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-"[[The Origin of Calypso and Its Relationship to the Hebraic Mishnah]]"[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKKkRdY0dpc] ([[Fantasy Records|Fantasy]] EP 4051) is a recording by "[[Sholem Stein]]" and [[Henry Jacobs]] in which they ridiculed much of contemporary [[calypso]] scholarship.+The '''Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses''' is an 18th or 19th century magical text allegedly written by [[Moses]], and passed down as hidden (or lost) books of the [[Five Books of Moses]] or [[Pentateuch]]. A [[grimoire]], a text of magical incantations and seals, it purports to instruct the reader in the spells used to create the miracles portrayed in the [[Christian]] [[Bible]]. The work was printed with annexes or reputed Talmudic magic names, words and incantation, many taken from Christian biblical passages. It shows diagrams of "''Seals''": magical drawings accompanied by incantations intended to perform tasks from controlling weather or people, to contacting the dead or Christian religious figures. Copies have been traced to 18th century German pamphlets, but an 1849 printing, aided by the appearance of the popular press in the 19th century, spread copies through Germany and Northern Europe, to German immigrants in the United States, to the African American South and Caribbean, and Anglophone West Africa. It influenced European Occult [[Spiritualism]], as well as popular religious movements in the American South ([[Hoodoo (folk magic)|Hoodoo]]), the Caribbean ([[Rastafarian]]), and West Africa.
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-:"Mr. SHOLEM STEIN": The Mishnah? Are you familiar with the [[Mishnah]]?+
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-:Mr. JACOBS: Well, it's...+
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-:"Mr. STEIN": The Mishnah, one of the [[seven books of Moses]], you know.+
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-:Mr. JACOBS: Yes. Yeah.+
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-:"Mr. STEIN": Yes, it's the third book. There's a similar thing that doesn't refer to bananas, of course. Bananas were unknown in Jerusalem in the Old Testament times, you know, bananas. Plantains... +
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The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses is an 18th or 19th century magical text allegedly written by Moses, and passed down as hidden (or lost) books of the Five Books of Moses or Pentateuch. A grimoire, a text of magical incantations and seals, it purports to instruct the reader in the spells used to create the miracles portrayed in the Christian Bible. The work was printed with annexes or reputed Talmudic magic names, words and incantation, many taken from Christian biblical passages. It shows diagrams of "Seals": magical drawings accompanied by incantations intended to perform tasks from controlling weather or people, to contacting the dead or Christian religious figures. Copies have been traced to 18th century German pamphlets, but an 1849 printing, aided by the appearance of the popular press in the 19th century, spread copies through Germany and Northern Europe, to German immigrants in the United States, to the African American South and Caribbean, and Anglophone West Africa. It influenced European Occult Spiritualism, as well as popular religious movements in the American South (Hoodoo), the Caribbean (Rastafarian), and West Africa.



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