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Monsters in Stone - Kentucky’s Gargoyles, Grotesques and Green Men By Gary R. Varner
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A photo story of the archetypal symbols present on many of Kentucky's 19th century buildings, including gargoyles, Green Men and other strange and grotesque images carved in stone. Includes over 40... More > illustrations, index and bibliography.< Less
The Ancient Religions and Beliefs of Ethiopia By Gary R. Varner
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One of the most ancient nations in the world, Ethiopia is a magnificent and diverse society attempting to hold on to its traditional ways in an ever changing world. The first nation to accept... More > Christianity in the 4th century, indigenous religions and practices have been able to survive in a symbiotic relationship with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church mixing pagan beliefs and ways with the dominate Christian religion. Today, however, due to the missionary efforts of both the Evangelical Christian and Muslim factions only a small percentage of Ethiopian peoples still observe their traditional ways and beliefs. The Evil Eye and spirit possession continue to exist across the Ethiopian scene in a fascinating mixture of the ancient and modern worlds.< Less
Remembrances of the Dead - Graveyard Art & Symbolism By Gary R. Varner
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Perhaps some of our most mysterious, impressive and artistic symbolism can be found in our cemeteries. Ancient pagan, classical Greek and Roman, and the eternal symbols of hope, love and despair... More > appear in many of our older places of rest. This book looks at the art, history and meaning of pre-twentieth century grave markers and tombs in the United States, from Nova Scotia and Maine to South Carolina and California. Illustrated with over seventy photographs.< Less
Portals to Other Realms: Cup-Marked Stones and Prehistoric Rock Carvings By Gary R. Varner
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An analysis of the mysterious cup-marked stones found around the world from Russia to California, Great Britain, Sardenia and Ethiopia. These ancient cup-marked stones have been created since the... More > dawn of time. They appear on every continent and have universal characteristics in their appearance and in how they were used. With so many of them still in existence and so many people aware of them one would think that current day archaeologists would know what they are—what they meant to ancient man. The sad fact is current science doesn’t have anything more than theory, assumption and guess to go on. Were they used for healing? Did they signify the burial of great teachers, warriors and leaders? Were they used as star maps?< Less
Portals to Other Realms: Cup-Marked Stones and Prehistoric Rock Carvings By Gary R. Varner
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An illustrated analysis of the mysterious cup-marked stones found around the world from Russia to California, Great Britain, Sardenia and Ethiopia. These ancient cup-marked stones have been created... More > since the dawn of time. They appear on every continent and have almost identical characteristics. With so many of them still in existence and so many people aware of them one would think that current day archaeologists would know what they are—what they meant to ancient man. The sad fact is current science doesn’t have anything more than theory, assumption and guess to go on. Were they used for healing? Did they signify the burial of great teachers, warriors and leaders? Were they used as star maps?< Less
The Folklore of Faeries, Elves & Little People - A Study in a Cultural Phenomenon By Gary R. Varner
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Faeries, trolls, goblins--are these simply creatures of age old stories or are they much more? Legends of these Little People are universal across time, geography and cultures. Are the origins of... More > these stories connected to a real race of tiny humans such as those found on the Indonesian island of Flores or to some other ancient and unknown cause? Sightings of these creatures continue to be reported in our modern time from Europe and Russia to North Carolina and California. Are these reports the result of mis-identification or hallucination or are we in fact sharing the world with a number of beings from a lost age? The Folklore of Faeries, Elves & Little People - A Study of a Cultural Phenomenon looks cross-culturally at the history and folklore of these creatures as well as current areas said to be frequented or inhabited by them and gives possible explanations for the continued belief in their existence. Illustrated< Less
Hidden In Plain Sight By Gary R. Varner
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Sacramento. Capital of California and home to a half million people and hundreds of symbols and images from an ancient past. These are the same symbols that have been part of the framework of the... More > human psyche for thousands of years. While contemporary man of the 21st century may think that they are simply decorative manifestations of a by-gone era, they represent so much more. They represent the fears, dreams, ideas, beliefs and struggles that humankind has endured since we began to walk upright. This book will survey many of the icons that still reside alongside modern man in Sacramento and will present them in a broader context both in the context of ancient history and folklore as well as a meaning that is suitable for our contemporary times. The locations of these images are also given so that the reader may seek them out at leisure. Gary R. Varner has authored numerous books on symbolism, folklore, mythology and Native American culture.< Less
ETHIOPIA: A Cultural History of an Ancient Land By Gary R. Varner
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According to ancient Ptolemaic writings, Ethiopians were the first men that ever lived and the first to worship the gods and to honor the gods with sacrifice. Some believe that the Ethiopians were... More > the origination of Egyptian religion in the worship of Osiris as well as the worship of Zeus. The Ethiopians, according to Herodotus, “reverence of the gods Zeus and Dionysos alone, and these they greatly honour; and they have an Oracle of Zeus established, and make warlike marches whensoever this god commands them by prophecy and to whatsoever place he commands.” Science was also believed to have traversed from the Upper Nile, the homeland of the Ethiopians, into Egypt. Before these gods, however, the ancient Ethiopians worshipped the serpent and even sacrificed to it. Today many believe Ethiopia is the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. This book is an ethnographic analysis of the ancient cultures of Ethiopia, their religious beliefs and current environmental and political challenges.< Less
Hidden in Plain Sight II By Gary R. Varner
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The historic city of Pittsburgh has been the home to Native Americans and immigrants from around the world. It is also home to a large variety of gargoyles, grotesques and monsters carved in stone... More > and adorning banks, government buildings and churches. Today thanks to a city that cares about it's past these icons can be found at the Dollar Bank, the Marine Bank, Union Arcade, the county courthouse, jail and mortuary and Pittsburgh's First Presbyterian Church among other locations. Once a mighty steel producer Pittsburgh today features world class universities, museums and medical facilities as well as a hidden world of arcane images in stone. Pittsburgh has one of the largest concentrations of gargoyles and ancient imagery outside of the United Kingdom. Profusely illustrated. This is the second in a series of books about America's cities and the hidden symbols they contain.< Less
The Dark Wind: Witches and the Concept of Evil By Gary R. Varner
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The Dark Wind provides a survey of witches around the world, their prehistoric origin and how society has viewed them throughout history. Folklorist Gary R. Varner explores the use of magic,... More > spells and curses among indigenous groups as well as state approved religions such as those observed in ancient Rome and Greece, and how even contemporary Christianity uses many of the same "magic" combinations. Also examined is the current "witch craze" in several countries where thousands are being killed as witches,the underlying reasons for this tragedy and the history of anti-witchcraft laws. The Dark Wind is a book for everyone interested in anthropology, archaeology, ancient history, religion and the occult. Illustrated with contemporary woodcuts and drawings. The author is a member of the American Folklore Society and the Foundation for Mythological Studies.< Less