"The teraphim are built according to the forms of men and this form is made [in such a way as] to receive the power of the superior [beings]." (from Idel, "Golem", from a 12th century discussion of biblical teraphim of Lavan.
Teraphim were household gods or domestic idols of the ancient cultures.
These small figures were in the form of men or gods. They were used for worship in the home.
The teraphim brought prosperity and good luck, though the practice was considered heathen.
Teraphim were called the "givers of prosperity," “guardians of comforts," "nourishers" by the Lares and Penates of the early Hebrews.
Some Teraphim were small and portable. They could be stowed away in the pack saddle of a camel, similar to the one the Rachel took. Others were life size. Some may have represented family members. Teraphim may be similar to golem.
This in-depth study, by Robert Zucker, gives an overview of how various cultures embedded the teraphim into the lives of its people. This section is part of a larger study, and developing software program, on the golem and its ties with Sefer Yetzirah and Qabalah.
Books on Teraphim
THIS 11 PAGE ARTICLE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE BOOK: The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy Part 3, OCCULTISM, by H. P. Blavatsky • Paperback: 12 pages. Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC; Pmplt edition (September 15, 2006) Language: English.
Occultism (The Secret Doctrine, Volume 3: The Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy) (Occultism) by Helene Petrovna Blavatsky (Author)
The Book Reader (1988) This massive study is an astonishing document. Blavatsky synthesizes science and spirituality into an exhilarating journey of spiritual awareness. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. This rare third volume of the Secret Doctrine (virtually impossible to find) completes the papers left by H. P. B. It is a complete course on Occultism! Nothing is left out. Almost 100 chapters. Partial contents: One Key to all Sacred Books; The ABC of Magic; Chaldean Oracles; The Book of Hermes; Three Ways Open to the Adept; Names are Symbols; Characters of the Bible; The Book of Enoch; Hermetic and Kabalistic Doctrines; Numbers and Magic; Occult Weapons; The Duty of the True Occultist; Two Eternal Principles; St. Paul the real founder of Christianity; Apollonius no Fiction; Biographies of Initiates; Kabalistic Readings of Gospels; Magic in Antioch; The Septenary Sephira; Seven Keys to all Allegories; The Mystery of the Sun; Magical Statutes; Masonry and Jesuits; Mysteries and Masonry; Egyptian Initiation; Root of Races; Celestial Wheels; Christian Star Worship; Defense of Astrology; The Seven Rays; Secret Books; Tibetan Prophecies; Swedenborg; Occult Secrecy; and much more! Blavatsky was an occult master. If you are a serious mystical student, you'll need this rare and illuminating book. Product Details: Paperback: 620 pages. Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC; Facsimile Ed edition (November 19, 1993). Language: English.
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