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May. 3rd, 2011 @ 12:43 pm Title of interest
While most of the essays in the collection are monotheist, there are some polytheist reads in Travel and religion in antiquity edited by Philip Harland.

Religion in the road in ancient Greece and Rome
Have horn, will travel: the journeys of Mesopotamian deities
The divine wanderer: travel and divinization in late antiquity
Roman translation: Tacitus and ethnographic interpretation
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Jan. 10th, 2011 @ 10:50 am Another academic text for polytheists.
Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions edited by Muzhou Pu/Mu-chou Poo.

Among the articles of potential interest:
"Wind and smoke : giving up the ghost of Enkidu, comprehending Enkidu’s ghosts"
"Belief and the dead in Pharaonic Egypt"
"The Roman manes : the dead as gods"
"The ghostly troop and the battle over death : William of Auvergne (d. 1249) connects Christian, Old Norse, and Irish views"
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Dec. 1st, 2010 @ 06:32 pm Passing the word: huge Ebay copyright infringement

OCCULT KABBALAH TAROT WICCA MASONIC GNOSTIC HERMETIC - eBay (item 370462019062 end time Dec-05-10 17:10:26 PST)

If you are an author or ever contributed to the PODSNet BBS system or had something included in the "Riders of the Crystal Well BOS", aka the PODSNet BOS, aka "the Internet BOS" you should check to see if your work is included, and if it is, file your DCMA takedown requests.

Many of the books in this collection are currently in-print works of living authors. Please pass the word far and wide and get this removed from Ebay and other possible websites.
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angry tiger
Jun. 18th, 2008 @ 01:48 am book(s) of (the) becoming?
This is a matter I have been researching of late, one which is rather puzzling.

Several years ago someone mentioned a book(s) to me called The Book of Becoming or Book of The Becoming. At the time, early 2000s, I got curious and noticed there were several alleged textual copies of it on various internet sites, usually in connection with 'Necronomicon' text copies of various sources. However when it was mentioned to me someone else who was there and didn't know the person mentioning it had heard of it as well and mentioned some names from it the first person seemed upset at being mentioned.

The odd thing is that it seems to have been rather prominent at one time, and seems to have just randomly disapeared without any sign. There are some roleplaying books with the same name these days but no search engine results that match.

I'm writing this wondering if anyone else has heard of this, knows any more about it, or knows where those textual copies may still be floating around on the internet.

There were various conspiracies that were mentioned as well to me. These I take with more than a grain of salt, however if anyone has heard of them as well it would be rather interesting.

Apparently the original copies of the book(s) were allegedly on the Orbiter Columbia (I was told about this shortly after the incident with the orbiter being destroyed during atmospheric reentry), and were supposed to be launched onboard some satelite which would either end up orbiting the sun closely or diving in to it. The shuttle was allegedly sabatoged to make sure the book(s) wouldn't make it back to earth.

What else I was told was that a being was trapped in each of the books (making the originals the only ones that had any power). That at various times various people had controlled them. The next I definitely find rather dubious, but apparently some rock band had controlled them which allowed them to rise to prominence. However they were either being forced to give up control of the books or were doing so willingly, one of the members deciding not to, who allegedly died in a plane crash. This sounds like Ozzy Ozbourne and his guitarist who died in a plane crash. However I doubt this on many levels, though odder things have happened I suppose.

Apart from this I cannot remember much apart from the beings trapped in the books were supposed to be elemental almost in nature and circa Summerian times or before that, trapped by some being or such in the books.

Any further information or knowledge?

(cross posted various places)
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Mar. 20th, 2008 @ 01:42 pm for the Romans out there
Found on the job here in the library, just released last month.

The Matter of the Gods: Religion and the Roman Empire
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Jun. 29th, 2007 @ 09:52 am Old Irish Resources online
Current Location: work
I know there are some folks here who have interests in the Irish language, particularly Old Irish. For those who like to 'go to the source' for their info rather than relying solely on the opinions of others, I was recently pointed to two new resources having come online that might be of interest.

In no particular order, there is the eDIL (that's no less than the electronic version of the _Dictionary of the Irish Language_! ) is online via the Royal Irish Academy at:

Also newly available (or newly found out about) is Dr. Julianne Nyhan's Lexicon of Old Irish. A searchable piece of work well worth looking into at:
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Jun. 11th, 2007 @ 12:51 pm Pre-order my ogam book!
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Yep, you heard that right! lupagreenwolf has set up a site where you can pre-order Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom from the publisher. I'll be heading down to Portland at some point when the book is released to sign a bunch of them, so you can get an AUTOGRAPHED copy!


All you ogam enthusiasts, tell your friends! Pass the word! And check out Lupa's plug for the book!

It's coming in September.
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Erynn SteamIcon
Sep. 12th, 2006 @ 06:34 pm The Twelve Winds
I was recently referred to a book on the winds in Gaelic culture after my inquiry here earlier this year, and looked up a copy online. I found one for $20 used, and got it in the mail today.

The Twelve Winds of the Ancient Gaelic World by Jean Wright-Popescul was written by a native of Cape Breton. The book consists of about 75 pages of sources on the winds and their colors with her personal speculations, and another 110 pages or so of folk tales retold from the Gaelic-speaking world.

Ms. Wright-Popescul is careful to cite her sources when she speaks of the historical documents, and refers to a good number of excellent sources and Gaelic-language materials. I took most of the uncited statements as her personal ponderings on the topic of the winds and colors, and found a good deal of use in it. The book is quite nicely done, and contains a color plate of the winds with their Gaelic color names in the appropriate direction.

As a student of the ogam, which includes the color ogam, this book has been interesting and useful, worth the $20 I paid for it. That said, there are copies out there averaging $40 to $50, and I think paying $40 would probably be a bit much for the information, but it does collect information from the Saltair na Rann and the Brehon Laws regarding the winds and their qualities and colors that would be difficult to come by without a sizeable university research library. Her endnotes provide the Gaelic where her text proffers English, and her select bibliography offers a wide variety of Celtic scholarship.

I could have done with a little more wind/color information, assuming it existed, and a little less retelling of folktales, but I'll give this one four purple winds out of five.
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Aug. 10th, 2006 @ 02:24 pm
Current Music: UNKLE: reign
Another book that has crossed my desk at work, and may be of interest to those of you involved in Mediterranean religions.

The Mother of the Gods, Athens and the Tyranny of Asia.
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Mo in library
Feb. 8th, 2006 @ 09:20 am Pilgrimage
I work in a library primarily devoted to monotheism, but sometimes I come across gems.

Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian Antiquity: Seeing the Gods edited by Jas Elsner and Ian Rutherford. New book published by Oxford, with six essays on Greek and seven on Roman sacred pilgrimage. I JUST unpacked it this morning, so I have no idea if it's any good, but I thought it would be worth mentioning.
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