Description : Ritual trance has always been closely associated with music—but why, and how? Gilbert Rouget offers and extended analysis of music and trance, concluding that no universal law can explain the relations between music and trance; they vary greatly and depend on the system of meaning of their cultural context. Rouget rigorously examines a worldwide corpus of data from ethnographic literature, but he also draws on the Bible, his own fieldwork in West Africa, and the writings of Plato, Ghazzali, and Rousseau. To organize this immense store of information, he develops a typology of trance based on symbolism and external manifestations. He outlines the fundamental distinctions between trance and ecstasy, shamanism and spirit possession, and communal and emotional trance. Music is analyzed in terms of performers, practices, instruments, and associations with dance. Each kind of trance draws strength from music in different ways at different points in a ritual, Rouget concludes. In possession trance, music induces the adept to identify himself with his deity and allows him to express this identification through dance. Forcefully rejecting pseudo-science and reductionism, Rouget demystifies the so-called theory of the neurophysiological effects of drumming on trance. He concludes that music's physiological and emotional effects are inseparable from patterns of collective representations and behavior, and that music and trance are linked in as many ways as there are cultural structures.
Description : Answers to commonly asked questions and to questions you did not even know you had about hypnosis. Here is a list of some of the questions covered in this book. What is hypnosis? Can a sleeping person be hypnotized? Can someone be hypnotized to rob a bank? Can hypnosis be used to uncover the truth? Can the hypnotist create a false memory in my head? Can hypnosis help me to forget someone?
Description : A full color eBook with 49 color illustrations. Eating is something you do a few times each day, so there is no way to avoid it. You must be able to think about eating in a way that is beneficial. Cutout diets and gimmicks don’t do this. Only a journey into the depths of the philosophy of eating can change the way you think about food, eating, and your life. This book introduces you to the valuable concepts about the philosophy of eating. It will equip you to make good decisions about what to eat based on sound reasoning that reflects your values. If you want to eat real food, you will still need to hunt for it. You will learn what constitutes good food and what makes bad food, which will help you avoid buying anti-bogeyman products and foods stripped of a single nutrient. With knowledge, you can break the trance of the food empire and its addictive elements to find the real food your body needs. You will learn how to identify this real food and, just as important, you’ll understand why you should eat it. Addiction is one of the root causes of obesity in America. Huge drinks and massive portions of food have contributed significantly to this addiction and obesity. The big food and chemical industries are distorted by greed and money. At the same time, the media distort health news according to who is paying for it and who is buying it. You will learn how to eat for the gratifying sense of having eaten a great meal rather than for the release of chemicals associated with eating. The most important thing you will learn to do is reach and maintain your ideal weight for the rest of your life. I have proposed a series of simple changes you can make over a two- to three- year period that reflect a gradual merging of your values with the way you live your life. You will learn to change your philosophy of eating.
Description : People talk about love at first sight, about the way that men and women fall for each other immediately, but there is also such a thing as friendship at first sight. Luke moves to Paris with the idea of writing a novel but things get in the way. He becomes friends with a fellow expatriate, Alex; then he falls in love with Nicole. Alex meets Sahra, and the two couples form an intimacy that changes their lives. As they discover the clubs and cafés of the eleventh arrondissement, the four become inseparable, united by deeply held convictions about dating strategies, tunneling in P.O.W. films, and, crucially, the role of the Styrofoam cup in action movies. Experiencing the exhilarating highs of Ecstasy and sex, they reach a peak of rapture-the comedown from which is unexpected and devastating. In this book, Geoff Dyer fixes a dream of happiness-and its aftermath-with photographic precision. Boldly erotic and hauntingly elegiac, comic and romantic, Paris Trance confirms Dyer as one of England's most original and talented writers.
Description : In Stambeli, Richard C. Jankowsky presents a vivid ethnographic account of the healing trance music created by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Stambeli music calls upon an elaborate pantheon of sub-Saharan spirits and North African Muslim saints to heal humans through ritualized trance. Based on nearly two years of participation in the musical, ritual, and social worlds of stambeli musicians, Jankowsky’s study explores the way the music evokes the cross-cultural, migratory past of its originators and their encounters with the Arab-Islamic world in which they found themselves. Stambeli, Jankowsky avers, is thoroughly marked by a sense of otherness—the healing spirits, the founding musicians, and the instruments mostly come from outside Tunisia—which creates a unique space for profoundly meaningful interactions between sub-Saharan and North African people, beliefs, histories, and aesthetics. Part ethnography, part history of the complex relationship between Tunisia’s Arab and sub-Saharan populations, Stambeli will be welcomed by scholars and students of ethnomusicology, anthropology, African studies, and religion.
Description : The battle of Wounded Knee in 1890 was actually a massacre of a group of Native American Lakota who were carrying a flag of peace. Students will discover in this book the events leading up to and after that horrible event. They'll read eyewitness accounts of those events as well as descriptions of the shooting that erupted by some who were there at Wounded Knee. Also included is information about the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 and the Siege at Wounded Knee in 1973. Review questions appear throughout the book to reinforce what students have studied. Also included are suggestions for further study, using the internet and multiple intelligence activities. A complete answer key is provided. This book will help students better understand the tragic history of Native Americans and hopefully make them want to investigate further to find out more about not only the Lakota, but other tribes as well.
Description : The ability to move from the ordinary into an altered state of consciousness is one of the most valuable skills in both magic and religion. From the ceremonial magician to the shaman, using trance work to explore inner realms is essential to the magical process of healing, transcendence, and wisdom desired throughout diverse occult and spiritual traditions. Trance-Portation offers a comprehensive and multi-spirited way to enter the inner realm. Blending the modern world with the ancient arts, Trance-Portation’s first three chapters, Travel Planning, Crossing the Threshold, and Getting Started, offer preparatory suggestions including meditations and relaxations, breathing, warding, shifting gears, and returning. Drawing on examples from varied traditions, from Western Mystery to Native American, Ancient Celtic to Eastern Mysticism, and peppered with folk lore and tales from popular science fiction stories, Trance-Portation explores spiritual journey work extensively, offering readers the chance to find their own ways into the inner realm, encounter their own guides and fellow travelers, and create divine relationships with the deities and gods and goddesses that they meet.
Description : A friendly and brief guide to the essentials of hypnosis. Popular author Bill O’Hanlon offers an inviting and reassuring guide to the essentials of hypnosis, alleviating the newcomer’s anxieties about how to make the most of this clinical tool. This brief book illustrates the benefits of solution-oriented hypnosis, which draws on the work of the pioneering therapist Milton Erickson (with whom O’Hanlon studied) and emphasizes doing what is needed to get results—which, more often than not, means trusting that the client holds within him- or herself answers or knowledge that need only be tapped or released by the therapist. O’Hanlon covers the key aspects of hypnosis, including: using possibility words and phrases; using passive language; and inducing trance. O’Hanlon offers practical tips and friendly encouragement for the novice hypnotherapist—in his characteristic warm, reassuring, and humorous style.
Description : The Chronological Study Bible presents the text of the New International Version in chronological order - the order in which the events actually happened - with notes, articles, and full-color graphics that connect the reader to the history and culture of Bible times and gives the reader a dramatic, "you are there" experience. Features include full-color illustrations of places, artifacts, and cultural phenomena, contextual articles that connect Biblical times and world history and culture, daily life notes, time panels and charts that show the flow of Biblical history, and in-text and full-color maps. Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles Chronological Study Bibles sold to date: More than 400,000 Thomas Nelson Bibles is a proud supporter of World Vision in eradicating poverty and preventable deaths among children. Learn more and discover what you can do at www.seegodswordinaction.com.