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The Smoke Of The Gods

Author : Eric Burns
ISBN : 1592134823
Genre : History
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Fox News Watch host Eric Burns, who chronicled the social history of alcohol in "The Spirits of America "turns to tobacco in "The Smoke of the Gods." Ranging from ancient times to the present day, "The Smoke of the Gods" is a lively history of tobacco, especially in the United States. Although tobacco use is controversial in the U.S. today, Burns reminds us that this was not always the case. For centuries tobacco was generally thought to have medicinal and even spiritual value. Most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were tobacco users or growers, or both. According to Burns, tobacco changed the very course of U.S. history, because its discovery caused the British to support Jamestown, its struggling New World colony. An entertaining and informative look at a subject that makes daily news headlines, "The Smoke of the Gods" is a history that is, well, quite addictive.
Category: History

Smoke Signals For The Gods

Author : F. S. Naiden
ISBN : 9780190232719
Genre : History
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Animal sacrifice has been critical to the study of ancient Mediterranean religions since the nineteenth century. Recently, two theories have dominated the subject of sacrifice: the psychological and ethological approach of Walter Burkert and the sociological and cultural approach of Jean-Pierre Vernant and Marcel Detienne. These writers have argued that sacrifice allays feelings of guilt at the slaughter of sacrificial animals and that it promotes solidarity. None of them leaves much room for the role of priests or gods, or compares animal sacrifice to other oblations offered to the gods. F. S. Naiden redresses the omission of these features to show that, far from being an attempt to assuage guilt or foster solidarity, animal sacrifice is an attempt to make contact with a divine being, and that it is so important-and perceived to be so risky-for the worshippers that it becomes subject to regulations of unequaled extent and complexity. Smoke Signals for the Gods addresses these regulations as well as literary texts, while drawing on recent archaeological work on faunal remains. It also seeks to explain how mistaken views of sacrifice arose, and traces them as far back as early Christianity. This many-sided study provides a new picture of ancient Greek animal sacrifice and of the religion of which sacrifice was a part.
Category: History

Dreams Of Gods And Monsters

Author : Laini Taylor
ISBN : 9781444722741
Genre : Fiction
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*An Amazon Best Book of the Year* The final book in the gripping Sunday Times bestselling series. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz. Common enemy, common cause. When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world. What power can bruise the sky From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of ? And does anything else matter
Category: Fiction

The Smoking Book

Author : Lesley Stern
ISBN : 0226773302
Genre : Fiction
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The pleasures of smoking are revealed in this literary study of the subject
Category: Fiction

The Religion Toolkit

Author : John Morreall
ISBN : 9781444343717
Genre : Religion
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This complete overview of religious studies provides students with the essential knowledge and tools they need to explore and understand the nature of religion. Covers the early development of religion, with overviews of major and minor religions from Islam to Scientology Considers recent developments including secularization; the relationship between religion and science; and scientific studies on religion, health, and mystical experience Uses humor throughout, allowing students to remain open-minded to the subject Explains what it means to study religion academically, and considers the impact of the study of religion on religion itself Contains numerous student-friendly features including photos, maps, time lines, side bars, historical profiles, and population distribution figures Provides classroom users with a lively website,, including questions, quizzes, extra material, and helpful primary and secondary sources
Category: Religion

The Gods Have Landed

Author : James R. Lewis
ISBN : 0791423301
Genre : Religion
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This is a comprehensive account of the religious dimensions of the UFO/flying saucer experience.
Category: Religion

The Way It Works

Author : Kathy Pinna
ISBN : 9781847285911
Genre : Self-Help
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The Way It Works is an introduction to the New Era and its belief systems. This guide contains an explanation of the foundation of the world along with excercises that support you in changing your life today.
Category: Self-Help

Against The Gods

Author : Peter L. Bernstein
ISBN : 9780470534533
Genre : Business & Economics
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A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA Today Bestseller "Ambitious and readable . . . an engaging introduction to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping to release mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism." —The New York Times "An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book." —The Wall Street Journal "A lively panoramic book . . . Against the Gods sets up an ambitious premise and then delivers on it." —Business Week "Deserves to be, and surely will be, widely read." —The Economist "[A] challenging book, one that may change forever the way people think about the world." —Worth "No one else could have written a book of such central importance with so much charm and excitement." —Robert Heilbroner author, The Worldly Philosophers "With his wonderful knowledge of the history and current manifestations of risk, Peter Bernstein brings us Against the Gods. Nothing like it will come out of the financial world this year or ever. I speak carefully: no one should miss it." —John Kenneth Galbraith Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard University In this unique exploration of the role of risk in our society, Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk under control is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern times from the distant past. Against the Gods chronicles the remarkable intellectual adventure that liberated humanity from oracles and soothsayers by means of the powerful tools of risk management that are available to us today. "An extremely readable history of risk." —Barron's "Fascinating . . . this challenging volume will help you understand the uncertainties that every investor must face." —Money "A singular achievement." —Times Literary Supplement "There's a growing market for savants who can render the recondite intelligibly-witness Stephen Jay Gould (natural history), Oliver Sacks (disease), Richard Dawkins (heredity), James Gleick (physics), Paul Krugman (economics)-and Bernstein would mingle well in their company." —The Australian
Category: Business & Economics

Gods Of The Inferno The Inheritors 2

Author : Fletcher Anthony
ISBN : 9781743342879
Genre : Fiction
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In the tradition of Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear, Fletcher Anthony brings us a magical world inhabited by the spirits. The world of ancient Indonesia, and modern-day Gondwanaland: Australia. Thousands of years ago, the People lived and worshipped their gods in the rainforests of the Indonesian archipelago. Then the Newcomers began to come from the north and the People were forced to move south and relocate again and again. They must trust those of their kind with whom they used to do battle; they must learn how to cross a river; they must forget their old ways and forge new ideas. Fern is their shaman, and above all her spirit must be forged anew or she and her people will die — not from hunger or starvation or war, but from the loss of their gods and the dying of their spirit, the very heart of their world. And in contemporary Australia, another Fern must choose between the new world and the old, and the visions of an ancient shaman may guide her path in the present.
Category: Fiction

Champion Of The Gods

Author : Kevin Butler
ISBN : 9781312425743
Genre : History
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This is the story of the Roman Emperor, Julian, a brave and courageous young man who began his life in a regal yet humble way. Descended from the blood of emperors, he was orphaned from the time of his youth and left to the devices of his tyrant cousin - A villain whose only desire in life was to first acquire and then to hold the power of Rome in his hands. To achieve this end he would stop at nothing - including murder. Julian was only a child when this man rose to power and he unfortunately found himself caught up in the man's contemptuous ways. Due to his cousin's devices, Julian spent his early years in confinement. As he grew older, the challenges became even greater until he finally had to take desperate measures in order to survive. For those that do not know the history of Julian, he was the last Pagan Emperor of Rome and nephew of Constantine the Great - The first Christian emperor.
Category: History

The Short Swift Time Of Gods On Earth

Author : Donald Bahr
ISBN : 0520084683
Genre : Social Science
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"As definitive a work as we are likely to get on Pima-Papago mythology."—William Bright, author of A Coyote Reader
Category: Social Science

The Divine Picture Book A Study Guide For The Book Of Revelation

Author : James E. Sebela
ISBN : 9781304731364
Genre : Bible
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In this detailed study outline of the book, the author connects the message of the book to its Old Testament roots and reclaims it for contemporary Christians struggling to live out their faith in what seems to be an increasingly hostile world. The author presents the images of Revelation as a "divine picture book" not to be debated, or to serve as a detailed calendar of end-time events but to reassure believers today that the promise of the gospel is still as real, fresh, and powerful as it's ever been.
Category: Bible

Egg Ship Gods

Author : John Spottiswoode
ISBN : 9781291365535
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Atlantis The Power System Of The Gods

Author : David Hatcher Childress
ISBN : 0932813968
Genre : Science
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This book takes us beyond Childress's previous books This amazing book on an unusual voyage into the world ancient flying vehicles, ancient legends of flight and the mysterious power system of Atlantis. Taking us from ancient texts in a centuries old library in India (The Royal Baroda Library in Mysore India) to diagrams of mercury vortex engines and power broadcasting crystals of Atlantis, this will fascinate and amaze! Richly illustrated, and packed with evidence that Atlantis not only existed system more sophisticated than ours of today. Topics: The Ramayana and the amazing vimanas of ancient India; Atlantis and its crystal power towers that broadcast energy; Inventor Nikola Tesla's nearly identical system of power transmission; How gyros with electrified gas or liquids anti-gravity effect; Mercury Proton Gyros and mercury vortex propulsion; The Crystal Towers that broadcast energy to the lost continent of Atlantis; How these incredible power stations may still exist today; The Earth as a giant power plant.
Category: Science

Gods Concubine

Author : Sara Douglass
ISBN : 142991162X
Genre : Fiction
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From ancient Greece they came, remnants of the glorious Trojans. Led by Brutus, Kingman, holder of the bands of gold that wield the very magic of the Gods, these travelers are bowed but not broken, and they have come to Albion to begin anew. A vision of beauty called them to create a new Troy, and when they landed on the shores of the land that became Britain, they found an old magic that was fading. And so they began to construct a new Labyrinth, a place of magic that will bring unimaginable power to those who can control it. The temptress who brought Brutus to this land seeks to use him for her own purposes, but in that she fails, for it is the bride of Brutus who dooms the completion of the labyrinth . . . and sends all the players in this drama---handsome Brutus, his beautiful wife, Cornelia, and the sensuous and deadly Genvissa---into a hell of death and rebirth, until the Labyrinth is completed and the ancient magic is set free. A thousand years pass. Cathedrals rise in place of mud and wattle huts, hymns to saints replace odes to Celtic and Greek gods. But the magic from the dawn of time waits, and the players are not yet done with their destinies. They have new faces and new bodies, but old souls---and not all who have come back remember their parts in this drama. There are kings and princes, deadly court intrigues, and ancient powers awoken. And a warrior across the sea who only waits for his opportunity to finish what was started centuries before . . . At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Category: Fiction

Space Gods And The Tai Chi Master

Author : Daumants Elmars Prieditis
ISBN : 9780595293346
Genre : Fiction
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Time Travel and Tai Chi Chuan are some of the stories involved in this novel. It is short enough for teenagers and children, but long enough for adults to be able to be read in a fair amount of time.
Category: Fiction

Fated Gods Summoners Book Three

Author : A.M. Yates
Genre : Fiction
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Josie Day thought she knew who she was. Then her mother was murdered, and Josie's destiny passed to her sister. Now Josie’s sister is dying, overwhelmed by the power she was never prepared to assume. An earth goddess is set on destroying humanity, and she’s succeeding. A traitor turns up where Josie least expects. And the one soul who could ignite Josie to fight for her sister, her tribe, and all of humanity is gone. Everyone knows the Fates demand a price, and Josie is prepared to pay. She will give up everything to bring him back—to bring herself back. The third and final book in the Young Adult Urban Fantasy Romance series, Summoners. Keywords: YA, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, Series, magic, gods, goddess, teen
Category: Fiction