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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1St Edition edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061350249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061350245
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Judika Illes is an independent scholar, educator, and author of several books of folklore, folkways, and mythology. Judika is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a certification in therapeutic aromatherapy from the Australasian College of Herbal Studies. Her books include Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells, Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches, and The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal (published under the name Judith Joyce).


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When I was six, my older sister brought home a deck of tarot cards. I took one look at them and fell in love. Around the same time, I heard (and loved) the Rolling Stones' version of Benny Spellman's song "Fortune Teller." Either or both of those experiences may have been what started my career. I have been a student of metaphysics and the magical arts ever since.



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It is a heavy book and well worth the postage.
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If your like me the first thing your going to do is flip through the book.
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Great book - full of interesting and useful information.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
"Here's an open secret: spirits do more than pervade literature, advertising, games, myths, and movies. They also walk among us. Some may find that statement shocking or surprising, ludicrous or laughably absurd, but for many people, all over Earth, coming from all walks of life, unconventional and conventional alike, it's a statement of basic, obvious fact." - From the Encyclopedia of Spirits

Quick: What do the following have in common?

* Wednesday
* Lyon (city in France)
* Versace
* Yu-Gi-Oh!
* Santa Claus
* Babalu (Desi Arnaz's trademark song)
* Maneki Neko (Japanese beckoning cat)
* Nike
* Hell (Hel)
* Orpheus
* Swan Lake
* Jupiter
* Mermaids

All of the above are spirits, named for a spirit, or filled with references to deities. The world of spirits--gods, goddesses, fairies, genies, ghosts, patron saints, dragons, demons, orishas, Djinn, devas, genies, and so on--permeate everything around us.

From planet names to corporate emblems, literature to all manner of song, the world of spirit (and spiritual references) are literally everywhere.

Renowned independent scholar and researcher extraordinaire, author Judika Illes has created yet another comprehensive and utterly fascinating tome with her newest book The Encyclopedia of Spirits.

At 1056 pages, the Encyclopedia of Spirits serves as menu or a roadmap, a handy reference or a creator's muse, a spiritual phone book or a recipe box for wish fulfillment. Truly, this engaging, informative compendium encompasses all these uses for those seeking to meet, converse, or collaborate with spirits, as well as individuals wanting to investigate, learn, or draw inspiration from the spirit world.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Buchanan on June 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Once again Judika Illes has really done her homework and managed to cram a lifetime of research into easily digestible portions. This book is packed full of fascinating information on well known characters from myth and legend as well as introducing the new and not so well known. The cross references and connections made through out the book weave a tapestry that is both informative and enlightening. I would have appreciated the addition of phonetic pronunciations of these names.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. I. Campbell on August 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
...or did no one else have Ra in their encyclopedia? I looked through the "R" section several times and even went to the Horus and Sekhmet entries hoping to find a "see also" for Ra. Even under sun spirits in the back there was no mention of Ra. I had to take off a couple of stars for that. Quite disappointing. Now if I'm wrong please someone let me know. But until then, three stars.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jim mad!!! on February 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
once again a good written book from ms illes...and i only gave 4 stars cause i found some mistakes at a mythological side[ex.Athena never got married to hephestus or gave birth!!thats why the greeks call her the Virgin Goddess,Aphrodite was the one that married Hephestus and Not Aris.....] that the writter should have not made..hopfully she will fix it somehow.but still i do believe that Judika makes a wonderfull job and for my pagan studies i always refer to her books.Blessings...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't sure at first about buying this book, but it has proved itself a useful tool as a starting point for an investigation into a God, Goddess, or other kind of spirit. Of course, it doesn't cover every single one and it doesn't cover them in depth, but it paves the way for deeper and more involved research. But then, if you were going to cover all spirits around the world and throughout history in any kind of detail then this would not only be the work of a lifetime, but end up being a collection of books that would fill a very large shelf.

I wouldn't recommend going no farther than this book if you are seriously looking into a God, Goddess, Faery, or any other entity, but it gives enough info that you can decide if you want to explore more. It would probably be a great gift for a trainee or someone who is just beginning to figure out what sort of pantheon or path they want to work with.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marlane E. Shirey on May 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book, full of information for those who search for specific information about the unknown.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bess1491 on January 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book, filled with so much useful information. Contains Likes, dislikes, color/element/zodiac associations, fav foods/drinks, general info and more of the spirits/demons, faeries, ghost, genies, gods, and goddesses mentioned in this book. I am very pleased with my purchase. :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ko on January 21, 2012
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The Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses is very thorough, and the author shows experience in her knowledge of the spiritual, along with her fun wit, which makes this book anything but dull. She also duly expresses that this book, thick though it may be, is only a GLIMPSE into the spiritual world, and encourages further research. Not only has it been a guiding light for my journey to acquaint myself to spirits, it has also been a fun read and keeps me preoccupied late into the night. I plan to purchase many more books from Judika Illes.
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