The Secrets of Megalithic America
Author: Glenn Kreisberg
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A ground-breaking study of ceremonial stone landscapes in Northeast America and their relationship to other sites around the world • Features a comprehensive field guide to hundreds of megalithic stone structures in northeastern America, including cairns, perched boulders, and effigies • Details the Wall of Manitou, the Hammonasset Line, landscape astronomy along the Hudson River, and a several-acre area in Woodstock, NY, with large, carefully constructed lithic formations • Analyzes the archaeoastronomy, archaeoacoustics, and symbolism of these sites to reveal their relationships to other ceremonial stone sites across America and the world Presenting a comprehensive field guide to hundreds of lost, forgotten, and misidentified megalithic stone structures in northeastern America, Glenn Kreisberg documents many enigmatic formations still standing across the Catskill Mountain and Hudson Valley region, complete with functioning solstice and equinox alignments. Kreisberg provides a first-person description of the “Wall of the Manitou,” which runs for 10 miles along the eastern slopes of the Catskill Mountains, as well as narratives about related sites that include animal effigies, reproductive organs, calendar stones, enigmatic inscriptions, and evidence of alignments. Using computer software, he plots the trajectory of the Hammonasset Line, which begins at a burial complex near the tip of Long Island and runs to Devil’s Tombstone in Greene County, New York. He shows how the line runs at the same angle that marks the summer solstice sunset from Montauk Point on Long Island, and, when extended, intersects the ancient copper mines of Isle Royal in Upper Michigan. He documents a several-acre area on Overlook Mountain in Woodstock, New York, with a grouping of very large, carefully constructed lithic formations that together create a serpent or snake figure, mirroring the constellation Draco. He demonstrates how this site is related to the Serpent Mount in Ohio and Ankor Wat in Cambodia and reveals how all of the vast, interlocking sites in the Northeast were part of an ancient spiritual landscape based on a sophisticated understanding of the cosmos, as practiced by ancient Native Americans. While modern historians consider these sites to be colonial era constructions, Kreisberg reveals how they were used to communicate with the spirit world and may be remnants of a long-vanished civilization.
Spirits in Stone
Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
Explores the history and design of American gargoyles, featuring the stone carvings on buildings including Washington's National Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, and the Woolworth Building.
Shamanism and Traditional Medicine Among the Taman of Borneo
Author: Jay H. Bernstein
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
Category: Social Science
This work examines Shamanism and healing practices among the Taman of Borneo. It contributes to contemporary debates in cultural and medical anthropology, the anthopology of religion and magic, ritual, folklore, and Southeast Asian ethnography.
52 Lessons to Find Your Soul Voice Through Journal Writing
Author: Janell Moon
Publisher: Red Wheel
A heartfelt combination of spiritual discovery, environmental observations, and journal writing, The Wise Earth Speaks to Your Spirit offers readers a 52-week cycle of themed essays and related questions about the natural world. Entries on night and sky and parakeets, wind and mud and rain, snakes and tea and thistle, among others. In addition to folklore, myths, stories, and symbols connected to each theme, Janell Moon includes inspirational quotes from well-known writers -- among them E. B. White, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gertrude Stein, and Mother Theresa -- and shares her original poetry and personal experiences with the natural world. As she writes in the introduction, "It is my wish that through the telling of these stories, and the deepening of your own connections through your writing, that you will better enjoy a rainbow or a tree with angel's wings in a storm."
The Politics of Rituals and Identified Spirits in Zanzibar
Author: Kjersti Larsen
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Zanzibar, an island off the East African coast, with its Muslim and Swahili population, offers rich material for this study of identity, religion, and multiculturalism. This book focuses on the phenomenon of spirit possession in Zanzibar Town and the relationships created between humans and spirits; it provides a way to apprehend how society is constituted and conceived and, thus, discusses Zanzibari understandings of what it means to be human.
Learning and Unlearning American History Through 200 Years of Textbooks
Author: Kyle Ward
Publisher: The New Press
Looking at the different ways textbooks from different eras present the same historical events, Not Written in Stone offers an abridged and annotated version of Kyle Ward’s celebrated History in the Making specifically designed for classroom use. In each section, Ward provides an overview, questions for discussions and analysis, and then a fascinating chronological sampling of textbook excerpts that reveal the fascinating differences between different textbooks over time. Topics covered include: Images of Native Americans, Columbus’ First Voyage, Pocahontas and Captain John Smith, Anne Hutchinson, Pequot War, Property Rights in the New World, Salem Witch-hunt, Boston Massacre, Lexington and Concord, The Battle of Trenton, George Rogers Clark, Women in the American Revolution, Shays’ Rebellion, The Barbary Pirates, Sacagawea, Tecumseh and Harrison, Monroe Doctrine, The Alamo, The Trail of Tears, Andrew Jackson’s Adoption, Start of the Mexican-American War, Mormons, Dred Scott, African-American Soldiers, Slavery, US-Dakota War of 1862, African-Americans during Reconstruction, Andrew Carnegie and the Homestead Strike, Wounded Knee Massacre, Immigrants, McKinley Assassination, Philippine-American War.
EVERYTHING You Need to Know About California's Premium Wine Country
Author: Mick Winter
Publisher: Westsong Publishing
This is the third edition of this popular guide to California's Napa Valley. It contains everything you need to know about America's favorite wine and food destination. You'll discover the most popular tourist attractions as well as those that locals try to keep secret. With this book you won't miss a thing. Whether it's your first visit or your tenth, you'll find new and enjoyable things to do. Lodging, wineries, spas, restaurants, parks and camping, walking and biking, sightseeing, shopping, events, arts, entertainment and nightlife. Plus: historic attractions, maps, photos, kids' attractions, drive-it-yourself tours, more than 700 website links, a list of Napa Valley wineries, and a special 50-page supplement on Napa Valley wines, vineyards, winemaking, wine tasting, understanding a wine label, and a glossary of wine terms and pronunciation. It's everything you need to become an "instant Napa Valley insider."
Volume 1: Enoch the Seer, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Last Days
Author: J. Marc. Merrill
The Great Pyramid--mysteries abound . . . For example: Why was the subterranean chamber apparently abandoned and yet it is larger than the Queen's Chamber and the King's Chamber combined? Why is there a pit in the floor of the subterranean chamber, and why does the narrow passage that snakes south off the subterranean chamber come to a sudden end after 53 feet? Why was sand from the Sinai hidden behind the wall of the horizontal passage to the Queen's Chamber, and why is there a sudden drop in that passage? Why was the Grand Gallery built so large in comparison to the ascending passage, and why are the slots in the ramps of the Grand Gallery empty? Why was the antechamber to the King's Chamber built with both limestone and granite blocks, and what purpose could the so-called Granite Leaf have served? Egyptologists, pyramidologists, and others outside these two camps have attempted to explain such anomalies. Their theories are examined and compared to a new vision that answers not just some of the questions about the Great Pyramid but all of them as revealed in Books Written in Stone: Enoch the Seer, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Last Days.
A Guide to Napa and Sonoma Counties
Author: Jean Doppenberg
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
The essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information to Napa and Sonoma Counties. Written by a local (and true insider), Insiders' Guide to California's Wine Country offers personal guidance to two major wine regions and their environs. Fully revised and updated, this guide contains five maps of the wine country.
Retrieving Ancestral Knowledge & Wisdom
Author: Raven Grimassi
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Many of us long to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and take part in the sacred traditions of past generations. As a vitally important lineage bearer of your ancestors, you have the ability to tap into a wealth of hereditary knowledge for spiritual health, personal transformation, and enlightenment. The Cauldron of Memory is a groundbreaking book that teaches you how to retrieve ancestral memory, based on the emerging science of morphogenesis and the theory that ancestral memory is stored within our DNA as energy. Raven Grimassi guides you through an effective and powerful system of creative visualization, magical techniques, meditations, and pathworkings for each of your three inner levels: regeneration, abundance, and enlightenment. Reconstruct pagan rituals and works of magic, relive sacred rites, communicate with otherworldly beings, contact your spirit guides, and unearth long-buried mysteries. Reconstructionists, eclectics, and traditionalists alike will discover empowering techniques for calling forth a treasury of ancestral wisdom. Discover the living ancestral memory at the core of your own spiritual center and reclaim the hidden vessel of your ancestral lineage--the Cauldron of Memory.
Author: Mary Elaine Gage,J. E. Gage
Publisher: Powwow River Books
Category: Building, Stone
This handbook is the first comprehensive field guide to both agricultural and Native American stone structures found throughout northeastern United States. These stone structures include stone cairns, chambers, standing stones, niches, enclosures, stone walls, foundations, wells, pedestal boulders, Manitou stones, and other structures. The handbook provides the means to identify, document, analyze, and interpret these structures.
Author: Kate Douglas
Publisher: Beyond The Page
Archeologist and folklore expert Nate Murdock has discovered ancient stone carvings that will either revolutionize thinking in his field or get him laughed out of it entirely, and he’s hired world-renowned photographer Alex Martin to document his find and bolster his claim. When the alluring Alexandra Martin, not Alex, shows up for the job, Nate’s not sure whether to send her packing or take her into his arms. Alexandra Martin, the daughter of the famed photographer and just as talented with a camera, is a dark-haired and dark-eyed beauty. Years ago her father built his reputation on photographs he’d stolen from her, and she’s out to prove once and for all that she’s the real deal. When the opportunity to work with the celebrated and ruggedly handsome Nate Murdock falls into her lap, she jumps at the chance—whether he likes it or not. As tempers flare and accusations fly, the two dig in for a battle of wills and an uneasy truce at their remote mountainside camp. But when drug smugglers trap them in a cave and leave them to die, Nate and Alexandra realize they must trust each other—and the fiery passion growing between them—and surrender to a mysterious force as it guides them through a perilous escape and the acceptance of a powerful love as primal and compelling as the mountain itself.
Author: Isidore Okpewho,Nkiru Nzegwu
Publisher: Indiana University Press
The New York Times reports that since 1990 more Africans have voluntarily relocated to the United States and Canada than had been forcibly brought here before the slave trade ended in 1807. The key reason for these migrations has been the collapse of social, political, economic, and educational structures in their home countries, which has driven Africans to seek security and self-realization in the West. This lively and timely collection of essays takes a look at the new immigrant experience. It traces the immigrants' progress from expatriation to arrival and covers the successes as well as problems they have encountered as they establish their lives in a new country. The contributors, most immigrants themselves, use their firsthand experiences to add clarity, honesty, and sensitivity to their discussions of the new African diaspora.
Author: Mary E. Gage
Publisher: Powwow River Books
For the ancient Native Peoples, the place known to us as America's Stonehenge (Mystery Hill) was a sacred place. For 2500 years they came annually to hold ceremonies with the spirits. At first, they came on the summer solstice and then later they came for the winter solstice and spring equinox. They built ritual structures like stone chambers, cairns, drains, basins, enclosures, and standing stones as part of their ceremonial areas. As the ceremonies were altered and added to, new ceremonial structures were built to accommodate them. These structures were constructed for specific purposes, contained symbolism meaningful to their culture, and had distinct architectural styles. The result is an amazing archaeological record of the 2500 year cultural history of this sacred place.Americai??s Stonehenge Deciphered explores the purpose of these structures, the ceremonies held at them, and the meaning behind the symbolism built into them. It traces how these cultural beliefs were passed from generation to generation and how they were added to and altered to meet the changing needs of their culture. What emerges from this is a profound respect for the intelligence, sophistication, and the depth of their spiritual worldview, culture, and their expertise with building stone structures.
The Best Weekend Getaways
Author: Karen Misuraca
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
We’ve done the planning. You do the packing. When you only have a few days to get away, why spend half your time preparing? Quick Escapes® From San Francisco frees you from thedetails and puts you on the road to an enjoyable time away from home. Inside you’ll find thirteen quick getaways within driving distance of San Francisco. Take the Wine Road to the sea and explore Sonoma and Napa valleys. Enjoy the scenic coastal towns and the world’s tallest redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants. Explore the history and museums of Monterey. With this guide, you’ll find enough variety to suit every budget and taste. Featuring: • Easy-to-follow itineraries for 36- to 48-hour minivacations • Recommendations for the best places to visit, dine, and sleep • Options for a variety of interests • Accurate driving directions and route maps • Information on festivals and special events
Author: Brad Olsen
Publisher: CCC Publishing
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
This revised and updated comprehensive travel guide examines North America's most sacred sites for spiritually attuned explorers. Important archaeological, geological, and historical destinations from coast to coast are exhaustively examined, from the weathered pueblos of the American Southwest and the medicine wheels of western Canada to Graceland and the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. Histories and cultural contexts are objectively surveyed, along with the latest academic theories and insightful metaphysical ruminations. Detailed maps, drawings, and travel directions are also included.
Author: Bhesham R. Sharma
Publisher: University Press of America
The Death of Art evaluates the philosopher Theodor W. Adorno's ideas on music, visual arts, and literature and their relevance to today's mass culture. This book is a comprehensive and clear overview of Adorno's cultural theories and their impact.
The Return to the Wisdomkeepers
Author: Harvey Arden,Steve Wall
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Two journalists share the story surrounding their time with the Wisdomkeepers, and continue to extoll the Native American approach to humanity and life