Shiva: stories and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

Shiva: stories and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

Shiva, the most ancient and complex deity of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in many contrasting lights: destroyer and benefactor, ascetic and householder, wild demon slayer and calm yogi atop Mount Kailash. Drawing from the Hindu sacred text the Shiva Mahapurana–said to be written by Shiva himself–Vanamali selects the essential stories of Shiva, both those from his dark wild side and those from his benevolent peaceful side. Vanamali discusses Shiva’s many avatars such as Shambunatha and Bhola, as well as Dakshinamurti who taught …

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Shiva: the wild God of power and ecstasy

Shiva: the wild God of power and ecstasy

Intro; Dedication; Title Page; Contents; Introduction; Chapter 1. Journey to the Source of Time; Chapter 2. Fire and Ice; The Rock; Water; Kashi; Karttikeya’s Strange Birth; Chapter 3. The Shaman and His Black Dog; The Old Huntsman; Pashupati, Lord of the Animals; The Noose; The Black Dog; The God of the Shades; Bhairava; Rudra and Odin; The Treacherous God; Chapter 4. God’s Virile Member; Lingam Yoni; The Lingam Is Everywhere; How Arjuna Won His Magic Arrows; How Markandeya Became an Immortal; The Phallic Symbol; …

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Following Osiris: perspectives on the Osirian afterlife from four millenia

Following Osiris: perspectives on the Osirian afterlife from four millenia

None Osiris, god of the dead, was one of ancient Egypt’s most important deities. The earliest secure evidence for belief in him dates back to the fifth dynasty (c.2494-2345BC), but he continued to be worshipped until the fifth century AD. Following Osiris is concerned with ancient Egyptian conceptions of the relationship between Osiris and the deceased, or what might be called the Osirian afterlife, asking what the nature of this relationship was and what the prerequisites were for enjoying its benefits. It does not …

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Chile and the Nazis: From Hitler to Pinochet

Chile and the Nazis: From Hitler to Pinochet

Based on documentary evidence from the archives of the Chilean Foreign Office, and from US, British, German, and intercepted Japanese documents, Mount is one of the first authors to provide evidence of Chiles reluctance to sever diplomatic ties with Nazi Germany, allowing Nazi Germany to maximize its opportunities there, influencing Chilean politicians, military operations and the popular media. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Hitler’s subsequent declaration of war upon the United States, Chile’s reluctance to sever diplomatic ties with Nazi Germany …

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Goddess on the frontier: religion, ethnicity, and gender in southwest China

Goddess on the frontier: religion, ethnicity, and gender in southwest China

Introduction : religion, ethnicity and gender in Dali — Baijie’s background : religion and representation in the Nanzhao and Dali kingdoms — Holy consort white sister : Baijie Shengfei and Dali Buddhism — Little white sister : Baijie Amei, dragons, and kingship in Ming Dali — Lady of cypress chastity : Baijie Furen in the Ming and Qing — Baijie the benzhu : village religion in contemporary Dali — Conclusion : ethnicity and gender in the cult of the goddess Baijie. Dali is a …

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The murder of Moses: how an Egyptian magician assassinated Moses, stole his identity, and hijacked the Exodus

The murder of Moses: how an Egyptian magician assassinated Moses, stole his identity, and hijacked the Exodus

“An investigation of how Moses was deceived and murdered by his father-in-law, Reuel”– An investigation of how Moses was deceived and murdered by his father-in-law, Reuel • Shows how the magician Reuel staged the Burning Bush that spoke to Moses and assumed Moses’ identity after his murder • Explains how early scribes edited the Exodus story to cover Moses’ assassination and replacement and fabricated Moses’ origin story • Builds upon the Moses research of Goethe, Christopher Marlowe, and Sigmund Freud–who spent the last 40 …

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Remembering Pinochets Chile: On the Eve of London 1998

Remembering Pinochets Chile: On the Eve of London 1998

During the two years just before the 1998 arrest in London of General Augusto Pinochet, the historian Steve J. Stern had been in Chile collecting oral histories of life under Pinochet as part of an investigation into the form and meaning of memories of state-sponsored atrocities. In this compelling work, Stern shares the recollections of individual Chileans and draws on their stories to provide a framework for understanding memory struggles in history. During the two years just before the 1998 arrest in London of …

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Reckoning With Pinochet: The Memory Question in Democratic Chile, 19892006

Reckoning With Pinochet: The Memory Question in Democratic Chile, 19892006

Reckoning with Pinochet is the first comprehensive account of how Chile came to terms with General Augusto Pinochets legacy of human rights atrocities. An icon among Latin Americas dirty war dictators, Pinochet had ruled with extreme violence while building a loyal social base. Hero to some and criminal to others, the general cast a long shadow over Chiles future. Steve J. Stern recounts the full history of Chiles democratic reckoning, from the negotiations in 1989 to chart a post-dictatorship transition; through Pinochets arrest in …

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