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The Return Of The Dead

Author : Claude Lecouteux
ISBN : 9781594776830
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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How the ghost stories of pagan times reveal the seamless union existing between the world of the living and the afterlife • Demonstrates how Medieval Christianity transformed the more corporeal ghost encountered in pagan cultures with the disembodied form known today • Explains how the returning dead were once viewed as either troublemakers or guarantors of the social order The impermeable border the modern world sees existing between the world of the living and the afterlife was not visible to our ancestors. The dead could--and did--cross back and forth at will. The pagan mind had no fear of death, but some of the dead were definitely to be dreaded: those who failed to go peacefully into the afterlife but remained on this side in order to right a wrong that had befallen them personally or to ensure that the law promoted by the ancestors was being respected. But these dead individuals were a far cry from the amorphous ectoplasm that is featured in modern ghost stories. These earlier visitors from beyond the grave--known as revenants--slept, ate, and fought like men, even when, like Klaufi of the Svarfdaela Saga, they carried their heads in their arms. Revenants were part of the ancestor worship prevalent in the pagan world and still practiced in indigenous cultures such as the Fang and Kota of equatorial Africa, among others. The Church, eager to supplant this familial faith with its own, engineered the transformation of the corporeal revenant into the disembodied ghost of modern times, which could then be easily discounted as a figment of the imagination or the work of the devil. The sanctified grounds of the church cemetery replaced the burial mounds on the family farm, where the ancestors remained as an integral part of the living community. This exile to the formal graveyard, ironically enough, has contributed to the great loss of the sacred that characterizes the modern world.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Return Of The Gladiator King

Author : Lanre Ayanlowo
ISBN : 9781426949760
Genre : Fiction
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While fame is always admired by everyone, it can prove to be quite a struggle. There is always a mountain to climb, and there is always a rock to break. People expect great things of you. It is not an easy life to live. That struggle faces Eliot, a warrior and solider in thirteenth-century Britain, as he begins to achieve greatness. He encounters the rigors of life and still manages to stand upright in the face of trials and tribulations. What a glorious honour for a mighty man of valour!
Category: Fiction

The Return Of England In English Literature

Author : M. Gardiner
ISBN : 9781137026026
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This lively study provides an account of the 'fall and rise' of the English nation within the British discipline of English Literature between the late eighteenth century and the present day, offering a reconceptualisation of the relationship between English Literature and the formation of English cultural identity.
Category: Literary Criticism

Return To The Corner Of The Dead

Author : Henry May
ISBN : 9781410773678
Genre : Fiction
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This is a story of love and action drawn on a backdrop of revolutionary violence. The novel is set in Peru in 1993 when the country is recovering from a long, brutal, still simmering civil war. The protagonist, Jim Hiram, has returned to Peru at the request of an old friend, a collector of pre-Columbian antiquities, who has a job for him locating a special artifact. Jim had worked as a financial planner in Lima until 1985 when he left after the Sendero Luminoso guerrilla movement brought the war to the capital from its sierra stronghold of Ayacucho, the ‘Corner of The Dead’. He expects his return to be a short-term venture, but he is drawn into a spiraling series of complications and intrigues. He is also drawn into love. Against the dark wine red canvas, the somber shade of dried blood, is set the bright fuchsia of renewing love. Through the maze of a society reeling on the edge of disintegration, Jim makes his way by his wit and his words. As another character observes, he is a ‘smooth liar’, but there are no lies when it comes to love and its regenerative power for him.
Category: Fiction

The Return Of The Phantom

Author : Etienne de Mendes
ISBN : 9781456718558
Genre : Fiction
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The tale of the Phantom of the Opera did not end in the labyrinth beneath a Paris theater. A wealth of secrets lay in the shadows of the convoluted tunnels. There the story continued to and madness, a painful triumph over the damage of ridicule and cursed rejection. A determined soul, one capable of enduring a dark and unholy journey, managed to find its way back into the arms of the mate Destiny had ordained for it. Imagine the woman discovering, almost too late, the identity of her true love, a man she'd let slip through her fingers. Would she not ignore pride and search out a way to get him back? Yes! Christine Daae clawed a path to Erik, and he in turn mastered a demented part of himself in order to affect a degree of sanity and possess her. But were these two sets of glorious arms enough to hold a love spawned in hellish mystery? Let us see, brave soul, let us see.
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The Return Of Christ

Author : David L. Allen
ISBN : 9781433675812
Genre : Religion
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In the study of end times (eschatology), evangelical Christians usually adhere to one of three positions. Premillennialism holds that Christ will return to earth before He reigns over an earthly kingdom for one thousand years. Postmillennialism says the kingdom of God will become realized on this earth through the church's influence, even before Christ's return. Amillennialism suggests the millennium is not a literal thousand-year reign, but that Christ's return will usher in eternity. The Return of Christ gathers presentations from the Acts 1:11 Conference where church leaders spoke in support of the premillennial position and pre-tribulation rapture. Regardless of whether or not a reader holds this same position, the text emphasizes the deep importance of eschatology in Christ's teaching ministry and as the focus for our hope. Indeed, without the promise of Christ's return, Christianity has little to offer the unbeliever. The book's dozen contributors include Jerry Vines, Ergun Caner, Danny Akin, Paige Patterson, David Allen, Richard Land, Junior Hill, Stanton R. Norman, Craig Blaising, Lamar Cooper, Steven Cox, and Michael Vlach.
Category: Religion

Unraveling Resident Evil

Author : Nadine Farghaly
ISBN : 9780786472918
Genre : Games & Activities
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"Resident Evil is a multidimensional, multimedia universe. The essays written for this volume will focus on this particular zombie manifestation and its significance in popular culture, cover a wide range, and discuss numerous issues. Among them are gametheory, the idea of silence as well as memory, the connection to iconic stories, posthumanism and much more"--
Category: Games & Activities

Nightlife In The House Of The Dead

Author : Gerald Stanley
ISBN : 9781491720110
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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It is not easy living among the dead. Before they go in the ground, they spend some time in a funeral parlor and use the occasion to get you, if you are the Night Man, the guy who runs the place from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. When they come at you, they are always smiling, unless their face was botched by the person who makes a living making them smile. They rarely move, while you’re watching. They hide their actions to fool the living, but not me. I was always on my guard. What a plush job, I thought, when I signed up. 1. Answer the phone, then call the boss to report who died and where. (But eventually, a call comes from a hysterical woman: “My husband just hung himself in the shower” and you’re thinking, “How did he do it? Was he a midget?”) 2. If there are any bodies downstairs, take the bereaved to them. (But, eventually, a daughter hugs her mother for the last time, and the coffin hits the floor and Mom rolls out, and you call the boss and say, real seriously, “There’s a problem in the Chapel...”) You can handle these—but not the dead when they come at you in a thousand ways...
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A Companion To The Anthropology Of The Body And Embodiment

Author : Frances E. Mascia-Lees
ISBN : 9781444340464
Genre : Social Science
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A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment offers original essays that examine historical and contemporary approaches to conceptualizations of the body. In this ground-breaking work on the body and embodiment, the latest scholarship from anthropology and related social science fields is presented, providing new insights on body politics and the experience of the body Original chapters cover historical and contemporary approaches and highlight new research frameworks Reflects the increasing importance of embodiment and its ethnographic contexts within anthropology Highlights the increasing emphasis on examining the production of scientific, technological, and medical expertise in studying bodies and embodiment
Category: Social Science

Faces Of The Living Dead

Author : Martyn Jolly
ISBN : IND:30000087182311
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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"From the collections of The British Library and other major archives in Britain and America, Faces of the Living Dead includes work by the leading spirit photographers from the 1870s to the 1930s, including William Crookes, Ada Deane, William Mumler and Edward Wyllie, and examines the evolution and popularity of spirit photography. Although subsequently proved to be fakes, spirit photographs remain as compelling historical evidence for technology's power to serve as a means to cope with the inexplicable and undesirable experiences of modernity."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit