Culture of the Sword


Author: Alexander C. Bennett

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520284372

Category: History

Page: 328

View: 7800

Kendo is the first in-depth historical, cultural, and political account in English of the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship, from its beginnings in military training and arcane medieval schools to its widespread practice as a global sport today. Alexander Bennett shows how kendo evolved through a recurring process of “inventing tradition,” which served the changing ideologies and needs of Japanese warriors and governments over the course of history. Kendo follows the development of Japanese swordsmanship from the aristocratic-aesthetic pretensions of medieval warriors in the Muromachi period, to the samurai elitism of the Edo regime, and then to the nostalgic patriotism of the Meiji state. Kendo was later influenced in the 1930s and 1940s by ultranationalist militarists and ultimately by the postwar government, which sought a gentler form of nationalism to rekindle appreciation of traditional culture among Japan’s youth and to garner international prestige as an instrument of “soft power.” Today kendo is becoming increasingly popular internationally. But even as new organizations and clubs form around the world, cultural exclusiveness continues to play a role in kendo’s ongoing evolution, as the sport remains closely linked to Japan’s sense of collective identity.

Sword & Mythos


Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia,Paula R. Stiles

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781927990001

Category: Fiction

Page: 316

View: 4560

Aztec warriors ready for battle, intent on conquering a neighboring tribe, but different gods protect the Matlazinca. For Arthur Pendragon, the dream of Camelot has ended. What remains is a nightmarish battle against his own son, who is not quite human. Master Yue, the great swordsman, sets off to discover what happened to a hamlet that was mysteriously abandoned. He finds evil. Sunsorrow, the ancient dreaming sword, pried from the heart of the glass god, yearns for Carcosa. Fifteen writers, drawing inspiration from the pulp sub-genres of sword and sorcery and the Cthulhu Mythos, seed stories of adventure, of darkness, of magic and monstrosities. From Africa to realms of neverwhere, here is heroic fantasy with a twist.

Art Of Red Sonja Vol 2


Author: Various

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

ISBN: 1524102105

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 338

View: 2646

Fiery in spirit, skilled in combat, lusty and bawdy in her revelry, the crimson-tressed heroine Red Sonja, known also as "The She-Devil with a Sword", is renowned as fantasy's most prominent female character. Since 2005, Dynamite Entertainment has been the proud home to Red Sonja, publishing hundreds of comics that have garnered critical acclaim and the devotion of a ravenous fan base. This second volume of the Art of Red Sonja showcases the fantastic illustrators and painters that have so perfectly captured the character's essence on cover artwork since 2010, including such comic book luminaries as Jay Anacleto, Ed Benes, Dan Brereton, Amanda Conner, Sergio Davila, Jenny Frison, Lucio Parrillo, Paul Renaud, Alex Ross, Mel Rubi, Marguerite Sauvage, Nicola Scott, and many more!

The Celtic Mythos Boxed Set


Author: Brad A. LaMar

Publisher: Light Messages Publishing

ISBN: 1611532868

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 1060

View: 8473

Celtic myths are far from gone. When black magic threatens to obliterate humanity and overtake the magic clans of the Celtic Isles, destiny forces 17-year-old American, Brendan O’Neal, and his younger sister, Lizzie, to intervene. Joining the desperate princess of the Leprechauns, Dorian, and her two loyal companions, Rory and Biddy, they embark on a dangerous and wondrous adventure across Ireland and Scotland to thwart evil and save mankind. The Obsidian Dagger In The Obsidian Dagger, Brendan, Lizzie, and their new companions must destroy the frightfully powerful stone dagger wielded by an evil witch. Battling the witch’s mutated forces of magical beings, the heroic band will have to reach deeper into themselves than they ever thought possible to find the strength, courage, and will to see their quest through to the end. Brendan will soon learn that the lines between reality, mythology, and divinity are more blurred than he ever imagined. The Megalith Union Just as life was returning to normal for Brendan as a college freshman, the golden god of Celtic Lore, Elathan maneuvers the tendrils of destiny. Dogged by giants, alphyns, and ruas Brendan, Dorian, Lizzie, and a new cast of characters risk it all to unravel the mystery of the ultimate foe. With Corways under attack and Brendan’s father captured by a forgotten enemy, can Brendan and his allies do enough to prevent the end of days? As the megalith union looms, Brendan and his friends must look to the past to prevent a future where Elathan reigns supreme.The Dominion Pulse Faced with the golden god's aggressive plans to free his powerful allies and seize control of Otherworld, Brendan and Lizzie must seek their own power and enlist the help of the wise goddess Bibe. As the worlds becomes further marred in darkness, the heroes must work against time if they want to save Otherworld––and themselves. The Bloodline Inheritance Magicks and humans, friends and enemies, ally themselves in a battle to save all realms... In his quest to become an Immortal, Elathan seeks the Emerald Crown of the World, which holds a magic so ancient and powerful that its been hidden from all realms. As Earth’s rightful Protector, only Brendan stands a chance to stop the golden god, to save the Earth and her inhabitants. But when Brendan falls under a curse that poisons his mind, Lizzie, Dorian, Frank, and their friends must band together to save him while Elathan grows in power. “An amazing young adult fantasy series with fast paced adventure, lovable characters, and super scary villains..."–5 star review from Reading is Better than Real Life

Fundamentalism, Mythos, and World Religions


Author: Niels C. Nielsen Jr.

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438414730

Category: Religion

Page: 186

View: 7336

Fundamentalism is widely feared and its influence is growing in many of the major world faiths. Arising in reaction against modernism, fundamentalism affirms a pre-Enlightenment paradigm in a post-Enlightenment era. The author supports a prediction that fundamentalists will continue to have power in a variety of religions. But their characteristic ahistorical, absolutistic, view will limit their outreach.

Hard Frost

Mythos Academy Colorado 2


Author: Jennifer Estep

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492992412

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 486

Die Spartanerin Rory Forseti ist Mitglied von Team Midgard, einer geheimen Organisation an der Mythos Academy, die es sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, die Schnitter des Chaos aufzuhalten. Doch als es während eines Schulausflugs zum Diebstahl eines mythologischen Artefakts kommt, fehlt von den Schnittern jede Spur. Wer konnte das Artefakt an sich reißen, ohne von den Sicherheitskameras oder den Wachen gesehen zu werden? Das gestohlene Artefakt ist überaus gefährlich. Wenn es Covington, dem bösen Anführer der Schnitter, in die Hände fällt, könnte er damit dunkle mythologische Kreaturen beschwören. Rory muss alles tun, um zu verhindern, dass Covington an das Artefakt gelangt – und die Welt damit ins Chaos stürzt ...

Mythos Academy Bundle: First Frost, Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost & Dark Frost


Author: Jennifer Estep

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 0758288379

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 348

View: 7409

First Frost I am Gwen Frost, and I have a Gypsy gift. It's called psychometry – that's a fancy way of saying that I see images in my head and get flashes of other people's memories off almost everything I touch, even guys. My gift makes me kind of nosy. Okay, okay, maybe a lot nosy--to the point of obsession sometimes. I want to know everything about everyone around me. But even I don't want to know the secrets my friend Paige is hiding or the terrible loss that will send me to a new school – Mythos Academy, where the teachers aren't preparing us for the SATs, but to battle Reapers of Chaos. Now I have no friends and no idea how my gift fits in with all these warrior whiz kids. The only thing I do know is that my life is never, ever going to be the same. . . Touch of Frost My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy -- a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why – especially since I should have been the one who died... Kiss of Frost Logan Quinn was trying to kill me. My Spartan classmate relentlessly pursued me, swinging his sword at me over and over again, the shining silver blade inching closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes practially glowed with the thrill of battle. . . I'm Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, and I have no idea how I'm going to survive the rest of the semester. One day, I'm getting schooled in swordplay by the guy who broke my heart--the drop-dead gorgeous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invisible archer in the Library of Antiquities decides to use me for target practice. And now, I find out that someone at the academy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I'm afraid if I don't learn how to live by the sword--with Logan's help--I just might die by the sword. . . Dark Frost I've seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I'm supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I'm just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me--again. Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects--and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I'm also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can't use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me--and I'm in for the fight of my life.

Shattered Sword

The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway


Author: Jonathan Parshall,Anthony Tully

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1597973092

Category: History

Page: 640

View: 1341

Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange s bestselling "Miracle at Midway," Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, "Shattered Sword" makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida s "Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan," an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle. The authors examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy s doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading WWII naval historian John Lundstrom, "Shattered Sword" will become an indispensable part of any military buff s library. Winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the "Best Book in U.S. Naval History" and cited by "Proceedings" as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005."

Mythos und Geschichte

Essays zur Geschichtsmythologie Skandinaviens in Mittelalter und Neuzeit


Author: Gerd Wolfgang Weber

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

View: 5274

Rolling Stone's Alt-rock-a-rama


Author: Scott Schinder

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780385313605

Category: Music

Page: 492

View: 9354

Introduces alternative rock, and looks at the most influential groups and albums

X-O Manowar Vol. 1: By the Sword TPB


Author: Robert Venditti

Publisher: Valiant Entertainment

ISBN: 0979640946

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 112

View: 5532

After being enslaved aboard a starship belonging to a race of aliens known as the Vine, Aric of Dacia steals their most powerful weapon--a sentient suit of indestructible armor--to become X-O Manowar.

Mittelalter-Rezeption III

gesammelte Vorträge des 3. Salzburger Symposions "Mittelalter, Massenmedien, Neue Mythen", [vom 5.-9. März 1986]


Author: Jürgen Kühnel

Publisher: Kummerle


Category: Arts, Modern

Page: 812

View: 8188


Religionsgeschichtliche untersuchungen


Author: Eduard Stucken

Publisher: N.A


Category: Jewish mythology

Page: N.A

View: 9033


Mythos Academy 6


Author: Jennifer Estep

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 349296768X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 432

View: 5076

Niemand weiß besser als Gwen Frost, wie stark Loki und seine Schnitter des Chaos sind. Sie als Champion der griechischen Göttin Nike soll eine zentrale Rolle bei seiner Vernichtung spielen. Aber niemand weiß auch besser als Gwen Frost, dass sie keine Wunderwaffe ist - nur das komische Gypsymädchen, über das alle heimlich lästern. Zwar hat sie ihre Psychometrie, ihr sprechendes Schwert Vic, ihre Freunde und vor allem den Spartaner Logan Qinn an ihrer Seite, doch Gwen wird von Vorahnungen ereilt, und die verheißen nichts Gutes. Aber für Selbstzweifel bleibt keine Zeit, als einer der ihr wichtigsten Menschen in Lebensgefahr gerät. In Gwen erwacht eine brennende Entschlossenheit - sie ist bereit, alles zu geben. Und wenn es sie das Leben kosten sollte ...



Author: Kelly McCullough

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110105266X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 4497

Computer savvy sorcerer Ravirn learns that not every world is user friendly in this WebMage novel from Kelly McCullough. In the 21st century, magic has advanced with the times and gone digital. Ravirn—umpteenth great-grandson of one of the three Fates—is a talented sorcerer, a computer hacker extraordinaire, and in the process of becoming a minor demi-god. His best friend and familiar is both a goblin and a laptop, changing shape from one to the other as needed. While repairing Necessity (the badly-broken sentient computer that runs the multiverse), Ravirn is thrown into a very different place, a parallel world where the Greek gods are only myths. This strange realm is ruled by the Norse pantheon of gods—Odin, Thor, and other fun-loving brutes—and their magic uses a completely different operating system. A system that Ravirn will have to hack if he ever wants to get out of Asgard alive… From the Paperback edition.

Mythos of Love Collection


Author: Lisa Williamson

Publisher: Lisa Williamson


Category: Fiction

Page: 168

View: 1320

Mythos - A story or set of stories relevant to or having a significant truth or meaning for a particular culture, religion, society, or other group. Love stories are common through out all cultures. These short stories are a fantasy take on love and magic, for romance can be found in any genre. With tales of traditional love with a Knight riding out to rescue his kidnapped lady to a tale of love over coming even death, these five tales will be a new take on a beloved genre. With one novella, three previously published short stories and one entirely new tale, there is something for everyone. Even those who don't expect a happily ever after.