Mana

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Mana

Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue May 14, 2013 12:32 am

In anthropological discourse, mana as a generalized concept is often understood as a precursor to formal religion. It has commonly been interpreted as "the stuff of which magic is formed," as well as the substance of which souls are made.

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Melanesian mana is thought to be a sacred impersonal force existing in the universe. Mana can be in people, animals, plants and objects. Similar to the idea of efficacy, or luck, the Melanesians thought all success traced back to mana. Magic is a typical way to acquire or manipulate this luck.

Objects that have mana can change a person’s luck. Examples of such objects are charms or amulets. For instance if a prosperous hunter gave a charm that had mana to another person the prosperous hunter’s luck would go with it.

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Manitou are the spirit beings of Algonquian groups of Native Americans. Manitou is similar to the East Asian qi, the Hindu Brahman or the Japanese kami. This spirit is seen as a contactable person as well as a concept. Everything has its own manitou—every plant, every stone, even machines.

Manna (Hebrew: מָ‏ן‎) or al-Mann wa al-Salwa (Arabic: المَنّ و السلوى‎, Kurdish: gezo, Persian: گزانگبین‎), sometimes or archaically spelled mana, is an edible substance that, according to Abrahamic doctrine, God provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert according to the Bible and the Qur'an.

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Re: Mana

Postby trilobyte » Tue May 14, 2013 7:12 am

I haven't played games in a while, but I think mana was the stuff in the blue bottle in Diablo II, you need it to cast spells and without it you're pretty well fucked on the higher levels. And don't forget Lucas' derivative, the force.
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Re: Mana

Postby unjonharley » Tue May 14, 2013 8:19 am

Mana in the bible is bug shit plan and simple.. A swarm of bugs drop there waste from there nest the same as bats.. Insect shit is eatable.
I'll eat my grass and seeds, thank you

Two billion people dine on insects as normal food..
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Re: Mana

Postby FIGJAM » Tue May 14, 2013 8:26 am

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Re: Mana

Postby A-RockLeFrench » Tue May 14, 2013 8:59 am

One theory concerning the Hebrews extended vacation in the desert was that the Ark of The Covenant was actually ET technology that produced chlorella, which the Jews called Manna and subsisted on... Or cosmic energy emitted from the sun...

Magic The Gathering anyone?
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Re: Mana

Postby unjonharley » Tue May 14, 2013 9:11 am

A-RockLeFrench wrote:One theory concerning the Hebrews extended vacation in the desert was that the Ark of The Covenant was actually ET technology that produced chlorella, which the Jews called Manna and subsisted on... Or cosmic energy emitted from the sun...

Magic The Gathering anyone?


They were lead to eat the bug shit before the actual contact with ET.. When Mo got himself fried from radiation.
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Re: Mana

Postby A-RockLeFrench » Tue May 14, 2013 10:37 am

Lead by whom? Or was it all part of the bug shit plan?
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Re: Mana

Postby unjonharley » Tue May 14, 2013 11:45 am

A-RockLeFrench wrote:Lead by whom? Or was it all part of the bug shit plan?


Big ass cloud in the day time.. Fire in the sky at night.. The drugs were just as good then as now.. Wound why ET stopped talking after BC.. They run out of stuff to plagiarize and spin?
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Re: Mana

Postby Simon of the Playa » Wed May 15, 2013 3:10 pm

what need i of manna from heaven when i have all here on earth?
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Re: Mana

Postby ygmir » Wed May 15, 2013 5:30 pm

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Re: Mana

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri May 17, 2013 9:11 am

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