Download E-books The Practice of the Wild: Essays by Gary Snyder PDF

By Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder has been an incredible cultural strength in the United States for 5 many years. destiny readers will come to determine this booklet as one of many significant texts on barren region and the interplay of nature and tradition. The 9 essays within the perform of the Wild demonstrate why Snyder has long past directly to develop into certainly one of America's cultural leaders, comprehending issues approximately our international ahead of they have been ever mentioned in public. With concepts starting from political and religious concerns to these concerning the surroundings and the artwork of changing into local to this continent, this choice of essays, first released in 1990, replicate the mature centerpiece of the author's paintings and suggestion.

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Download E-books Encyclopedia of Imaginary and Mythical Places PDF

By Theresa Bane

The heavens and hells of the world's religions and the "far, far-off" legends can't be obvious or visited, yet they continue to be a vital part of tradition and historical past. This encyclopedia catalogs greater than 800 imaginary and mythological lands from worldwide, together with fairy nation-states, settings from Arthurian lore, and kingdoms present in fairy stories and political and philosophical works, together with Sir Thomas More's Utopia and Plato's Atlantis. From al A'raf, the limbo of Islam, to Zulal, one of many many streams that run via Paradise, entries supply the literary beginning of every website, clarify its cultural context, and describe its topical good points, directory adaptations on names whilst appropriate. Cross-referenced for ease of use, this compendium will end up precious to students, researchers or someone wishing to journey the unseen landscapes of fantasy and legend.

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Download E-books Gods & Goddesses of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations (Gods and Goddesses of Mythology) PDF

Sharing many universal ideals, deities, and rituals, the faith of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca used to be rooted in either the earth and the sky, the rhythms of the seasons, and the pursuits of the solar, moon, and stars. Readers will meet rain and solar gods, corn gods and fertility gods, earth moms who're either creators and destroyers, or even a feathered serpent. Lavish primary-source pictures of arts and artifacts are paired with textual content that's either information-packed and captivating. Readers who input this pantheon are in for an awe-inspiring cultural trip throughout the divine mysteries of time and area.

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Download E-books Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent PDF

By Devdutt Pattanaik

An exploration of ninety nine vintage myths of India from a completely non-Western paradigm that offers a clean realizing of the Hindu religious landscape

• Compares and contrasts Indian mythology with the tales of the Bible, old Egypt, Greece, Scandinavia, and Mesopotamia

• seems to be on the evolution of Indian narratives and their interpretations over the millennia

• Demonstrates how the mythology, rituals, and artwork of historic India are nonetheless bright this day and tell the modern generation

From the blood-letting Kali to the mysterious Ganesha, the Hindu religious panorama is populated via characters that locate no parallel within the Western non secular international. Indian Mythology explores the wealthy tapestry of those characters inside of ninety nine vintage myths, exhibiting that the mythological international of India will be top understood after we stream clear of a Western, monotheistic attitude and into the polytheistic international of Hindu traditions.

Featuring forty eight inventive renderings of significant mythological figures from throughout India, the writer unlocks the mysteries of the narratives, rituals, and paintings of old India to bare the stress among world-affirming and world-rejecting rules, among conformism and contradiction, among Shiva and Vishnu, Krishna and Rama, Gauri and Kali. This groundbreaking publication opens the door to the unknown and unique, offering a glimpse into the wealthy mythic culture that has empowered thousands of humans for hundreds of years.

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Download E-books The Tale of Tales (Penguin Classics) PDF

Now a massive movie starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, and Vincent Cassel: a rollicking, bawdy, fantastical cycle of fifty fairy stories informed through 10 storytellers over five days
 
Before the Brothers Grimm, sooner than Charles Perrault, earlier than Hans Christian Andersen, there has been Giambattista Basile, a seventeenth-century poet from Naples, Italy, whom the Grimms credits with recording the 1st nationwide choice of fairy stories. The story of Tales—also often called The Pentamerone—opens with Princess Zoza, not able to snigger regardless of how humorous the comic story. Her father, the king, makes an attempt to make her smile; as an alternative he leaves her cursed, whereupon the prince she is destined to marry is snatched up through one other lady. to show this impostor and win again her rightful husband, Zoza contrives a storytelling extravaganza: fifty fairy stories to learn through ten sharp-tongued ladies (including Zoza in hide) over 5 days.
 
humorous and frightening, romantic and gruesome—and that includes a childless queen who devours the guts of a sea monster cooked through a virgin, and who then offers delivery the very subsequent day; a lecherous king aroused via the voice of a lady, whom he courts blind to her actual grotesqueness; and a king who increases a flea to mammoth measurement on his personal blood, sparking a competition within which an ogre vies with males for the hand of the king’s daughter—The story of stories is a fairy-tale treasure that prefigures Game of Thrones and different touchstones of globally myth literature.

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Download E-books Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson PDF

By David Grossman

Israel’s such a lot lauded modern author retells the parable of Samson, probably the most tempestuous, charismatic, and colourful characters within the Hebrew Bible. There are few different Bible tales with quite a bit drama and motion, narrative fireworks and uncooked emotion, as we discover within the story of Samson: the conflict with the lion; the 3 hundred burning foxes; the ladies he bedded and the only girl that he enjoyed; his betrayal by means of all of the ladies in his lifestyles, from his mom to Delilah; and, in spite of everything, his murderous suicide, while he introduced the home down on himself and 3 thousand Philistines. “Yet, past the wild impulsiveness, the chaos, the din, we will make out a lifestyles tale that's, at backside, the tortured trip of a unmarried, lonely and turbulent soul who by no means came upon, anyplace, a real domestic on this planet, whose very physique used to be a harsh position of exile. For me, this discovery, this reputation, is the purpose at which the parable — for all its grand photographs, its larger-than-life adventures — slips silently into the daily lifestyles of every folks, into our such a lot inner most moments, our buried secrets.” — from David Grossman’s advent to Lion’s Honey

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Download E-books History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity PDF

By Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask

In quantity 2 of this huge paintings, Mircea Eliade maintains his magisterial development throughout the heritage of non secular principles. The religions of historic China, Brahmanism and Hinduism, Buddha and his contemporaries, Roman faith, Celtic and German religions, Judaism, the Hellenistic interval, the Iranian syntheses, and the delivery of Christianity—all are encompassed during this quantity.

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Download E-books Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader PDF

The romantic fiction of pirates as swashbuckling marauders terrorizing the excessive seas has lengthy eclipsed historic truth. Bandits at Sea deals a long-overdue corrective to the mythology and the mystique which has plagued the research of pirates and served to disclaim them their rightful legitimacy as matters of investigation.

With essays through the main students on those countercultural "social bandits"as Lingua Franca lately dubbed themthis assortment examines a variety of features of the phenomenon within the 3 major parts the place it happened: the Caribbean/Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and East Asia. We come to appreciate who pirates have been, in addition to the socio-economic contexts lower than which they constructed and flourished.

Comparisons among a variety of sorts of piracy illustrate transformations in perform and objective among pirates of other parts; social histories, together with examinations of girls pirates and their historic importance and situations, supply related perception into the private lives of pirates from diversified areas. faraway from serving as dens of thieves, pirate ships have been frequently hugely regulated microcosms of democracy. The crews of pirate vessels knew that majority rule, racial equality and equitable department of spoils have been an important for his or her survival, marking them as considerably extra liberal than nationwide governments.

Scholars, scholars and a common viewers ever intrigued via talesand now truthsof piracy at the excessive seas will welcome Bandits at Sea.

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Download E-books Scale-Bright PDF

By Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Shortlisted for the British technological know-how Fiction organization Award. 

Julienne's aunts are the archer who shot down the suns and the lady who lives at the moon. They educate her that there is extra to town of her delivery than meets the attention - that underneath the fashionable chrome and glass of Hong Kong there are demons, gods, and the seethe of historic feuds. As a mortal Julienne is to offer them broad berth, for in contrast to her divine aunts she is painfully susceptible, and selection prey for any demon. 

Until someday, she comes throughout a wounded, bleeding lady nobody else can see, and is drawn into an previous, previous tale of affection, snake girls, and the deathless monk who hunts them.

"Benjanun is a magician with words-she makes use of language to awaken every little thing from the feel of a competition meal, to the violence and depression of Houyi scuffling with opposed to a demon; from the sensation of being resurrected from the lifeless, to a goddess gazing the increase of recent cities." - Aliette de Bodard, Hugo and Nebula award profitable writer of "Immersion".

"Possibly the main fascinating new voice in speculative fiction this present day. Benjanun Sriduangkaew is lyrical, edgy and startling - she is a real original." - Lavie Tidhar, global delusion Award successful writer of OSAMA and THE VIOLENT CENTURY.

Includes SCALE-BRIGHT brief tales "Woman of the solar, girl of the Moon", "The Crows Her Dragon's Gate" and "Chang'e Dashes from the Moon".

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