Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Magic Science And Religion And Other Essays

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Book: Magic Science And Religion And Other Essays by Bronislaw Malinowski

Three famous Malinowski essays! Malinowski, one of the all-time great anthropologists of the world, had a talent for bringing together in single comprehension the warm reality of human Living With the cool abstractions of science. His pages have become an almost indispensable link between the knowing of exotic and remote people with Theoretical knowledge about humankind. An important collection of three of his most famous essays, Magic, Science and Religion offers readers a set of concepts about religion, magic, science, rite and myth in the course of forming vivid impressions and understandings of the Trobrianders of New Guinea.

The title essay was probably the single most influential article written by Bronislaw Malinowski. This 1992 reprint edition from Waveland Press is most welcome. The ideas in this essay have become so commonplace in Anthropology that nobody seems to find it necessary to refer back to their original source in Malinowski. The essay itself is lively and still sounds fresh some three-quarters of a century after it was written. Malinowski is convincing when he points to ways that magic, science, and religion are closely related. After reading his insights, it isn't possible to consider that any one of them should always be given priority over the other two in our ways of thinking about the universe. Read this book and you'll learn some of the reasons why people try to solve their problems by choosing magic, science, or religion according to the specific circumstances in which they find themselves.

Michael W. Young's biography (2004)of Bronislaw Malinowski, with the Malinowski family's blessing and support, documents the anthropologist's personal and professional journey through life. Young's writing style positions, with a seemingly intended purpose, the reader in a distant, objective armchair pose while detailing the aspects of Malinowski's life. Considering the access Young had,the biography appears well-researched, and was fascinating to explore.

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Monday, June 19, 2006

To The Bonfires

To The Bonfires Cover A circle gathered round a roaring pit
All joining hands to bask within it's glow
And under Moon crowned sky all starry lit
We sing and praise the Power's shadowed flow.

For some the flames form dancing Dragon's wing
And other smoke wrought visions climb the air
For all a caring closeness will this bring
And Psychic current bonding hearts to share.

We charge this timeless place between the worlds
To call the Goddess' love within our hearts
And join with her our joyous souls unfurled
Our Spirits dance with her by ancient arts.

This night Forever captured in this glade
To see old souls re-met and friendships made.

- J.A. Bordeaux (Staeorra Rokraven) -

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Skill Of The Adoption Of The Godly Forms

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Book: Skill Of The Adoption Of The Godly Forms by Aleister Crowley

The adoption of Godly Forms is the extremely important element of different Magic Rituals, in which are used invokatsii. Assuming the form of the corresponding god or godly means, magician connects his personal Consciousness with the aspect of his highest (godly genius) harmonious, with respect to nature of the called forces now magic operation is accomplished no longer only force of the personal will of magician, but also by power and by the authority of the deity, with whom identifies himself the magician.

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Officina Magica Essays On The Practice Of Magic In Antiquity

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Book: Officina Magica Essays On The Practice Of Magic In Antiquity by Shaul Shaked

This book discusses various aspects of the theory and practice of magic in antique cultures around the Mediterranean. While some of its contributors address problems of methodology of research into magic and the definition of magic, others deal with specific historical and textual issues. Although a major focus is on Jewish texts ranging From Antiquity to the medieval period, the book also includes studies of several Magical Texts from ancient Mesopotamia and their impact on later magical practice, and studies of Greek and Zoroastrian texts and artifacts. The approaches thus range from the examination of textual or visual sources to theoretical issues such as the history of research and the definition of magic.

Shaul Shaked, Ph.D. (1964) in Iranian languages, University of London, is Professor emeritus in Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published several books on Zoroastrianism, Judaeo-Persian, and Aramaic Magic, including Magic Spells and Formulae: Aramaic Incantations of Late Antiquity (1993, with J. Naveh). He received the Israel Prize for Linguistics in 2000.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Release Ritual

Release Ritual Cover And when I die, weep not for me
But place my ashes in the soil
And plant over me a fine, young tree
As it grows, it will be nourished by me
I shall be part of it.
The grass that grows,
the flowers that bloom,
Bee, birds and Animals shall make
their nests Within my arms
And nourish themselves upon my flesh
I shall become part of them also
And I shall never die
For I will be part
of all living, growing Things - Eternally.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

From The Wizard Of Oz To Wicked Trajectory Of American Myth

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Book: From The Wizard Of Oz To Wicked Trajectory Of American Myth by Alissa Burger

The Wizard of Oz story has been omnipresent in American popular culture since the first publication of L. Frank Baum’s children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at the dawn of the twentieth century. Ever since, filmmakers, authors, and theatre producers have continued to return to Oz over and over again. However, while literally hundreds of adaptations of the Wizard of Oz story abound, a handful of transformations are particularly significant in exploring discourses of American Myth and culture: L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900); MGM’s classic film The Wizard of Oz (1939); Sidney Lumet’s film The Wiz (1978); Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995); and Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s Broadway musical Wicked (2003).

This project critiques theories of fixed or prescriptive American myth, instead developing a theory of American myth as active, performative and even, at times, participatory, achieved through discussion of the fluidity of text and performance, built on Diana Taylor’s theory of the archive and the repertoire. By approaching text and performance as fluid rather than fixed, this dissertation facilitates an interdisciplinary consideration of these works, bringing children’s literature, film, popular fiction, theatre, and music together in a theoretically multifaceted approach to the Wizard of Oz narrative, its many transformations, and its lasting significance within American culture. In the process of addressing these myths, this dissertation explores themes consistent within these five versions of the Wizard of Oz narrative, looking at the shifting significance and Representations of gender, race, home, and magic in these works. These themes have been central to establishing the national identity of the citizen throughout American history; as such, their popular representations tend to reflect the values espoused by the surrounding culture at the time of creation. Therefore, a close examination of the recurring themes in these five versions of the Wizard of Oz story provides significant insight into the negotiation of these issues, their representations, and their corresponding moments in American culture.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Fiery Lady

Fiery Lady Cover Fiery Lady,
We see Thy brightness
In the flickering flames
And rejoice in the reassurance of Thy presence.
We hear Thy voice
In the cracking roar of a Sabbat bonfire,
And give thanks
For the awesome intensity
Of it's unquenchable burning.
We smell Thy spiraling aroma
As flaming fingers
Consume our offerings of fragrant resins,
Transforming them
Into the Incense of our adoration.
We feel Thy warmth
By a Winter's hearthside blaze,
And are comforted
By it's dancing heat.
We taste Thy magick
In simmered stews from cauldrons
Over Kitchen fires
And are satisfied with fullness.
We stand before Thee
In awe of these Physical senses
Which convey to us
Thy presence in the world!

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Hesiod The Homeric Hymns And Homerica

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Book: Hesiod The Homeric Hymns And Homerica by Hugh Evelyn White

This publication contains translations of the following works: Hesiod: Works and Days, The Theogony, fragments of The Catalogues of Women and the Eoiae, The Shield of Heracles (attributed to Hesiod), and fragments of various works attributed to Hesiod. Homer: The Homeric Hymns, The Epigrams of Homer” (both attributed to Homer). Various: Fragments of the Epic Cycle (parts of which are sometimes attributed to Homer), fragments of other epic poems attributed to Homer, The Battle of Frogs and Mice, and The Contest of Homer and Hesiod.

THIS VOLUME CONTAINS practically all that remains of the post-homeric and pre-academic epic poetry. I have for the most part formed my own text. In the case of Hesiod I have been able to use independent collations of several MSS. by Dr. W.H.D. Rouse; otherwise I have depended on the apparatus criticus of the several editions, especially that of Rzach (1902). The arrangement adopted in this edition, by which the complete and fragmentary poems are restored to the order in which they would probably have appeared had the Hesiodic corpus survived intact, is unusual, but should not need apology; the true place for the “Catalogues” (for example), fragmentary as they are, is certainly after the “Theogony.”

Of the fragments of the Epic Cycle I have given only such as seemed to possess distinct importance or interest, and in doing so have relied mostly upon Kinkel’s collection and on the fifth volume of the Oxford Homer (1912). The texts of the “Batrachomyomachia” and of the “Contest of Homer and Hesiod” are those of Baumeister and Flach respectively: where I have diverged from these, the fact has been noted.

NOTE: Greek words at times appear in ALL CAPS. In text notations are in red and surrounded by parentheses and hyperlinked to the corresponding section’s endnotes.

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Friday, June 9, 2006

If All Things Were Possible

If All Things Were Possible Cover WE WOULD FLY...WITHOUT STEEL WINGS


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Wednesday, June 7, 2006

The Prose Edda Ver 1

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Book: The Prose Edda Ver 1 by Snorri Sturlson

Translated by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur [1916]

The Prose Edda is a text on Old Norse Poetics, written about 1200 by the Norwegian poet and politican Snorri Sturlson, who also wrote the Heimskringla. The Prose Edda contains a wide variety of lore which a Skald (poet) of the time would need to know. The text is of interest to modern readers because it contains consistent narratives of many of the plot lines of Norse mythology. Although Snorri was a Christian, he treated the ancient Pagan mythology with great respect. To this end, Snorri created a quasi-historical backstory for the Norse Gods. Hence the Prose Edda is of interest because it contains one of the first attempts to devise a rational explanation for mythological and legendary events. It is also notable because it contains fragments of a number of manusripts which Snorri had access to, but which are now lost.

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Snorri Sturlson - The Prose Edda Ver 1
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