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Victor and Cora Anderson Library

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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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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Title: Victor and Cora Anderson Library, 1921-1998Add to your cart.

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],
[Series 7: Feminism],
[Series 8: Goddesses/Goddess Religion],
[Series 9: Language and languages],
[Series 10: Magic],
[Series 11: Miscellaneous],
[Series 12: Native Americans (North; Middle; South America)],
[Series 13: Mythology/Folklore],
[Series 14: Occultism (General)],
[Series 15: Plants/Herbalism],
[Series 16: Psychology/Sociology/Social Psychology],
[Series 17: Occultism (Numerology)],
[Series 18: Parapsychology],
[Series 19: Philosophy (Qi, etc.)],
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[Series 21: Shamanism],
[Series 22: Symbology],
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Series 12: Native Americans (North; Middle; South America)Add to your cart.
Book 1: Allen, Paula Gunn. Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman’s Sourcebook. Boston: Beacon Press, 1991Add to your cart.
Summary: In this collection of goddess stories gleaned from the vast oral tradition of Native America, the author evokes a world of personal freedom and communal harmony, of free communication among people, animals, and spirits, of magic and its discipline, of balance between the sacred and the mundane.--From publisher description. Contents: The living reality of the medicine world -- Cosmogyny: the goddesses: -- A new wrinkle -- Out of the blue -- This was not Eden -- Grandmother of the light -- Be that way then -- River, blood, and cord -- Making sacred, making true -- Strange burning -- The day the end began -- Ritual magic and aspects of the goddesses: There in the northwest -- A hot time -- Sacred stones -- What is Wakan -- May it be beautiful all around -- The adventurers Transformation time -- Myth, magic and medicine in the modern world: -- Roses, roses -- A fish of another hue -- The hunter -- Deer woman -- Someday soon -- Postscript: Cultural dimensions, ge-ological locations, and herstorical circumstances of the goddesses, the people, and the ritual tradition. Subjects: Indian women--North America; Indians of North America--Religion; Indians of North America--Folklore; Goddess religion--North America; Shamanism--North America. Genre/Form: Myths
Book 2: Bramly, Serge. Macumba: The Teachings of Maria-Jose. Translated by Meg Bogin. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1977Add to your cart.
Contents: Introduction -- The descent of the gods -- The master of the head -- Opening the path -- Exú -- Epilogue -- Glossary. Subjects: Maria-José, mãe; Macumba (Cult); Brazil--Religion
Book 3: Castaneda, Carlos. The Fire from Within. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984Add to your cart.
Contents: The new seers -- Petty tyrants -- The eagle's emanations -- The glow of awareness -- The first attention -- Inorganic beings -- The assemblage point -- The position of the assemblage point -- The shift below -- Great bands of emanations -- Stalking, intent, and the dreaming position -- The nagual Julian -- The Earth's boost -- The rolling force -- The death defiers -- The mold of Man -- The journey of the dreaming body -- Breaking the barrier of perception -- Epilogue. Subjects: Juan, Don, 1891-1973; Castaneda, Carlos, 1931-1998; Yaqui Indians--Religion; Yaqui mythology; Awareness; Knowledge, Sociology of. Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Book 4: Dane, Christopher. The American Indian and the Occult. Popular Books ed. New York: Popular Library, 1973Add to your cart.
Subjects: Indians of North America--Religion; Indian mythology--North America; Spiritualism
Book 5: Dow, Carol L. Sarava! Afro-Brazilian Magick. 1st ed. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1997Add to your cart.
Contents: Salve todas as Nações! -- Author's note -- Brazilian mystery religions: an overview -- Axé: the powers of the Orixás -- Formidable entities -- Believers and their sacred ground -- Unique practices -- Healing -- Saravá, Brazilian magick! -- Appendix A: User-friendly guide to Portuguese pronunciation -- Appendix B: Personas of the Orixás -- Appendix C: Some tropical botanicals used in Brazilian magick -- Appendix D: Foods of the Gods -- Appendix E: Music of the spheres -- Glossary of terms. Subjects: Afro-Brazilian cults--Brazil; Brazil--Religion; Magic--Brazil
Book 6: Lame Deer, John (Fire), and Richard Erdoes. Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions. New York: Washington Square Press, 1976, ©️1972Add to your cart.
Contents: Alone on the hilltop -- That gun in the New York museum belongs to me -- The green frog skin -- Getting drunk, going to jail -- Sitting on top of Teddy Roosevelt's head -- The circle and the square -- Talking to the owls and butterflies -- Two in a blanket -- Medicine, good and bad -- Inipi- grandfather's breath -- Yuwipi- little lights from nowhere -- looking at the sun, they dance -- Don't hurt the trees -- Roll up the world -- The upside-down, forward-backward, icy-hot contrary -- Blood turned into stone -- Epilogue: Inyan Wasicun, the white man with the rocks -- Glossary. Subjects: Lame Deer, approximately 1903-1976; Miniconjou Indians; Lakota Indians. Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Book 7: Simmons, Marc. Witchcraft in the Southwest: Spanish and Indian Supernaturalism on the Rio Grande. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1980, ©️1974Add to your cart.
Summary: Opening with a succinct review of the meaning and evolution of witchcraft in Europe and Spain, Simmons establishes the existence of many similar beliefs among native inhabitants of the New World. Moving chronologically to Spanish colonization, the author vividly conveys Spanish reactions to Pueblo life and religion, the fears of witches and other supernatural forces that plagued Spanish colonists. ... Emphasizing the beliefs and nature of witchcraft rather than the actual mechanics (which are secret), he follows Hispanic communities into the late 19th century. ... Readers learn how witchcraft fits into the Pueblo world view and how it compares and contrasts with European and Spanish varieties in such areas as motivation, types, powers, beliefs and means of acquisition. Contents: A dark heritage -- The Devil's domain on the Rio Grande -- Executions and the diabolical kiss --The way of witches -- Pueblo witchcraft -- The tradegy of Nambé -- The Zuñi plague of witches -- Montezuma, a sacred snake, and Pecos Pueblo -- Navajo and Apache witchcraft -- Herbalism and Black Magic -- The lingering legacy of witchcraft. Subjects: Witchcraft--Southwest, New; Indian magic--Southwest, New
Book 8: Sullivan, Thelma D., trans. A Scattering of Jades: Stories, Poems, and Prayers of the Aztecs. Edited by T.J. Knab. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994Add to your cart.
Summary: Offers an extraordinary glimpse into the Aztec civilization -- a mysterious culture that revered its poets, worshiped its kings and ritualized human sacrifice. The Aztec empire reached its height between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, culminating in the reign of Motecuzoma. Aztec cities surpassed those of Europe in size and grandeur, and their art and aesthetics were the most sophisticated of all nature American cultures. Among the ancient Aztecs, a clever turn of phrase was considered a precious stone -- a 'scattering of jades" was an Aztec metaphor for elegant speech. This literary gem collects Aztec myths, prayers, proverbs and poems, many translated from the original Nahuati for the first time, presenting an evocative picture of one of the most exotic and advanced civilizations in the Americas. Contents: The Aztec World of Ancient Mexico: -- Mesoamerican origins -- The Toltecs -- The Gods -- The Aztec quest -- Founding the center of the Aztec world: Tenochtitlan -- The Empire  -- Tenochtitlan -- The conquest -- The spiritual conquest and the preservation of classic Aztec culture -- "A polished eye": understanding the Aztec world -- Human sacrifice -- The balance of life -- Women in Aztec society -- The warrior's world -- Contradictions of the Aztec world -- World-centering -- Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli -- A scattering of jades: classic Aztec literature -- Translating the Aztec world: Thelma D. Sullivan -- Form and style in Aztec literature -- I. The Aztec world: -- The ancient suns of Mexico and Quetzalcoatl -- Codex Chimalpopoca: The Anales of Cuauhtitlan -- The origins of the peoples of Cuauhtitlan -- The ancient suns of Mexico -- The Chichimeca -- Quetzalcoatl, the priest -- The finding and founding of Mexico-Tenochtitlan: -- The Mexicayotl -- The Crónica Mexicayotl -- The conquest of Mexico: the words of the conquered: -- Fray Bernardino de Sahagún's History of all things of New Spain (The Florentine Codex): -- The final chapters of the conquest -- How the Tlaltelolcans with the Mexicans and their lords surrendered to the Spaniards -- Remarks directed by the Capitán Don Hernando Cortéz to the Lords of México, Texcoco, and Tlacopan, after his victory, demanding the gold that had been lost when the Spaniards fled México -- II. Life and death in ancient Mexico: The orations of the elders: -- A necklace of jades: -- The Huehuetlatolli: words of the ancients; words of wisdom -- Death -- Life -- The people and their ruler -- O precious necklace, O Quetzal feather! -- Pregnancy and childbirth -- Hiring the midwife -- The lying-in -- Cutting the umbilical cord -- Washing of the newborn child -- The midwife addresses the newly delivered woman -- The warrior woman -- Invocation of the warrior woman -- III. Prayers and songs of the Gods -- A prayer to Tlaloc -- O, Tlaloc -- The songs of Ancient Mexico -- Five poems: [Where will I go?] ; [Be indomitable, O my heart] ; [Our lord] ; [Can it be true that one lives on earth?] ; [The gold and black butterfly is sipping the nectar] -- The songs of the Gods: Ten prayers of the Primeros Memoriales: -- Fray Bernardino de Sahagún's Primeros Memoriales: Of the songs that were given voice in honor of he Gods both within their temples and beyond them -- The song of Huitzilopochtle -- The song of Yaotl, "The enemy" of Huitznahuac -- The song of Tlalloc -- The song of the mother of the Gods -- The song of Chimalpanecatl and Tlaltecahua, the Motherwomb -- The song of Ixcozauhqui -- The song of Mimixcoa -- The song of Xochipilli -- The song of Xochiquetzal -- The song of Animitl -- IV. Words of Jade: Proverbs, metaphors, and conundrums: -- Nahuatl proverbs, conundrums, and metaphors / collected by Sahagún -- Some proverbs that they said and still say -- Some conundrums that they tell and try to guess -- Some figures of speech, called metaphors -- The metaphors from the orations of Fray Andrés de Olmos -- The manners of speech of the elders in their ancient orations. Subjects: Aztecs--Folklore; Nahuatl literature; Nahuatl poetry; Sullivan, Thelma D. Genre/Form: Folk literature
Book 9: Tierney, Patrick. The Highest Altar: The Story of Human Sacrifice. New York: Viking, 1989Add to your cart.
Contents: The unspeakable sacrifice -- The Inca child -- The amateurs take over -- Hunting for mummies -- The peaceful mountain -- THe sorceress at Lago Budi -- The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea -- The house that gringo built -- Hounding the Holy Fathers -- One more victim -- Lake Titicaca -- The Snake Mountain -- Black magic -- Reviving the Inquisition -- Tracking the sacred executioner -- The good seed -- The souls cry out -- The hidden gold mine -- The old-time religion -- The birth of Hell -- Calvary and Cain -- Werewolves and the Eucharist. Subjects: Indians of South America--Peru--Rites and ceremonies; Indians of South America--Andes Region--Rites and ceremonies; Human sacrifice--Andes Region; Human Sacrifice
Book 10: Waters, Frank. Book of the Hopi. Drawings and source material recorded by Oswald White Bear Fredericks. Ballantine Walden edition. New York: Ballantine BooksAdd to your cart.
Contents: Foreword / Frederick H. Howell ; Introduction ; Part One: The myths: Creation of the Four Worlds -- Tokpela: The First World -- Tokpa: The Second World -- Kuskurza: The Third World -- Tuwaqachi: The Fourth World -- Commentary: The symbol of the emergence ; Part Two: The legends: Migrations of the clans -- The four migrations -- North to the back door -- The badger and the sacred spruce -- Migrations of the bird clans -- Wenima and the short rainbow -- The mysterious red city of the South -- The journey of the twins -- The snake and lizard clans -- The bow and arrowshaft clans -- The coyote-swallow race at Sikyatki -- The ancient record -- The founding of Oraibi -- Commentary: The Hopi clan -- Part Three: The mystery plays: The ceremonial cycle -- Elemental symbols -- Wuwuchim -- Soyal -- The kachina night dances -- Powamu -- The road of life -- Niman Kachina -- The flute ceremony -- The snake-antelope ceremony -- Lakon, Marawu, and Owaqlt -- The Ya Ya ceremony -- Part Four: The history: The lost white brother -- The coming of the Castillas -- The destruction of Awatovi -- Arrival of the Americans -- Westward march of empire -- The betrayal of Lololma -- A test of prophecy -- The split at Oraibi -- The imprisonment of Yukioma -- The Indian Reorganization Act -- The flag still flies -- Recommendations and prophecies -- Key to Hopi pronunciation  -- Glossary of Hopi words. Subjects: Hopi Indians; Hopi Indians--Folklore; Hopi Indians--Religion

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