Download E-books Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal PDF

By Joe Nickell

As a former inner most investigator and forensic author, Joe Nickell has spent a lot of his occupation deciding on cast files, operating undercover to infiltrate robbery jewelry, and investigating puzzled deaths. Now he turns his massive investigative ability towards the magical, getting to know the main recognized and mysterious phenomena all around the world―spontaneous human combustion, unidentified flying object visitations, auras, digital poltergeists, and plenty of, many more―with an eye fixed towards fixing those mysteries instead of selling or pushing aside them.

Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the mystical examines the situations of over 40 paranormal mysteries. utilizing a hands-on strategy, Nickell visits the scene of the so-called unexplainable job every time attainable and makes an attempt to bodily reproduction the unbelievable. no matter if he is causing stigmata on himself or recreating the liquefying blood of Saint Januarius, Nickell does no matter what essential to do away with the possible prior to contemplating the supernatural. what's left is that rather more interesting.

Nickell experiences on regularly occurring legends from American heritage reminiscent of the supernatural occasions surrounding Abraham Lincoln's dying and the meant crash touchdown of an alien spacecraft close to Roswell, New Mexico. He heavily examines claims of the incredible, from rose petals bearing the likeness of Jesus to images of a "golden door" to heaven. debatable mysteries reminiscent of clairvoyance and "spirit painting," haunted locations, and freaks of nature are only the various many subject matters covered.

Suspenseful, engrossing, humorous, and level-headed in clinical method, Real-Life X-Files offers actual factors for the "paranormal" actions that experience intrigued people for hundreds of years.
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Download E-books The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún PDF

By J.R.R. Tolkien

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún is a previously unpublished paintings by means of J.R.R. Tolkien, written whereas Tolkien used to be Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford through the Twenties and ‘30s, ahead of he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It makes on hand for the 1st time Tolkien’s large retelling in English narrative verse of the epic Norse stories of Sigurd the Völsung and the autumn of the Niflungs. It contains an advent by means of J.R.R. Tolkien, drawn from one in every of his personal lectures on Norse literature, with remark and notes at the poems by way of Christopher Tolkien.

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Download E-books Foundation Myths in Ancient Societies: Dialogues and Discourses PDF

Throughout the traditional international, beginning tales have been advised around the old international in lots of other ways: via poetry, prose, huge and ornamental arts, and function in civic and non secular rituals. beginning myths, quite these in regards to the beginnings of towns and societies, performed a tremendous position within the dynamics of id development and within the negotiation of diplomatic relationships among groups. but many old groups had no longer one yet a number of beginning myths, providing replacement visions and interpretations in their collective origins.

Seeking to give an explanation for this plurality, Foundation Myths in historic Societies explores foundation tales from various classical and old societies, masking either a large chronological span (from Greek colonies to the excessive Roman empire) and a large geographical zone (from the crucial Mediterranean to crucial Asia). individuals discover the explanations numerous assorted, occasionally contradictory myths may possibly coexist or perhaps coevolve. jointly, the chapters recommend that the paradox and dissonance of a number of beginning myths can occasionally be extra significant than a unmarried coherent foundation narrative. Foundation Myths in old Societies argues for a both/and method of origin myths, laying a framework for realizing them in discussion with one another and inside a much wider mythic context, as a part of a much broader discourse of origins.

Contributors: Lieve Donnellan, Alfred Hirt, Naoíse Mac Sweeney, Rachel Mairs, Irad Malkin, Daniel Ogden, Robin Osborne, Michael Squire, Susanne Turner.

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Download E-books Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman PDF

In Jean Shinoda Bolen's best-selling, game-changing Goddesses in Everywoman, myths got here to lifestyles in an entire new manner that resonated with our personal lives. Even fictional personality Bridget Jones used to be interpreting that book.Now comes Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, a groundbreaking new e-book that explores the archetype of the activist. Indomitable ability untamed, unsubdued. it's the one-in-herself caliber in women and girls who aren't sufferers, it doesn't matter what. To deliver the Artemis archetype to lifestyles, Dr. Bolen delves deeply into the parable of Atalanta, the well-known hunter and runner in old Greek mythology, a mortal girl who's pointed out with Artemis the Greek Goddess of the quest and Moon. Atalanta started lifestyles deserted and left to die simply because she was once born a lady. She confronted the Calydon Boar and drew first blood; she used to be the runner who might call for to be crushed in a footrace via the fellow who may perhaps declare her as his bride. Atalanta exemplifies the indomitable spirit in efficient, brave women and within the ladies they turn into. this is often grit, the eagerness and endurance to move the gap, to outlive, and to succeed.

Dr. Bolen paints a vibrant photograph of Artemis girls in present media, together with Princess Merida from the lively movie Brave and Katniss Everdeen from The starvation Games. In most of these examples and people of real-life ladies who develop into their Artemis spirit, she offers the capacity in which readers can navigate their very own own exploration to develop into their real selves. Bolen dedicates this ebook to girls and ladies who include the archetype of Artemis, who observe her uncrushable spirit in themselves or others.

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Download E-books Scylla: Myth, Metaphor, Paradox PDF

What is in a reputation? utilizing the instance of a recognized monster from Greek fable, this e-book demanding situations the dominant view legendary image denotes a unmarried, simple 'figure' and proposes as a substitute to conceptualize the identify 'Scylla' as a mixture of 3 thoughts - sea, puppy and girl - whose articulation alterations over the years. whereas archaic and classical Greek types often emphasize the metaphorical coherence of Scylla's a variety of elements, the identify is more and more handled as a well-defined but additionally paradoxical build from the past due fourth century BCE onward. continuing via targeted analyses of Greek and Roman texts and photographs, Professor Hopman indicates how an analogous identify can variously convey anxieties concerning the sea, canines, competitive girls and shy maidens, therefore supplying an empirical reaction to the semiotic puzzle raised by way of non-referential right names.
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Download E-books Siege of Heaven (Novels of the Crusades) PDF

By Tom Harper

A strong novel of intrigue, sacrifice, savagery and holy war---the apocalyptic finishing of the 1st campaign trilogy.

August, 1098. After numerous battles and sieges, the surviving infantrymen of the 1st campaign are finally close by in their final objective: Jerusalem. yet rivalries fester, and whereas the Crusaders hold up, new enemies are massing opposed to them within the Holy Land.

Demetrios Askiates has had adequate of the Crusade’s violence and hypocrisy---he longs to come domestic. but if a regimen diplomatic undertaking ends up in a perilous ambush, he realizes he has been snared within the substantial energy struggles that underlie the campaign. the single approach out now leads throughout the Holy City.

From the plague-bound urban of Antioch to the center of Muslim Egypt, throughout mountains, seas and deserts, Demetrios needs to accompany the military of warlords and enthusiasts to the very gates of Jerusalem. the place, because the deadly endgame performs out, the campaign climaxes in an apocalypse of pillage, bloodshed and slaughter.

Siege of Heaven is a panoramic finale to the significantly acclaimed sequence. Following The Mosaic of Shadows and The Knights of the Cross, Tom Harper skillfully blends battle, redemption, and triumph right into a lovely conclusion.

Praise for Knights of the Cross

“Harper’s very good moment historic whodunit indicates that his superb debut was once no fluke. Like Steven Saylor, the grasp of the traditional Roman ancient, Harper without problems attracts the reader into an strange time, bringing alive the characters and their motivations.”

---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Gripping for its portrayal of the Crusader leaders . . . this can be a nice instance from a reliable historian.”

---Independent

Praise for the Mosaic of Shadows

"Fans of well-written, meticulously researched historicals should still include this promising new talent.”

--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Considering what Arnold Schwarzenegger did with the identify ‘The Terminator,’ the hero of Tom Harper’s debut historic secret may well move the entire solution to the pinnacle of yank politics . . . Harper . . . is familiar with the way to healthy recognized proof into flights of fancy to high-quality dramatic effect.”

---Chicago Tribune

“. . . an exhilarating ancient secret . . . Reminding readers of Saylor’s Gordianus and Roberts’ Decius, Demetrios is an engaging protagonist who escorts readers on a great journey in the course of his harmful investigation.”

---Midwest booklet Review

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Download E-books Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology - Volume 2 PDF

Within the hi-tech, industrialised global of the twenty first Century, monsters nonetheless loom huge. faraway from being relegated to the world of delusion and legend, mysterious creatures appear to be alive and good this present day. during this, the 1st of 2 volumes, acclaimed researcher George M. Eberhart offers a finished record of the creatures that roam our monster-haunted planet. masking 'N-Z', quantity tackles a few recognized beasts in addition to extra esoteric creatures few could have heard of.
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Download E-books Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture: The Unborn, Women, and Creation (William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Cultur) PDF

Recently, students of Olmec visible tradition have pointed out symbols for umbilical cords, bundles, and cave-wombs, in addition to an important variety of girls portrayed on monuments and as collectible figurines. during this groundbreaking research, Carolyn Tate demonstrates that those topics have been a part of an important emphasis on gestational imagery in Formative interval Mesoamerica. In Reconsidering Olmec visible Culture, she identifies the presence of girls, human embryos, and fetuses in monuments and transportable gadgets courting from 1400 to four hundred BC and originating all through a lot of Mesoamerica. This hugely unique examine sheds new gentle at the popular roles that girls and gestational beings performed in Early Formative societies, revealing girl shamanic practices, the generative options that influenced caching and bundling, and the expression of female wisdom within the 260-day cycle and similar divinatory and formality activities.

Reconsidering Olmec visible Culture is the 1st research that situates the original hole infants of Formative Mesoamerica in the context of sought after adult females and the time-honored imagery of gestation and beginning. it's also the 1st significant artwork old examine of los angeles Venta and the 1st to spot Mesoamerica's earliest production narrative. It offers a extra nuanced figuring out of the way later societies, together with Teotihuacan and West Mexico, in addition to the Maya, both rejected convinced Formative interval visible varieties, rituals, social roles, and ideas or followed and remodeled them into the long-lasting topics of Mesoamerican image systems.

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Download E-books An Illustrated Guide to Korean Mythology PDF

This hugely attractive quantity through one among Korea s major students of comparative mythology the the 1st learn of its type in English presents a priceless advent to centuries-old ideals, myths and people stories with regards to Cosmology and Flood, beginning and Agriculture, Messengers of the Underworld, Shamans, affliction, luck, Love and kin, Gods of Village Shrines, and Heroes. Containing thirty conventional tales, the ebook is totally illustrated all through and features a wide selection of Korean artwork, together with infrequent shamanist work, in addition to the paintings of a few modern Korean artists. all of the tales, in keeping with Korean oral culture, were retold by way of the writer based on their major plot and which means as the unique texts songs by means of shamans, containing many out of date phrases and vague idioms, are usually not simply understood this day. the unique name and resource, together with textual content notes, are supplied on the finish of every tale. the writer s advent units out the historic heritage and value of the myths that seem the following. He additionally offers complete info of every of the Korean gods and their roles in mythology. whereas being a welcome boost to the literature on Korean tradition for the non-specialist, "An Illustrated consultant to Korean Mythology" additionally presents a useful reference resource for students and researchers within the fields of East Asian Mythology and Anthropology, in addition to Korean heritage, faith and Literature."
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Download E-books Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway PDF

By Snorri Sturluson

Beginning with the dim prehistory of the legendary gods and their descendants, Heimskringla recounts the historical past of the kings of Norway during the reign of Olaf Haraldsson, who turned Norway's client saint. as soon as present in so much houses and faculties and nonetheless considered as a countrywide treasure, Heimskringla prompted the pondering and literary form of Scandinavia over numerous centuries.

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