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Victor and Cora Anderson Library

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Alternative Medicine

Archaeology/Anthropology/Travel Writings/Dowsing

Christian Science

Divination/Tarot

Dreams/Dream Interpretation

Fiction/Poetry/Humor

Feminism

Goddesses/Goddess Religion

Language and languages

Magic

Miscellaneous

Native Americans (North; Middle; South America)

Mythology/Folklore

Occultism (General)

Plants/Herbalism

Psychology/Sociology/Social Psychology

Occultism (Numerology)

Parapsychology

Philosophy (Qi, etc.)

Self

Shamanism

Symbology

Theosophy (includes Reincarnation)

Witchcraft/Witches/Wicca



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Victor and Cora Anderson Library, 1921-1998 | Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

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ID: MS/150/7

Primary Creator: Anderson, Victor H. (1917-2001)

Other Creators: Anderson, Cora (1915-2008)

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Arrangement: Organized by Broad Subject

Subjects: Aboriginal Australians--Religion, Afro-Brazilian cults--Brazil, Agricultural ecology, Agriculture, Aikido, Alchemy--History, Alternative medicine, America--Discovery and exploration--Pre-Columbian, American poetry--California, Anderson, Cora, 1915-2008--Library, Anderson, Victor H., 1917-2001--Library, Andrews, Lynn V., Aphrodisiacs, Astral projection, Aura, Autogenic training, Awareness, Aztecs--Folklore, Body language, Borneo--Description and travel, Botany, Medical, Botany, Medical--Hawaii, Brazil--Religion, Castaneda, Carlos, 1931-1998, Celts--Religion, Charms, Christian Science, Civilization, Modern--1950-, Clairvoyance, Classical poetry, Coca, Cocaine abuse, Color--Psychic aspects, Cooking (Garlic), Cooking (Herbs), Counterculture--History--20th century, Cults--Guyana, Death, Demonology, Disappearances (Parapsychology), Disasters, Domalain, Jean-Yves, 1943-, Dream interpretation, Dreams, Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, Electronic voice phenomenon, Enochian magic, Ethnobotany--West (U.S.), Experience (Religion), Extrasensory perception, Fairies, Feminism, Feri (Wiccan sect), Folklore, Folklore--Haiti, Folklore--Hawaii, Fortune-telling by names, Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939, Future life, Garlic--History, Garlic--Therapeutic use, Ghosts, Ghost stories, Ghouls and ogres, Gnomes, Goddesses, Goddesses, Sumerian, Goddesses--History, Goddess religion--North America, Greek language, Modern, Greek language, Modern--Textbooks for foreign speakers--English, Greek language--Grammar, Hallucinogenic drugs and religious experience, Haunted houses, Haunted places, Hawaii--Folklore, Hawaii--Legends, Hawaii--Religion, Hawaii--Social life and customs, Hawaiian language, Hawaiian magic, Hawaiian mythology, Hawaiians--Folklore, Hawaiians--Legends, Health, Herb gardening, Herbs, Herbs--Therapeutic use, Herbs--Therapeutic use--Hawaii, Herbs--Utilization, Homosexuality--United States, Hopi Indians, Hopi Indians--Folklore, Hopi Indians--Religion, Human behavior, Human sacrifice, Human sacrifice--Andes Region, Huna, Hypnotism, Iban (Bornean people), Immortality, Inanna (Sumerian deity), Inanna (Sumerian deity)--Poetry, Indian magic--Southwest, New, Indian mythology--Mexico, Indian mythology--North America, Indians of Mexico--Religion, Indians of North America--Ethnobotany--West (U.S.), Indians of North America--Folklore, Indians of North America--Religion, Indians of South America--Andes Region--Rites and ceremonies, Indians of South America--Peru--Rites and ceremonies, Indian women--North America, Inscriptions, Celtic, Inscriptions, Irish, Intelligence, Jesus Christ--Passion, Jones, Jim, 1931-1978, Jonestown (Guyana), Jonestown Mass Suicide, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978, Juan, Don, 1891-1973, Kayaks, Knowledge, Sociology of, Lakota Indians, Lame Deer, approximately 1903-1976, Legends--Hawaii, Macumba (Cult), Magic, Magic, Romani, Magic--Brazil, Magic--Hawaii, Maria-José, mãe, Materia medica, Vegetable, Materia medica, Vegetable--Hawaii, Medical astrology, Medicinal plants, Medicinal plants--Hawaii, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Megalithic monuments, Mental healing, Midwives, Miniconjou Indians, Months, Moon, Moon--Folklore, Mother goddesses--History, Mythology, Mythology, Classical, Mythology, Sumerian, Mytinger, Caroline, 1897-1980, Nahuatl literature, Nahuatl poetry, Near death experiences, Nebraska--Social life and customs, New Age movement, New Britain Island (Papua New Guinea)--Description and travel, Numerology, Nurses, Occultism, Occultism--Asia, Occultism--Hawaii, Orgasms, Orgonomy, Parapsychology, Parapsychology--Soviet Union, Peoples Temple, Physics--Miscellanea, Physiognomy, Plants--Psychic aspects, Poetry, Power (Social sciences), Prehistoric peoples, Problem solving, Prophecies, Psychic abilities, Psychic energy (Psychoanalysis), Psychic readings--Evaluation, Psychokinesis, Psychology, Comparative, Psychology and religion, Psychometry (Parapsychology), Psychotropic plants, Qi (Chinese philosophy), Quantum theory--History, Recovered memory, Reincarnation, Reincarnation therapy, Relativity (Physics)--History, Reser, Stanley, Romanies--Europe--Social conditions, Romanies--History, Romanies--Social life and customs, Satanism--Controversial literature, Science, Ancient, Science--History, Self (Philosophy), Self-acceptance, Self-care, Self knowledge, Theory of, Sex (Psychology), Sex discrimination, Sex discrimination in employment, Sexism, Shamanism, Shamanism--North America, Shamans, Smith, Michelle, 1949-, Social history--1945-1960, Social history--1960-1970, Social psychology, Solomon Islands--Description and travel, Songs--Hawaii, Songs--Ireland, Spanish language--Readers, Spirits, Spiritual healing, Spiritualism, Success, Success--Psychological aspects, Sullivan, Thelma D., Supernatural, Symbolism, Symbolism of colors, Symbolism of numbers, Talismans, Tarot--Study and teaching, Terror, Time--Folklore, Trials (Witchcraft)--Scotland, United States--Antiquities, Vampires, Vampires--20th century, Vodou, Werewolves, Wicca, Witchcraft, Witchcraft--England--History, Witchcraft--History, Witchcraft--Scotland, Witchcraft--Southwest, New, Witchcraft--United States, Witches, Women, Women--Employment--United States, Women--History--Modern period, 1600-, Women--Mythology, Women in medicine--History, Yaqui Indians--Religion, Yaqui mythology

Forms of Material: Alamanacs, Autobiographies, Case studies, Creeds, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Folk literature, Folk tales, Grammars, Handbooks and manuals, Humor, Juvenile fiction, Legends, Myths, Personal Narratives, Phrase books, Problems and exercises, Programmed instructional materials, Questionnaires, Readers (Publications), Recipes, Self-help publications, Song texts, Spirit writings, Textbooks, Travel writings

Languages: English, Greek,Modern(1453-), Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is a portion of the Anderson's library having been selected based on titles that were not currently in its parent collection New Age Movements, Occultism, and Spiritualism Research Library. A bibliography of the full library as well as the disposition of the items is planned. All titles in this collection have been cataloged separately.

Collection Historical Note

Victor Henry Anderson was born in Seneca just north of Clayton, New Mexico, May 21, 1917 to Hilbert Alexander Anderson (1883-1952), a cattle rancher, and Mary Francis Smith Anderson (1886-1973), who cooked for the ranch hands. During his childhood, Victor was exposed to many cultures and religious practices living in New Mexico. These influences range from Native Americans indigenous to the area, but also migrant workers form Hawaii and Guatemala all interacting and sharing their spiritual knowledge with a young boy. At age two, his sister dropped him and may have caused him to go blind via the development of Internal Cataracts. For the first three months after the accident, Victor was totally blind. The local Curanderos, Brujas, and Brujos prayed over him and he eventually was able to have partial vision (3%). They also taught him to develop his etheric abilities as a different form of sight. Victor's dropping accident may have been coincidental to his developing Internal Cataracts. Regardless, according to Victor there were no known procedures to address it and was left untreated, which physically left him almost complete blind. A tragic accident occurred with Victor's oldest brother Robert subsequently dying from severe burns. His mother had a very difficult time with the loss of her son. As such the family left New Mexico, moving frequently as Victor's father found work. His family would eventually move to Dead Indian Mount, Oregon around 1926, which is north of Ashland, when he was about nine years old. Later they would move to Ashland, Oregon sometime between 1940 and 1943. The family eventually moved to Bend, Oregon due to flooding of their Ashland home.

Contrary to what Margo Adler says in her book Drawing Down the Moon, Victor more than likely had has initiation in Oklahoma and not Oregon. According to Victor, in 1926 aged nine, he was sexually initiated into the witchcraft tradition in a tribal rite manner by an Congolese African woman named Simgoma. This was followed by etheric visions of floating in the air with the Congolese witch and despite Victor's blindness was a very vivid picture of the stars, moon, and jungle. When the visions ended, he was instructed on the ritual uses of the herbs sitting in bowls before him. The result of this initial initiation would be the start of the "reawakening" and evolution of his faith. Reawakening in the sense that across all cultures are universal truths that have existed since the time of the proto-humans. The Feri Tradition is simply another name for what has always existed. As such, Victor's argument that he borrowed from this culture or this faith, such as Huna from Max Freedom Long, is false because these tenets that share similarities existed long before those labels were added to them. There is a single source that is expressed in many ways.

His family would move frequently after New Mexico. Leaving Oklahoma in 1926, the Anderson's would lived in numerous places in Oregon. Victor would encounter many different people of many different cultures that continued to cultivate his religious knowledge. When Victor was between the ages of twelve and twenty-six, he studied Druidism. During this time, he referred to his beliefs as Vicia, his thoughts were to "go back and use the word 'Vicha' it was known as the Feri Tradition. In Italian it is la vecchia religione", or Old Religion. Feri can be broken down into two components: Fe, to have psychic power, and ri, a variant of ry, or rie, meaning in this context to practice or to build. Feri then, is actively developing in one's psychic abilities. Feri is an ecstatic tradition that seeks to obtain a deep connection with deity. Unlike other nature-based religions, Feri is not a fertility cult. In Victor's own words "Now, our Feri Tradition is a nature way, it's the way of Nature, and it's a way of accepting and developing all your talents, all of your nature in such a way that you are worthy to be called a god in the making." According to Victor, Feri Tradition has its roots in the shamanistic African tradition of which he was initiated by the Congolese woman. Anderson considered Feri to be an "authentic" Tradition that "simply takes on a different perspective of the same [universal] truth". One of his analogies compares Giuseppe Verdi and Joe Green; same name, same person, different language. The move to Bend, Oregon in 1943 would be a significant home for Victor. It is here that me meets he future wife, Cora.

Cora Ann Cremeans Anderson was born on January 26, 1915 on a farm Nyota, Blount County, Alabama. Her grandfather was a root doctor who had immigrated from Ireland. Cora was gifted with psychic abilities, having communed with faerie-like people on numerous occasions as a child. She met Victor Anderson in 1944 and they married in three days on May 3, having met him before on the Astral Plane. Realizing they both had magical backgrounds they soon established an altar together in their home. In 1945, their son, Victor Elon, was born. Victor and Cora would live in Bend, Oregon until 1948 when they moved to Niles, California. Sometime in or before 1959, they would relocate to San Leandro, California. Cora worked as a cook in various hospitals in the East Bay area.  The Anderson's would break up a fight between their son and a neighboring, Tom DeLong (1946-1982).  DeLong became friends with the family and studied under Victor eventually being initiated into Feri.  He would later chang his name to Gwydion Pendderwyn. Pendderwyn, having studied Alexandrian introduced elements of this tradition into Feri. Other influences in the tradition include Huna, Vodou, Kabbalah, Hoodoo, Tantra, and Gnosticism.

Victor Anderson would pass away September 20, 2001 and Cora Anderson in May 1, 2008, both in San Leandro, California.

Biographical Note

Co-Founder of the Feri Tradition

Subject/Index Terms

Aboriginal Australians--Religion
Afro-Brazilian cults--Brazil
Agricultural ecology
Agriculture
Aikido
Alchemy--History
Alternative medicine
America--Discovery and exploration--Pre-Columbian
American poetry--California
Anderson, Cora, 1915-2008--Library
Anderson, Victor H., 1917-2001--Library
Andrews, Lynn V.
Aphrodisiacs
Astral projection
Aura
Autogenic training
Awareness
Aztecs--Folklore
Body language
Borneo--Description and travel
Botany, Medical
Botany, Medical--Hawaii
Brazil--Religion
Castaneda, Carlos, 1931-1998
Celts--Religion
Charms
Christian Science
Civilization, Modern--1950-
Clairvoyance
Classical poetry
Coca
Cocaine abuse
Color--Psychic aspects
Cooking (Garlic)
Cooking (Herbs)
Counterculture--History--20th century
Cults--Guyana
Death
Demonology
Disappearances (Parapsychology)
Disasters
Domalain, Jean-Yves, 1943-
Dream interpretation
Dreams
Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica
Electronic voice phenomenon
Enochian magic
Ethnobotany--West (U.S.)
Experience (Religion)
Extrasensory perception
Fairies
Feminism
Feri (Wiccan sect)
Folklore
Folklore--Haiti
Folklore--Hawaii
Fortune-telling by names
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939
Future life
Garlic--History
Garlic--Therapeutic use
Ghosts
Ghost stories
Ghouls and ogres
Gnomes
Goddesses
Goddesses, Sumerian
Goddesses--History
Goddess religion--North America
Greek language, Modern
Greek language, Modern--Textbooks for foreign speakers--English
Greek language--Grammar
Hallucinogenic drugs and religious experience
Haunted houses
Haunted places
Hawaii--Folklore
Hawaii--Legends
Hawaii--Religion
Hawaii--Social life and customs
Hawaiian language
Hawaiian magic
Hawaiian mythology
Hawaiians--Folklore
Hawaiians--Legends
Health
Herb gardening
Herbs
Herbs--Therapeutic use
Herbs--Therapeutic use--Hawaii
Herbs--Utilization
Homosexuality--United States
Hopi Indians
Hopi Indians--Folklore
Hopi Indians--Religion
Human behavior
Human sacrifice
Human sacrifice--Andes Region
Huna
Hypnotism
Iban (Bornean people)
Immortality
Inanna (Sumerian deity)
Inanna (Sumerian deity)--Poetry
Indian magic--Southwest, New
Indian mythology--Mexico
Indian mythology--North America
Indians of Mexico--Religion
Indians of North America--Ethnobotany--West (U.S.)
Indians of North America--Folklore
Indians of North America--Religion
Indians of South America--Andes Region--Rites and ceremonies
Indians of South America--Peru--Rites and ceremonies
Indian women--North America
Inscriptions, Celtic
Inscriptions, Irish
Intelligence
Jesus Christ--Passion
Jones, Jim, 1931-1978
Jonestown (Guyana)
Jonestown Mass Suicide, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978
Juan, Don, 1891-1973
Kayaks
Knowledge, Sociology of
Lakota Indians
Lame Deer, approximately 1903-1976
Legends--Hawaii
Macumba (Cult)
Magic
Magic, Romani
Magic--Brazil
Magic--Hawaii
Maria-José, mãe
Materia medica, Vegetable
Materia medica, Vegetable--Hawaii
Medical astrology
Medicinal plants
Medicinal plants--Hawaii
Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Megalithic monuments
Mental healing
Midwives
Miniconjou Indians
Months
Moon
Moon--Folklore
Mother goddesses--History
Mythology
Mythology, Classical
Mythology, Sumerian
Mytinger, Caroline, 1897-1980
Nahuatl literature
Nahuatl poetry
Near death experiences
Nebraska--Social life and customs
New Age movement
New Britain Island (Papua New Guinea)--Description and travel
Numerology
Nurses
Occultism
Occultism--Asia
Occultism--Hawaii
Orgasms
Orgonomy
Parapsychology
Parapsychology--Soviet Union
Peoples Temple
Physics--Miscellanea
Physiognomy
Plants--Psychic aspects
Poetry
Power (Social sciences)
Prehistoric peoples
Problem solving
Prophecies
Psychic abilities
Psychic energy (Psychoanalysis)
Psychic readings--Evaluation
Psychokinesis
Psychology, Comparative
Psychology and religion
Psychometry (Parapsychology)
Psychotropic plants
Qi (Chinese philosophy)
Quantum theory--History
Recovered memory
Reincarnation
Reincarnation therapy
Relativity (Physics)--History
Reser, Stanley
Romanies--Europe--Social conditions
Romanies--History
Romanies--Social life and customs
Satanism--Controversial literature
Science, Ancient
Science--History
Self (Philosophy)
Self-acceptance
Self-care
Self knowledge, Theory of
Sex (Psychology)
Sex discrimination
Sex discrimination in employment
Sexism
Shamanism
Shamanism--North America
Shamans
Smith, Michelle, 1949-
Social history--1945-1960
Social history--1960-1970
Social psychology
Solomon Islands--Description and travel
Songs--Hawaii
Songs--Ireland
Spanish language--Readers
Spirits
Spiritual healing
Spiritualism
Success
Success--Psychological aspects
Sullivan, Thelma D.
Supernatural
Symbolism
Symbolism of colors
Symbolism of numbers
Talismans
Tarot--Study and teaching
Terror
Time--Folklore
Trials (Witchcraft)--Scotland
United States--Antiquities
Vampires
Vampires--20th century
Vodou
Werewolves
Wicca
Witchcraft
Witchcraft--England--History
Witchcraft--History
Witchcraft--Scotland
Witchcraft--Southwest, New
Witchcraft--United States
Witches
Women
Women--Employment--United States
Women--History--Modern period, 1600-
Women--Mythology
Women in medicine--History
Yaqui Indians--Religion
Yaqui mythology

Administrative Information

Repository: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

Acquisition Source: Guy V. Frost

Acquisition Method: Purchased by Guy Frost from Anaar, Grandmaster of the Feri Tradition


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[Series 6: Fiction/Poetry/Humor],
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Series 8: Goddesses/Goddess ReligionAdd to your cart.
Book 1: Gray, William G. Evoking the Primal Goddess: Discovery of the Eternal Feminine Within. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1989Add to your cart.
Contents: One feminine fundamental -- From Eleusis to Epiclesis -- The blood beginnings -- Matriarchal meanings -- Our mystical Mother -- Concept creation. Summary: In Evoking the primal Goddess, renowned occultist Willam G. Gray takes you on a fascinating, insightful journey into the history and significance of the Goddess in religion. ... he shows that the search for the Holy Grail was actually a movement within the Christian Church to bring back the feminine element into the concept of Deity. He also shows how you can evoke your own personal image of the Mother ideal through practical rituals and prayer."--Page 4 of cover. Subjects: Mother goddesses--History; Goddesses--History
Book 2: Wolkstein, Diane, and Samuel Noah Kramer. Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumar. Art compiled by Elizabeth Williams-Forte. 1st ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1983Add to your cart.
Contents: Inanna's stories and hymns: The Huluppa-tree -- Inanna and the god of wisdom -- The courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi -- The descent of Inanna -- Seven hymns to Inanna. Commentaries: Sumerian history, culture, and literature / by Samuel Noah Kramer -- The discovery and decipherment of 'The descent of Inanna' / by Samuel Noah Kramer -- Interpretation of Inanna's stories and hymns / by Diane Wolkstein -- Annotations of the art / by Elizabeth Williams-Forte. Subjects: Inanna (Sumerian deity); Mythology, Sumerian; Inanna (Sumerian deity)--Poetry; Goddesses, Sumerian

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