Download E-books Myth and Philosophy from the Presocratics to Plato PDF

By Kathryn A. Morgan

This booklet explores the advanced dating among fantasy and philosophy in writings through Greek intellectuals among the late-sixth and mid-fourth centuries BC. even supposing philosophy could seem some distance faraway from mythological tales, nearer exam finds that Plato and others learned that philosophic bills too have been "stories" approximately truth. Kathryn Morgan exhibits how those philosophers used fable to precise philosophic difficulties. Her publication strains a practice of strictly rational and philosophical fable via centuries.

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Download E-books Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies PDF

"There are historic secrets and techniques and classes hidden in nature. in the event you search for suggestions, you can find truth." —Bobby Lake-Thom

Much of the traditional wisdom that has been handed down from local American drugs males, or shamans is at risk of being misplaced. Bobby Lake-Thom, a local American healer referred to as drugs Grizzly endure, has sought to maintain this strong historical past by way of sharing his knowledge and event studying from the realm round us. the result's Spirits of the Earth, a rare compilation of legends and rituals approximately nature's ever-present indicators. From the birds that jump above us to the insincts underneath our ft, Bobby Lake-Thom exhibits how the creatures of the earth can relief us in therapeutic and self-knowledge.

What does it suggest if a hawk appears to be like in a dream? What are the symbolic interpretations of a deer, a skunk, a raccoon? Lake-Thom, who has studied with the elders of many tribes, explains the importance of animal figures as manifestations of excellent or evil, and exhibits how we will be able to improve our personal powers of information and instinct. the 1st e-book of its style, this sensible and enlightening source contains dozens of fashinating animal myths and legends, in addition to routines and actions that draw upon animal powers for information, therapeutic, knowledge, and the growth of religious impacts in our lifes. you will discover here:

  • How animals, birds, and bugs act as symptoms and omens
  • The importance of imaginative and prescient quests
  • How to make and use a drugs wheel
  • The function of spirit symbols—and how they impact the unconscious
  • Excercises for artistic dreaming
  • The energy of the earth-healing ceremony
  • How to extend your non secular energy and create sacred spaces
  • And more

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Download E-books History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness PDF

By Lucian Boia

Taken from the principle that there's a huge distinction among genuine historical past and discourse historical past, Boia issues out that heritage is consistently reconstructed, tailored and infrequently mythified from the viewpoint of the current day, of current states of brain and ideologies. Boia heavily examines the method of old tradition and judgment of right and wrong in 19th and 20th century Romania, quite focusing on the effect of the nationwide ideology on heritage. established upon his findings, the writer identifies a number of key legendary configurations and analyses the way during which Romanians have reconstituted their very own hugely ideologized heritage during the last centuries. In essence, the writer has tried to totally deconstruct the Romanian historiographic method and display the expanding acuteness of nationwide difficulties often, and specifically the exploitation of heritage to help nationwide ideology.

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Download E-books La gran divergencia: Cómo y por qué llegaron a ser diferentes el Viejo Mundo y el Nuevo PDF

By Peter Watson

Cuando Colón llegó a América en 1492 encontró un Nuevo Mundo muy distinto del Viejo, del cual había partido. ¿Por qué habían evolucionado de manera tan distinta? Para averiguarlo Watson emprende una experiencia de arqueología cognitiva, basada en los angeles interacción que existe entre las principles de los seres humanos y las realidades naturales de su entorno, con el fin de ofrecernos una visión comparada de los angeles evolución de las civilizaciones, las creencias y las formas de vida en Eurasia y en América. Basándose en los más recientes hallazgos de los angeles arqueología y de los angeles ciencia, Watson nos guía por un fantástico recorrido en que nos habla de genes y volcanes, de los angeles relación entre los humanos y los animales, del culto de los angeles Gran Diosa, del Génesis y los angeles prehistoria del sexo, de drogas, sacrificios y plegarias… De las diferencias, en suma, entre un mundo creado por los pastores y otro dominado por los chamanes.

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Download E-books Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology PDF

By Jennifer K. Stuller

In this accomplished historical past, inquiry, critique, and reference advisor, Stuller argues that Superwomen, from ask yourself lady to Charlie’s Angels, are greater than simply love pursuits or sidekicks who stand through their supermen. She exhibits how the feminine hero in sleek mythology has damaged in the course of the conventional boy's membership barrier to demonstrate the pivotal function of high-heeled crimefighters in pop culture. bankruptcy themes contain love and compassion, spies and sexuality, daddy’s women, and the complex roles of superwomen who're additionally moms. The publication additionally incorporates a thesaurus of recent mythic ladies, in addition to a foreword by means of acclaimed cultural commentator Roz Kaveney, writer of Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films.



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Download E-books The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins PDF

By HP Newquist

Winner of the Magnolia Award


HP Newquist takes younger readers on an interesting journey of the realm of blood, from
ancient background to fashionable science—with an occasional journey to the very unusual facet of
the most vital tissue in bodies. Oddly sufficient, scientists started to comprehend
this attention-grabbing fluid merely in the earlier 100 years and the way its microscopic
components nourish the total physique.
Whether the stories of vampires, medieval clinical practices, and Mayan sacrificial
rites captivate or terrify, this finished research into blood’s previous and current
will absolutely enthrall. And if this account is a bit bloodcurdling, good, that’s part the

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Download E-books King Harald's Saga: Harald Hardradi of Norway: From Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla (Penguin Classics) PDF

This compelling Icelandic background describes the lifetime of King Harald Hardradi, from his battles throughout Europe and Russia to his ultimate attack on England in 1066, below 3 weeks earlier than the invasion of William the Conqueror. It was once a conflict that ended in his demise and marked the tip of an period during which Europe have been ruled via the specter of Scandinavian forces. regardless of England's triumph, it additionally performed an important half in fatally weakening the English military instantly ahead of the Norman Conquest, altering the process heritage. Taken from the Heimskringla—Snorri Sturluson's entire account of Norway from prehistoric occasions to 1177—this is a brilliantly human depiction of the turbulent existence and savage demise of the final nice Norse warrior-king.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts improved by way of introductions and notes through extraordinary students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Download E-books The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture PDF

By Richard von Glahn

The main awesome characteristic of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in past due imperial China, was once the deity's diabolical personality. Wutong was once perceived now not as a heroic determine or paragon of noble traits yet quite as an embodiment of humanity's basest vices, greed and lust, a maleficent demon who preyed at the susceptible and weak. In The Sinister means, Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult in the greater framework of the old improvement of chinese language well known or vernacular religion—as against institutional religions comparable to Buddhism or Daoism. Von Glahn's examine, spanning 3 millennia, provides due acceptance to the morally ambivalent and demonic elements of divine energy in the universal chinese language spiritual tradition.

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Download E-books The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt (Landmark Books) PDF

For greater than 3,000 years, Egypt was once a superb civilization that thrived alongside the banks of the Nile River. but if its towns crumbled to dirt, Egypt’s tradition and the secrets and techniques of its hieroglyphic writings have been
also misplaced. The Pharaohs of historic Egypt explains how archaeologists have pieced jointly their discoveries to slowly exhibit the historical past of Egypt’s humans, its pharaohs, and its golden days.

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