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Old 26-11-2012, 08:13 PM   #305
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There are a number of oracular traditions within the Himalaya of which the Nechung is but one. The word "oracle" is used by Tibetans to refer to the spirit, deity, or entity that temporarily (or various styles of periodic or ongoing possession depending on the tradition) possesses enters those men and women who act as media between the phenomenal natural world and the subtle spiritual realms. These media are, therefore, known as kuten, which literally means, "the physical basis". Post-possession the medium may require protracted convalescence...
The word oracle comes from the Latin verb ōrāre "to speak" and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction. In extended use, oracle may also refer to the site of the oracle, and to the oracular utterances themselves, called khrēsmoi (χρησμοί) in Greek...In Greece the old oracles were devoted to the Mother Goddess. At the oracle of Dodona she will be called Diōnē... Only the Delphic Oracle was a female; all others were male. Python, daughter (or son) of Gaia was the earth dragon of Delphi represented as a serpent. In Celtic polytheism, divination was performed by the priestly caste, either the druids or the vates. In the context of Judaism the Urim and Thummim breastplate. In Norse mythology, Odin took the severed head of the mythical god Mimir to Asgard for consultation as an oracle... Oracles played key roles in many of the major incidents of the epics Mahabharata and Ra ma yana.

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