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Yii-Jan Lin

, first published in 1890. In the various myths and rituals he surveys, Frazer, James G. Frazer identifies a single theme—the dying and resurrecting god—as the shared narrative emblematic of humanity’s religious response to the natural world. The Golden Bough serves as a capstone to centuries of

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Steed Vernyl Davidson

where Ma Kilman, the devout Catholic shopkeeper, conjures the medicinal herbs and rituals for Philoctete’s healing. Ma Kilman represents the contradictions and heterogeneities of Caribbean spirituality because her discomfort in the required church wear shows how ill-fitting orthodox Catholicity

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Jaap Doedens

referred to in the Old Testament as well. 71 Yet, perhaps the term ‘gods’ was generally used in necromancy to indicate the gods who participated in the ritual which was performed to bring back the dead. 72 Much remains unclear in the description of these occult practices, and that would probably also

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Jaap Doedens

the Storm God as a dowry. 123 In Ugarit, a ritual 124 text was found about El fathering the gods Dawn and Dusk 125 with two women. 126 Interestingly, the appetite of the newborn ‘gracious gods’ is enormous, 127 which calls to mind the insatiable appetite of the giants in the Enochic tradition

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Kyle R. Hughes

impacting their own lived experiences. Marx-Wolf has demonstrated that what she calls “taxonomic discourses” were constructed not as mere intellectual exercises but as efforts to “demote and discredit other ritual experts” while seeking to “carve out new areas of influence and authority for themselves.” 146

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Kyle R. Hughes

in the Jewish and Greco-Roman World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). On problems with the term “religion” in antiquity, see James B. Rives, Religion in the Roman Empire (Malden, MA : Blackwell, 2007), 13–53. 83 Heidi Marx-Wolf, Spiritual Taxonomies and Ritual Authority: Platonists

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Bogdan Gabriel Bucur

Constantine’s order to destroy the shrine at Mamre, to banish all pagan practices deemed “sacrilegious abominations” and to build a church, led to a radical Christianization of the worship site. 74 Archaeology has turned up a fifth-century mold for stamping ritual cakes, with, on one side, the image of three

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Jaap Doedens

lord”. 61 In magic rituals, it refers to a substitute figurine for the person on whom the ritual is carried out. 62 It can also refer to ‘wraith’, ‘ghost’, the ‘double’ of a dead person. 63 Skinner suggests a derivation from this noun for ידון in Gen 6:3: “it would be still better if the verb

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Jaap Doedens

have referred to the sin of the fallen angels as known from the Enochic tradition. See Devorah Dimant, “4Q127: An Unknown Jewish Apocryphal Work?” in Pomegranates and Golden Bells: Studies in Biblical, Jewish, and Near Eastern Ritual, Law, and Literature in Honor of Jacob Milgrom , ed. David P. Wright