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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

Gurzil Dispels the Darkness (Libya)   Quick reference

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...

Bunker Hill, Battle of

Bunker Hill, Battle of   Reference library

Donald R. Lennon

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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...Hill, Battle of The battle of Bunker Hill, fought on 17 June 1775 , helped to dispel the British view that rebellious American colonists would flee when faced with British army professionals. After the engagements at Lexington and Concord, volunteer forces assembled around Boston, headquarters of the British army. Fearing that the British would fortify strategic locations adjoining the city, Boston's Committee of Safety on 16 June ordered New England troops into the Charlestown peninsula north of Boston, to fortify Bunker Hill. This promontory,...

Horus's Struggle with Set

Horus's Struggle with Set (Egypt)   Quick reference

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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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...

Summer Palace of Yiheyuan

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TzeHuey CHIOU-PENG

Berkshire Encyclopedia of China

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...up from the lakefront is the Longevity Hill (60 meters high), on which buildings cluster amidst a landscape designed with distinct features characteristic of Chinese classical gardens. Along a north-south axial line on the hill is the courtyard of a ceremonial hall (Cloud Dispelling Hall), followed by an imposing octagonal tower (Pavilion of Buddhist Incense) on a high platform, and a temple (Sea of Wisdom) wrapped in glazed ceramic tiles and miniature Buddhist images at the summit. Beyond these glittering architectural structures down the northern slope...

Indonesian and Malaysian mythology

Indonesian and Malaysian mythology   Reference library

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 ...

Fulbright, William

Fulbright, William (1905–1995)   Reference library

Jonathan A. Kolieb

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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...of the war in Vietnam, questioning its efficacy, legality, and morality. Beginning in 1966 , Fulbright held several televised committee hearings on U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. As Fulbright himself developed a healthy distrust of the executive, so, too, did he help dispel the often blind trust that Americans had had for their government—and most especially for their presidents—during the first few decades of the Cold War. A recurrent theme in Fulbright's six books was a warning against the hubris that so often leads to the downfall of great...

Russian American Food

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Darra Goldstein

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

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...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,...

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

North Atlantic Treaty Organization   Reference library

Trudie Eklund and Timothy J. Lynch

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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...When Joseph Stalin died in 1953 , the Allies became hopeful that the Soviet Union would become less militant, particularly after Stalin's successor, Nikita Khrushchev , criticized Stalin's dictatorship and accused him of escalating international tensions. Khrushchev quickly dispelled this optimism, particularly after he ordered a Soviet force into Hungary in 1956 to suppress a rebellion and maintain Communist rule. In 1957 , the USSR launched Sputnik, the first space satellite, signaling that they had begun the process of building long-range nuclear...

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