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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

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(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

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A Dictionary of African Mythology

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2002

...Dispels the Darkness (Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, and a dispeller of darkness. In his solar aspect, he was identified with the two-horned Carthaginian Baal Hammon. He was not a major deity of cultivation or fertility, but rather a god of prophecy, a seer whose associations were with the departed, and whose—at times—enthroned, faceless mass appeared to represent the image of the deceased in a seated posture,...

albariño

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The Diner’s Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013

...which means literally in Spanish ‘white (wine) from the Rhine’. It was probably brought to Spain in the twelfth century by Cluniac monks, and may well be a clone of the riesling grape. Its fresh, fragrant style helped considerably towards the end of the twentieth century in dispelling the negative image of Spanish white wines as heavy, over-oaked, and often...

Javanese Mythology

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A Dictionary of Asian Mythology

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2002

...feeds her family by magic, placing one grain of rice in the pot each day that produces more than ample food, but she does so only on the condition that her husband not look into the pot. Of course, when she is away one day he does look into the pot and the magic is immediately dispelled, making it necessary for the family to use rice supplies like everyone else. Disappointed in her husband, the bidadari finds her winged garment and flies off to the other...

Horus's Struggle with Set

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A Dictionary of African Mythology

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2002

...of the forms of Horus, representing as he does that form of Heru-Behutet that prevailed in the southern heavens at midday, typifying the greatest power of the heat of the sun. It was under this form that Horus waged war against Set (Typhon). Heru-Behutet is the power that dispels darkness and night, drives away clouds, rain, and storms, and fills heaven and the world with his brilliance and light. He created himself, renews his birth daily, year by year performs his course in the heavens, bringing in his train the seasons and their proper produce. He is...

Mithra

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A Dictionary of World Mythology

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2003

... West Asia Of all the celestial beings ruling over the earth he was the most popular with the Persians, who represented him as the son of Ahura Mazdah. He was the light that preceded the sun when it rose, the one who dispelled darkness; and from his penetrating gaze could nothing be hidden. Mithra was aware of every happening, no matter how insignificant each might appear. In pre-Zoroastrian times Mithra and Ahura were most likely twin sky gods, looked upon as payu-thworeshtara , ‘the two creator-preservers’ of the cosmic order. Later theological...

Indonesian and Malaysian mythology

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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

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...feeds her family by magic, placing one grain of rice in the pot each day, which produces more than ample food, but she does so only on condition that her husband not look in the pot. Of course, when she is away one day he does look into the pot, and the magic is immediately dispelled, making it necessary for the family to use rice supplies like everyone else. Disappointed in her husband, the bidadari finds her winged garment and flies off to the other world. In another folk myth, of the central Celebes in Indonesia, the people of Poso tell how the ...

Russian American Food

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Darra Goldstein

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2 ed.)

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2013

...of a bland, heavy diet, the result of seventy years of Soviet rule when food was scarce and cooking rudimentary. Americans who traveled to Russia during the Soviet era invariably returned with stories of bad food and even worse service, and this impression has not easily been dispelled. Even so, Americans continue to enjoy the borscht, blini, caviar, and vodka with which Russian cuisine is still most closely identified in this country. [ See also Cabbage ; Jewish American Food ; Vodka .] Bibliography Goldstein, Darra . A Taste of Russia , 2d ed. Montpelier,...

Borage

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The Oxford Book of Health Foods

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2009

...They turn pink on contact with acids (lemon juice or vinegar). The flowers are also made into a syrup, or candied as cake decorations. Claims and folklore Borage has been part of European herbal medicine for centuries – the leaves and flowers steeped in wine were once said to dispel ‘melancholy’. It has also been suggested that extracts: give relief to symptoms of rheumatism, colds, and bronchitis; can induce sweating and diuresis; increase breast milk production in women; act as a remedy in breast cancer and facial cancer; and improve dry skin conditions....

Gayā-Kāśyapa

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The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

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2017

...the Buddha performed numerous magical feats to demonstrate his mastery of iddhi (S. ṛddhi ), including subduing a fire serpent ( nāga ) without being burned, a scene depicted in Indian rock carvings. Using his ability to read Uruvilvā-Kāśyapa’s mind, the Buddha was able to dispel his view that he was an arahant and converted him and his disciples. As part of their conversion, they shaved off their long locks and threw them in the river. When Uruvilvā-Kāśyapa’s younger brothers Gayā-Kāśyapa and Nadī-Kāśyapa saw all the hair floating downstream, they came...

LIZARD cures

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A Dictionary of Superstitions

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2003
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Society and culture, Customs and Traditions
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... cures ad 77 PLINY Natural History XXX xxx ( 1856 , V 456) A green lizard, enclosed alive in a vessel … and worn as an amulet; a method, it is said, by which recurrent fevers are often dispelled. 1873 N & Q 4th ser. XII 468–9 [Ireland] The person … takes the lizard … in his hand, licks the creature all over—head, feet, belly, legs, sides, tail; and the tongue of the person … is said to possess the power, ever afterwards, of taking the sting and pain out of a burn. Cf. FROG'S EYES ; TOAD OR FROG cures...

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