publisher : Hodder Education
  • Page : 176 pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 398 Readers
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Target exam success with My Revision Notes. Our updated approach to revision will help students learn, practise and apply their skills and understanding. Coverage of key content is combined with practical study tips and effective revision strategies to create a revision guide students can rely on to build both knowledge and confidence. My Revision Notes will help students to: - Plan and manage a successful revision programme using the topic-by-topic planner - Consolidate your knowledge by working through clear and focused content coverage - Test understanding and identify areas for improvement with regular tasks and answers - Improve exam technique through practice questions, expert tips and examples of typical mistakes to avoid

The Body in Religion PDF Book By Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

The Body in Religion

  • Author: Yudit Kornberg Greenberg
  • ISBN Code: : 147259505X
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Page : 312 pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 284 Readers
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The Body in Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives surveys influential ways in which the body is imagined and deployed in religious practices and beliefs across the globe. Filling the gap for an up-to-date and comparative approach to theories and practices of the body in religion, this book explores the cultural influences on embodiment and their implications for religious institutions and spirituality. Examples are drawn from religions such as Jainism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shintoism, Paganism, Aboriginal, African, and Native American religions, in addition to the five major religions of the world. Topics covered include: - Gender and sexuality - Female modesty and dress codes - Circumcision and menstruation rituals - God language and erotic desire - Death, dying, and burial rites - Disciplining the body through prayer, yoga, and meditation - Feasting and fasting rituals Illustrated throughout with over 60 images, The Body in Religion is designed for course use in religious studies as well as interdisciplinary courses across the humanities and the social sciences. Further online resources include a sample syllabus.

Treasure Identifying Divine Eyes PDF Book By Guan Shen

Treasure Identifying Divine Eyes

  • Author: Guan Shen
  • ISBN Code: : 1649356358
  • Publisher : Funstory
  • Page : pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 364 Readers
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Lin Xi, the pawnbroker who was about to lose his job, coincidentally obtained a pair of Heaven's Eyes from the jade pendant his master left behind. He wanted to see how Lin Xi would grow up, pick up treasures while growing up, and play the strings of fate. A pair of Heaven's Eyes could detect treasure, avoid disaster, and drive away evil. However, what secrets did it hide ...

Religion in Disputes PDF Book By F. von Benda-Beckmann,Keebet von Benda-Beckmann,M. Ramstedt,B. Turner

Religion in Disputes

  • Author: F. von Benda-Beckmann,Keebet von Benda-Beckmann,M. Ramstedt,B. Turner
  • ISBN Code: : 1137318341
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Page : 265 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 940 Readers
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Books Synopsis

How are time-honored tenets of faith, different ritual sensibilities, and newly emerging eschatological imaginaries articulated with other normative registers and moral susceptibilities in disputes? This book examines such questions through cases in Europe, the United States, Israel, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

Thomas Paine: Life and Works PDF Book By Moncure Daniel Conway

Thomas Paine: Life and Works

  • Author: Moncure Daniel Conway
  • ISBN Code: : 1000741532
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 550 pages
  • Genre : Philosophy
  • Reviews : 687 Readers
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Thomas Paine was a hugely influential revolutionary pamphleteer, whose writings were instrumental in bringing about some of the greatest political changes the world has seen. Paine's enduring importance lies not so much in the depth of his political philosophy as in his great abilities as a communicator of political ideas. Conway's Writings was the first complete critical collection of Paine's works, and his Life was the first account to show Paine in a positive light.

Wading Through Many Voices PDF Book By Harold Recinos

Wading Through Many Voices

  • Author: Harold Recinos
  • ISBN Code: : 1442205857
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Page : 392 pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 502 Readers
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Wading through Many Voices brings together the voices of Latino/a, African American, Asian American, Native American, and Euro-American scholars to produce a dialogue of public theology: how faith-communities, divided by race, class, ethnicity, and gender, can find a common ground for life together.

Shift PDF Book By Glenn Geffcken

Shift

  • Author: Glenn Geffcken
  • ISBN Code: : 1491726628
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Page : 202 pages
  • Genre : Business & Economics
  • Reviews : 375 Readers
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Many of our greatest business thought leaders proclaim that the most powerful way to transform a business is to transform its culture. In Shift: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change, author Glenn Geffcken offers a culturally based process and path to help move companies from stagnation to change, from mediocrity to innovation, and from disconnection to harmony. Geffcken details a set of principles that underlie indigenous societies throughout the world—principles that have kept them in a state of grace and harmony with nature for longer than recorded history can account. Shift draws on the wisdom of indigenous cultures, their teachings, and their implications for significant transformation of core behaviors, beliefs, values, and ethics—which, taken as a whole, represent a paradigm shift of magnitude rarely seen in the business world. Through personal stories and experiences from Glenn Geffcken’s twenty-four years in the corporate world, in parallel with an eighteen-year immersion in North American indigenous culture and religion, Shift traces a path of self-discovery and organizational transformation. Geared toward businesspeople and entrepreneurs focused on culture as a force of positive change, it offers a methodology to help you break free and consider a different course.

New Testament Words PDF Book By William Barclay

New Testament Words

  • Author: William Barclay
  • ISBN Code: : 1611643945
  • Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press
  • Page : 305 pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 731 Readers
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Greek is one of the richest of all languages, with an unrivaled power to express different shades of meaning. In this book, William Barclay examines many of the key words of the Greek New Testament, explaining what these words meant to the writers of the New Testament and to those who read an heard their message for the first time. The William Barclay Library is a collection of books addressing the great issues of the Christian faith. As one of the world's most widely read interpreters of the Bible and its meaning, William Barclay devoted his life to helping people become more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

Religious Evolution and the Axial Age PDF Book By Stephen K. Sanderson

Religious Evolution and the Axial Age

  • Author: Stephen K. Sanderson
  • ISBN Code: : 1350047449
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Page : 320 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 549 Readers
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Religious Evolution and the Axial Age describes and explains the evolution of religion over the past ten millennia. It shows that an overall evolutionary sequence can be observed, running from the spirit and shaman dominated religions of small-scale societies, to the archaic religions of the ancient civilizations, and then to the salvation religions of the Axial Age. Stephen K. Sanderson draws on ideas from new cognitive and evolutionary psychological theories, as well as comparative religion, anthropology, history, and sociology. He argues that religion is a biological adaptation that evolved in order to solve a number of human problems, especially those concerned with existential anxiety and ontological insecurity. Much of the focus of the book is on the Axial Age, the period in the second half of the first millennium BCE that marked the greatest religious transformation in world history. The book demonstrates that, as a result of massive increases in the scale and scope of war and large-scale urbanization, the problems of existential anxiety and ontological insecurity became particularly acute. These changes evoked new religious needs, especially for salvation and release from suffering. As a result entirely new religions-Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism-arose to help people cope with the demands of the new historical era.

Routledge Revivals: The True India (1939) PDF Book By C.F. Andrews

Routledge Revivals: The True India (1939)

  • Author: C.F. Andrews
  • ISBN Code: : 1315445786
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 247 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 722 Readers
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First published in 1939, this book sets out to refute some of the ‘unjust charges laid at India’s door’ and correct the ‘false impressions’ that prevailed at the time. The author argues that the distorted view of the social conditions in India in the contemporary press and literature were detrimental to the relationships between East and West. Attempting to give a picture of the true state of affairs, they show that Hinduism was reforming from within and that it was unjust to still equate it with earlier periods. The Depressed classes, women’s rights, child marriage, Caste and Kalighat are all examined in detail. The book will be interest to students of colonial India and social history.

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art PDF Book By Bruno David,Ian J. McNiven

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art

  • Author: Bruno David,Ian J. McNiven
  • ISBN Code: : 0190844957
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Page : 1168 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 598 Readers
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Rock art is one of the most visible and geographically widespread of cultural expressions, and it spans much of the period of our species' existence. Rock art also provides rare and often unique insights into the minds and visually creative capacities of our ancestors and how selected rock outcrops with distinctive images were used to construct symbolic landscapes and shape worldviews. Equally important, rock art is often central to the expression of and engagement with spiritual entities and forces, and in all these dimensions it signals the diversity of cultural practices, across place and through time. Over the past 150 years, archaeologists have studied ancient arts on rock surfaces, both out in the open and within caves and rock shelters, and social anthropologists have revealed how people today use art in their daily lives. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art showcases examples of such research from around the world and across a broad range of cultural contexts, giving a sense of the art's regional variability, its antiquity, and how it is meaningful to people in the recent past and today - including how we have ourselves tended to make sense of the art of others, replete with our own preconceptions. It reviews past, present, and emerging theoretical approaches to rock art investigation and presents new, cutting-edge methods of rock art analysis for the student and professional researcher alike.

Becoming American PDF Book By Fariborz Ghadar

Becoming American

  • Author: Fariborz Ghadar
  • ISBN Code: : 1442228954
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Page : 200 pages
  • Genre : Political Science
  • Reviews : 218 Readers
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Both personal and analytical, while remaining factual and well-argued throughout, Fariborz Ghadar’s Becoming American makes the case for common sense immigration policies and practices that will not only help strengthen America’s fledgling economy and role as world leader, but also help millions of prospective immigrants for generations to come.

Celebrate! PDF Book By Arlyn J Macdonald

Celebrate!

  • Author: Arlyn J Macdonald
  • ISBN Code: : 1982255161
  • Publisher : Balboa Press
  • Page : 168 pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 101 Readers
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What is missing in modern life is the recognition of the sacred in life. Celebrate! is a resource book for individuals, families, and communities to integrate the sacred back into ordinary life through blessing ceremonies and rituals. Sacred ceremonies are the bridge between the material and spiritual worlds reconnecting us to wholeness. The ceremonies included in the book can be used by all cultures and all faiths, marking important life events for children and adults, as well as holidays. Some are familiar ceremonies, and some are new, especially created for times that give meaning to life in the modern world. The section on Creating Your Own Ceremonies assists readers to create personal ceremonies to mark their own life journeys.