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Andre religioner

  • Helte af Stephen Fry
    af Stephen Fry

    Der er helte – og så er der græske helte. Stephen Fry genfortæller de græske heltes historier. Der er hårrejsende jagter, farefulde færd gennem sindrige labyrinter, umulige gåder og blodtørstige monstre. Historierne om os dødelige mænd og kvinder og hvad vi er i stand til, når heltemodet er størst, er dramatiske og morsomme, tragiske og tidløse.I HELTE indfanger Stephen Fry den græske mytologis vidunderlige historier og deres relevans for den moderne læser. De græske myter er blandt de mest indflydelsesrige historier, der nogensinde er blevet fortalt, nedarvet gennem årtusinder. De har inspireret forfattere og kunstnere fra Shakespeare til ­Michelangelo og fra James Joyce til Walt Disney.

  • Gammeltestamentlig religion af Hans J. Lundager Jensen Spar 20%
    - En indføring
    af Hans J. Lundager Jensen

    Der er lagt særlig vægt på kultiske og rituelle emner. Fremstillingen illustreres af gennemgange af markante tekster fra Det Gamle Testamente.

  • Kreta af Ole Juul
    af Ole Juul

    Med overlegen historisk viden og stor indlevelse i kretensernes liv tager Ole Juul os med på sin rejse rundt på Middelhavets største ø, Kreta. Mytologi og historie er svær at skille ad på Kreta, men Ole Juul formår at fortælle de historiske begivenheder – såsom kretakongernes suveræne søherredømme omkring år 2000 før Kristi, den minoiske kulturs gådefulde undergang, helt op til besættelser af venezianerne, araberne, romerne, tyrkerne og endelig Hitlers tyranni – side om side med mytologiske hændelser som Zeus’ fødsel på Diktebjerget og Theseus’ kamp mod uhyret Minotaurus. Sideløbende følger vi Ole Juuls egen rejse rundt til Kretas mange seværdigheder og hans møde med øens stolte, frihedselskende og gæstfrie befolkning.Ole Juul (1918-2009) var en dansk journalist og forfatter, der arbejdede som korrespondent i Norge, Finland og Tjekkoslovakiet under 2. verdenskrig. På grund af sit arbejde for modstandsbevægelsen måtte Juul i 1943 flygte til Sverige, hvor hans første bøger blev udsendt. Juul bevægede sig inden for mange forskellige genrer lige fra serien af drengebøger om Jesper til rejselitteratur og voksenromaner.

  • Tao of Happiness af Derek Lin Spar 24%
    - Stories from Chuang Tzu for Your Spiritual Journey
    af Derek Lin

    If you have not encountered Chuang Tzu before, prepare yourself for a treat. He was the sage who stood apart from all others in Chinese history. He was a unique presence, a great mind like no one before or since.Chuang Tzu quickly distinguished himself and became well known for his deep understanding and sense of humor. His mastery was such that he could explain the Tao with simple stories, and his humor was such that he could see the joy in ordinary things. He taught his students about ';carefree wandering'the path of moving through life with a free and happy heart, regardless of how turbulent the journey might be.It is time for modern readers to join in on the fun. Chuang Tzu's wisdom is not just for Eastern culture, but for all of humanity. We may not have the instability or the clash of massive armies indicative of Chuang Tzu's time, but we have a lot of stress and tension in our modern world. Many of us find ourselves fighting little battles on the personal front just to get through the day. We can benefit greatly from Chuang Tzu's teachings. These parables are presented throughout this book and juxtaposed with the charming and intelligent prose of modern-day Taoist teacher and author Derek Lin. Together, Chuang Tzu and Lin will present you with simple lessons that will have a lasting impact on your life.

  • Den berømte Odysseus af Villy Sørensen
    af Villy Sørensen

    Odysseus er hovedpersonen i Odysseen, Homers store græske heltedigt fra ca. 700 f.K. Digtet handler om Odysseus' dramatiske hjemrejse efter ti års krig i det fremmede. I Den berømte Odysseus er hans eventyr fortalt for børn.

  • Kong Ødipus af Sofokles Spar 14%
    - Sofokles
    af Sofokles

    Kong Laios af Theben var blevet spået, at han ville få en søn, der ville dræbe ham. Da Laios kort efter blev far til en dreng, bad han en af sine hyrder om at sætte det lille barn ud i ødemarken. Laios lod drengens akilleshæle gennembore, så han ikke kunne leve som slave. Men hyrden fulgte ikke kongens ordre, og gav barnet til en hyrde fra den nærliggende by Korinth, hvor Merope og Kong Polybos tog drengen til sig og gav ham navnet Ødipus, der betyder svullenfod. Uvidende om sit sande ophav voksede Ødipus op som arving til tronen i Korinth. Men da han en dag fik mistanke om, at han kunne være af fremmed herkomst, opsøgte han oraklet i Delfi for at få klarhed over spørgsmålet. Oraklet svarede, at Ødipus skulle flygte, da han ellers ville komme til at dræbe sin far og tage sin mor til ægte. Ødipus drog derfor fra Korinth mod Theben. Men på vejen mødte han en fornem herre, som han slog ihjel, da hverken Ødipus eller manden ville gøre plads for den anden. Ødipus fortsatte mod Theben, der bevogtedes af den frygtede Sfinks, som stillede ham en gåde. Ødipus løste gåden, hvorpå Sfinksen døde. Og Ødipus blev derfor modtaget som en konge og giftede sig med dronning Iokaste, hvis mand på mystisk vis var blevet dræbt på en rejse til oraklet i Delfi. Sofokles' tragedie KONG ØDIPUS tager sin begyndelse, hvor Kong Ødipus modtager svar fra oraklet om, at morderen til Thebens gamle konge skal findes i Theben. Ødipus efterforsker sagen trods gentagne advarsler, indtil han bliver bekendt med, at han selv er den skyldige og har slået sin egen far ihjel og ægtet sin mor, som oraklet havde forudsagt det. Ødipus' videre skæbne er beskrevet i stykkerne ØDIPUS I KOLONOS og DE SYV MOD THEBEN. KONG ØDIPUS foreligger nu som en uforkortet digitaludgave af N. V. Dorphs oprindelige oversættelse fra 1878 med søgbart indeks og anmærkninger. Type: E-bogFilformat: ePub 3.0Sideantal: 88Sprog: DanskUdgivet: 15. december 2015Forlag: HalkyonISBN: 9788793276130

  • Danmarks Krønike af Saxo Grammaticus
    af Saxo Grammaticus

    Det er mere end 800 år siden, klerken Saxo skrev storværket Danmarks Krønike. Her finder man fortællingerne om sagnkongerne – fra Dan og Angel frem til Harald Gormssøn. Der er konger og guder, jætter og troldmænd, smukke kvinder og skjoldmøer. Blandt de kendteste sagn er beretningerne om Rolf Krake, Balder, Amlet, Ragnar Lodbrog og Stærkodder.Fra historisk tid fortælles bl.a. om Gorm den Gamle og Thyra, om Knud den Hellige der blev myrdet i Albani Kirke, og om Valdemar den Store og Absalon, der gennemførte en lang række togter mod venderne.

  • Den Gule Kejsers klassiker om indre medicin og Klassikeren om de vanskelige områder af Den Gule Kejser
    af Den Gule Kejser & Huang Di

    Hugo Hørlych Karlsens nyoversættelse af de to store klassiske kinesiske værker. Verdenslitteratur for akupunktører, kiroterapeuter, zoneterapeuter, massører med flere og for kulturhistorisk interesserede lystlæsere, da de to livsfilosofiske værker er grundlæggende for klassisk kinesisk medicin og daoismen. De blev skrevet fra 300 år f.v.t. Efter 25 års beskæftigelse med dem og 9 års arbejde på dem er nyoversættelsen her. Købere kan ved forlaget gratis rekvirere et 458 siders selvstændigt appendiks om værkerne med introduktioner, forklaringer og teksten på klassisk kinesisk.

  • Vær aktiv uden at handle af Hugo Hørlych Karlsen
    - Tao og Østens indsigt
    af Hugo Hørlych Karlsen, Petra Vestergaard Pedersen & Sten Svensson

    Vær aktiv uden at handle. Tao og Østens indsigt beskriver den levende 5000-årige tradition i Østen inden for taoismen og klassisk kinesisk medicin, og fremstillingen forbinder denne tradition med vores egen glemte, indsigtsfulde fortid og de nye muligheder i vores nutid.Læs om:- Livsenergi (qi), grundenergi (jing), sind (shen).- Kostens energi og den seksuelle energi.- De syv følelsers positive og negative energimønstre.- Energiernes virke gennem årstiderne og døgnet.- Klassisk kinesisk astrologi (De Fire Søjler).- Klassisk kinesisk feng shui (De Otte Huse).- Hvordan yin yang-symbolet skal vende og forstås.- Hvordan denne viden engang var gammel dansk indsigt.Herværende ebog er på ny gennemarbejdet, revideret og udvidet udgave af den trykte titel: Tao, Zen & Østens indsigt. Rytmen og energien i dit liv.

  • Om det indbyrdes forhold mellem heltekvadene i ældre Edda af Henrik Ussing
    af Henrik Ussing

    Den ældre Edda bugner af fortællinger fra nordisk mytologi. Den indeholder også en lang række heltesagn, og selvom de først blev nedskrevet i det 13. og 14. århundrede, er de blevet fortalt og genfortalt i århundrede forinden og er en central del af den nordiske middelalderlitteratur. Henrik Ussing fortæller her om det indbyrdes forhold mellem heltekvadene i den ældre Edda. Han har udvalgt en lang række af de mest repræsentative tekster fra de forskellige nordiske lande.Henrik Ussing (1877-1946) var en dansk forfatter, der udgav en lang række fagbøger om blandt andet lokalhistorie og sagn samt dramaer og romaner. Han var uddannet cand.mag. i nordiske sprog og arbejdede i lang tid som lærer og bibliotekar, men det er som forfatter og lokalhistoriker, han huskes bedst i dag.

  • Herakles af Malena Lagerhorn
    af Malena Lagerhorn

    "Vad är en psykopat?Populärkulturen svämmar över av skildringar av psykopater - ändå är det som att det inte riktigt går in hos allmänheten vad de är för slags varelser. Polletten trillar liksom aldrig ner."Bakom varje legend och myt finns det alltid ett korn av sanning, men det är sällan verkligheten överträffar dikten. Här berättas den sanna historien om Alkides, sonen till en stor krigare som själv ansåg att hans öde var att bli extraordinär. Som barn var Alkides fascinerad av de historier som de resande skalderna förde med sig till den lilla staden där han växte upp. Mest av allt älskade han sägner om hjältar och monster, och hans högsta önskan var att själv bli en hjälte som det skulle skaldas om.När Alkides blir äldre tar han sig namnet Herakles, och börjar resa för att finna nya äventyr. Vi får följa Herakles från barndomens längtan till vuxenålderns äventyrslusta. Detta är en historia om girighet, våld, grymhet och humor i en svunnen forntid som präglats av grandiosa personligheter.Malena Lagerhorn arbetar med produktutveckling och marknadsföring inom läkemedelsindustrin. Hon är även en uppskattad författare, med ett stort intresse för berättelser, myter och legender från antikens Grekland.

  • Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire af Marianne Saghy Spar 15%
    af Marianne Saghy & Edward M Schoolman

    Do the terms 'pagan' and 'Christian,' 'transition from paganism to Christianity' still hold as explanatory devices to apply to the political, religious and cultural transformation experienced Empire-wise? Revisiting 'pagans' and 'Christians' in Late Antiquity has been a fertile site of scholarship in recent years: the paradigm shift in the interpretation of the relations between 'pagans' and 'Christians' replaced the old 'conflict model' with a subtler, complex approach and triggered the upsurge of new explanatory models such as multiculturalism, cohabitation, cooperation, identity, or group cohesion. This collection of essays, inscribes itself into the revisionist discussion of pagan-Christian relations over a broad territory and time-span, the Roman Empire from the fourth to the eighth century. A set of papers argues that if 'paganism' had never been fully extirpated or denied by the multiethnic educated elite that managed the Roman Empire, 'Christianity' came to be presented by the same elite as providing a way for a wider group of people to combine true philosophy and right religion. The speed with which this happened is just as remarkable as the long persistence of paganism after the sea-change of the fourth century that made Christianity the official religion of the State. For a long time afterwards, 'pagans' and 'Christians' lived 'in between' polytheistic and monotheist traditions and disputed Classical and non-Classical legacies.

  • Confucian Role Ethics af Roger T. Ames Spar 21%
    af Roger T. Ames

    In this landmark work, noted comparative philosopher Roger T. Ames interprets how the classics of the Confucian canon portray the authentic, ethical human being. He argues that many distinguished commentators on Confucian ethics have explained the fundamental ideas and terms of this distinctively Chinese philosophy by superimposing Western concepts and categories, effectively collapsing this rich tradition into a subcategory of "e;virtue ethics."e; Beginning by addressing the problem of responsible cultural comparisons, Ames then formulates the interpretive context necessary to locate the texts within their own cultural ambiance. Exploring the relational notion of "e;person"e; that grounds Confucian philosophy, he pursues a nuanced understanding of the cluster of terms through which Confucian role ethics is expressed. Drawing on Western and Chinese sources, Ames provides a convincing argument that the only way to understand the Confucian vision of the consummate life is to take the tradition on its own terms.

  • Daxue and Zhongyong af Ian Johnston Spar 22%
    af Ian Johnston

    For the past eight hundred years, the study of Confucian doctrine has been largely dominated by the crucial works known as the "e;Four Books"e;: the Analects, the Mencius, the Daxue and the Zhongyong. In their original forms, the Daxue and Zhongyong were two of the more than forty chapters of the larger Li ji (Book of Rites), only gaining prominence thanks to the Song NeoConfucian scholar Zhu Xi.In this groundbreaking text, Ian Johnston and Wang Ping have translated both of these versions of the Daxue and Zhongyong. One version as chapters of the Li Ji that contain the influential commentary and notes of Zheng Xuan and Kong Yingda, and the second after they were reorganized into standalone works and reinterpreted by Zhu Xi. Johnston and Wang also include extensive explanatory and supplemental materials to help contextualize and familiarize readers with these supremely influential works.

  • Rebirth of the Moral Self af Jana S Rosker Spar 22%
    af Jana S Rosker

    The Confucian revival which manifests itself in the Modern Confucian current, belongs to the most important streams of thought in contemporary Chinese philosophy. The Rebirth of the Moral Self introduces this stream of thought by focusing on the second generation Modern Confucians- Mou Zongsan, Tang Junyi, Xu Fuguan and Fang Dongmei. These scholars argue that traditional Confucianism, as a specifically Chinese social, political, and moral system of thought can, if adapted to the modern era, serve as the foundation for an ethically meaningful modern life.

  • Th e Empress and the Heavenly Masters af Yuping Luk Spar 21%
    af Yuping Luk

    Over twenty seven meters long, the Ordination Scroll of Empress Zhang (1493) is an important Ming Dynasty Daoist artifact from the San Diego Museum of Art's collection that records the imperial ordination of Empress Zhang (1470-1541), consort of the Ming Dynasty Hongzhi emperor (r. 1488-1505), by Zhang Xuanqing (d. 1509), the fortyseventh Heavenly Master of the Zhengyi institution. This book uncovers the history of imperial ordinations through a detailed examination of the scroll's transcriptions and the meticulouslypainted images of celestial beings, as well as the influences of the Daoist leaders known as the Zhengyi Heavenly Masters.

  • Golden Buttons af Kauta Msiska
    - Christianity and Tradition Religion among the Tumbuka
    af Kauta Msiska

    Stephen Kauta Msiska was ordained to the ministry in 1945 and served the Livingstonia Synod in a number of lakeshore parishes before being appointed first a tutor and later Principal of the united CCAP Theological College at Nkhoma where he taught from 1962 to 1974. His firm stand for what he understood to be the principles of the Christian Gospel led to a clash with the one-party regime and he was forced to flee to his home village and to live there in relative obscurity. This book makes accessible some of the fruits not only of his years of active pastoral ministry and theological teaching but also of his time of lonely suffering and sorrow. Distinctive in the writing of this pioneering theologian is a profound, though not uncritical, sympathy with the traditional religion of his people combined with a passionate concern for authentic Christian discipleship. Careful readers of this original and thoughtful book will find the "e;golden buttons"e; which Stephen Kauta is determined should not be lost.

  • Debating Witchcraft in Africa: The Magritte Effect Spar 21%
     

    Given the circularity of the witchcraft complex in Africa, given its performative potential, isn,t the flood of anthropological publications on the topic counter-productive insofar as it feeds what it pretends to analyse, and even stigmatize? Wouldn,t the social scientists be well advised not to emulate the media and the Evangelical preachers and to avoid bestowing on Africa the dubious privilege of being no more than a shadow theatre devoid of substance on the stage of which everything , power, work, production, economy, the family , would actually be played in the occult? In this publication, eight scholars , namely: Jean-Pierre Warnier, Didier P,clard, Julien Bonhomme, Patrice Yengo, Jane Guyer, Joseph Tonda, Francis Nyamnjoh and Peter Geschiere , engage in a lively and contradictory debate on witchcraft/sorcery in Africa in a controversial historical context.

  • Ori-Oke Spirituality and Social Change in Africa Spar 22%
    - Contemporary Perspectives
     

    The dynamic nature of Christianity has necessitated its movement from the cathedral to the mountain top. This has occasioned a proliferation of Prayer Mountains throughout Africa. In Yorubaland of southwestern Nigeria, Prayer Mountain is known as Ori-Oke. Like many communities in Africa, the Yoruba are confronted with fundamental challenges in life for which people do not rest until they find solutions. Within the praxis of Nigerian Christian lexicon Ori-Oke is synonymous with the enactment of a sacred space on a mountain top characterised by various prayer regimes, rituals, exorcism and religious practices, aimed at eliciting the help of the divine to alleviate the existential challenges of devotees. This book explores the resacralisation of space on the mountains, highlighting how humans and the divine interact in Yorubaland. It brings into conversation 35 empirically rich scholarly essays on the role of Ori-Oke to those seeking divine intervention in their lives. Today, Ori-Oke have become centres of pilgrimage as a result of the lived experiences of devotees, creating unique religious value quite distinct from the aesthetic value of these mountain tops. The spirituality of Ori-Oke is anchored on the absolute belief in God and the infusion of traditional African worldview sensibilities in religious rites and worship. Ori-Oke spirituality employs resources of Christian tradition, introduced by the formal agents of Christianity, synthesised with traditional culture, to develop a life based on the precepts of an African Christianity. The book is an intellectual discourse on Ori-Oke spirituality, reflecting its contemporary relevance in a context of religious innovation and competition.

  • China's Great Transformation af Ambrose Y. C. King Spar 21%
    af Ambrose Y. C. King

    This book examines how Confucian traditions have shaped modernity in East Asia. Ambrose Y. C. King discusses how China and East Asia developed a model of modern civilization distinct from the Western model of modernization, which involves not only a process of deconstructing the cultural tradition but also a process of reconstructing it. He shows how the experience of modernization diverges within different Chinese societies, namely Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Taiwan. By highlighting the impact of Confucianism, he argues that Confucianism contains the seeds of modernization and transformation, and that in the right institutional settings these seeds influence the course of development. King focuses on how Confucian ideas and values underpinning the foundation of East Asian societies, including social civility, political governance, the role of the family, and moral regulation, matter to the modern social and political transformations of Chinese societies today.

  • Sons of Scripture af Mikhail Kizilov
    - The Karaites in Poland and Lithuania in the Twentieth Century
    af Mikhail Kizilov

    Drawing on the variety of archival sources in the host of European and Oriental languages, the book focuses on the history, ethnography, and convoluted ethnic identity of the Polish-Lithuanian Karaites. The vanishing community of the Karaites, a non-Talmudic Turkic-speaking Jewish minority that had been living in Eastern Europe since the late Middle Ages, developed a unique ethnographic culture and religious tradition. The book offers the first comprehensive study of the dramatic history of the Polish-Lithuanian Karaite community in the twentieth century. Especially important is the analysis of the dejudaization (or Turkicization) of the community that saved the Karaites from horrors of the Holocaust.

  • Challenge of The Mind af Ryuho Okawa
    - An Essential Guide to Buddha's Teachings: Zen, Karma, and Enlightenment
    af Ryuho Okawa

    The Challenge of the Mind is an excellent guide to exploring the infinite potential of our mind from Buddha's perspective. In this book, author Ryuho Okawa shows how we can apply the essential teachings of Buddha to our lives and cultivate deep wisdom and promote a happy, peaceful everyday life. Through expounding such principles as the laws of cause and effect, egolessness, and the middle way, in simple, clear, but thoughtprovoking language, Okawa imbues a new life into the traditional Buddhist teachings, and offers a solid basis of reason and intellectual understanding to oftenovercomplicated teachings. Chapter 1 focuses on the topic of the law of cause of effect, which essentially says that the seeds we sow and grow will determine the kind of life we will lead. In Chapter 2, Okawa shows how we can develop our Buddhanature, or a divine nature, so we can cultivate our potential for living fully at the highest level and at the same time achieve harmony with others in society. Chapter 3 discusses the essence of meditation. Okawa shows how we can receive light and guidance from heaven and use it as a source of power to spread goodness in this world. Chapter 4 is about achieving transcendental wisdom, which is a state of enlightenment that lets us see ourselves and the world from a broad perspective with a selfless heart. In Chapter 5, Okawa expounds on the teaching of egolessness, which leads us to experiencing oneness with Buddha and lets us discover the strong power of enlightenment that dissolves all worldly sufferings, pains, and attachments. Chapter 6 focuses on the teaching of the middle way. It shows how we should avoid extremes and discover our true nature as children of Buddha. In Chapter 7, Okawa discusses that, although spiritual experiences are vital to acquiring a higher state of mind, spiritual power alone does not lead us to the attainment of enlightenment. Chapter 8 defines karma as the tendencies of our mind and heart. Karma, whether individual or collective, is formed by the choices we make and the actions we take. To improve our karma and create a brighter future, it is vital that we share the spiritual truths with as many people as possible and pursue our spiritual growth in the way that benefits others.Enlightenment is not just an abstract idea but is a state of mind that we can achieve as long as we continue our endeavor to seek higher awareness earnestly and honestly. By applying these fundamental principles to our lives, we can direct our minds to higher ideals and carve out a path to a bright future.

  • Sacred Herbs of Samhain af Ellen Evert Hopman
    - Plants to Contact the Spirits of the Dead
    af Ellen Evert Hopman

    A practical guide to using the sacred herbs of Samhain for healing, divination, purification, protection, magic, and as tools for contacting the Spirits *; Explores the identification, harvest, and safe practical and ritual use of more than 70 plants and trees sacred to the Celtic festival of Samhain, the origin of Halloween *; Details the most effective plants for protection from the mischief of Fairies, herbs for releasing the Dead, and visionary plants for divination and shamanic work *; Provides instructions and suggestions for a traditional Dumb Supper, offerings to the Land Spirits, Samhain rites, and recipes for the sacred foods of Samhain The ancient Celts separated the year into two halves, the light half and the dark half, summer and winter. The festival of Samhain, from which the modern holiday of Halloween originates, marks the transition from summer to winter, the end of the Celtic year, a time when the barriers between the physical and spiritual world are at their most transparent. The herbs most characteristic of this time have specific magical and healing properties that echo the darker aspect of the year and offer potent opportunities for divination, contact with ancestors and Land Spirits, and journeys in the Otherworld. Presenting a practical guide to the sacred herbs and trees of Samhain, Ellen Evert Hopman details the identification, harvest, and use of more than 70 plants and trees in healing, divination, purification, magic, and as tools for contacting the Spirits wandering the landscape at this liminal time of year. She explores the most effective plants for protection from the mischief of the ';Good Neighbors,' the Sidhe or Fairies, as well as herbs for releasing the Dead when they are trapped on this plane. Identifying visionary plants used to induce ecstatic trance, Hopman explores how herbs have been used for millennia to aid in psychic travel and shamanic work and shows how one might safely use plants to take a voyage to the Otherworld. Drawing on her knowledge as a master herbalist, she also includes cautions to prevent harm and misidentification, along with advice on basic etiquette and common sense approaches to herb magic. Detailing the history, rites, and traditions of Samhain, Hopman explains how to make an offering to the Land Spirits and provides instructions for the traditional Samhain ritual of the Dumb Supper, complete with recipes for the sacred foods of Samhain, such as Soul Cakes, Colcannon, Boxty bread, and dandelion wine. Woven throughout with mystical tales of folk, Fairy, and sacred herbs, this guide offers each of us practical and magical ways to connect with Nature, the plant kingdom, the Spirits that surround us, and the turning of the year.

  • Lost Book of the Grail af John Matthews
    - The Sevenfold Path of the Grail and the Restoration of the Faery Accord
    af John Matthews & Caitlin Matthews

    Reveals the long-forgotten prequel to the Grail mythos and how it has profound resonance with modern times *; Includes the complete text of the Grail prequel, The Elucidation of the Grail, a 13th-century poem newly translated by Gareth Knight and Caitln Matthews *; Examines the forgotten story of the Faery Wars and the role of Well Maidens in the Grail story *; Discusses the Seven Guardians of the Stories, the Grail Kings and Anti-Grail Kings, the Rich Company, the Courts of Joy, and the otherworldly Land of Women Unveiling the long-forgotten prequel to the Grail quest stories, Caitln and John Matthews examine The Elucidation of the Grail, a forgotten 13th-century French text, and show how it offers the key to understanding the sevenfold path of the Grail and the deeper stories beneath the Christian Grail narrative. Beginning with a new translation of The Elucidation by foremost esotericist Gareth Knight and Caitln Matthews, the authors provide a complete commentary on the poem, revealing a startling alternative cause of the Wasteland and the Grail quest, one which has a profound resonance with our own times. They examine the forgotten story of the Faery Wars and explain the Faery Accord, an agreement that once existed between humans and the Faery and upon which the spiritual and physical health of the land depends. The offering of the Grail and its regenerative powers by the Maidens of the Wells--Faery women--was part of this Accord. King Amangons and his men violated the Accord, through their abuse of the Well Maidens and other evil actions, causing the wasting of the land. The Knights of King Arthur seek to avenge the Well Maidens and rebirth the Grail to restore access to the lost paradisiacal ';Courts of Joy' held in ancestral memory. On their quest, they encounter the Rich Company whose greed keeps the Knights occupied in long wars of attrition, yet their quest to restore the generous hospitality of the Wells--the true Grail, the Faery Grail--continues. In addition to the Faery Accord and Knights' quest, the authors examine the Seven Guardians of the Stories, the Rich Fisher, the Courts of Joy and paradise lost, and the otherworldly Land of Women. They show how this lost book of the Grail reveals themes familiar to the modern world and offers hope of healing the rift between the worlds of Faery and human as well as restoration of our natural belonging to the land.

  • Runic Lore and Legend af Nigel Pennick
    - Wyrdstaves of Old Northumbria
    af Nigel Pennick

    A practical guide to the Anglo-Saxon Futhark and how runes were used in Old England *; Examines the 33 Northumbrian runes of the Anglo-Saxon Futhark, providing the meanings, historical uses, symbolism, and related tree and plant spirits for each *; Explores geomancy divination practices, the role of sacred numbers, and the power of the eight airts, or directions *; Provides a magical history of Northumbria, as well as a look at the otherworldly beings who call these lands home, including boggarts, brownies, and dragons *; Shows how traditional spirituality is intimately tied to the landscape and the cycle of the seasons In the early Anglo-Saxon period, the region of Great Britain known as Northumbria was a kingdom in its own right. These lands, in what is now northern England and southeast Scotland, were the targets of the first Viking raids on Britain. This violent influx, followed by the establishment of trade routes with the Norse, brought the runes to the region, where they intermingled with local magical traditions and legends, resulting in the development of a practical runic wisdom entirely unique to Northumbria. In this guide to the Wyrdstaves, or runic practices, of Old Northumbria, Nigel Pennick examines the thirty-three runes of the Anglo-Saxon Futhark and how they were used in Old England for weaving the web of Wyrd. Sharing runic lore and legends from the area, he explains how the Northumbrian runes are unique because they contain elements from all the cultures of the region, including the Picts, Britons, Romans, Angles, Scots, and Norse. He illustrates how each rune in this tradition is a storehouse of ancient knowledge, detailing the meanings, historical uses, symbolism, and related tree and plant spirits for each of the thirty-three runes. The author describes the Northumbrian use of runes in magic and encryption and explores geomancy divination practices, the role of sacred numbers, and the power of the eight airts, or directions. He also shows how the Northumbrian runes have a close relationship with Ogam, the tree alphabet of the ancient Celts. Providing a magical history of Northumbria, as well as a look at the otherworldly beings who call these lands home, including boggarts, brownies, and dragons, Pennick explains how traditional spirituality is intimately tied to the landscape and the cycle of the seasons. He reveals how the runic tradition is still vibrantly alive in this area and ready for us to reawaken to it.

  • Taoist Secrets of Eating for Balance af Mantak Chia
    - Your Personal Program for Five-Element Nutrition
    af Mantak Chia & Christine Harkness-Giles

    Explains how to use your Taoist astrology birth chart as a personal nutritional guide for health, longevity, and organ energy balance *; Explores how to help balance your birth chi through your eating habits as well as explaining how foods address your five-element energetic profile *; Provides detailed food lists based on ancient Taoist wisdom that reveal their effect on the Yin, Yang, and five-element energies *; Shows how your five-element energies outline your life and influence success in relationships and at work We are each born with a unique combination of heavenly and earthly energies defined by the five elements and dictated by the universe at the moment you take your first breath. This ';birth chi' can be calculated using the year, month, day, and time of your birth, and it reveals your personal profile of health and emotional strengths and weaknesses as well as the energy cycles you will encounter throughout your life. In this Inner Alchemy astrology nutrition guide, Master Mantak Chia and Christine Harkness-Giles explore how to strengthen your birth chi through your eating habits, revealing which foods will address imbalances in your five-element organ energy profile. The authors explain which organs are connected with each element--fire, earth, metal, water, and wood--and provide detailed food lists based on ancient Taoist wisdom that reveal the energetic temperature, flavor, and organ related to many common foods and superfoods. They emphasize the importance of local, seasonal, and fresh foods and of yin-yang balance for health. The authors illustrate the five elements' characteristics through sample profiles for celebrities such as Paul McCartney and Meryl Streep, along with Taoist nutritional recommendations based on their charts. The authors also explore how your Inner Alchemy astrology profile determines your life and relationships and explain how Inner Alchemy practices and five-element nutrition can improve all aspects of your life. By eating in line with your personal five-element energetic profile, as part of ancient Inner Alchemy techniques, you can improve health and longevity and strengthen connections with your loved ones and the energies of the cosmos.

  • Ancient Egyptian Books of the Earth af Joshua Aaron Roberson
    af Joshua Aaron Roberson

    Collections of scenes and texts designated variously as the "e;Book of the Earth,"e; "e;Creation of the Solar Disc,"e; and "e;Book of Aker"e; were inscribed on the walls of royal sarcophagus chambers throughout Egypt's Ramessid period (Dynasties 19-20). This material illustrated discrete episodes from the nocturnal voyage of the sun god, which functioned as a model for the resurrection of the deceased king. These earliest "e;Books of the Earth"e; employed mostly ad hoc arrangements of scenes, united by shared elements of iconography, an overarching, bipartite symmetry of composition, and their frequent pairing with representations of the double sky overhead. From the Twenty-First Dynasty and later, selections of programmatic tableaux were adapted for use in private mortuary contexts, often in conjunction with innovative or previously unattested annotations. The present study collects and analyzes all currently known Book of the Earth material, including discussions of iconography, grammar, orthography, and architectural setting.

  • Illuminating Osiris
    - Egyptological Studies in Honor of Mark Smith
     

    Illuminating Osiris comprises twenty-seven articles by students, friends, and colleagues in honor of Mark Smith, Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford. Smith is especially renowned as a Demoticist and specialist in ancient Egyptian religion. His numerous Demotic text editions and translations of Egyptian funerary and religious compositions have been enormously influential in the field. The contributions in Illuminating Osiris naturally reflect Smith's particular interests in the religion and literature of Graeco-Roman period Egypt, dealing with cult, rituals, astronomy, and divination, among other subjects. The book includes many editions or reeditions of texts written in Demotic, Hieratic, and Ptolemaic Hieroglyphs. It is profusely illustrated and supplied with detailed indices.

  • Spirit of the Indian Warrior
     

    Richly illustrated with historical photographs and paintings, Spirit of the Indian Warrior presents the thoughts of some of history's greatest warriors and tribal leaders. It offers an intimate window into the cultural values of courage, loyalty, and generosity. When the first Europeans landed in North America, its native peoples faced a challenge unlike any before. Many warriors and chiefs vowed, like Tecumseh, "e;to resist as long as I live and breathe."e; Some eventually accepted treaties of peace, but they soon found, like Chief Joseph, that these were worth little: "e;What treaty that the whites have kept has the red man broken? Not one. What treaty that the whites ever made with us red men have they kept? Not one."e; Hope for the future, however, remains strong among their proud descendants. And the words of the Indian warrior live on and inspire the people of America's First Nations, as well as people across the world.

  • Classical Reception and Children's Literature
    - Greece, Rome and Childhood Transformation
     

    Reception studies have transformed the classics. Many more literary and cultural texts are now regarded as 'valid' for classical study. And within this process of widening, children's literature has in its turn emerged as being increasingly important. Books written for children now comprise one of the largest and most prominent bodies of texts to engage with the classical world, with an audience that constantly changes as it grows up. This innovative volume wrestles with that very characteristic of change which is so fundamental to children's literature, showing how significant the classics, as well as classically-inspired fiction and verse, have been in tackling the adolescent challenges posed by metamorphosis. Chapters address such themes as the use made by C S Lewis, in The Horse and his Boy, of Apuleius' The Golden Ass; how Ovidian myth frames the Narnia stories; classical 'nonsense' in Edward Lear; Pan as a powerful symbol of change in children's literature, for instance in The Wind in the Willows; the transformative power of the Orpheus myth; and how works for children have handled the teaching of the classics.

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