Download E-books Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology PDF

By Jennifer K. Stuller

In this accomplished background, inquiry, critique, and reference advisor, Stuller argues that Superwomen, from ask yourself girl to Charlie’s Angels, are greater than simply love pursuits or sidekicks who stand through their supermen. She indicates how the feminine hero in smooth mythology has damaged throughout the conventional boy's membership barrier to exhibit the pivotal function of high-heeled crimefighters in pop culture. bankruptcy issues comprise love and compassion, spies and sexuality, daddy’s women, and the advanced roles of superwomen who're additionally moms. The e-book additionally features a word list of recent mythic ladies, in addition to a foreword by way of acclaimed cultural commentator Roz Kaveney, writer of Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films.



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Download E-books Dragonslayers: From Beowulf to St. George (Myths and Legends) PDF

By Joseph McCullough

From legend and mythology to The Hobbit and A video game of Thrones, the dragon is a perennial favourite within the fable genre.

With its fiery breath, scaly armour, and baleful, malevolent stare, the dragon grew to become the final word image of evil and corruption in ecu folklore and mythology. frequently serving as a stand-in for devil, or the facility of evil gods, dragons unfold dying and hopelessness through the land. in simple terms heroes of unusual valour, courageousness, and purity may well desire to conflict those monsters and emerge triumphant. those who did grew to become legends. They grew to become dragonslayers. The checklist of dragonslayers is small, however it is full of nice and mythical names.

Hercules, Beowulf, Cuchulain, Sigfried, Lancelot, and Saint George all battled to the demise with dragons. different heroes similar to the Danish King Frotho, the French Saint Mercurialis, the Polish champion Krak, and the Russian warrior Dobrynya Nikitch can be much less renowned to western readers, but additionally fought and defeated dragons. This e-book will retell the best legends of this decide upon team of warriors, whereas interpreting the parable of the dragonslayer in a old, mythological, or even theological context.

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Download E-books The Secret History of the Reptilians: The Pervasive Presence of the Serpent in Human History, Religion and Alien Mythos PDF

By Scott Alan Roberts

"Fortunately, Scott Roberts boldly is going the place few males have surfaced from, offering a well-balanced, leading edge, and insightful method of the topic."
--Philip Coppens, writer of the traditional Alien Question

"In the midst of a frightening glossy panorama of pseudointellectualism, the sides of that are coated with the imprecise, whimsical paranoia of reptilian conspiracies, Scott Alan Roberts breathes a few a lot wanted lifestyles into the controversy over the reptilian archetype in our fable and culture."
--Micah Hanks, writer of The alien ship Singularity

"Roberts has performed each Christian a carrier via bringing jointly the myths of varied cultures and religions surrounding the determine of the serpent, coupling them with the unidentified flying object phenomena, and posing very critical questions in regards to the origins of religion, the veracity of Sacred Scripture, and the character of non secular and temporal truth. This e-book isn't simply one other 'ancient alien' delivering, with the standard facts and conclusions, yet a tapestry of non secular, archaeological, and cultural info designed to problem not just the simple solutions of religion, yet the

entrenched sanctity of the technology of anthropology."
--Fr. Jack Ashcraft, Byzantine Catholic Priest

The very genuine likelihood that non-human intelligences visited or even copulated with primordial people is exact in civilization's such a lot old cultural and non secular documents. those old documents additional display that those intelligences have been reptilian in nature--or, not less than, were represented all through human background in reptilian form.

From the Serpent, Nachash, within the backyard of Eden; Atum, the Egyptian snake-man; and Quetzalcotl, the feathered serpent god of the Mayans to the double-helix snake image of Enki/Ea in old Sumerian literature, the serpent has been the omnipresent hyperlink among people and the gods in each tradition.

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Download E-books The Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to the Classical Stories PDF

By Philip Matyszak

Full of interesting evidence and diverting stories―the excellent advent to the myths and stories that lie on the middle of Western culture.

Who used to be Pandora and what was once in her well-known field? How did Achilles get his Achilles heel? What precisely is a Titan? And why is one malicious program referred to as a Trojan horse?

The myths of old Greece and Rome can look bewilderingly advanced, but they're lots part of smooth existence and discourse that almost all folks recognize fragments of them. This accomplished spouse takes those fragments and weaves them into an available and relaxing narrative, guiding the reader during the uncomplicated tales of classical myth.

Philip Matyszak explains the sequences of occasions and introduces the most important plots and characters, from the origins of the area and the labors of Hercules to the Trojan battle and the voyages of Odysseus and Aeneas. He brings to lifestyles an unique forged of heroes and monsters, wronged girls and frighteningly arbitrary but strong gods. He additionally exhibits how the tales have survived and tremendously encouraged later paintings and tradition, from Renaissance portray and sculpture to fashionable opera, literature, video clips, and daily items. a hundred black-and-white illustrations

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Download E-books The Hindus: An Alternative History PDF

By Wendy Doniger

"Don't omit this similar of a super graduate direction froma feisty and exhilarating teacher."
-The Washington Post

An engrossing and definitive narrative account of heritage and delusion, The Hindus bargains a brand new approach of figuring out one of many world's oldest significant religions. Hinduism doesn't lend itself simply to a strictly chronological account. lots of its imperative texts can't be reliably dated inside a century; its significant tenets come up at specific moments in Indian background and sometimes range based on gender or caste; and the variations among teams of Hindus a ways outnumber the commonalities. but the greatness of Hinduism lies accurately in lots of of those idiosyncratic characteristics that keeps to encourage debate at the present time. This groundbreaking paintings elucidates the connection among recorded background and imaginary worlds, the interior lifestyles and the social heritage of Hindus.

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Download E-books The Myths and Gods of India: The Classic Work on Hindu Polytheism from the Princeton Bollingen Series (Princeton/Bollingen Paperbacks) PDF

The learn of Hindu mythology explores the importance of the main sought after Hindu dieties as they're expected through the Hindus themselves. mentioned via its adherents because the "eternal religion," Hinduism acknowledges for every age and every state a brand new type of revelation--and for every individual, in accordance with his or her degree of improvement, a distinct course of realization.

This generally praised learn of Hindu deities unearths the message of tolerance and flexibility on the middle of this historic faith.

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Download E-books Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z PDF

By Kathleen N. Daly

The Mythology A to Z sequence explores the world's most crucial myths and legends in an obtainable variety designed for younger readers. every one accomplished quantity includes greater than four hundred well-constructed entries at the significant figures, locations, tales, gadgets, and topics of a given mythology. An introductory essay recounts the historical past of those civilizations and illuminates their lifestyle. This revised variation of Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z contains dozens of recent entries on issues and topics of curiosity to younger readers, together with constellations, ancient websites, gods and goddesses, sacrificial choices, temples, and the zodiac in addition to new illustrations and an up to date bibliography. Its vigorous writing, interesting content material, and actual descriptions make it a invaluable source for someone with an curiosity in mythology or Greek and Roman background.

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Download E-books Falcon (Animal) PDF

By Helen Macdonald

Before best-selling writer Helen Macdonald instructed the tale of the goshawk in H Is for Hawk, she instructed the tale of the falcon, in a cultural heritage of the masterful creature that may “cut the sky in ” with the “perfectly aerodynamic profile of a raindrop,” as she so incisively places it. In talon-sharp prose she explores the spell the falcon has had over her and, by way of extension, we all, even if we’ve noticeable them “through binoculars, framed on gallery partitions, versified through poets, flown as looking birds, via ny home windows, sewn on flags, stamped on badges, or winnowing throughout the clouds over deserted arctic radar stations.”
            Macdonald dives via centuries and careens all over the world to inform the tale of the falcon because it has flown within the wild skies of the flora and fauna and people of our mind's eye. blending background, delusion, and legend, she explores the lengthy heritage of the game of falconry in lots of human cultures—from Japan to Abu Dhabi to Oxford; she analyzes the falcon’s talismanic energy as an emblem in artwork, politics, and enterprise; and he or she addresses the methods we've got either endangered and guarded it. alongside the way in which we find how falcons have been mobilized in mystery army initiatives; their hyperlinks with espionage, the 3rd Reich, the Holy Roman Empire, and house courses; and the way they've got figured in numerous tales of heroism and, after all, the erotic.
            better of all, Macdonald has given us whatever clean: a brand new creation that pulls on all her event to even extra invigorate her adored topic. the result's a deeply expert booklet written with an analogous extraordinary lyrical grace that has captivated readers and had all people speaking approximately this writer-cum-falconer.

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Download E-books Myths & Legends of the First World War PDF

By James Hayward

Throughout the First global struggle, a wealthy crop of legends sprouted from the battlefields and grew with such ferocity that many nonetheless excite controversy this present day. This publication is the 1st to ascertain the roots of these tales and demonstrate the reality. a few myths stay famous. Did a complete battalion of the Norfolk Regiment vanish with out hint at Gallipoli in 1915? Did hundreds of thousands of Russian troops really go through England with snow on their boots? In 1914, an acute undercover agent mania gripped the British public, who imagined that the rustic used to be brimming with German spies. Xenophobia, denunciations and assaults on dachshunds have been rampant. Amazingly, there has been even speak of an enemy plane losing poisoned candies to kill British youngsters. Myths equivalent to the Angel of Mons and the Comrade in White have been extra blameless creations. with out radio or tv, rumours of catastrophe have been rife, and the apparition of mystical dad or mum spirits gave wish to the civilian inhabitants at domestic. different tales, resembling the so-called Crucified Canadian, and the life of a grotesque German corpse rendering manufacturing unit, have been extra sinister. but in an age of latest and startling applied sciences comparable to poison fuel, submarine struggle and the tank, such stories seemed plausible. utilizing quite a lot of modern assets, James Hayward lines the tale of every fantasy and examines the most likely rationalization. Supported via a range of infrequent pictures and illustrations, the result's a refreshingly varied standpoint at the universal 'mud and ditchs' view of the 1st global struggle, laying off attention-grabbing new mild on many curious and unexplained wartime stories.

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Download E-books Los mitos griegos PDF

By Friedrich Georg Jünger

En este libro no se explican los mitos griegos desde una perspectiva científica o filosófica ni tampoco simbólica o alegórica. Friedrich Georg Jünger trata de comprenderlos en su expresividad sensorial, en su corporeidad nítidamente definida, asumiendo al pie de l. a. letra y con exactitud lo que nos ha sido transmitido. A través de l. a. interpretación poética surge una imagen del mito que parece tan plástica y tan viva como las esculturas griegas. Allí radica l. a. novedad y originalidad de este fascinante viaje por los angeles Grecia antigua. l. a. obra está estructurada de un modo arquitectónico, como el propio mito. Por tanto, l. a. primera parte es cosmogónica y abarca desde Caos hasta l. a. caída de Prometeo. l. a. segunda, los angeles teogonía, conforma el centro, el mundo de los dioses. Y desde allí, el camino conduce a los héroes, pues éstos surgen sólo donde hay dioses y están, por tanto, impregnados de un halo divino.

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