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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Myth of Eternal Return (Cosmos and History) - Mircea Eliade

Through extensive research of culture and religion, Eliade reveals the oft repeated motifs all around the world and explains what they meant to our ancestors.

In Archetypes and Repetition Eliade reveals the sacred in the profane by analyzing the make up of cities, rituals, and even daily tasks. Throughout the ancient world and even today The Regeneration of Time is a common theme found in yearly celebrations. Misfortune and History reveals the fascinating meaning of suffering and the idea of destiny. He closes by examining The Terror of History and how this idea of eternal repetition effected the thinking of our ancestors and how these beliefs influence us even today.

Superstition, traditions, and folklore remind us of the our ancestors beliefs, reminding us that these values are relevant even today in the modern world.

If you have any interest in the beliefs of the past, how it effected our history, and even how it ripples into us today this is the book for you.

More by this author:
Patterns in Comparative Religion
Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
The Sacred and the Profane

Recommended Reads:
The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell
The Varieties of Religious Experience - William James
The Secret Teachings of All the Ages - Manly P. Hall

Friday, March 18, 2016

King Arthur: History and Legend - Professor Dorsey Armstrong

King Arthur and his legend are known the world over. Even those who are not directly familiar with the legend know the motifs found in media: only a worthy person can wield a weapon, the love triangle between two friends and a woman, the evil fairy queen. But where did the legend of King Arthur come from and why is it so popular?

Armstrong endeavors the difficult task of expressing over a thousand years of history and legend in a series of only 24 lectures. Where is Arthur and his band found historically? What common knowledge of King Arthur and his court is correct?

From these questions she moves on to the legends as they were chronologically written. Following the legend in this way reveals the evolution of these legends from Wales to France, from Germany to Scandinavia and on to America. The Arthurian legend is ever-growing with modern interpretations and Armstrong includes some of the more unusual, including Camelot 3000.

There's no doubt that given the opportunity, Armstrong could have expanded on this material in a profound way given the chance. With the limited amount of time, though, she does a stupendous job covering a huge amount of time and material. Whether new or familiar with these works, listeners of these lectures are bound to gain more enlightenment of the importance of King Arthur and his knights.

Author's Website:
Arthuriana.org

More Audio Lectures:
The Great Courses
Modern Scholar

Friday, March 11, 2016

Orange Crows Vol 1 - James Perry II, Ryo Kawakami

After her mother passes away and leaves Cierra with her research and lab, she decides to do the forbidden and create her own magic. Unfortunately, her overconfidence leads to tragedy and exile for five years into the wasteland outside of the tamed city of witches and warlocks.

Through ingenuity and luck she manages to survive long enough to return to civilization and join the "Orange Crows", where she meets her long lost best friend, Natalie, and is forced to acknowledge the damage she has done. While simple things like riding brooms has changed a lot since she left, she also finds that she can offer some of her own talents to the team. But can she adjust and live in this unfamiliar world after living wild for so long?

From the beginning, Orange Crows sucks the reader in with a story of friendship and loss. The world is fraught with mystery, magic, and danger. The characters' costumes are fashionably gothic and unique to each character. When I finished this volume, I couldn't wait to read the next.

Books in the Series:
Orange Crows II

Author's Site:
OrangeCrows.com

Support the Project:
Patreon: Orange Crows

Friday, March 4, 2016

Finn Again - Linda Meyers

Half Irish, half British, Finn is two halves of a whole. He loves the pub life and chasing women, but he's well-educated by Oxford with a quick wit. Despite all his tricks there was always that one woman who wouldn't give in: Regan.

When the war starts, he decides to join the army as an enlisted man to prove his worth to himself. In the war, he not only loses the one he loves, but himself. After returning to the island, he finds himself wandering aimlessly, until he finds himself in a small fishing town that reminds him of what's important in life.

With a little help from friends and family, maybe he can kick his addiction to pain killers and alcohol and become Finn Again.

Opening with a sitcom-like accident between Finn and another woman in the prologue, I wondered what I had gotten myself into at first. But I was soon whisked away into Finn's past to discover his past, filled with drama, love, and heartache. And finally into a journey of self-discovery through hard work and finally by returning to his Celtic roots. Meyers's skillful handling of the first person narrative made it easy to get sucked into Finn's story and his emotional state every step of the way. Readers won't be disappointed in this stunning second offering by this talented author.

More by the Author:
Letters From the Ledge