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Judika Illes is an independent scholar, educator, and author of several books of folklore, folkways, and mythology.
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Top Reviews Most jydika Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Illes presents a very comprehensive range of different spirits as the subtitle of the book suggests.
These topics encycolpedia but are not limited to explaining the realms of spirits, communicating with spirits, creating altars and shrines to the spirits, why spirits want to help us, how to care and feed spirits, etc. This alone is worth buying the book as it has some of the best information on the topic that is printed and presented in such a way that is readily understood by any reader.
A lot of the information within the entries are rare. I used this book as one of the references for a piece I wrote about Cybele in an anthology on goddesses and I was going insane trying to figure out where she was getting some of her information.
The information she provided was indeed correct, although obscure. On one hand, yes it would have been amazing og she listed all of her sources. But coming in at 1, pages it would be almost impossible to cite all of sources without adding a few hundred more pages.
Despite this, she still cites about sources in the Bibliography at the end of the book. Each spirit may have more or less categories within the reference just depending on what is known about the spirit and which culture it comes from. Priestess Auset Ra Amen: This is by far one of the most extensive books on spirits, demons, ghost, goddesses and genies from all over the world.
I keep this by my bedside as a quick reference guide, you can find everything from a beloved djinna spirits, to loa, orisha’s, palo, mermaid to madusa. I have other books on other spirits, demons and angels, but like I said this is the one kept at my bedside for easy reference. I was a bit torn on buying this, because I thought a lot of the same information on spirits encycloperia be found with a Google search, but it has turned out to be a very helpful resource for several reasons, and I frequently reference it.
It cannot jjdika easily replaced by Wikipedia, as many encyclopedias can.
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It strikes a good balance between detail and summary and avoids the pitfall of shoving each spirit into a convenient “God of War” or “Goddess of the Moon” even when they don’t quite fit – one of my biggest issues with similar encyclopedias.
The materials at the beginning of the book are incredibly helpful for anyone who views spirits as more than just mythological curiosities, anyone who is interested in honoring or engaging with them. This might be the most important distinguishing feature between this book and online encyclopedias. The author speaks at length about what spirits are, how to communicate with them and work with them, how to honor them and leave offerings, how to find spirit allies, potential dangers, etc.
This book goes much further than Pagan resources in explaining how exactly one might go about approaching and maintaining relationships with spirits, with clear and practical tips, but without being too strict about what methods one should use.
The advice is sound and flexible for a variety of spiritual paths. Generally, the author merely advocates for caution rather than drawing hard lines.
encyclpoedia As for the actual entries on the spirits, there are several advantages to just reading up on the spirits on Wikipedia. At the same time, it’s not just bullet points – there’s really valuable information included in each entry. The entries will give a warning when spirits have significant conflicts with each other and shouldn’t be honored side-by-side, and will mention if spirits are approachable and generally benevolent, powerful but volatile, or whatever else – stuff you’ll really want to know if you plan to honor or work with a spirit.
The kindle book can be easily searched for keywords or symbols without redundancy as there is on Google – each result will bring you to a illss deity rather than just the most popular spirit associated with a particular symbol, and there is an appendix which lists all the included spirits associated with earthquakes, fertility, librarians, snakes, and many other specialties.
As for accuracy – so far, this seems to be a reliable resource, though I’m not an expert by any means. There is occasional material that strikes me as UPG unverified personal gnosiswhich some may see encgclopedia a red flag, but also makes it more unique than many encyclopedias.
When it is included illles I’m familiar with the deities in question, encyclooedia seems in-line with the Necyclopedia that I’ve seen commonly appear in neopagan communities, so it’s not the author’s invention. This book is free of material that is “fluffy” or oversimplistic, which is good both of those are big red flags for me. For example, judoka many contemporary sources that reduce Freya to “Goddess of Love” and ignore her darker aspects, this book says she has “dominion over love, sex, fertility, magic, witchcraft, warcraft, death, pleasure, and glory,” and explains those associations and her traditional significance.
There are a few minor inconsistencies for example, for offerings to Odin it says he “eats only sacred meat; there’s little that’s material that you can give him” – but in other sources, mead and whiskey are frequently listed as suitable offerings – so you’ll want enctclopedia consult other sources if you’re serious about honoring a particular spirit – but I haven’t yet come across something that’s an atrocious misrepresentation.
However, there are some inconsistencies in formatting, omissions, and lack of organization that earn this only four stars. Inconsistencies in formatting – “origin” is usually included at the start of entries, but sometimes it isn’t.
Sometimes it will list “Greece” as the origin, and other times “Greek” – a nitpick, but if you’re searching the kindle book for “Greece” ikles try to find all the Greek entries, you’ll miss some, and that’s an issue. If spirits were organized by origin, it wouldn’t be, which is an organizational issue for me. There is an appendix for “Spirits and their Specialties,” which is useful, but I would really have appreciated an Appendix that included the spirits listed by origin or pantheon.
There have been several times I’ve really wanted that feature, and it wouldn’t have been that hard to encyclpedia. People with hard copies won’t even have the luxury of a search tool to round up all the mentioned deities of any given pantheon – that would be a huge pain when exploring pantheons!
As far as omissions go – another reviewer mentioned Ra, which is one of the most glaring omissions. Obviously you can’t include everyone, but big omissions make me spriits. If the pantheons were filled out a bit more, extra care given to consistency, and the organization fixed, this would be a five star book for me.
This book is massive, true encyclopedia by nature. Appears to be a great reference book. I wish I ille have given it more stars however I’m extremely disappointed with the Appendix section of all things. There are so many spirits in this book, I would have loved to seen them listed by type of spirit and it’s origin ie Fairy, Gnome, Genie, Hindu, Nordic etc. Instead they are categorized by the spirits specialities, which iloes helpful in itself but they could have done better by being more thorough.
The lack of detail on this section leads illew to believe I will find it throughout the book. One person found this helpful. See all reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: There’s a problem loading this menu right now.
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