Bird Gods (1898) by Charles De Kay

"DeKay’s linguistic background is apparent in the book as he traces the various cultures and mythologies that the different birds appear in. He presents the idea that, rather than the more distant celestial objects, it is the animals that have surrounded us which have been the root of religious ideas. Each chapter in the book … Continue reading Bird Gods (1898) by Charles De Kay

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Al-Khidr, The Green Man and the Vegetation gods

To Sufis, al-Khiḍr holds a distinguished position. Although amongst the Sunni scholars there is a difference of opinion about him being still alive, amongst Sunni Sufis there is almost a consensus that al-Khiḍr is still alive, with many respected figures and shaykhs, and prominent leaders claiming having had personal encounters with him. In Sufi tradition, … Continue reading Al-Khidr, The Green Man and the Vegetation gods

The God with the Upraised Arm – by Greg Taylor, The Daily Grail

(Extract from an essay by Greg Taylor, originally posted to The Daily Grail in 1999) "In the depictions of mythological scenes on Near Eastern archaeological monuments and artefacts, a number of ‘archetypal images’ are apparent. One of the most intriguing of these is the ‘God with the Upraised-Arm’, which can be found in scenes from … Continue reading The God with the Upraised Arm – by Greg Taylor, The Daily Grail

Terry Haass – The forces that shape the universe

 “One may say that she orchestrates her etchings like a musician, letting them “sound”—the sweeping brushstrokes like strings over the sombre and blocklike depths of the winds.”  - Ole Henrik Moe "This brilliant description by Moe draws attention to the resonating depths of Terry Haass’s work. As an artist she is drawn to the mysteries of … Continue reading Terry Haass – The forces that shape the universe

Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation – The Art of Enchantment by Sharon Blackie

"Turn on the radio or the TV, and we’re deluged by ads urging us to buy, buy, buy. Burn the planet, so that for one lunatic day of the year we can wear red hats and snowflake-embroidered sweaters and drink and eat more than is moral, frankly, and imagine everything is perfect and there’s nothing … Continue reading Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation – The Art of Enchantment by Sharon Blackie

Names of the Wind — Nick Hunt

  ELSEWHERE - A JOURNAL OF PLACE recently featured a piece by Nick Hunt who's book "Where the Wild Winds Are" (Nicholas Brealey Publishing) was published in September 2017.     Nick "set out to follow four, which seemed an appropriate number for winds, drawn by the romance of their names but also intrigued by their … Continue reading Names of the Wind — Nick Hunt

Francis Bacon’s use of ancient myths in Novum Organum

The Novum Organum, fully Novum Organum Scientiarum ('new instrument of science'), is a philosophical work by Francis Bacon, written in Latin and published in 1620. The title is a reference to Aristotle's work Organon, which was his treatise on logic and syllogism. In Novum Organum, Bacon details a new system of logic he believes to … Continue reading Francis Bacon’s use of ancient myths in Novum Organum