Thursday, 13. April 2006
Each world religion or tradition seems to have its own idea of what is considered evil. In some cases, these ideas are similar if not identical, whereas in other cases, these ideas are almost as complete opposites.
When you begin to look within religions, you find many, many interpretations of what evil is and how it came to be in the world. Religions that have an omnipotent God, such as Judaism and Christianity, have some of the most elaborate constructions for the existence of evil, while religions such as Hinduism tend to have gods and goddesses with both positive and negative aspects. Native Americans personify the destructive qualities of nature, such as the whirlwind.
This page is a study in world perceptions of "evil." Thoughout these pages, you'll find descriptions of different "demons." I realize that some of these "demons" can be considered gods or mythological beings. I've chosen those I found to demonstrate the trickster archetype or have been described as possessing "evil" traits in a predominent belief system.
|Asmodeus, also known as Ashmadia, most likely originated from the Persian Aeshma-deva ("demon of wrath"). |
The apocryphal Book of Tobit describes an instance where Raguel's daughter, Sarah, was tormented by the demon. She was married to seven times, each time the Asmodeus killed off the husband before they could have intercourse. Sarah, was about to hang herself in grief, but decided against it after thinking about the shame it would cause her father. She then prayed to God for death ...
by Krista Baker. (English)
Good vs Evil, God vs Satan, Angels vs Demons
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Classic Celtic Art for the 21st Century
Answers to the questions you didn't even know to ask. For example, did you know that The Book of Kells was written and decorated not by one hand, but several? Scholars have detected the work of at least three different artists, who may or may not have been the calligraphers as well.
Learn all about the fundamental elements of Celtic Art: knotwork, spirals, zoomorphics and key patterns.
From the 6th through the 8th century, monasteries became great centers of learning and Ireland was in its Golden Age. Learn more about the monks and their artwork.
|For over a millennium, the intricate knotwork and minute decoration of Celtic art and calligraphy have enchanted the world.|
In constructing new pieces I utilize ancient elements such as knotwork and spirals while integrating my own original illuminations and artwork to create new designs. Celtic calligraphic art has retained all of its elegance and communicative power into the modern age, and remains as useful and vital today as it was over a thousand years ago.
Michael Carroll Celtic Design
Classic Celtic Art for the 21st Century. (English)
Stuti Mandal - Sanskrit Poetry
Salutations to Vishnu
I bow my head to Vishnu, adorned with a conch-shell, a chakra, a diamond studded ear ornament, a yellow silken robe, a pair of lotus-like eyes, a garland studded with Kaustubh, with four arms, and a mark of Lakshmi at chest. ||1||
I sing chants of Vishnu, Who is beyond the scope of this world and everything separate from this world, Who is beyond sun, who is complete bliss and happiness, Who witnesses everything, Who is beyond darkness, and Who is abode of this universe. ||2||
Poet: Ved Vyasa
Source: Vishnu Sahasranama
Celestial system of Eulogies
Sanskrit Poetry. (Sanskrit & English)
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