from which the hairs are plucked will die.
The blood of a she-ass will cure epilepsy. (STRACKERJAN, Vol. I, P. 84.)
As-Sayyahun: These are the pious travellers of Mohammedan mythology. They are
angels who scour the country with the intention of frequenting only those gatherings
where the name of Allah (God) is being repeated.
Assides: A plant in the country of Prester John. It not only protects the wearer from evil
spirits, but forces every spirit to tell its business. (BREWER, R.H.) cf. Tulsi, Chikuli,
Astarte: The Phoenician goddess of fertility and of sexual love. By the Classical nations
she was also regarded as a moon goddess. 1-fuman sacrifices were often offered to
her. (See FRAZER, Adonis, Attis and Osiris).
Asthma: Asthma can be cured by foam (q.v.) from a mule s mouth. (FRAZER, G.B.,
Vol. III, P, 23; Ethnologie du Bengale, p. 140).
Asto-vidatu: In Persian superstition it was a spirit who divided the bones at death.
Astraea: Class. Myth. Daughter of Zeus and Themis. She was a goddess of justice,
and was the last of the divinities to leave the earth at the end of the Golden Age. She
became the constellation Virgo.
Asur: Same as Ashur.
Asura: Hindu Myth. The word Asura was originally used as an epithet of the higher
gods; later, it became synonymous with an evil spirit or demon and an enemy of gods
or devas. The Asuras were created from the downward breathing of a Prajapati, and
had darkness and magic ascribed to them.
In the Rig Veda this was the name given to Varuna (q.v.); later, it denoted a ghostly and
demoniacal being of a lower order. (OTTO, Das Heilige, p. 153.)
Asvins: Vedic Myth. Two gods of dawn, twin brothers, young and beautiful, capable of
assuming any forms they chose, and said to be sons of a nymph. They are the physicians
of heaven and benefactors of mankind. cf. Dioscuri.
Asynjur: Norse Myth. They were the goddesses of Asgard (q.v.), associates of the AEsir
(q.v.) and distinguished from the Vanir (q.v.) goddesses.
Ataguchu: A Peruvian god who helped Apocatequil (q.v.).
Athanas: Gr. Myth. The mad paramour of Ino (q.v.) who slew Ino s two sons.
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