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How The Shaman Stole The Moon

Author : William H. Calvin
ISBN : 0595166938
Genre : Science
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"Combines the wonder of magic and ancient lore with the skill and intellectual honesty of modern science. William Calvin guides us on just such a marvel-packed quest, in search of techniques used by sages and shamans, tracing discoveries made sometimes by accident and sometimes by sheer genius long before the dawn of our own age." -David Brin
Category: Science

Celebrate The Solstice

Author : Richard Heinberg
ISBN : 9780835630931
Genre : Nature
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This book is an accessible, engaging tool to help people enrich their lives through the observance of ancient, astronomically determined Earth festivals. It assists us to recover an experience that had deep meaning for the ancients and that is now increasingly relevant to a world facing environmental challenges. Seasonal festivals are not meant to be cultural relics. They are joyous, fun, mischievous, profound, life-affirming events that connect us deeply with the Earth, the heavens, and the wellspring of being within us. This book encourages us to undertake full-bodied, ecstatic seasonal renewal by providing information on the history and meaning of the solstices with practical suggestions on how to celebrate them now.
Category: Nature

The Edge Of Reason

Author : Alex Bentley
ISBN : 9781847062178
Genre : Religion
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Should scientists challenge religious beliefs? Is religion inevitable in human society? Is religion harmful to society? Can science itself inspire spiritual wonder? Confrontation between science and religion has defined much public debate about religion in recent years, most lately in bestsellers portraying a clash between scientists and religious believers, such as Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion and Sam Harris's The End of Faith or Letter to a Christian Nation. But what does this 'us versus them' divide mean for society? This collection of essays gives voice to social scientists, natural scientists and theologians whose experience holds direct relevance on these major issues, and clarifies the position of science in the modern debate. Includes contributions by Mary Midgley (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK), Denis Alexander (Cambridge University, UK), Richard Roberts (Lancaster University, UK), Bob Layton (Durham University, UK), Simon Coleman (Sussex University, UK), Michael Shermer (Executive Director of the Sceptics Society and monthly columnist for Scientific American), Lewis Wolpert (University College London, UK), Andrew Newberg (University of Pennsylvania), Timothy Taylor (University of Bradford, UK), Steven Mithen (University of Reading, UK), David Sloan Wilson (Binghamton University), Herbert Maschner (Idaho State University), Ian Reader (University of Manchester, UK), Hiroko Kawanami (Lancaster University, UK), Andrian Kreye (Süddeutsche Zeitung), John Hedley Brooke (Oxford University, UK), Gordy Slack (Author of The Battle Over The Meaning Of Everything), Seth Shostak (Seti Institute), William Calvin (University Of Washington), and David Wilkinson (Durham University, UK).
Category: Religion

Religion And The Creation Of Race And Ethnicity

Author : Craig R. Prentiss
ISBN : 0814767001
Genre : Religion
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This volume, meant specifically for those new to the field, brings together an ensemble of prominent scholars and illuminates the role religious myths have played in shaping those social boundaries that we call "races" and "ethnicities".
Category: Religion

Canyon Spirits

Author : Stephen H. Lekson
ISBN : 0826332412
Genre : History
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Eighty-five black-and-white photos and accompanying essays share the beauty of the canyons and mesas of the Colorado Plateau and the history of the resourceful inhabitants.
Category: History

Almost Us

Author : William H. Calvin
ISBN : 9780982916704
Genre : Nature
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The Shaman Laughs

Author : James D. Doss
ISBN : 9781250113931
Genre : Fiction
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Charlie Moon is no stranger to the mysterious ways of the spirit world. But why is prize livestock being ritualistically butchered in the Canyon of the Spirit? That's what Granite Creek's chief of police Scott Parish wants to find out...before human blood begins to spill. Enter Moon's aunt and aging Ute shaman Daisy Perika. For only she who communes with the ancient spirits can truly comprehend the events that have happened upon Native American lands—and the even greater evil that is yet to be unleashed... In The Shaman Laughs, James D. Doss delivers another fascinating Charlie Moon mystery.
Category: Fiction

Raven Stole The Moon

Author : Garth Stein
ISBN : 0061969516
Genre : Fiction
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“Deeply moving, superbly crafted, and highly unconventional.” —Washington Times Raven Stole the Moon is the stunning first novel from Garth Stein, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain. A profoundly poignant and unforgettable story of a grieving mother’s return to a remote Alaskan town to make peace with the loss of her young son, Raven Stole the Moon combines intense emotion with Native American mysticism and a timeless and terrifying mystery, and earned raves for a young writer and his uniquely captivating imagination. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, this remarkable novel “serves notice that Stein is a rare talent.”
Category: Fiction

The Book Of The Bizarre

Author : Varla Ventura
ISBN : 1609250532
Genre : Reference
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Did you know duck dander is hallucinogenic? Or that Katherine Hepburn had a phobia of dirty hair? Have you ever wondered about the Magickal Skull of Doom or contemplated the mysterious Transylvanian Tablets? The Book of the Bizarre is a veritable treasure trove of startling and stranger-than-? ction trivia that spans history, continents, even worlds. Never before have so many truly frightful facts been gathered together in one place. Teeming with the strange, the shocking, and the downright fantastic, The Book of the Bizarre’s thirteen chapters include: Something Wicked: Mysterious Objects & Haunted Homes, Tender Murderers and Malevolent Males: Killingly Good Tales of Terror, and Morbid Writers and Tortured Artists: From Edgar Allan Poe to Vincent Van Gogh. Terrifying topics range from Corpses on Campus to Strange Rock and Roll Stories to Medical Maladies, Conspiracy Theories, Superstitions, Hexes, and even UFO’s. The Book of the Bizarre is designed for the depraved, outlandish enough for the eccentric, and freaky enough for even the hardest trivia nut.
Category: Reference

A Galaxy Of Immortal Women

Author : Brian Griffith
ISBN : 9781935259152
Genre : History
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The goddess tradition remakes China and the world.
Category: History

Jack Potolo The Star Of The Tenth Moon

Author : Mrs Lucy Ann Boutaleb
ISBN : 0957517750
Genre : Fiction
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Jack POTOLO - The Star of the Tenth Moon - is the first installment of the YA Fantasy Fiction Books Trilogy that narrates Jack POTOLO's amazing action packed adventures, romance and intrigues from Africa to a star far, far away... Volume 1: Eighteen-year-old Jack survives a deadly ambush but is injured. He wakes up to find that his parents are dead and re-named Potolo after a heavenly star attributed to the Dogons' tribe cosmology. A momentous destiny is revealed set against the mysteriously savage yet highly enthralling African backdrop. He is also entrusted by his deceased parents' testament to embark on a quest to discover the final evidence of an ancient extra-terrestrial visitation connected to the Dogon's incredible esoteric knowledge of astronomy with extraordinary consequences. Find out how beautiful Fayola stole his heart and follow his mission being thwarted at every turn by the machinations of Bandaga the evil shaman and other dark forces...
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The Trail Book

Author : Mary Austin
ISBN : NYPL:33433082525860
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A Journey In Southern Siberia The Mongols Their Religion And Their Myths

Author : Jeremiah Curtin
ISBN : 9781465520609
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THE Buriats whose myth-tales I have collected, and whose beliefs, modes of worship, and customs I have studied at their source and describe in this volume, are Mongols in the strictest sense of the word as men use it. They inhabit three sides of Lake Baikal, as well as Olkhon its only island. The place and the people are noteworthy. Lake Baikal is the largest body of fresh water in the Old World, being over four hundred miles long and from twenty-four to fifty-six miles broad, its total area covering about thirteen thousand square miles. The Buriats living west of that water, and those inhabiting the sacred island of Olkhon, are the only Mongols who have preserved their own race religion with its primitive usages, archaic beliefs, and philosophy, hence they are a people of great interest to science. The region about that immense body of water, Lake Baikal, is of still greater interest in history, for from the mountain land south of the lake, and touching it, came Temudjin, known later as Jinghis Khan, and Tamerlane, or Timur Lenk (the Iron Limper), the two greatest personages in the Mongol division of mankind. From the first of these two mighty man-slayers were descended the Mongol subduers of China and Russia. Among Jinghis Khan's many grandsons were Kublai Khan, the subjector of China, together with Burma and other lands east of India; Hulagu, who destroyed the Assassin Commonwealth of Persia, stormed Bagdad, and extinguished the Abbasid Kalifat; and Batu, who covered Russia with blood and ashes, mined Hungary, hunting its king to an island in the Adriatic, crushed German and other forces opposed to the Mongols at Liegnitz, and returned to the Volga region, where he established his chief headquarters. Descendants of Jinghis Khan ruled in Russia for two centuries and almost five decades. In China they wielded power only sixty-eight years. From Tamerlane, a more brilliant, if not a greater, leader than Jinghis, descended the Mongols of India, whose history is remarkable both in the rise and the fall of the empire which they founded. These two Mongol conquerors had a common ancestor in Jinghis Khan's great-great-grandfather, Tumbinai; hence both men were of the same blood and had the same land of origin,—the region south of Lake Baikal. That Mongol power which began its career near Baikal covered all Asia, or most of it, and a large part of Europe, and lasted till destroyed by Russia and England. The histories of these struggles are world-wide in their meaning; they deserve the closest study, and in time will surely receive it. When the descendants of Jinghis Khan had lost China, the only great conquest left them was Russia, and there, after a rule of two hundred and forty-four years, power was snatched from them. The Grand Moguls, those masters of India, the descendants of Tamerlane, met with Great Britain, and were stripped of their empire in consequence.

The Tiger Queens

Author : Stephanie Thornton
ISBN : 9781101607688
Genre : Fiction
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In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself the Great, or Genghis, Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph.... After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, gifted Borte becomes an outsider within her clan. When she seeks comfort in the arms of aristocratic traveler Jamuka, she discovers he is the blood brother of Temujin, the man who agreed to marry her and then abandoned her long before they could wed. Temujin will return and make Borte his queen, yet it will take many women to safeguard his fragile new kingdom. Their daughter, the fierce Alaqai, will ride and shoot an arrow as well as any man. Fatima, an elegant Persian captive, will transform her desire for revenge into an unbreakable loyalty. And Sorkhokhtani, a demure widow, will position her sons to inherit the empire when it begins to fracture from within. In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, the tiger queens of Genghis Khan come to depend on one another as they fight and love, scheme and sacrifice, all for the good of their family...and the greatness of the People of the Felt Walls.
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Buddha Impetus To Primitive Psyche

Author : Shelton Ranasinghe
ISBN : 9780615274423
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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The Buddha clearly stated, to subject his teaching to observation and analysis before accepting and living up to it. This is an astonishing invitation in his teachings that is not found in any other religions. Religions provide answers to the questions of mystic nature. How the mystic ideas came into the minds of primitive man and how the religions evolved into present forms, is briefly elaborated in this book. Almost all people stick to the belief systems induced by the parents. Irrespective of ones religion, this is a strange phenomenon of our psyche, which we do not perceive. Some people can be driven to commit suicide in the name of their belief system. This explains how external ideas implanted in us after birth, play a dominant role in our life journey. As to how our brain cells are programmed to accommodate this unique feature of I ness in us is the mystery of all mysteries. The core Buddha teachings address the I ness in a comprehensive manner. The Buddha is reputed as a supreme person of enormous knowledge, specifically in the thinking about thinking. This book explores the core elements of Buddha teachings in a broader manner with a different dimension of logical insight, analysis and rationale. The status of mindfulness, the logic of ending unhappiness, the purpose of meditation, etc., have been extensively exposed from conventional Buddhist realms by correlating these to mind programs. The author has explained, why he postulates self as a mere sub-program in an innate brain program. In his words We have been programmed to presume as we are the program but we are not; the main brain program runs us . This book will be interested to readers, to explore the common Buddhist concepts expressed in a different manner, correlating them to facts of nature, brain functions and common sense. Read this book for details!
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Author : Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
ISBN : UCSC:32106019276341
Genre : Anthropology
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The Bearskin Quiver

Author : Gregory McNamee
ISBN : 9783856306106
Genre : Fiction
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Once upon a time, an Apache story tells us, the trickster called Coyote killed a bear so that he could make a suitable quiver for his magical arrows. You shouldn't have done that, someone warned Coyote. That skin will only bring you bad luck. And so it has been for Coyote ever since, chased by bears and humans alike. In this charming collection of folktales from long ago, we read of the creation of the world, of the ways of animals, of the beguiling Coyote, of the world in which we live and other worlds that hide just beyond our sight. Drawn from the oral literatures of some twenty Southwestern American Indian peoples, these stories teach us about the constants of those dry places: about how the clouds form in the sky, how the heat rises from the ground, how the animals move about from one shady spot to another, and how the people once lived their lives. All these stories show us " as the great anthropologist, Claude Lévi-Strauss, observed " that folktales are not mere afterthoughts of literature, just pleasant stories to tell around the campfire, but rather valuable tools for reflection upon our own lives.
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The Overland Monthly

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105020092156
Genre : California
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Category: California