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Our definitions pages are intended to help visitors to this site understand what we think we are saying. They are not exactly Huh? What'd he say?dictionary or encyclopedia definitions, although some of it will be drawn from those sources, but rather explanations of what we mean by certain words.

We gather the information for the definitions that appear on our “Definitions” pages from a variety of sources, including the usual dictionaries, encyclopedias, and almanacs found in any public library, to which we add our own experience and common sense.

Some of our sources may be less commonly held by smaller public libraries, and we list them here.

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Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (Harper) — if you like dictionaries, you need this.
Bulfinch’s Mythology (Dell) — a classic source.
The Complete Illustrated Book of Psychic Sciences (Doubleday) — from astrology to palmistry.
Dictionary of All Scriptures and Myths (Julian Press) — a favorite of ours.
The Dictionary of Bible and Religion (Abingdon) — very thorough.
Dictionary of Symbolism (Meridian) — from A to Z, interesting stuff.
The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion (Shambhala) — this is a must have.
The Encyclopedia of Mythology (Hermes House) — A nicely illustrated “Who’s Who” in Classical, Norse, and Celtic mythology.
Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience (Grange Books) — good, recent stuff.
The Five Gospels (Macmillan) — what scholars think Jesus really said.
Great Women of India (Advaita Ashrama) — as its name says.
The Handy Religion Answer Book (Visible Ink) — precisely what its name suggests, only more so!
Harper’s Bible Dictionary (Harper) — thorough.
The Hebrew Scriptures (Oxford)— the more you know the more you know.
The Jesus Mysteries (Three Rivers Press) — explores alternative explanations for who/what Jesus was.
Lost Scriptures (Oxford) — the books that did not make it into the New Testament.
Martyrs & Miracles (The Inspiring Lives of Saints and Martyrs) — very nice.
Pocket Catholic Dictionary (Image) — the view from Rome.
Pocket Dictionary of Saints (Image) — most of those recognized by Roman Catholicism.
Religious Traditions of The World (HarperCollins) — a nice overview.
Sacred Texts of The World (Crossroad) — a brief overview, well presented.
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible (Nelson) — exhaustive is the word.
The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Harper) — excellent, for men too.
Who Wrote The Bible (HarperCollins) — be prepared for some surprises.
Who’s Who in The Bible (Philosophical Library) — as its name says.
Women Saints East and West (Vedanta Press) — just what its title says.
World Christain Encyclopedia (Oxford) — too much stuff.
The World’s Wisdom (HarperCollins) — Wow!

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