In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living.
Author: Bradley Beaulieu
Publisher: Hachette UK
In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she's never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she goes out on the night of Beht Zha'ir, the holy night when all are forbidden from walking the streets. It's the night that the asirim, the powerful yet wretched creatures that protect the Kings from all who would stand against them, wander the city and take tribute. It is then that one of the asirim, a pitiful creature who wears a golden crown, stops Çeda and whispers long forgotten words into her ear. Çeda has heard those words before, in a book left to her by her mother, and it is through that one peculiar link that she begins to find hidden riddles left by her mother. As Çeda begins to unlock the mysteries of that fateful night, she realizes that the very origin of the asirim and the dark bargain the Kings made with the gods of the desert to secure them may be the very key she needs to throw off the iron grip the Kings have had over Sharakhai. And yet the Kings are no fools-they've ruled the Shangazi for four hundred years for good reason, and they have not been idle. As Çeda digs into their past, and the Kings come closer and closer to unmasking her, Çeda must decide if she's ready to face them once and for all.
The King held his hand out to Çeda. She understood that he too wished to look at
... The King shook his head and drew another sign beneath the first, the ancient
symbol for Sharakhai. “The Twelve Kings.” The King put his finger over Çeda's ...
Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu
Best Book of 2015 by Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BuzzFeed • “Promises to be breathtaking.” —Robin Hobb The Song of the Shattered Sands: Book One Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings -- cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule. Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings' laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha'ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings' mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings' power...if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don't find her first.
For convenience let me label the Twelve Gods of the gammaduva as the Twelve Kings, since they are viewed as such. However, the label is my invention, not that
of the people. The texts of the telmé give a list of nine kings, namely, Kalikot, ...
Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Pattini-goddess, virgin, wife and mother; folk deity of Sinhala Buddhists and Jains; and assimilated goddess of the Hindu pantheon-has been worshiped in Sri Lanks and South India for fifteen hundred years or more, as she still is today. This long-awaited book is the culmination of Gananath Obeyesekere's comprehensive study of the Pattini cult and its historical, sociological, and psychoanalytical role in the culture of South Asia. A well-known anthropologist and a native of Sri Lanka, Obeyesekere displays his impeccable scholarship and a stunning range of theoretical perspectives in this work, the most detailed analysis of a single religious complex in South Asian ethnography (and possibly in all of anthropology). Since 1955 Obeyesekere has observed and participated in modern performances of the rituals of worship, healing, and propitiation in the Pattini cult, particularly the postharvest ritual known as the gammaduva. He presents detailed texts of the gammaduva, placing them in their historical and mythic traditions. Using the texts, he formulates a cultural analysis of the Buddhist pantheon and a critique of empiricist notions of South Asian historiography. Obeyesekere shows that some seemingly historical figures of South India and Sri Lanka are mythic characters and that their historical significance can best be understood by an anthropological analysis of myth rather than through a reification of myth in history. The concurrent Hindu worship of Pattini with its myths and rituals is described in detail. Obeyesekere documents the Sanskritization of Pattini, the changing physical structures of the goddess's shrines from the 1930s to the present, the assumption by Brahman priests of ritual functions formerly carried out by folk priest, and the sociocultural causes of these changes. He traces, too, the origins and diffusion of the cult throughout its entire history, as well as its survival today. Of psychological interest is the problematic status of Pattini as virgin, wife, and mother and her relationship with her god-husband Palanga and his courtesan Madevi. Obeyesekere discusses the psychodynamics of this relationship in detail and explains its role in Hindu-Buddhist socialization and family structure. Further, he uses this analysis to account for local variations in the performance and structure of the ritual. The ritual of the killing and resurrection of Pattini's husband and her role as mater dolorosa will interest scholars of comparative religion.
Also there were slain at that battle twelve kings on the side of King Lot with Nero,
and all were buried .in the Church of Saint Stephen's in Camelot, and the
remnant of knights and of others were buried in a great rock. CHAPTER XI. OF
Author: Thomas Malory
Le Morte d'Arthur is Sir Thomas Malory's compilation of some French and English Arthurian romances. The book contains some of Malory's own original material (the Gareth story) and retells the older stories in light of Malory's own views and interpretations. First published in 1485 by William Caxton, Le Morte d'Arthur is perhaps the best-known work of English-language Arthurian literature today.
Of the Entertainment of twelve Kings , and of the Prophecy of Merlin ; and how
Balin should give the dolorous Stroke . : SO , at the entertainment came king Lot '
s wife , Morganse , with her four sons , Gawaine , Agravaine , Gaberis , and
XXXVI . of the Entertainment of twelve Kings , and of the Prophecy of Merlin ; and
how Balin should give the dolorous Stroke . So , at the entertainment came king
Lot ' s wife , Morganse , with her four sons , Gawaine , Agravaine , Gaberis , and ...
Of the interment of twelve kings, and of the prophecy of Merlin, and how Balin
should give the dolorous stroke. SO at the interment came King Lot's wife
Margawse with her four sons, Gawaine, Agravaine, Gaheris, and Gareth. Also
there came ...
Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The King Arthur Super Pack is the most complete collection of Arthurian literature ever assembled. There are more than two thousand pages of amazing literature here. There are more than a dozen major works included in this collection, as well as a number of works of interest to Arthurian fans. Journey back in time to the days of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, when magic and chivalry ruled the land. Included in this omnibus edition are: 'Le Morte D'Arthur' by Sir Thomas Malory; 'Idylls of the King' by Lord Alfred Tennyson; 'A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court' by Mark Twain; 'Erec et Enide' by Chrétien de Troyes; 'The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights' by Sir James Knowles; 'Stories of King Arthur's Knights: Told to the Children' by Mary MacGregor; 'Stories of King Arthur and His Knights' by U. Waldo Cutler; 'King Arthur's Knights: The Tales Re-Told for Boys & Girls' by Henry Gilbert; 'Stories from Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion' by Beatrice Clay; 'King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table' by Rupert S. Holland; 'The Marvellous History of King Arthur in Avalon' by Geoffrey of Monmouth; 'Gawayne and the Green Knight: A Fairy Tale' by Charlton Miner Lewis; 'Merlin's Youth' by George Parker Bidder; 'Sir Gawain and the Lady of Lys' translated by Jessie L. Weston; 'Merlin the Enchanter' by Thomas Wentworth Higginson; 'King Arthur at Avalon' by Thomas Wentworth Higginson; 'Sir Lancelot of the Lake' by Thomas Wentworth Higginson; 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' translated by Jessie Weston; 'The Story of the Champions of the Round Table' by Howard Pyle; 'A Knyght Ther Was' by Robert F. Young; 'The Egyptian Maid or The Romance of the Water-Lily' by William Wordsworth; 'Merlin and Vivien' by Lord Alfred Tennyson; 'Merlin's Song' by Ralph Waldo Emerson; 'Gawain and the Lady of Avalon' by George Augustus Simcox; and 'The Marriage of Sir Gawaine' by Bishop Thomas Percy.
Sabac6s,5 their king. ... It has been doubted which of the Sabacos was the S0, or
Sava, of 2 Kings xvii. ... When the Egyptians mention kings who did nothing
memorable, or the rule of a priest-king like Sethos, or twelve kings ruling the
The Egyptians , " he was told , “ having been ruled for some time by a priest - king
called Sethos , were unable after his death to continue any time without a king ;
they therefore divided Egypt into twelve districts , and set twelve kings over them
After the death of Sethon, the Egyptians became free, but as they were never
able to live without a king, a government of twelve kings was established, which
may be called a Dodecarchy. The twelve kings divided Egypt into twelve districts