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

By Richard von Glahn

The main outstanding function of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in past due imperial China, used to be the deity's diabolical personality. Wutong used to be 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 vulnerable and susceptible. In The Sinister method, Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult in the higher framework of the historic improvement of chinese language renowned or vernacular religion—as against institutional religions similar to Buddhism or Daoism. Von Glahn's learn, spanning 3 millennia, offers due popularity to the morally ambivalent and demonic points of divine strength in the universal chinese language spiritual tradition.

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By Richard von Glahn

The main outstanding function of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in past due imperial China, used to be the deity's diabolical personality. Wutong used to be 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 vulnerable and susceptible. In The Sinister method, Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult in the higher framework of the historic improvement of chinese language renowned or vernacular religion—as against institutional religions similar to Buddhism or Daoism. Von Glahn's learn, spanning 3 millennia, offers due popularity to the morally ambivalent and demonic points of divine strength in the universal chinese language spiritual tradition.

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Download E-books Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (Myths, The) PDF

By Ali Smith

From the astonishingly gifted author of The unintended and Hotel international comes Ali Smith’s terrific retelling of Ovid’s gender-bending fable of Iphis and Ianthe, as noticeable during the eyes of 2 Scottish sisters. Girl Meets Boy is approximately boys and girls, ladies and ladies, love and transformation, and the absurdity of consumerism, in addition to a narrative of reversals and revelations that's as sharply witty because it is lyrical. humorous, clean, poetic, and political, Girl Meets Boy is a fantasy of metamorphosis for a global made in Madison Avenue’s picture, and the funniest addition to the Myths sequence from Canongate on account that Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad.

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By Ali Smith

From the astonishingly gifted author of The unintended and Hotel international comes Ali Smith’s terrific retelling of Ovid’s gender-bending fable of Iphis and Ianthe, as noticeable during the eyes of 2 Scottish sisters. Girl Meets Boy is approximately boys and girls, ladies and ladies, love and transformation, and the absurdity of consumerism, in addition to a narrative of reversals and revelations that's as sharply witty because it is lyrical. humorous, clean, poetic, and political, Girl Meets Boy is a fantasy of metamorphosis for a global made in Madison Avenue’s picture, and the funniest addition to the Myths sequence from Canongate on account that Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad.

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Download E-books Falcon (Animal) PDF

By Helen Macdonald

Before best-selling writer Helen Macdonald informed the tale of the goshawk in H Is for Hawk, she instructed the tale of the falcon, in a cultural heritage of the masterful creature which can “cut the sky in ” with the “perfectly aerodynamic profile of a raindrop,” as she so incisively places it. In talon-sharp prose she explores the spell the falcon has had over her and, through extension, we all, even if we’ve visible them “through binoculars, framed on gallery partitions, versified via poets, flown as searching birds, via ny home windows, sewn on flags, stamped on badges, or winnowing in the course of the clouds over deserted arctic radar stations.”
            Macdonald dives via centuries and careens around the world to inform the tale of the falcon because it has flown within the wild skies of the wildlife and people of our mind's eye. blending background, fantasy, and legend, she explores the lengthy background of the game of falconry in lots of human cultures—from Japan to Abu Dhabi to Oxford; she analyzes the falcon’s talismanic strength as a logo in artwork, politics, and enterprise; and she or he addresses the methods we now have either endangered and guarded it. alongside the best way we find how falcons have been mobilized in mystery army tasks; their hyperlinks with espionage, the 3rd Reich, the Holy Roman Empire, and area courses; and the way they've got figured in numerous tales of heroism and, in fact, the erotic.
            better of all, Macdonald has given us anything clean: a brand new advent that attracts on all her adventure to even additional invigorate her adored topic. the result's a deeply proficient ebook written with a similar superb lyrical grace that has captivated readers and had all people speaking approximately this writer-cum-falconer.
 

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By Helen Macdonald

Before best-selling writer Helen Macdonald informed the tale of the goshawk in H Is for Hawk, she instructed the tale of the falcon, in a cultural heritage of the masterful creature which can “cut the sky in ” with the “perfectly aerodynamic profile of a raindrop,” as she so incisively places it. In talon-sharp prose she explores the spell the falcon has had over her and, through extension, we all, even if we’ve visible them “through binoculars, framed on gallery partitions, versified via poets, flown as searching birds, via ny home windows, sewn on flags, stamped on badges, or winnowing in the course of the clouds over deserted arctic radar stations.”
            Macdonald dives via centuries and careens around the world to inform the tale of the falcon because it has flown within the wild skies of the wildlife and people of our mind's eye. blending background, fantasy, and legend, she explores the lengthy background of the game of falconry in lots of human cultures—from Japan to Abu Dhabi to Oxford; she analyzes the falcon’s talismanic strength as a logo in artwork, politics, and enterprise; and she or he addresses the methods we now have either endangered and guarded it. alongside the best way we find how falcons have been mobilized in mystery army tasks; their hyperlinks with espionage, the 3rd Reich, the Holy Roman Empire, and area courses; and the way they've got figured in numerous tales of heroism and, in fact, the erotic.
            better of all, Macdonald has given us anything clean: a brand new advent that attracts on all her adventure to even additional invigorate her adored topic. the result's a deeply proficient ebook written with a similar superb lyrical grace that has captivated readers and had all people speaking approximately this writer-cum-falconer.
 

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Download E-books Los mitos griegos PDF

By Friedrich Georg Jünger

En este libro no se explican los mitos griegos desde una perspectiva científica o filosófica ni tampoco simbólica o alegórica. Friedrich Georg Jünger trata de comprenderlos en su expresividad sensorial, en su corporeidad nítidamente definida, asumiendo al pie de los angeles letra y con exactitud lo que nos ha sido transmitido. A través de los angeles interpretación poética surge una imagen del mito que parece tan plástica y tan viva como las esculturas griegas. Allí radica los angeles novedad y originalidad de este fascinante viaje por l. a. Grecia antigua. l. a. obra está estructurada de un modo arquitectónico, como el propio mito. Por tanto, l. a. primera parte es cosmogónica y abarca desde Caos hasta l. a. caída de Prometeo. los angeles segunda, los angeles teogonía, conforma el centro, el mundo de los dioses. Y desde allí, el camino conduce a los héroes, pues éstos surgen sólo donde hay dioses y están, por tanto, impregnados de un halo divino.

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By Friedrich Georg Jünger

En este libro no se explican los mitos griegos desde una perspectiva científica o filosófica ni tampoco simbólica o alegórica. Friedrich Georg Jünger trata de comprenderlos en su expresividad sensorial, en su corporeidad nítidamente definida, asumiendo al pie de los angeles letra y con exactitud lo que nos ha sido transmitido. A través de los angeles interpretación poética surge una imagen del mito que parece tan plástica y tan viva como las esculturas griegas. Allí radica los angeles novedad y originalidad de este fascinante viaje por l. a. Grecia antigua. l. a. obra está estructurada de un modo arquitectónico, como el propio mito. Por tanto, l. a. primera parte es cosmogónica y abarca desde Caos hasta l. a. caída de Prometeo. los angeles segunda, los angeles teogonía, conforma el centro, el mundo de los dioses. Y desde allí, el camino conduce a los héroes, pues éstos surgen sólo donde hay dioses y están, por tanto, impregnados de un halo divino.

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Download E-books The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) PDF

By John Steinbeck

Steinbeck's purely paintings of delusion literature—in a  deluxe version with a foreword via Christopher Paolini, big apple instances bestselling writer of Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr
 
Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur was once the 1st publication that John Steinbeck actually loved interpreting as a baby. desirous about Arthurian stories of event, knighthood, honor and friendship, as well as the hard nuances of the unique Anglo-Saxon language, Steinbeck got down to render those tales faithfully and with prepared animation for a contemporary viewers. right here then is Steinbeck’s modernization of the journey of King Arthur and the Knights of the around desk, that includes the icons of Arthurian legend—including King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, the incomparable Queen Guinevere, and Arthur's purest knight, Sir Lancelot of the Lake.
 
those enduring stories of loyalty and betrayal throughout Camelot flicker with the beauty and magic of an period previous yet now not forgotten. Steinbeck's retelling will trap the eye and mind's eye of legions of Steinbeck fanatics, together with those that love Arthurian romances, in addition to numerous readers of technology fiction and delusion literature.
 
This version contains a new foreword through Christopher Paolini, writer of the number-one New York instances bestselling novels Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr. it is also the letters John Steinbeck wrote to his literary agent, Elizabeth Otis, and to Chase Horton, the unique editor of this volume.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts improved via introductions and notes via wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations via award-winning translators.

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By John Steinbeck

Steinbeck's purely paintings of delusion literature—in a  deluxe version with a foreword via Christopher Paolini, big apple instances bestselling writer of Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr
 
Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur was once the 1st publication that John Steinbeck actually loved interpreting as a baby. desirous about Arthurian stories of event, knighthood, honor and friendship, as well as the hard nuances of the unique Anglo-Saxon language, Steinbeck got down to render those tales faithfully and with prepared animation for a contemporary viewers. right here then is Steinbeck’s modernization of the journey of King Arthur and the Knights of the around desk, that includes the icons of Arthurian legend—including King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, the incomparable Queen Guinevere, and Arthur's purest knight, Sir Lancelot of the Lake.
 
those enduring stories of loyalty and betrayal throughout Camelot flicker with the beauty and magic of an period previous yet now not forgotten. Steinbeck's retelling will trap the eye and mind's eye of legions of Steinbeck fanatics, together with those that love Arthurian romances, in addition to numerous readers of technology fiction and delusion literature.
 
This version contains a new foreword through Christopher Paolini, writer of the number-one New York instances bestselling novels Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr. it is also the letters John Steinbeck wrote to his literary agent, Elizabeth Otis, and to Chase Horton, the unique editor of this volume.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts improved via introductions and notes via wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations via award-winning translators.

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Download E-books The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule PDF

By Joanna Kavenna

A legend, a land as soon as visible after which misplaced endlessly, Thule used to be a spot past the sting of the maps, a secret for millions of years. And to the Nazis, Thule was once an icy Eden, birthplace of Nordic “purity.” during this exquisitely written narrative, Joanna Kavenna wanders looking for Thule, to Shetland, Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Greenland, and Svalbard, unearthing the philosophers, poets, and explorers who claimed Thule for themselves, from Richard Francis Burton to Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. Marked via breathtaking snowscapes, haunting literature, and the chilly specter of previous tragedies, it is a wondrous combination of go back and forth writing and detective paintings that's most unlikely to set down. RVIEW: Thule, genuine or no longer, is ripe and beguiling fabric for a literary and geographic adventurer, and Kavenna is ambitious on either fronts. . . . hugely cerebral, erudite, fresh. (The long island occasions booklet Review)

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By Joanna Kavenna

A legend, a land as soon as visible after which misplaced endlessly, Thule used to be a spot past the sting of the maps, a secret for millions of years. And to the Nazis, Thule was once an icy Eden, birthplace of Nordic “purity.” during this exquisitely written narrative, Joanna Kavenna wanders looking for Thule, to Shetland, Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Greenland, and Svalbard, unearthing the philosophers, poets, and explorers who claimed Thule for themselves, from Richard Francis Burton to Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. Marked via breathtaking snowscapes, haunting literature, and the chilly specter of previous tragedies, it is a wondrous combination of go back and forth writing and detective paintings that's most unlikely to set down. RVIEW: Thule, genuine or no longer, is ripe and beguiling fabric for a literary and geographic adventurer, and Kavenna is ambitious on either fronts. . . . hugely cerebral, erudite, fresh. (The long island occasions booklet Review)

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Download E-books Goddess (Starcrossed) PDF

By Josephine Angelini

International bestselling writer Josephine Angelini concludes her action-packed Starcrossed trilogy with Goddess—a romantically-charged page-turner that Newsday raved was once a "clever transforming of Greek mythology."

After Helen Hamilton by chance unleashes the violent gods from their captivity on Olympus, she and her associates needs to imprison them sooner than their thirst for war—and blood—take over the area. however the gods' fury already has a physique count number, and time is operating out. With Lucas Delos's existence placing within the stability, and their once-solid crew of buddies now divided, Helen needs to face this conflict by myself, whereas additionally identifying who has her heart—Lucas, or the prospective Tyrant, Orion.

With a masterfully-woven plot and epically-high stakes, the compelling twists and turns in Goddess will go away readers thoroughly spellbound.

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By Josephine Angelini

International bestselling writer Josephine Angelini concludes her action-packed Starcrossed trilogy with Goddess—a romantically-charged page-turner that Newsday raved was once a "clever transforming of Greek mythology."

After Helen Hamilton by chance unleashes the violent gods from their captivity on Olympus, she and her associates needs to imprison them sooner than their thirst for war—and blood—take over the area. however the gods' fury already has a physique count number, and time is operating out. With Lucas Delos's existence placing within the stability, and their once-solid crew of buddies now divided, Helen needs to face this conflict by myself, whereas additionally identifying who has her heart—Lucas, or the prospective Tyrant, Orion.

With a masterfully-woven plot and epically-high stakes, the compelling twists and turns in Goddess will go away readers thoroughly spellbound.

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Download E-books The Red Winter: Book Five of The Tapestry PDF

By Henry H. Neff

An artistic and action-packed mixture of delusion, technological know-how fiction, and mythology, all in a practical modern setting.
 
Rowan has received a conflict, yet no longer the struggle. With right allies, Rowan’s armies may perhaps typhoon the demon stronghold, catch its ruler, and finish the reign of demonkind. yet whereas countries conflict, a better fight lies in different places. In his determined pursuit of Astaroth, Elias Bram scours the realm for clues to the fiend’s real origins, identification, and goal. His scary discoveries trace that not just is humanity in danger, however the earth itself. Its destiny might rely on 3 young ones. With their unmatchable talents, it’s as much as Max McDaniels, David Menlo, and little Mina to tip the balance!
within the Tapestry’s ultimate quantity, Henry H. Neff concludes an unforgettable sequence during which magic can dwell, gods can die, and the top stakes require the best sacrifice.

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By Henry H. Neff

An artistic and action-packed mixture of delusion, technological know-how fiction, and mythology, all in a practical modern setting.
 
Rowan has received a conflict, yet no longer the struggle. With right allies, Rowan’s armies may perhaps typhoon the demon stronghold, catch its ruler, and finish the reign of demonkind. yet whereas countries conflict, a better fight lies in different places. In his determined pursuit of Astaroth, Elias Bram scours the realm for clues to the fiend’s real origins, identification, and goal. His scary discoveries trace that not just is humanity in danger, however the earth itself. Its destiny might rely on 3 young ones. With their unmatchable talents, it’s as much as Max McDaniels, David Menlo, and little Mina to tip the balance!
within the Tapestry’s ultimate quantity, Henry H. Neff concludes an unforgettable sequence during which magic can dwell, gods can die, and the top stakes require the best sacrifice.

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Download E-books Trickster and Hero: Two Characters in the Oral and Written Traditions of the World PDF

By Harold Scheub

The trickster and the hero, present in such a lot of of the world’s oral traditions, are possible adverse yet frequently united in a single personality. Trickster and Hero offers a comparative examine a wealthy array of global oral traditions, folktales, mythologies, and literatures—from The Odyssey, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Beowulf to local American and African stories. Award-winning folklorist Harold Scheub explores the “Trickster moment,” the instant within the tale while the story, the teller, and the listener are remodeled: we're either guy and girl, god and human, hero and villain.
    Scheub delves into the significance of trickster mythologies and the moving relationships among tricksters and heroes. He examines protagonists that determine centrally in quite a lot of oral narrative traditions, exhibiting that the genuine hero is usually to a point a trickster to boot. The trickster and hero, Scheub contends, are on the center of storytelling, and all of the probabilities of lifestyles are there: we're taken aside and rebuilt, dismembered and reborn, defeated and renewed.

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By Harold Scheub

The trickster and the hero, present in such a lot of of the world’s oral traditions, are possible adverse yet frequently united in a single personality. Trickster and Hero offers a comparative examine a wealthy array of global oral traditions, folktales, mythologies, and literatures—from The Odyssey, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Beowulf to local American and African stories. Award-winning folklorist Harold Scheub explores the “Trickster moment,” the instant within the tale while the story, the teller, and the listener are remodeled: we're either guy and girl, god and human, hero and villain.
    Scheub delves into the significance of trickster mythologies and the moving relationships among tricksters and heroes. He examines protagonists that determine centrally in quite a lot of oral narrative traditions, exhibiting that the genuine hero is usually to a point a trickster to boot. The trickster and hero, Scheub contends, are on the center of storytelling, and all of the probabilities of lifestyles are there: we're taken aside and rebuilt, dismembered and reborn, defeated and renewed.

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Download E-books The Myth of the Eternal Return: Or, Cosmos and History PDF

By Mircea Eliade

This founding paintings of the historical past of religions, first released in English in 1954, secured the North American attractiveness of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making connection with an fabulous variety of cultures and drawing on scholarship released in a minimum of part a dozen eu languages, Eliade's The fable of the everlasting Return makes either intelligible and compelling the non secular expressions and actions of a large choice of archaic and "primitive" spiritual cultures. whereas acknowledging go back to the "archaic" isn't any longer attainable, Eliade passionately insists at the price of figuring out this view on the way to enhance our modern mind's eye of what it really is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new creation presents the contextual historical past to the booklet and provides a severe define of Eliade's argument in a fashion that encourages readers to interact in an educated dialog with this vintage text.

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By Mircea Eliade

This founding paintings of the historical past of religions, first released in English in 1954, secured the North American attractiveness of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making connection with an fabulous variety of cultures and drawing on scholarship released in a minimum of part a dozen eu languages, Eliade's The fable of the everlasting Return makes either intelligible and compelling the non secular expressions and actions of a large choice of archaic and "primitive" spiritual cultures. whereas acknowledging go back to the "archaic" isn't any longer attainable, Eliade passionately insists at the price of figuring out this view on the way to enhance our modern mind's eye of what it really is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new creation presents the contextual historical past to the booklet and provides a severe define of Eliade's argument in a fashion that encourages readers to interact in an educated dialog with this vintage text.

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