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text 2018-10-15 00:45
Instead of downsizing . . . .
Edging Women Out: Victorian Novelists, Publishers, and Social Change - Gaye Tuchman

I bought a book.  ThriftBooks had it for $7 and the Kindle edition is

 

$49.54

 

Um, no.

 

This was one I used when writing my honors thesis on romance novels, and I had photocopied a lot of pages, added a lot of notes, and the Post-its were sticking out all over the place.  Creating a PDF file would have been next to impossible without re-writing all the notes, so I said the hell with it and ordered the used copy from Thriftbooks.  When it arrives, I will neatly transfer all my notes and then pitch the photocopies.

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review 2018-09-10 17:15
Pagans / James J. O'Donnell
Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity - James J. O'Donnell

A provocative and contrarian religious history that charts the rise of Christianity from the point of view of "traditional" religion from the religious scholar and critically acclaimed author of Augustine.

Pagans explores the rise of Christianity from a surprising and unique viewpoint: that of the people who witnessed their ways of life destroyed by what seemed then a powerful religious cult. These “pagans” were actually pious Greeks, Romans, Syrians, and Gauls who observed the traditions of their ancestors. To these devout polytheists, Christians who worshipped only one deity were immoral atheists who believed that a splash of water on the deathbed could erase a lifetime of sin.

 

This was a great history of the late Roman/early Christian time period. It wasn’t quite what I thought I was getting, but it was still very interesting and written in an easy-to-read style. I thought I was going to get more about the pagan religions of the time. Instead, I learned that the whole idea of being pagan, as opposed to being Christian, was a creation of the Christians once they found themselves in the position to be able to form public opinion. As the author puts it, “Outside Christian imaginations, there was no such thing as paganism, only people doing what they were in the habit of doing.” Like those of us now who don’t really espouse a religion, but still celebrate Easter and Christmas.

The main points to know about the traditional, pre-Christian religions? ①Their gods weren’t perfect. ②The gods weren’t very nice. ③The gods didn’t care whether or not human beings did the right thing. ④The gods hadn’t created the world, either. ⑤They could help you, if you were nice to them.

The relationship between gods and humanity was much more businesslike in traditional religions. If you wanted something badly, you made a sacrifice to the god/goddess of your choice and if they liked your offering, you might get some divine help. But there were no guarantees.

If I have learned nothing else from reading this book, I realize now how completely current European and North American societies are shaped by Christianity. It is the underlying assumption of all our societal structures. Even atheism is completely shaped by its reaction against Christianity.


Also, Christianity has changed greatly since its early days, but some things never change. It’s still split into numerous denominations because its followers are prone to outrage at discovering that someone else dares to have a different opinion. That judginess and tendency towards schisms/excommunication started early and continues on to present day.

The author doesn’t talk about Neo-Pagans (except in one footnote), but the Modern Pagan movement, just by using the word ‘pagan,’ is defining itself in relation to Christianity. Christians created the concept of paganism after all. These Modern Pagans are much more self-conscious about their ‘faith’ than the original worshippers of Zeus or Thor were. (The whole concept of having faith in a god being a Christian innovation).

Amusingly, one of the ‘pagan’ concepts that has hung on is the title of “Pontiff” for the Pope. It was originally the title of the Roman official in charge of all religious occasions, regardless of deity, held in Rome under the Emperors.

The author has also written a book on St. Augustine which might also be an interesting read, although there’s a good summary about him in the last half of this book.

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text 2018-08-23 06:35
Traditional Indian Clothing Tips For Summer

What kind of attire do you prefer during the summer season? Well, those who are residing in hot regions would definitely opt for something lighter yet sober in appearance. Here, we shall be discussing some tips on what to wear during the summer when considering traditional Indian clothing styles to fit the body. Have a look:

 

Focusing more on whites

 

White is the most popular color options when it comes to summer clothing. This highly reflective shade will help in keeping the heat off your body while creating a cooler feel. White dresses also represent calmness. Therefore, when going out in the heat during summer, a traditional Indian white dress will always complement the weather perfectly. 

 

White anarkali suit

 

Summer Dresses

 

Speaking about that perfect Indian traditional dress for summer, the best options would be to look for sleeveless outfits with shorter hemlines. These dresses create a comfortable and relaxing attire and can be worn casually or even during evening parties. Floral prints, pastels, and kitschy prints are perfectly apt for the summer season. You can also opt for in-season shirt dresses to attend summer parties. If you are planning a beach outing, maxi dresses would be the best option. 

 

Brown Raw Silk Top

 

Cotton should be the material

 

During summer time, cotton based dresses are always the best pick. Cotton is the fabric that will keep your body cool and comfortable from the scorching summer heat. You can easily opt for organic cotton based Indian traditional clothing in contemporary silhouettes like dresses, tunics, and salwar suits. 

 

Peach dress in crush cotton

 

It’s all about creating that ethnic touch. During summer, salwar kameez definitely proves to be a great Indian outfit for parties and events. The simplicity makes it a better choice than other Indian outfits like lehengas and anarkalis. This type of a dress will fight the harshness of summer while ensuring you feel a lot cool and comfortable during the season. 

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text 2018-06-11 10:45
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text 2018-05-30 09:48
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