The Oracles of the ancient world spoke for the gods, they spoke for the future: but they could not speak for themselves. Here, their voices bubble up from the depths, enraged and sardonic, sorrowing and wild, finding themselves on new ground — scattered across the American continent, marking a path for the seeker to follow, from New England universities to Hawaiian volcanoes, from dilapidated factories to Chinatown kitchens, from the Old East to the New West…
Catherynne M. Valente - Apocrypha
Apocrypha: Catherynne M. Valente's first full-length poetry collection, where freaks, emperors, bodhisattvas, beasts, witches, wicked stepmothers, Greek heroes, told seductively and wickedly in poem and prose, jostle and vie for supremacy . . .
Julietta Suzuki - Kamisama Kiss 11.
New Year’s is coming up, and that means the Mikage Shrine needs to send a representative to greet the toshigami, the visiting kami who assures a good harvest for the year. Nanami insists on going with her shinshi but gets stuck in limbo at the meeting place. Her shinshi rush to get her back, but instead they all end up trapped in Nanami’s troubled childhood…
Ismeretlen szerző - The Bhagavad Gita
_The_ _Bhagavad_ _Gita,_ a scintillating jewel embedded in the great Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, is a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna set against the background of war. At the beginning of the poem, we learn that there is going to be a great war for the rule of a kingdom. On the battlefield, with armies of the Kuru clan ranged against each other, Arjuna and Krishna explore the necessity of war and the nature of the human soul. The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita encompass the whole spiritual struggle of a human soul, and the central themes of this immortal poem arise from the symphonic vision of God in all things and of all things in God.
Ted Hughes - Crow
Crow was Ted Hughes's fourth book of poems for adults and a pivotal moment in his writing career. In it, he found both a structure and a persona that gave his vision a new power and coherence. A. Alvarez wrote in the Observer, 'Each fresh encounter with despair becomes the occasion for a separate, almost funny, story in which natural forces and creatures, mythic figures, even parts of the body, act out their special roles, each endowed with its own irrepressible life. With Crow, Hughes joins the select band of survivor-poets whose work is adequate to the destructive reality we inhabit'.
William Bottrell - Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall
Though the time seemed long and wearisome to Madam, the term for which the devil engaged to serve her drew near its end: yet she was ignorant as ever of his true name, and gave herself but little concern on that account, thinking it might be just as well to go with a devil, who was so very obliging, as to remain with old Squire Lovell; for all the time this Bucca-boo became, as it were, her slave, he was well-behaved and never gave her the least reason to complain of his conduct. ...That's all I have to tell 'e now, ' said she, opening her door for Duffy to depart, but going a few steps on the Green she continued, 'It don't cost 'e any pain, no not a bit, to speak kindly to a poor body now any more than before you became Madam Lovell, and as good a lady as the best in Buryan, for you are no ways vain; but if you had ever shown any scornful pride be assured I would never have gone a trotting for 'e, nor do what I intend, to get 'e relieved of your troubles: besides it isn't your fault that you can neither knit nor spin, you never had a kind mammy to teach 'e.
Ismeretlen szerző - Classical Gods and Heroes
All the wonder, terror and delight of Greek mythology springs forth from the pages of this unique and much-needed anthology. Rhonda Hendricks has not only selected from the works of the ancient authors the best -- and often earliest -- versions of these tales; she has also arranged them so as to give a cumulative view of classical mythology beginning with The Creation and The Birth of Zeus. Of particular interest are: The Ages of Mankind, The Birth of Athena, Oedipus the King, Heracles, Theseus, Jason and Medea, The Judgement of Paris, The Trojan Horse, Pygmalion, and Cupid and Psyche. These texts offer a new perspective on classical mythology and, by so doing, cast a new light on this cornerstone of Western culture.
Robert Silverberg - Gilgamesh the King
A thrilling retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh, by one of the greatest storytellers of his generation Gilgamesh’s appetite for wine, women, and warfare is insatiable. As the King of Uruk, he oppresses his people and burdens his city. To temper his excesses, the gods create Enkidu, Gilgamesh’s equal, who becomes his greatest friend. Together they wander the kingdom as brothers, conquering demons until a cruel twist changes Gilgamesh’s path forever. Two parts god and one part man, Gilgamesh is mortal—a fate he now resolves to overcome, no matter what the price. And so he embarks on another journey, in pursuit of vengeance and the ultimate prize for a mortal king: eternal life.
Waldemar Bogoras - Chukchee Mythology
Vladimir Germanovich Bogoraz (1865-1936), best known under the literary pseudonym N. A. Tan, was a Russian revolutionary, writer and anthropologist, especially known for his studies of the Chukchi people in Siberia. He published his first literary works in the early 1880s, but he became famous in 1896-1897 under the literary pseudonym Tan for poems and novels published in various periodicals. In 1899, he published the book Chukchi Tales and in 1900, The Verses. The materials, published by Tan-Bogoraz in periodicals of the Russian Academy of Sciences, such as Specimens of Materials for Studying Chukchi Language and Folklore and Studies of Chukchi Language and Folklore Collected in Kolyma District were a very valuable contribution to the development of linguistics and made the author popular around the world. He fled Russia for political reasons in 1901 and settled in New York City, where he became curator of the American Museum, and produced his great works The Chukchee (1904-09) and Chukchee Mythology (1910). During the 1920s and '30s he did important anthropological work creating and teaching written languages for indigenous Siberian peoples and founded the Institute of the Northern Peoples in Leningrad.
Claude Lecouteux - Witches, Werewolves and Fairies
Reveals the true nature of medieval belief in the Double of the Soul • Demonstrates the survival of a pagan belief that each individual owns three souls, including a double that can journey outside the physical body • Explains the nature of death and the Other World hidden beneath the monsters and superstitions in stories from the Middle Ages Monsters, werewolves, witches, and fairies remain a strong presence in our stories and dreams. But as Claude Lecouteux shows, their roots go far deeper than their appearance in medieval folklore; they are survivors of a much older belief system that predates Christianity and was widespread over Western Europe. Through his extensive analysis of Germano-Scandinavian legends, as well as those from other areas of Europe, Lecouteux has uncovered an almost forgotten religious concept: that every individual owns three souls and that one of these souls, the Double, can—in animal or human form—leave the physical body while in sleep or a trance, journey where it chooses, then reenter its physical body. While there were many who experienced this phenomenon involuntarily, there were others—those who attracted the unwelcome persecution of the Church—who were able to provoke it at will: witches. In a thorough excavation of the medieval soul, Claude Lecouteux reveals the origin and significance of this belief in the Double, and follows its transforming features through the ages. He shows that far from being fantasy or vague superstition, fairies, witches, and werewolves all testify to a consistent ancient vision of our world and the world beyond.
Diotima Sophia - Dancing God
This collection of poems spans the ages from the timeless sagas of the ancient gods to the modern commuter train - it spans the human heart from the beginnings of love to the depths of grief. Diotima, author of "Refuge: Tales of Myth and Magick," and "Banish with Laughter: Essays of Myth and Magick," opens her notebooks to share her poetic musings, her songs of triumph and despair, her life and loves.
Julietta Suzuki - Kamisama Kiss 13.
Himemiko is convinced that her human boyfriend Kotaro could never love her in her true form, and that dating a yokai will only put him in danger. Even though she feels she can no longer see him, she vows to avenge the wounds he suffered at the hands of Nishiki of Inuaki Swamp. But Himemiko and Nishiki have been engaged since they were young. Will her quest for revenge bring all-out war to the swamps?
Julietta Suzuki - Kamisama Kiss 12.
Himemiko, ayakashi ruler of Tatara swamp, is happily dating her human sweetie Kotaro. But yokai/human relationships are hard to manage, especially when the human has no idea who he’s dating! When the supernatural starts to intrude, can Himemiko tell Kotaro the truth about herself? Or will she lose him no matter what she does?
Julietta Suzuki - Kamisama Kiss 10.
Kuruma’s father, the Sojobo of the Kuruma tengu, is gravely ill. Nanami thinks she can cure him with her supply of Momotan, but first she needs to get past the magic shields of Jiro, the next in line for the leadership of the mountain. And Jiro isn’t the only thing on the mountain the gang needs to watch out for…
Julietta Suzuki - Kamisama Kiss 9.
Nanami may have been (begrudgingly) accepted by the other kami at Izumo, but that doesn’t make her any less human or help her deal with her growing feelings for Tomoe. Should she be true to her heart or cut Tomoe loose for his own good? Either way, getting dragged into a group date isn’t going to help matters at all!
Julietta Suzuki - Kamisama Kiss 8.
Things at the kami convention in Izumo aren’t going so well. Nanami tried to earn some respect by guarding death’s door while the keeper went off to party. But now she’s stuck in the land of the dead, and the residents seem to have a taste for new kami!
Julietta Suzuki - Kamisama Kiss 7.
Mizuki loves living at the shrine with Nanami, but he hates that he has to stay behind when she goes to school. He hates even more that Tomoe gets to go with her. But Mizuki isn’t used to the human world, so Nanami thinks it’s safer if he just stays put. Can Mizuki become a master of the mundane, or will his secret foray into town end in disaster?!
Julietta Suzuki - Kamisama Kiss 6.
Every year, kami from all over Japan gather in Izumo for a sort of divine convention. One of Mikage's friends comes to the shrine to invite Nanami to the retreat, but it turns out most of the other kami and Tomoe don't want her to go. Can Nanami prove she's kami enough to attend…or does she even want to bother?
James G. Frazer - The Golden Bough
Sir James George Frazer (1854-1941) is rightly regarded as one of the founders of modern anthropology. The Golden Bough, his masterpiece, appeared in twelve volumes between 1890 and 1915. This volume is the author's own abridgement of his great work, and was first published in 1922. Remarkable for its vast assembly of facts and its charm of presentation, it offers the thesis that man progresses from magic through religious belief to scientific thought. It discusses fertility rites, human sacrifice, the dying god, the scapegoat and many other symbols and practices which have influenced a whole generation of 20th century writers, including D.H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot.
Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde - Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland
The fairy lore and magical worldview of the ancient Celts hold enduring fascination today for aficionados of high fantasy films and fiction, as well as for students of European mythology, folklore and superstition. No work better captures both the clear facts and the numinous spirit of ancient Irish beliefs and folk customs than this 1887 classic.