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Numina ("presence", singular numen) is a Latin term for deity and conveys the sense of immanence, of the sacred spirit that informs places and objects in Roman religion. The multiplication of names for Italic gods may obscure this sense of numinous presence in all the mundane actions of the natural world. Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... Religion in ancient Rome combined several different cult practices and embraced more than a single set of beliefs. ... Numinous ( or ) is a term coined by Rudolf Otto to describe that which is wholly other. ...

The word numen is also used by sociologists to refer to the idea of magical power residing in an object, particular when writing about ideas in the western tradition. When used in this sense, numen is nearly synonymous with mana. However, some authors reserve use of mana for ideas about magic from Polynesia and southeast Asia. This article provides a list of noted sociologists and major contributors to sociology (even if they did not primarily work as sociologists): Contents: Top - A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z... An Object with magical properties, or the ability to enhance magical properties of the wielder. ... Mana is a traditional term that refers to a concept among the speakers of Oceanic languages, including Melanesians, Polynesians, and Micronesians. ... Mana is a traditional term that refers to a concept among the speakers of Oceanic languages, including Melanesians, Polynesians, and Micronesians. ... The Sorceress by John William Waterhouse Magic and sorcery are the influencing of events, objects, people and physical phenomena by mystical or paranormal means. ... Carving from the ridgepole of a Māori house, ca 1840 This article is about the wider region in the Pacific. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ...

Note that etymologically the Latin word numen originally and literally meant "nodding," but was also associated with meanings of "command" or "divine majesty."

References: "The Idea of the Holy" by Rudolf Otto. Rudolf Otto (September 25, 1869 - 6 March 1937) was an eminent German protestant theologian and scholar of comparative religion. ...

Similar cultural concepts

The concept of a life-energy inherent in all living beings seems to be a fairly universal archetype, and appears in numerous ancient religions and systems of metaphysics (in addition to having been borrowed by George Lucas's science-fiction films).

Analogies to numina in other societies include:

Also related are the philosophical concepts of: Polynesia (meaning many islands in Greek) is a triangular grouping of Central and South Pacific Ocean island archipelagos settled by seafaring voyagers from the original heartland in Tonga and Samoa. ... Mana is a traditional term that refers to a concept among the speakers of Oceanic languages, including Melanesians, Polynesians, and Micronesians. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Maban is a magical substance in Australian Aboriginal mythology. ... Egyptian mythology or Egyptian religion is the succession of tentative beliefs held by the people of Egypt for over three thousand years, prior to major exposure to Christianity and Islam. ... It has been suggested that Ab (Egyptian heart-soul concept) be merged into this article or section. ... The Oricoli bust of Zeus, King of the Gods, in the collection of the Vatican Museum. ... In Greek mythology, ichor (Greek ἰχώρ) is the mineral that is the Greek gods blood, sometimes said to have been present in ambrosia or nectar. ... Inuit mythology has many similarities to the religions of other polar regions. ... In Inuit mythology, Inua or Inuat refers to a sort of soul which exists in all people, animals, lakes, mountains and plants. ... In Inuit mythology, Silap Inua or Sila was, similar to mana or ether, the primary component of everything that exists; it is also the breath of life and the method of locomotion for any movement or change. ... The Lenape (also known as Lenni-Lenape, Leni-Lenape, Delaware Indians and Munsee) are a tribe of Native Americans. ... Manitou may refer to: Manitou, Oklahoma Manitou, Manitoba Manitou River (Ontario) Manitou, New York train station Manitou, the German-style board game This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Norse or Scandinavian mythology comprises the pre-Christian religion, beliefs and legends of the Scandinavian people, including those who settled on Iceland, where the written sources for Norse mythology were assembled. ... Seid (Old Norse: seiðr, sometimes anglicized as seidhr, seidh, seidr, seithr or seith) was a form of shamanism practised by pre-Christian Norse and arguably other Germanic cultures and continued in modern times by people who practice the reconstructionist beliefs of Ásatrú or heathenry. ... The mythology of the Yorùbá is sometimes claimed by its supporters to be one of the worlds oldest widely practised religions. ... In Yoruba mythology, Olodumare is a creative force that drove the establishment of existence and the entire universe. ... The Death of Socrates, by Jacques-Louis David (1787) depicts the philosopher Socrates carrying out his own execution. ...

Yin Yang symbol and Ba gua paved in a clearing outside of Nanning City, Guangxi province, China. ... QI, standing for Quite Interesting, is a comedy panel game television show hosted by Stephen Fry and shown on BBC Two and BBC Four. ... Taijitu This article is about the Chinese character. ... A blend of Confucianism, neo-Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto and Daoism Routledge encyclopedia Categories: Japan-related stubs ... Look up ki in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the continent. ... For other uses, see Alchemy (disambiguation). ... The aether (also spelled ether) is a substance concept, historically used in science and philosophy. ... The word quintessence is used in different fields: In physics, quintessence is a hypothetical form of energy postulated to exist as a possible explanation of observations of an accelerating universe. ... Hindu philosophy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Prana (, IAST: ) is a Sanskrit word meaning breath and refers to a vital, life-sustaining force of living beings and vital energy in natural processes of the universe. ... Islamic philosophy (الفلسفة الإسلامية) is a part of the Islamic studies, and is a longstanding attempt to create harmony between faith, reason or philosophy, and the religious teachings of Islam. ... Drawing from Quranic verses, virtually all Sufis distinguish Lataif-e-Sitta (The six subtleties), Nafs, Qalb, Sirr, Ruh, Khafi & Akhfa. ... Thelema is the English spelling of the Greek word Θελημα which means will or intention. ... Ethics (from the Ancient Greek ethikos, meaning arising from habit), a major branch of philosophy, is the study of value or quality. ... Had can have more than one meaning: Had, the past tense of have Had, an alternative for Hadit, the Thelemic version of an Egyptian god This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Look up will in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Popular Culture

  • In the novel Contact by Carl Sagan, the term 'numinous' comes up in a discussion between Ellen Arroway and Ken der Heer regarding the differences between science and religion.
  • In the original World of Darkness game system, 'numina' were minor psychic or magical abilities held by otherwise ordinary humans, as well as various supernatural powers used by other beings that didn't fall into a specific category.

Contact is a science fiction novel written by Carl Sagan and published in 1985. ... Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrobiologist, and highly successful science popularizer. ... The World of Darkness is the name given to two distinct fictional universes developed by White Wolf Game Studio. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
Ambient Visions Presents an Interview with Numina (4368 words)
Numina: Well, I was first introduced to M. Griffin while I was in Portland Oregon (home base for Hypnos) in 2002 for the Paul Ellis and Steve Roach show.
Aside from that, I didn't do much else as Numina as an ambient name had a bit of an established presence in the ambient community already, so I was fortunate to walk into that situation with my first official CD release.
The forthcoming Numina release "Eye of the Nautilus", which is confirmed to be on Hypnos, will probably be released in early 2005, a bit later than I had hoped for, but some current life situations have inhibited my musical productivity.
Numina - ParagonWiki (282 words)
Numina is an arch-hero, a Task Force organizer in Founders' Falls, one of the Surviving Eight and a member of the Freedom Phalanx.
Numina was born Tammy Arcanus, daughter of Tommy Arcanus of the Midnight Squad.
Numina's sidekick is Infernal although he has become a full-fledged hero in his own right as a member of the Vindicators.
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