Thunder God

Author: Paul Watkins
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571319386
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Thunder God from the Author: Paul Watkins. A gripping, acclaimed action-packed Viking epic. Set in the 10th century, when Viking raids were at their peak, Paul Watkins spins a tale that covers three continents. After centuries of ranging unchecked across the northern world, the fortunes of the Vikings have begun to turn. In this time of violent change, a young man, struck by lightning, is believed to be marked by the gods as a keeper of the Norse religion's greatest secret. To save the Norse faith and himself, he embarks upon a journey that takes him far beyond the boundaries of the known world, where he must confront not only his own gods but the gods of a people yet more savage. 'Few contemporary novelists have the ability to grab readers by the throat with such intense story-telling power and not release them until the final page has been turned.' Sunday Times

Remains Of Ritual

Author: Steven M. Friedson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226265064
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Remains Of Ritual from the Author: Steven M. Friedson. Remains of Ritual, Steven M. Friedson’s second book on musical experience in African ritual, focuses on the Brekete/Gorovodu religion of the Ewe people. Friedson presents a multifaceted understanding of religious practice through a historical and ethnographic study of one of the dominant ritual sites on the southern coast of Ghana: a medicine shrine whose origins lie in the northern region of the country. Each chapter of this fascinating book considers a different aspect of ritual life, demonstrating throughout that none of them can be conceived of separately from their musicality—in the Brekete world, music functions as ritual and ritual as music. Dance and possession, chanted calls to prayer, animal sacrifice, the sounds and movements of wake keeping, the play of the drums all come under Friedson’s careful scrutiny, as does his own position and experience within this ritual-dominated society.

Butterfly Mother Miao Hmong Creation Epics From Guizhou China

Author: Mark Bender
Publisher: Hackett Publishing
ISBN: 1603843353
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Butterfly Mother Miao Hmong Creation Epics From Guizhou China from the Author: Mark Bender. A collection of epics from the Miao (Hmong) ethnic group of southwest China. The poetic narratives, traditionally performed by two groups of singers, relate the creation of the world and the peoples and creatures in it. One of the major figures in one series of the songs is Butterfly Mother (Mai Bang), a personified butterfly who lays the eggs that eventually lead to the creation of the local peoples. Rich in cultural lore, these mythic narratives are virtual encyclopedias of traditional myths, legends, and folk customs of the Miao people.

Homeric Contexts

Author: Franco Montanari
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110272016
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Homeric Contexts from the Author: Franco Montanari. This volume addresses questions concerning Neoanalysis and Oral theory, the two most fruitful schools of thought in Homeric criticism. It explores the development of Greek myth with respect to the Trojan war; the signs of heroic cult in Homeric poetry; the function of memory; the relation between the catalogue of ships and the Iliadic narrative; the tragedy of Achilles; the travels of Odysseus; the Telemachy and the Nostoi, the false tales and Crete; the imagery of Odyssean similes; language and formulas; the Epic Cycle; Hesiod and Homer; the epic of Alpamysh; the Iliad and the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Modern Chinese Religion I 2 Vol Set

Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004271643
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Modern Chinese Religion I 2 Vol Set from the Author: . Defining religion as “value systems in practice”, Modern Chinese Religion is a multi-disciplinary work that shows the processes of rationalization and interiorization at work in the rituals, self-cultivation practices, thought, and iconography of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism in the 10th-14th centuries.

South Of The Clouds

Author: Lucien Miller
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295972930
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South Of The Clouds from the Author: Lucien Miller. "The fifty-four tales included here represent all twenty-five of Yunnan Province's official designated ethnic minorities. They include creation myths, romances, historical legends, tales explaining natural phenomena, ghost stories, and festival tales. The tales are people by memorable characters, such as the Tibetan mother who, reborn as a cow, comforts and helps her daughter in her harsh life as a slave girl; the two Kucong sisters who marry snakes; and the bodiless Lahu "head-baby" who grows up to wind one of the earth-god Poyana's daughters in marriage. Chosen for their representativeness, aesthetic appeal, and variety, the stories provide rich examples of the folk traditions of Southwest China. Introductions and an appendix describe the places and people of Yunnan, analyze the literary and psychological characteristics of their stories, give the sources of the tales, and explain the methodology of collecting folk literature in China."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Zibuyu What The Master Would Not Discuss According To Yuan Mei 1716 1798 A Collection Of Supernatural Stories 2 Vols

Author: Paolo Santangelo
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004216286
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Zibuyu What The Master Would Not Discuss According To Yuan Mei 1716 1798 A Collection Of Supernatural Stories 2 Vols from the Author: Paolo Santangelo. Although the preface says that the tales in this collection of supernatural stories should not be taken seriously and just aim to dispel boredom, Zibuyu is a work with different reading levels, which allows to uncover several deep trends, taboos and fantasies of late imperial intellectual circles. Disgust, surprise and laughter are constantly evoked, by continually attracting and repulsing the reader. Santangelo and Yan have introduced, translated and commented upon the collection.

Crusaders And Crusading In The Twelfth Century

Author: Giles Constable
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754665236
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Crusaders And Crusading In The Twelfth Century from the Author: Giles Constable. This volume brings together revised and up-dated versions of Giles Constable's classic essays on crusading in the 12th century, along with two major new studies on the cross of the crusaders and the Fourth Crusade, and two excursuses on the terminology of crusading and the numbering of the crusades. Together they show the range and depth of the crusading movement at that time and its influence on the broader history of the period.


Author: Jason Aaron
Publisher: Marvel Entertainment
ISBN: 1302368915
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Thor from the Author: Jason Aaron. Collects Thor: God of Thunder #6-11. Somewhere at the end of time, all the gods of the universe are enslaved, working to build a machine that will forever change the face of creation. What is...the Godbomb? And what can Thor, the last free god in all the cosmos, do to stop it? As Gorr's master plan continues to unfold, all hope for divinity is lost as Thor finds himself in chains alongside his fellow gods.