1883 Victorian Antique Occult Book Witchcraft Egyptian Mythology Spiritualism For Sale
"Error's Chains: How Forged and Broken" 1883By:Frank S. DobbinsPublished: NY Standard Publishing House
Binding: This book measures 9.5" x 6.5" x 2.5". It is bound in gold cloth with gilt embossing and fully gilt page edges.
Description: "A complete, graphic, and comparative history of the many strange beliefs, superstitious practices, domestic peculiarities, sacred writings, systems of philosophy, legends and traditions, customs and habits of mankind throughout the world, ancient and modern."
This massive 777 page (+ index) esoteric tome provides thereader with a detailed account of worldwide superstitions, folklore, and mythology as seenfrom a Victorian viewpoint. It is heavilyillustrated with a beautiful etching onnearly every other page. Each of the 400+ illustrations provides an invaluable look at the supernatural world of the 1800's. It would be an invaluable addition to any occult library.
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CHAPTER I.THE WORLD'S FIRST WORSHIP.
Testimony of an old record and of language—Another witness: comparative religion—The story of the master thief—The story of Rhampsinitos—The story of the poor mason—The story of the shifty lad— Exodus of the nations
CHAPTER II.WHENCE CAME THE MANY GODS AND IDOLS
Sources of information—The transition—The first hymns and prayers—Where did idol-worship come from
CHAPTER III.SACRED AND HEATHEN TRADITIONS.
Traditions of Creation—Traditions of the Deluge—The Chaldean story—The Hindu tradition—The Chinese tradition—The Mexican legend—The Fiji-Islander's tradition—American Indian traditions— The Greek story—Chaldean story of the Tower of Babel—What has the Bible to say about idolatry?
CHAPTER IV.THE SUBJECT IN A NUTSHELL.Methods of grouping religions—Dead religions and living religions—Original religions and reformed religions—Dead religions—Living worships—The proposed treatment—A concise view—Parseeism —African religion—Western Europe—The Southern migration—Buddhism—China's religions— Shintoism in Japan—Mohammedanism—-Christianity's conquests
CHAPTER V.THE LAND OF THE SPHINX.Hidden history—The hieroglyphics—Some Egyptian gods—Animal worship- Mummies—The celebrated book of the dead—Egyptian worship
CHAPTER VI.WORSHIP OF THE CHALDEANS.The great Chaldean historian—Ruined monuments—A library of brick books— Manners and customs —The religion of Assyria—The supreme god, Ilu—The Assyrian triad—The gods of the planets—The great goddess Ishtar—The Genii of Assyria—Worship of the gods at Babylon
CHAPTER VII.IDOLATRY AMONG THE JEWS.The plagues and Egyptian idolatry—The golden calf—Baal-worship
CHAPTER VIII.THE GODS OF GREECE.Origin of the world and of the gods—The generations of the gods—Gods of the Grecians—Specimen stories from Greek mythology—Hermes and Apollo—The Lotus-eaters and the Cyclops—Hercules' twelve tasks—The Phidian Jupiter—Grecian temples and worship of Paul's day—The city crowded with idols—Diana of the Ephesians
CHAPTER IX.THE WORSHIP AND GODS OF ROME.
The Etruscan religion—The Sabellian religion—The gods of the Romans—Father Jove—The Matron goddess—The goddess of schools—The goddess of the hearth—Ceres and Liber—The gods of beginnings—Rome's lesser gods—The Roman empire,
CHAPTER X.OUR HEATHEN ANCESTORS.
Ancient Britain—The Druids—Wonderful resemblance—Worship of the Druids—Temple of the Hanging Stones—Human sacrifices—The destruction of Druidism—Who first brought Christianity to Britain—Paganism of the Saxons—Saxon gods—Saxon sacrifices—Fairy-lore of Western Europe—An Elfin Story—The penitent Nis—Nixes—The Peasant and the Waterman—The wonderful little pouch—Christianizing the Saxons
CHAPTER XI.BRAHMINISM AMONG THE HINDUS.
Sketch of Brahminism—The gods of Hinduism—Story of the Sages' search—Can the gods die?—Sects of Hinduism—Principles of Hinduism—Human beings killed in sacrifice—How Hinduism regards woman
CHAPTER XII.HINDU TEMPLES, IDOLS AND WORSHIP.
Idols and temples of Juggernaut—Kali, the Goddess of Blood—Temple Decorations—Benares—The sacred city of the Sikhs—Cave-temples of Elephanta and Gwalior—Ganesha, God of Wisdom—Pagodas—Hindu washings for sin—Hindu holy men, devotees and fakirs
CHAPTER XIII.HINDU SACRED BOOKS, FAIRY STORIES AND FIRESIDE TALES.
The Vedic hymns—The law-book of Manu—Degradation of women according to Manu'slaws—The burning of widows commanded by Manu—The god Vishnu made man—A Sanskit story-book—The story of the terrible bell—The story of the lion and the old hare—The story of the Brahmin and the pans—The story of the recluse and the mouse
CHAPTER XIV.SHINTOISM, THE NATURE-WORSHIP OF JAPAN.
The sacred books of Japan—Japanese story of creation—The emperors descended from the gods—The sun-goddess enticed from the cave—Shinto worship
CHAPTER XV.POPULAR GODS AND SHRINES OF SHINTOISM.The seven household gods—The sacred mountain—Shinto temples and gate-ways —The sacred shrines of Ise
CHAPTER XVI.THE DARK CONTINENT.African belief in a god or gods—Praying for rain—The Hottentots' god, Gounja- Gounja—The Bushmen's god—Zulu tradition of the origin of men—Good and bad spirits—The spirit in the insect—Fetich worship—A horrible fetich—Stanley and the Africans' fear of fetich—Witchcraft
CHAPTER XVII.THE "GREAT SPIRIT" OK AMERICA.The Indians of North America—The Great Spirit—Worship of ancestors—Indian legends—The "Song of Hiawatha"—Indian allegory of winter and spring—Alaskans' worship of evil spirits—Indian sun-worship—Amazon sun-worship—The Araucanians—Patagonia—The Aztecs—Ancient Aztec idol—The Incas
CHAPTER XVIII.IDOLATRY IN OCEANICA.The depraved condition of the Papuans—The pagan Polynesians—Traditionary origin of human priesthood—Polynesian notion of the sun and moon—The lire-god's song
CHAPTER XIX.THE KARENS AND THEIR TRADITIONS.The Karens not idolaters—Worship of Yuah—A singular tradition—The dog who ate the book—Funeral services—Mrs. Vinton's letter
CHAPTER XX.THE FIRE-WORSHIPERS.Zoroaster, the Prophet of Ormazd—Zoroaster's worship of one God—Ormazd and Ahriman—Finding of the Zend-Avesta—The Parsee Bible—Parsee worship
CHAPTER XXI.THE CHINESE PHILOSOPHER, LAO-TSZE.Chinese contrarieties and language—The three Chinese religions—The old boy The talisman of long life—The visit of Confucius to Lao-Tsze—The voyage in search of the talisman of long life
CHAPTER XXII.THE TAOIST SACRED BOOKS AND GODS.
The book of rewards and punishments—Some selections from the book of rewards and punishments—The book of secret blessings—The gods of the Taoists The god of letters—Charms—Kwan-te, God of War—Tsai-shin, the God of Riches—Taoist superstitions
CHAPTER XXIII.CONFUCIUS AND THE CLASSICS.
The background of the picture—The story of the sage's life—Teachings and writings of the Chinese sage—The wisdom of the sage
CHAPTER XXIV.CONFUCIAN TEMPLES AND WORSHIP
The worship of Shang-te, at Peking—Temple of Confucius—Examinations in the sacred books—Anecdotes of students—How Mencius's mother incited her son to study—How a tired student was led back to his studies—The little sage who hid fire to light his lamp—An example of a studious ancestor—The student with a round stick for a pillow
CHAPTER XXV.HOME-LIFE UNDER CONFUCIANISM.
Ceremony of turning the bridge-ladder—Worship of ancestors at a wedding—Mother, Goddess of Children—Teaching a child to worship idols—The story of Machu, Goddess of the Sailors
CHAPTER XXVI.BUDDHA, THE "LIGHT OF ASIA."
The story of Gautama, the founder of Buddhism—Gautama's four visions—The great renunciation—Gautama becomes an ascetic—The "Light of Asia" and the "Light of the World,"
CHAPTER XXVII.THE BUDDHIST BIBLE, THE "THREE BASKETS," AND ITS TEACHINGS.
The Buddhist way of salvation—What is Nirvana?—Buddhist morals—Some of the "footsteps of the law"—Buddhist beatitudes
CHAPTER XXVIII.THE GROWTH OF BUDDHISM—THE BUDDIST ORDER OF MENDICANTS.
The Sangha, or Buddhist Brotherhood—The initiation ceremony—Rules of the Order—Daily life of a monk—The three great Buddhist councils—Buddha-ghosha, the famous monk and missionary—The story of King Kakavanna—Buddhist courtesies of the present day
CHAPTER XXIX.BUDDHISM IN INDIA AND CEYLON.
The famous Topes—The great Sanchi Tope—Ceylonese Buddhism—The sacred Bo-tree of Ceylon—Reducing the Tripitaka to writing—Buddhaghosha in Ceylon—A Buddhist temple in Ceylon—The sacred Ceylonese books
CHAPTER XXX.BUDDHISM IN BURMAH.
The Shway-da-gong pagoda—The story of Shway-da-gong—Other pagodas— Worship of nats—A nat story—Superstitions of the Burmese—The funeral of a pongyee or monk
CHAPTER XXXI.BUDDHISM INSIAM.
The celebrated Wat Chang pagoda—Temple of the Emerald Idol—Worship of the white elephant—Ruins of the great temple of Nagkon Wat—Some other temples
CHAPTER XXXII.LAMAISM, THE BUDDHISM OF THIBET.
Sketch of the history of Lamaism—Monks and monasteries—Temple at Teshu Lumbo monastery—Services at the H'Lassa cathedral—Praying-wheels—The mystic sentence of Thibet—The incarnation of Buddha in the Grand Lama—The Lamaist Bible
CHAPTER XXXIII.FOISM, THE BUDDHISM OF CHINA.
Pagodas—Chinese Buddhist temples—The worship of Kwan-yin—The worship of Kum-Fa—Idols—The Temple of Horrors—Monasteries—A Monk's Monument—Chinese Buddhist Bonzes—Buddhist devotees—Ceremony of the Water-lamps—The Do-nothing sect of Reformed Buddhists—Booldo, the Buddhism of the Corens
CHAPTER XXXIV.JAPANESE BUDDHISM.
Bodhidharma in Japan—The Sun-child and his miraculous deliverance—Further history of Japan—Buddhist sects in Japan—The Protestants of Buddhism—Kwanon's Temple at Asakusa, Tokio—Temple of Shiba, in Tokio—Temple of five hundred gods—The casting of a Temple Bell—The Colossal Idol, the Kamkura Dai Butsu—Some Japanese gods—Japanese Festivals—Mount Fuji-Yama—Customs concerning birth, marriage and death—Some Japanese superstitions—Religion of the Aino-, ......... 656
Extent of Mohammedanism—The Arabian camel-driver who founded a great religion—The Prophet's youth and early manhood—Gabriel's message to Mohammed—The flight of Mohammed—Converts made at the sword's point—Mohammed's successors, the Caliphs—Caliph Omar—The Crusades—The writing of the Koran—The teaching of the Koran—Some selections from the Koran—Mohammed's Paradise—The Koran on the judgment
CHAPTER XXXVI.MOHAMMEDAN MOSQUES AND WORSHIP.
Worship in the Mosques—The dancing and howling Dervishes—The smart and smarting answer of a Dervish—Daily worship—The Mosque of St. Sophia—The Jummah Musjid at Delhi, India—The Taj Mahal, the "jewel of India"—Pilgrimages and festivals—Conclusion
CHAPTER XXXVII.WINNING THE WORLD TO THE WORSHIP OF THE ONE GOD.
Comparison of heathen religions and Christianity—Why shall we give Christianity to the world—A flight over the battle-field—Position of the Christian army
This book is in excellent condition with minor rubbing at corners and extremities. The binding is tight, all pages intact. It is a gold cloth covered hardback book with gold embossed decor and gilt page edges. There are no marks other than an inscription on the first page.
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