Nine Lives

And while the stories reveal the vigorous resilience of individuals in the face of the relentless onslaught of modernity, they reveal as well the continuity of ancient traditions that endure to this day.

Author: William Dalrymple

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307593597

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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From the author of The Last Mughal (“A compulsively readable masterpiece” —The New York Review of Books), an exquisite, mesmerizing book that illuminates the remarkable ways in which traditional forms of religious life in India have been transformed in the vortex of the region’s rapid change—a book that distills the author’s twenty-five years of travel in India, taking us deep into ways of life that we might otherwise never have known exist. A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet—and spends the rest of his life atoning for the violence by hand printing the finest prayer flags in India . . . A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her closest friend ritually starve herself to death . . . A woman leaves her middle-class life in Calcutta and finds unexpected fulfillment living as a Tantric in an isolated, skull-filled cremation ground . . . A prison warder from Kerala is worshipped as an incarnate deity for three months of every year . . . An idol carver, the twenty-third in a long line of sculptors, must reconcile himself to his son’s desire to study computer engineering . . . An illiterate goatherd from Rajasthan keeps alive in his memory an ancient four-thousand-stanza sacred epic . . . A temple prostitute, who initially resisted her own initiation into sex work, pushes both her daughters into a trade she nonetheless regards as a sacred calling. William Dalrymple chronicles these lives with expansive insight and a spellbinding evocation of circumstance. And while the stories reveal the vigorous resilience of individuals in the face of the relentless onslaught of modernity, they reveal as well the continuity of ancient traditions that endure to this day. A dazzling travelogue of both place and spirit.
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In Search of Sacred Time

Assembled in the thirteenth century by Genoese archbishop Jacobus de Voragine, the book became the medieval equivalent of a bestseller. In Search of Sacred Time is the first comprehensive history and interpretation of this crucial book.

Author: Jacques Le Goff

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691204543

Category: History

Page: 232

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How The Golden Legend shaped the medieval imagination It is impossible to understand the Middle Ages without grasping the importance of The Golden Legend, the most popular medieval collection of saints' lives. Assembled in the thirteenth century by Genoese archbishop Jacobus de Voragine, the book became the medieval equivalent of a bestseller. In Search of Sacred Time is the first comprehensive history and interpretation of this crucial book. Jacques Le Goff, who was one of the world's most renowned medievalists, provides a lucid and compelling account that shows how The Golden Legend Christianized time itself, reconciling human and divine temporality. Authoritative, eloquent, and original, In Search of Sacred Time is a major reinterpretation of a book that is central to comprehending the medieval imagination.
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In Search of the Sacred

In this book, Ani's experiences collide with her imagination and explode into a masterpiece of fictional poems and stories of trials and triumphs.

Author: Herbert S. Heavenrich

Publisher:

ISBN: 1410772276

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 145

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Author, actress, poetess and lover of the arts Ani infuses I Sat Unmoved with a message of hope as she chronicles the evolution of a young girl becoming a woman. In this book, Ani's experiences collide with her imagination and explode into a masterpiece of fictional poems and stories of trials and triumphs. She offers the reader a journey through her tale of redemption and shares her discovery of beauty and self-love along the way. Who is she? She is that woman who loved and lost but gained new life; that woman who cried a river of tears that cleansed her soul. She is that woman who oftentimes felt lost but was never forgotten; that woman who, at times, gave in but never gave up. Who am I? I am that woman called by the name of power, strength and beauty. I am Ani.
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In Search of the Sacred

In this book, a series of interviews offers an accessible, revealing, human and intellectual biography of leading Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is one of the preeminent philosophers writing today.

Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313383243

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 373

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In this book, a series of interviews offers an accessible, revealing, human and intellectual biography of leading Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr. * An explanatory foreword, "The Spiritual and Intellectual Journey of Seyyed Hossein Nasr" by Jamin Jahanbegloo * An introduction by Terry Moore * Organization by both chronology and concept to facilitate ease of use for students and scholars, as well as for more casual readers
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Becoming a Mountain

This book is an account of a series of treks he took in the high Himalayas following his convalescence-to Bandarpunch (monkey's tail); Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India; and Mount Kailash in Tibet.

Author: Aleph Book Company

Publisher:

ISBN: 9386021560

Category: Fiction

Page: 274

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Stephen Alter was born and raised in the hill station of Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he and his wife, Ameeta, now live. Their idyllic existence was shattered when four armed intruders invaded their home and viciously attacked them, leaving them for dead. The violent assault and the trauma of almost dying left the author questioning assumptions he had lived by since childhood. For the first time, he encountered the face of evil and the terror of the unknown. He felt like a foreigner in the land of his birth. This book is an account of a series of treks he took in the high Himalayas following his convalescence-to Bandarpunch (monkey's tail); Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India; and Mount Kailash in Tibet. He set himself this goal to prove that he had healed mentally as well as physically and to re-knit his connection to his homeland. Undertaken out of sorrow, the treks become a moving personal quest, a way to rediscover mountains in his inner landscape. Weaving together observations of the natural world, Himalayan history, folklore and mythology, as well as encounters with other pilgrims along the way, Stephen Alter has given us a moving meditation on the solace of high places and on the hidden meanings and enduring mystery of the mountains.
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The Search for Hidden Sacred Knowledge

Many of us lived previous lives as keepers of sacred knowledge that was taught in the ancient mystery schools.

Author: Dolores Cannon

Publisher: Ozark Mountain Publishing

ISBN: 9781940265230

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 341

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Many of us lived previous lives as keepers of sacred knowledge that was taught in the ancient mystery schools. Much of this knowledge was lost through time due to disasters and destruction or death. The knowledge was reserved for a select few who devoted their lives to understanding and teaching it.
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In Search of the Sacred

Conclusion The purpose of this search, of course, was not to find the sacred but to discuss different understandings of this elusive dimension of human life ...

Author: Clinton Bennett

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826425270

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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This text traces the growth and development of two related disciplines, anthropology and the study of religions. Locating these disciplines within the intellectual climate of the 19th century, the study considers the contributions of scholars such as James George Frazer, F. Max Muller, Emile Durkheim, Mary Douglas and Clifford Geertz, within an historical framework. The author argues that both anthropologists and students of religion have abandoned an objective approach in favour of personal engagement with their subjects, replacing observation with conversation, monologue with dialogue, a text-based with people-based approach. He reveals how each discipline has influenced the other both in terms of methodology and by the provision of data. The book also explores the criticism levelled at both disciplines that they have aided colonial domination of the developing world.
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In Search of the Sacred Book

may aspire to a near-religious sacredness, we should review some of the basic traits historians of religion have identified in sacred books or scriptures.

Author: Aníbal Gonzalez

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822983026

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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In Search of the Sacred Book studies the artistic incorporation of religious concepts such as prophecy, eternity, and the afterlife in the contemporary Latin American novel. It departs from sociopolitical readings by noting the continued relevance of religion in Latin American life and culture, despite modernity’s powerful secularizing influence. Analyzing Jorge Luis Borges’s secularized “narrative theology” in his essays and short stories, the book follows the development of the Latin American novel from the early twentieth century until today by examining the attempts of major novelists, from María Luisa Bombal, Alejo Carpentier, and Juan Rulfo, to Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, and José Lezama Lima, to “sacralize” the novel by incorporating traits present in the sacred texts of many religions. It concludes with a view of the “desacralization” of the novel by more recent authors, from Elena Poniatowska and Fernando Vallejo to Roberto Bolaño.
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Secrets of the Serpent in Search of the Sacred Past Special Revised Edition Featuring Two New Appendices

Including the preparatory Temple at Buhen, there are eight sacred sites in the Egyptian system. There are eight doors depicted in the allegorical symbolism ...

Author: Philip Gardiner

Publisher: Reality Press

ISBN: 9781934588543

Category: Architecture

Page: 200

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Secrets of the Serpent: In Search of the Sacred Past - Special Revised Edition, Featuring Two New Appendices by Philip Gardiner. Across time and across the world, an ancient serpent cult once dominated mankind. Then a great battle ensued and Christianity stamped it's authority on the face of the planet. Now, after years of research, the real religious history of the world can be told. In Secrets of the Serpent, Philip Gardiner for the first time reveals the world's most mysterious places were once sacred to the Serpent Cult. The history and mythology of the so-called reptilian agenda and alien visitation in ancient times now has a solid opponent - giving answers for the many symbols and myths often confused by those who believe in such things. In Secrets of the Serpent, the author reveals the real "bloodline" spoken of by Dan Brown in the Da Vinci Code - it was in fact a serpent bloodline. Philip Gardiner is the international best selling author of The Shining Ones, The Serpent Grail, Gnosis: The Secret of Solomon's Temple Revealed and Proof - Does God Exist? He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs worldwide speaking on religion and propaganda. He has infiltrated various secret societies and been initiated into Orders many people had thought were long forgotten. Committed to the constant struggle to uncover the real history of mankind and the unraveling of manipulative propaganda, he has come up against many obstacles and yet in his book, The Serpent Grail he reveals a truth about the Holy Grail that gained the backing of academia and scholars. The truth shall be found in the Secrets of the Serpent.
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Roadside Religion

A fun, revealing compendium of roadside religious curiosities spans the U.S. in search of religious oddities, from the World's Largest Ten Commandments to the Golgotha Fun Park, to Bill Rice's "Cross Garden," which features thousands of ...

Author: Timothy Kandler Beal

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807010626

Category: Religion

Page: 216

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A fun, revealing compendium of roadside religious curiosities spans the U.S. in search of religious oddities, from the World's Largest Ten Commandments to the Golgotha Fun Park, to Bill Rice's "Cross Garden," which features thousands of crosses bearing the message "NO ICE WATER IN HELL! FIRE HOT!"
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In Search of the Sacred

Bring both your personality and your spiritual nature along on this enjoyable and meaningful journey to other lands. There's a place for both as Rick Jarow takes us along on his richly portrayed pilgrimage to the world's holy places.

Author: Rick Jarow

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 0835606139

Category: Religion

Page: 213

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Bring both your personality and your spiritual nature along on this enjoyable and meaningful journey to other lands. There's a place for both as Rick Jarow takes us along on his richly portrayed pilgrimage to the world's holy places.
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In Search of the Sacred Image

This fascinating study of parallel movements sheds new light on spiritual art.

Author: Op Aidan Nichols

Publisher: Gracewing

ISBN: 0852449267

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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This fascinating study of parallel movements sheds new light on spiritual art. More importantly, it asks us to look again at that art and its role in divine revelation, to see what riches are there and what lessons may be learned for a reinvigorated sacred art today.
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The Lotus Quest

The Lotus Quest unveils a stunning vision of Japan's feudal era, as Griffiths visits shrines, ruins, gardens and wild landscapes, and meets priests and archaeologists, philosophers and anthropologists, gardeners and botanists, poets and ...

Author: Mark Griffiths

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446484562

Category: Travel

Page: 352

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The lotus is the world's most iconic flower. Galvanised by receiving seeds from a three-thousand-year-old lotus, which flowered without difficulty in an English summer, Mark Griffiths set out to track the path of this sublime plant to its home in the Lotus-Lands of Japan. The Lotus Quest unveils a stunning vision of Japan's feudal era, as Griffiths visits shrines, ruins, gardens and wild landscapes, and meets priests and archaeologists, philosophers and anthropologists, gardeners and botanists, poets and artists, and even dines on the lotus in a Tokyo café. Beautifully illustrated, intensely atmospheric and full of suspense, The Lotus Quest shows how the deep crimson of the lotus runs like a tracer dye, tracking the spread, fusion and fission of the world's great civilizations.
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Secrets of the Serpent

Secrets of the Serpent: In Search of the Sacred Past by Philip Gardiner Across time and across the world, an ancient serpent cult once dominated mankind.

Author: Philip Gardiner

Publisher: Reality Press

ISBN: 0977790436

Category: Architecture

Page: 156

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Secrets of the Serpent: In Search of the Sacred Past by Philip Gardiner Across time and across the world, an ancient serpent cult once dominated mankind. Then a great battle ensued and Christianity stamped it's authority on the face of the planet. Now, after years of research, the real religious history of the world can be told. In Secrets of the Serpent, Philip Gardiner for the first time reveals the world's most mysterious places were once sacred to the Serpent Cult. The history and mythology of the so-called reptilian agenda and alien visitation in ancient times now has a solid opponent - giving answers for the many symbols and myths often confused by those who believe in such things. In Secrets of the Serpent, the author reveals the real "bloodline" spoken of by Dan Brown in the Da Vinci Code- it was in fact a serpent bloodline. Philip Gardiner is the international best selling author of The Shining Ones, The Serpent Grail, Gnosis: The Secret of Solomon's Temple Revealed and Proof - Does God Exist? He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs worldwide speaking on religion and propaganda. He has infiltrated various secret societies and been initiated into Orders many people had thought were long forgotten. Committed to the constant struggle to uncover the real history of mankind and the unraveling of manipulative propaganda, he has come up against many obstacles and yet in his book, The Serpent Grail he reveals a truth about the Holy Grail that gained the backing of academia and scholars. The truth shall be found in the Secrets of the Serpent
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In Search of the Sacred

This text traces the growth and development of two related disciplines, anthropology and the study of religions.

Author: Clinton Bennett

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780304336821

Category: Religion

Page: 218

View: 547

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This text traces the growth and development of two related disciplines, anthropology and the study of religions. Locating these disciplines within the intellectual climate of the 19th century, the study considers the contributions of scholars such as James George Frazer, F. Max Muller, Emile Durkheim, Mary Douglas and Clifford Geertz, within an historical framework. The author argues that both anthropologists and students of religion have abandoned an objective approach in favour of personal engagement with their subjects, replacing observation with conversation, monologue with dialogue, a text-based with people-based approach. He reveals how each discipline has influenced the other both in terms of methodology and by the provision of data. The book also explores the criticism levelled at both disciplines that they have aided colonial domination of the developing world.
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