'THE DRAGONS DEN and OTHER STORIES', is asmall collection of quite diversified tales. The verity and subject matter come from a quality of experience, some from real life with authentic backgrounds and others generated in the mind of the myth. There are several adventure stories and yet others were pushed by an unseen influence of transformations and miracles, with amoral behind them. Here is something for everybody in twelve very different stories, a touch of romance and many with a twist in the tail, also a scattering of poems thrown in for good measure..._________________________________________________________
Into our world comes a much-needed story. Our world is such, that all of our futures depend on all of the children in it. In this world, the fear and hate of the past are the biggest stumbling blocks to a future that we cant yet see. Here comes a story that shows that by choosing life over death, and trust over fear we can create a new future that we all can live in together. A little girl and a purple dragon come to realize that the future is alive and that the past is dead. To survive, they will have to trust in each other. This story is for all those in our world who know that only by choosing life for everyone will there be a future for anyone.
An extensive introduction provides basic information about Russian epics, their historical background, their poetics, the history of their collection, their performance context, and their main interpretations. In addition, their is a short introduction to each song, explaining its plot, allusions, and interpretations. A glossary of common terms and a selected bibliography of studies about the Russian epic in English and Russian are also included in the volume.
"Perhaps it is good for the soul to stare blankly at itself in the mirror and think of nothing for awhile." An eclectic mix of poetry and prose, Shedding the Dragon's Skin examines the restorative benefits of exposing your "inner scars" to give rebirth to your spirit. Subjects like motherhood, God, love, and desire all combine to create a poignant account of how author Celeste DC Simons has struggled to understand herself. Lighthearted at times and deeply introspective at others, this book will cause you to rethink your own life. Join with Simons in the journey to spiritual rebirth. Let your soul stir to the echoes of the past and listen for the possibility of the future. Shedding the Dragon's Skin is an awakening; an open, vulnerable offering of the poet's soul in the hopes that others may find the way toward renewal. Awake! Arise To joy behold The trials of this sphere. -Encouragement
Stories about dragons, serpents, and their slayers make up a rich and varied tradition within ancient mythology and folklore. In this sourcebook, Daniel Ogden presents a comprehensive and easily accessible collection of dragon myths from Greek, Roman, and early Christian sources. Some of the dragons featured are well known: the Hydra, slain by Heracles; the Dragon of Colchis, the guardian of the golden fleece overcome by Jason and Medea; and the great sea-serpent from which Perseus rescues Andromeda. But the less well known dragons are often equally enthralling, like the Dragon of Thespiae, which Menestratus slays by feeding himself to it in armor covered in fish-hooks, or the lamias of Libya, who entice young men into their striking-range by wiggling their tails, shaped like beautiful women, at them. The texts are arranged in such a way as to allow readers to witness the continuity of and evolution in dragon stories between the Classical and Christian worlds, and to understand the genesis of saintly dragon-slaying stories of the sort now characteristically associated with St George, whose earliest dragon-fight concludes the volume. All texts, a considerable number of which have not previously been available in English, are offered in new translations and accompanied by lucid commentaries that place the source-passages into their mythical, folkloric, literary, and cultural contexts. A sampling of the ancient iconography of dragons and an appendix on dragon slaying myths from the ancient Near East and India, particularly those with a bearing upon the Greco-Roman material, are also included. This volume promises to be the most authoritative sourcebook on this perennially fascinating and influential body of ancient myth.