23 июля 2009 | Автор: Admin | Рубрика: English литература » Словари и энциклопедии на английском языке | Комментариев: 0
Leslie Shepard, "Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology"
Thomson Gale 2000 | ISBN-10: 0810385708 | 1939 Pages | PDF | 11,5 MB
The Most Comprehensive Occult/Parapsychology Encyclopedia
This review is from: Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology (Hardcover)
This is a synthesis of two one-volume works: Fodor's Encyclopaedia of Psychic Science and Spence's Encyclopaedia of Occultism. But it also surpasses them by revisions and additional up-to-date information. Although I haven't read the entire two volumes, I must say that I'm impressed by the comprehensive nature of the set. It includes articles about modern occult magicians like Isaac Bonewits and doesn't leave out critics of the paranormal such as James Randi. Also check out the 4-vol. Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 24-vol. Man, Myth & Magic (Cavendish, editor), 2-vol. Encyclopedia of Freemasonry by Albert Mackey, and Bernard McGinn's series of books on Western Mysticism. All recommended.
A wealth of Knowledge
It is hard to describe the feeling I encountered when I first came across this incredible reference in the halls of a high school library while working as a substitute and having some free time. At first I was rightly amused that such a tome would be present in a collection of that scope surely limited and censured by the schools board, but upon a closer examination it occurred to me that this was no mere book of odd facts and superstitions, but a source of immense wealth and startling detail. I began to test the volume by thinking of some place, person or order of which I had personal knowledge and looking it up to see how ridiculous the entry might be, only to be startled by the accuracy and sheer amount of information that vastly eclipsed my own very limited understanding.
In all honesty I began hatching a plan by which I might pilfer these amazing volumes, feeling a sense of anger upon realizing that the books, untouched by so much as a smudgy fingerprint were going to waist in a library of this computer age where students enter only to instant message their friends in study hall, until it occurred to me that the volumes were there for some purpose unbeknownst to me, that some student might wander across the volumes on accident while doing a research paper on Egypt and finding themselves attracted to the figure of Tutankhamen, and be introduced to a world view and appreciation of varied ways in which people come to term with the subtleties of matter, and awake to a new understanding of their environment, rich with color and significance, perhaps even being inspired to do further study on their own. After considering this possibility any thought of taking the texts for my own of course vanished.
Later I was able to procure the volumes at the right time and price from this very website, and have come to accept them as an indispensable tool supporting my own scholarly endeavors.
Bare in mind that the name Encyclopedia is accurate, and this collection is not, nor does it claim to be the start and finish of information on any subject covered, but as a beginning place for knowledge about the figures and events within, I have not seen it's equal. But don't take my word for it. See if you can find one in your cities library or university and take a look yourself. If you are a serious student of the mysteries or even a casual dabbler of many disciplines, you will see the value in them, and understand my high praise.
No Mirrors, pls