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These pages offer definitions 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. Those followed by the hyperlinked word “Amazon”are available at the internet bookstore If you click on it, you will be jumped to their site, where, if you wish, you may purchase the book. Then, to return here, please click on your browser's BACK button. (For information about our relationship with, please visit our Bookstore page.)

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (Harper) - if you like dictionaries, you need this (Amazon)
Bulfinch's Mythology (Dell) - a classic source (Amazon)
The Complete Illustrated Book of Psychic Sciences (Doubleday) - from astrology to palmistry (Amazon)
Dictionary of All Scriptures and Myths (Julian Press) - a favorite of ours (Amazon)
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 (Amazon)
Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience (Grange Books) - good, recent stuff
The Encyclopedia of Mythology (Hermes House) - A nicely illustrated “Who's Who” in Classical, Norse, and Celtic mythology (Amazon)
Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience (Grange Books) - good, recent stuff
The Five Gospels (Macmillan)- what scholars think Jesus really said (Amazon)
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! (Amazon)
Great Women of India (Advaita Ashrama) - as its name says
Harper's Bible Dictionary (Harper) - thorough
The Hebrew Scriptures (Oxford)- the more you know the more you know (Amazon)
Harper's Bible Dictionary (Harper) - thorough
The Jesus Mysteries (Three Rivers Press)- explores alternative explanations for who/what Jesus was (Amazon)
Lost Scriptures (Oxford) - the books that did not make it into the New Testament (Amazon)
Martyrs & Miracles (The Inspiring Lives of Saints and Martyrs) - very nice
Pocket Catholic Dictionary (Image) - the view from RomeOh, look, another word!
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 (Amazon)
Who Wrote The Bible (HarperCollins)- be prepared for some surprises (Amazon)
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! (Amazon)

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