By Neil Gaiman

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First released in 2001, American Gods grew to become an quick classic—an highbrow and creative benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of cutting edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now become aware of the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary version. Newly up-to-date and accelerated with the author’s most well liked textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real get together of a latest masterpiece by means of the only, the one, Neil Gaiman.

A typhoon is coming . . .

Locked in the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly watching for the magic day whilst he may go back to Eagle aspect, Indiana. a guy now not terrified of what the next day to come may possibly convey, all he sought after used to be to be with Laura, the spouse he deeply enjoyed, and begin a brand new existence.

yet simply days ahead of his liberate, Laura and Shadow’s ally are killed in an coincidence. along with his lifestyles in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a role from a beguiling stranger he meets at the method domestic, an enigmatic guy who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday turns out to grasp extra approximately Shadow than Shadow does himself.

lifestyles as Wednesday’s bodyguard, motive force, and errand boy is way extra fascinating and hazardous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a task that takes him on a dismal and unusual highway journey and introduces him to a number of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined together with his personal. alongside the way in which Shadow will research that the prior by no means dies; that everybody, together with his liked Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that goals, totems, legends, and myths are extra genuine than we all know. eventually, he'll notice that underneath the placid floor of way of life a hurricane is brewing—an epic warfare for the very soul of America—and that he's status squarely in its direction.

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We add the term ray, which, before it expressed the Christian notion of "paradise," had the same meaning as bog ("riches"). 74. See the documentation in Gasparini, II matriarcato slavo, pp. 553-579. But as we have seen (§250), polycephalism is also attested among other Indo-European peoples. 75. It is found uniquely among peoples influenced by the Slavs: the Germans, Romanians, and other populations of southeastern Europe. 34 THE RELIGIONS OF ANCIENT EURASIA into the house and placed provisionally in the "sacred comer, " in the place where the icons are hung.

Don't let us fall into trouble! Make it so that we can resist the Evil One. Do not show Kormos [the evil spirit] to us. Do not abandon us into his hands . Do not condemn my sins! The shaman learns from Bai Olgan whether the sacrifice has been agreeable and receives predictions about the weather and the new harvest. This episode marks the culminating point of the "ecstasy": the 31. See the references in Shamanism, p. 184ff. 18 THE RELIGIONS OF ANCIENT EURASIA shaman collapses exhausted. After some time, he rubs his eyes, and appears to waken himself from a profound sleep and hail those who are present as after a long absence.

He is ignorant of the existence and intentions of the "old man" (the Evil One who would introduce death). Certain variants, attested among the Cheremis and the Voguls, underline the "dualistic" character of the Creation. 46 But the "dualism" is still more strongly marked in Finnish, Estonian, and Mordvinian legends: it is the Devil himself who makes the dive, at 43. A. C. Schrenk and Lehtisalo, summarized by Paulson, "Les religions des Asiates septentrionaux," pp. 6lff. 44. Cf. Pettazzoni, L' onniscienza di Dio, p.

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