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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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...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,...

Javanese Mythology

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A Dictionary of Asian Mythology

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...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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...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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... 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 ...

Gayā-Kāśyapa

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The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

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...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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... 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...

RAINBOW, ‘crossing out’

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A Dictionary of Superstitions

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..., ‘crossing out’ 1858 DENHAM North of England ( 1895 , 58) When a schoolboy I recollect that we were wont, on the appearance of a rainbow, to place a couple of straws or twigs on the ground in the form of a +, in order to dispel the sign in the heavens, or, as we termed it, to ‘cross out the rainbow’. 1890 N & Q 7th ser. X 366. You can cross them out … make them go away by making a cross on the ground, like what Christ's cross was … We used to do it when we were children; but I don't do it now. I'm afraid it's wicked. 1948 E. & M. A. RADFORD ...

CRAMP BONE

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A Dictionary of Superstitions

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...touched the ground or its virtue is lost. 1914 Folklore 367 [Kent] A knucklebone of mutton carried in the pocket cures or prevents cramp. 1968 A. FRANCIS Guinea a Box 24 [Curbridge, Oxon., 1920s] Patellas of sheep or lambs were placed by the credulous under pillows to dispel muscular...

CORPSE'S HAND cures

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A Dictionary of Superstitions

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...her Neck of a Considerable Size … made Tryal of [a hand] of one that was hang'd, after which it abated gradually, and is now sunk to less than half its Primitive Bigness. 1787 GROSE Provincial Glossary Superstitions 56. A dead man's hand is supposed to have the quality of dispelling tumours, such as wens, or swelled glands, by stroking with it, nine times, the place affected. It seems as if the hand of a person dying a violent death was deemed particularly efficacious; as it very frequently happens, that nurses bring children to be stroked with the hands...

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