Greenwitch (The Dark is Rising Sequence)

By Susan Cooper

Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted via their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal city to get well a worthy golden grail stolen through the forces of evil -- darkish. they don't seem to be firstly conscious of the unusual powers of one other boy dropped at support, Will Stanton -- nor of the sinister importance of the Greenwitch, a picture of leaves and branches that for hundreds of years has been solid into the ocean for stable good fortune in fishing and harvest.
Their look for the grail units into movement a sequence of distubing, occasionally risky occasions that, at their climax, bring about a present that, for a time no less than, will continue the darkish from emerging.

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Death and the Afterlife: A Cultural Encyclopedia

By Richard P. Taylor

Filenote: PDF retail from ebsco. PDF is ebsco's reflow pdf, so now not the great PDF imprint. Paginated. name is used to be in ABC-CLIO catalog, so probably the bankruptcy rips are nonetheless on hand and perhaps a greater imprint. Will maintain looking.

Readers of Death and the Afterlife: A Cultural Encyclopedia will locate that spending time with loss of life is life-giving in so much cultures this day and all through historical past. The Underworld, no matter if the Greek Hades or the chinese language Yellow Springs, is not only a repository of the lifeless, however the resource of fertility, wealth, and hidden knowledge bestowed basically upon the adventurous who go the border among this global and the next.

This complete reference paintings includes 1000's of entries at the occasionally imprecise, complex, and mysterious (but regularly attention-grabbing) funeral customs of dozens of cultures. greater than a meeting of knowledge, this reference attracts out the underlying that means of funeral and afterlife traditions. each one access is greatly documented and contains the insights of considerate local authors and commentaries without delay with regards to the cultural subject handy. a subject matter finder by way of tradition, a bibliography, an index, and first resource references are incorporated.

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A Tale of Four Dervishes (Penguin Classics)

In depression at having no son to prevail him, the King of Turkey leaves his palace to stay in seclusion. quickly after, notwithstanding, he encounters 4 wandering dervishes - 3 princes and a wealthy service provider from Persia, Yemen and China - who've been guided to Turkey by means of a supernatural strength that prophesied their assembly. The 5 males sit down jointly at nighttime, each one in flip telling the story of misplaced love that led him to give up the area. As their tales inside tales spread, an impressive international is published of courtly intrigue and romance, fairies and djinn, oriental gardens and indulgent feasts, adventures and mishaps. A story of 4 Dervishes (1803) is an attractive instance of Urdu fiction that offers a desirable glimpse into the customs, ideals and folks of the time.

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Mythology 101: From Gods and Goddesses to Monsters and Mortals, Your Guide to Ancient Mythology (Adams 101)

By Kathleen Sears

Explore the attention-grabbing myths of Greek and Roman civilizations!

The stories of gods and heroes are frequently changed into tedious discourse that even Ovid may reject. This easy-to-read consultant cuts out the dull info, and as an alternative, will give you an exciting lesson in vintage mythology.

From the heights of Mt. Olympus to the depths of the Underworld, this publication takes you on an unforgettable trip via the entire significant myths born in historical Greece and Rome, similar to Achilles's involvement within the Trojan warfare; Pluto's kidnapping of the gorgeous Proserpina; and the slaying of Medusa by way of Perseus, the heroic demi-god. you will additionally examine all concerning the wonders of the area in addition to the best creatures ever recorded in history.

Like Charon navigating the River of Wailing, Mythology 101 will consultant you thru the main excellent (and thoroughly terrifying) stories the traditional international has to offer.

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The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5)

By Rick Riordan

Notwithstanding the Greek and Roman workforce contributors of the Argo II have made development of their many quests, they nonetheless look no towards defeating the earth mom, Gaea. Her giants have risen - them all - and they're improved than ever.

The gods, nonetheless being affected by a number of character disease, are dead. How can a handful of younger demigods desire to persevere opposed to Gaea's military of robust giants? As harmful because it is to move to Athens, they've got no different choice. they've got sacrificed an excessive amount of already. And if Gaea wakes, it really is online game over . . .

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The Firebrand

By Marion Zimmer Bradley

Mixing archaeological truth and legend, the myths of the gods and the feats of heroes, Marion Zimmer Bradley breathes new lifestyles into the vintage story of the Trojan War-reinventing larger-than-life figures as residing humans engaged in a determined fight that dooms either the victors and the vanquished, their destiny visible throughout the eyes of Kassandra-priestess, princess, and passionate lady with the spirit of a warrior.

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Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema

Classical delusion and tradition within the Cinema is a set of essays featuring quite a few ways to motion pictures set in old Greece and Rome and to movies that mirror archetypal positive aspects of classical literature. the range of content material and theoretical stances present in this quantity will make it required interpreting for students and scholars drawn to interdisciplinary methods to textual content and photo, and for an individual attracted to the presence of Greece and Rome in smooth well known culture.

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The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)

By Rick Riordan

After a summer season spent attempting to hinder a catastrophic warfare one of the Greek gods, Percy Jackson unearths his seventh-grade tuition 12 months unnervingly quiet. His largest challenge is facing his new buddy, Tyson-a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless child who follows Percy all over the place, making it challenging for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

But issues don't remain quiet for lengthy. Percy quickly discovers there's difficulty at Camp Half-Blood: the mystical borders which safeguard Half-Blood Hill were poisoned via a mysterious enemy, and the one refuge for demigods is at the verge of being overrun through mythological monsters. to avoid wasting the camp, Percy wishes assistance from his ally, Grover, who has been taken prisoner via the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island someplace within the Sea of Monsters, the damaging waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia-only at the present time, the ocean of Monsters is going via a brand new identify the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends-Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson-must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes via the tip of the summer season or Camp Half-Blood should be destroyed. yet first, Percy will examine a beautiful new mystery approximately his family-one that makes him query no matter if being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or just a merciless funny story.

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The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur

By Victor Pelevin

A cyber-age retelling of the parable of Theseus and the Minotaur from one in every of Russia’s most fun younger writers.
Labyrinth (noun): An complex constitution of intercommunicating passages, in which it truly is tricky to discover one’s means and not using a clue; a maze.

They have by no means met; they've been assigned unusual pseudonyms; they inhabit exact rooms which open out onto very varied landscapes; they usually have entered right into a discussion which they can not get away – a discourse outlined and destroyed through the Helmet of Horror. Its wearer is the dominant strength they name Asterisk, a strength for sturdy and sick during which the Minotaur is ceaselessly current and Theseus is the good unknown.

Victor Pelevin has created a mesmerising international the place the surreal and the hyperreal collide. The Helmet of Horror is dependent in line with the web exchanges of the twenty-first century, but instilled with the figures and narratives of classical mythology. it's a labyrinthine exam of epistemological uncertainty that substantially reinvents the parable of Theseus and the Minotaur for an age the place info is plentiful yet wisdom turns out eventually unattainable.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Egyptian Myths: A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends

By Garry J. Shaw

An authoritative consultant to the Egyptian myths that sheds new gentle on an historical approach of figuring out the world

This survey of Egyptian mythology explores how the traditional Nile-dwellers defined the realm round them. It delves into the production and evolution of the realm and the reigns of the gods on the earth, prior to introducing us to the manifestations of Egypt’s deities within the typical atmosphere; the artistic ways that the Egyptians handled the invisible forces throughout them; and their ideals approximately existence after death.

Through his enticing narrative, Garry Shaw courses us during the mythic adventures of such well-known deities as Osiris, the god murdered by way of his jealous brother Seth; the paranormal and occasionally devious Isis, who plotted to realize the ability of the sunlight god Re; and Horus, who defeated his uncle Seth to turn into king of Egypt. He additionally introduces us to lesser identified myths, akin to the rebellions opposed to Re; Geb’s quest for Re’s magical wig; and the flaying of the unlucky god Nemty. From stars and heavenly our bodies crusing on boats, to the wind as manifestation of the god Shu, to gods, goddesses, ghosts, and demons―beings which may be competitive, important, clever, or dangerous―Shaw is going directly to clarify how the Egyptians encountered the mythological of their daily lives.

a hundred+ illustrations

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