Ghost Month

Author: Ed Lin
Editor: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616953276
Size: 12,99 MB
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August is Ghost Month in Taiwan—a time to commemorate the dead: burn incense, visit shrines, commemorate ancestors, and avoid unlucky situations, large purchases, and bodies of water. Jing-nan, a young man who runs a food stand in a bustling Taipei night market, doesn't consider himself superstitious, but this August is going to haunt him no matter what he does. He is shocked to the core when he learns his ex-girlfriend from high school has been murdered. She was found scantily clad and shot in the chest on the side of a highway where she was selling betel nuts to passing truck drivers. Beyond his harrowing grief for this lost love of his life, Jing-nan is also confused by the news: "betel nut beauties" are usually women in the most desperate of circumstances; the job is almost as taboo as prostitution. But Julia Huang had been the valedictorian of their high school, and the last time Jing-nan spoke to her she was enrolled in NYU's honor program, far away in New York. The facts don't add up. Julia's parents don't think so, either, and the police seem to have closed the case without asking any questions. The Huangs beg Jing-nan if he can do some investigating on his own—reconnect with old classmates, see if he can learn anything about Julia's life that she might have kept from them. Reluctantly, he agrees, for Julia's sake; but nothing can prepare him for what he learns, or how it will change his life.

Handbook Of Death And Dying

Author: Clifton D. Bryant
Editor: SAGE
ISBN: 0761925147
Size: 15,75 MB
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"More than 100 scholars contributed to this carefully researched, well-organized, informative, and multi-disciplinary source on death studies. Volume 1, "The Presence of Death," examines the cultural, historical, and societal frameworks of death, such asthe universal fear of death, spirituality and varioius religions, the legal definition of death, suicide, and capital punishment. Volume 2, "The Response to Death," covers such topics as rites and ceremonies, grief and bereavement, and legal matters after death."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

The Ghost Festival In Medieval China

Author: Stephen F. Teiser
Editor: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691026770
Size: 10,65 MB
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Largely unstudied until now, the religious festivals that attracted Chinese people from all walks of life provide the most instructive examples of the interaction between Chinese forms of social life and the Indian tradition of Buddhism. Stephen Teiser examines one of the most important of such annual celebrations. He provides a comprehensive interpretation of the festivities of the seventh lunar month, in which laypeople presented offerings to Buddhist monks to gain salvation for their ancestors. Teiser uncovers a wide range of sources, many translated or analyzed for the first time in any language, to demonstrate how the symbolism, rituals, and mythology of the ghost festival pervaded the social landscape of medieval China.

Encyclopedia Of Death Human Experience

Author: Clifton D. Bryant
Editor: SAGE
ISBN: 141295178X
Size: 19,71 MB
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Halloween And Commemorations Of The Dead

Author: Roseanne Montillo
Editor: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438127944
Size: 18,52 MB
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Almost all cultures around the world have days during which they honor those who have died and pray for those souls that have not yet reached heaven. Although many of these holidays have assumed a secular attitude, the original, supernatural tone of these days still colors the celebrations. Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve as it was once known, has become a day for children to don costumes, trick-or-treat for candy, and play pranks. Outside the United States, however, people in many countries still set aside a day to honor and pray for the deceased. Halloween and Commemorations of the Dead looks at the different customs from around the world, including Halloween, All Souls' Day, Day of the Dead, Tomb Sweeping Day, and the Ghost Festival.

Feminist Practices

Author: Dr Lori A Brown
Editor: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409482677
Size: 14,31 MB
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Women continue to be extremely under-represented in the architectural profession. Despite equal numbers of male and female students entering architectural studies, there is at least 17-25% attrition of female students and not all remaining become practicing architects. In both the academic and the professional fields of architecture, positions of power and authority are almost entirely male, and as such, the profession is defined by a heterosexual, Eurasian male perspective. This book argues that it is vital for all architectural students and practitioners to be exposed to a diversity of contemporary architectural practices, as this might provide a first step into broadening awareness and transforming architectural engagement. It considers the relationships between feminist methodologies and the various approaches toward design and their impact upon our understanding and relationship to the built environment. In doing so, this collection challenges two conventional ideas: firstly, the definition of architecture and secondly, what constitutes a feminist practice. This collection of up-and-coming female architects and designers use a wide range of local and global examples of their work to question different aspects of these two conventional ideas. While focusing on feminist perspectives, the book offers insights into many different issues, concerns and interpretations of architecture, proposing through these types of engagement, architecture can become more culturally, politically and environmentally relevant. This 'next generation' of architects claim feminism as their own and through doing so, help define what feminism means and how it is evolving in the 21st century.

They Really Happened

Author: Thilagaraj Kandiah Muniandy
Editor: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1490714952
Size: 10,51 MB
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As the title suggests, the stories in this book are incidents that actually happened in the lives of people. The stories fall into different categories such as unexplained phenomenon, bizarre happenings, spiritual, horror, mystery, going beyond human limit, and a host of others. All these incidents have reason or reasons as to why they happened and embedded in these true incidents are values and as such, these experiences must be told and shared with people of all ages, backgrounds and from different countries, which will go towards helping them in all spheres of life. The stories, written without tempering or changing facts to get readers attention, are all written with a different style where a lot of focus is given to plot, which unfolds gradually but quickly. The vocabulary used is simple, which facilitates understanding and uninterrupted reading and the sentences used are a combination of simple, compound, and complex sentences, which renders reading of this book pleasurable. If the intention is to find an interesting source to read or utilize leisure time beneficially, or improve English Language proficiency, then this book is a 'must-buy.'

Breast Ghost

Author: RahimAbdul
Editor: Partridge Publishing Singapore
ISBN: 1466998989
Size: 15,90 MB
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Breast Ghosts is a collection of ghost stories. Malaysian and Indonesian traditions and superstitions pertaining to ghosts are skilfully revealed to the reader as the narrator author relates “personal” experiences and second hand accounts. A fascinating aspect is that these are contemporary stories set in real places in Singapore and Indonesia. We visit both the Singaporean metropolis and the remote jungles of Java. This collection will be enjoyed by readers who like ghost stories, but also by those who are simply interested in the culture of Indonesia, Malaysia or Singapore. What is particularly engaging and unique about this collection is the strong feeling of authenticity owing to the first-person narration and the modern setting; even though the ghosts themselves come from centuries-old Indonesian folklore.

The White Lady Ghost

Author: Tam Cassidy
Editor: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 147777128X
Size: 15,97 MB
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This graphic version of the tale of the White Lady Ghost features some of the historical details that may have inspired the classic story. Additional ghost story summaries are provided in the back matter.

It S All Chinese To Me

Author: Pierre Ostrowski
Editor: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462900992
Size: 17,53 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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Picture yourself in China with this fun, graphic-novel inspired introduction to China, its culture and people! Ready to gain insight into Chinese culture in a fascinating way? This comprehensive introduction to Chinese culture lets you peer into what makes China unique—its people. Firsthand tips, background info, and illustrations give you graphic impressions of the real China, and allow you to get a feel for not only what it's like, but how to survive the cultural differences. You'll find out about: Major influences and historical events that guide Chinese behavior Key concepts crucial to interacting with Chinese people Social idiosyncrasies that surprise most Westerners Dealing with culture shock in China Peculiarities of Chinese business culture In It's All Chinese to Me, you'll find the core insights to help demystify Chinese culture for Westerners. "Offers a balanced view of China's cultural strengths and weaknesses and should be required reading for international travelers. Highly recommended."—Midwest Book Review "An excellent job of illustrating many of the common issues people may encounter while in China. Bravo!"—Mark Rowswell, AKA Dashan, performer and cultural ambassador