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Welcome to the Chthonios links page. These are the latest additions, so try checking out the following. And if youíre finding scholarly studies are leaving you a bit short on laughs, then take a look at the bottom of the page.....
Most students of Esoteric history will be aware
of Joscelyn Godwin's excellent work in this field, so here's a listing of his
Hereís an exciting new site from Marquette University:
http://www.marquette.edu/maqom/ And hereís what the Webmasters say about it: "We would like to announce a new scholarly site dedicated to the Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian mysticism. The interdisciplinary seminar on the Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism is designed as an internet version of an ongoing research seminar of the graduate students and scholars at the department of theology of Marquette University (Milwaukee, USA).
Hereís another good site, and one which is ideal for scholarly esoteric studies : Esoterica: The Journal of Esoteric Studies "a new electronic peer-reviewed academic journal concerned with the study of such subjects as Western esoteric traditions, alchemy, Kabbalah, mysticism, magic, and secret societies. "
And hereís another new online esoteric journal: Hathor : a Journal of Mythologic Itís being developed at present, but promises to be very interesting. Already worth a look, though.
The Alchemy Web Site. Adam McLeanís marvellous collection of Alchemical materials. This is a great resource for anyone interested in Alchemy.
Properoís Links. Hereís another good and growing research resource, from Christopher W. Chase of Arizona State University. "This is a website specializing in the critical, rigorous, academic study of Western esotericism, including Hermeticism, Xtian Kabbalah, Alchemy, and Mysticism. You will find these subjects engaged from a sympathetic yet critical standpoint." (Heís got a sense of humour, too. He mischievously suggests that youíll think his site is so good, youíll want to sleep with him..... I assured him that wasnít a pre-requisite for getting a link on this page, though ;-)
Gnosis Magazine. A fine esoteric journal which makes a determined attempt to bridge the yawning gulf between scholarly and popular approaches to esotericism. (Iíve just heard that Gnosis has ceased publication, how sad! However, we do have some of the back issues at knockdown prices, see the New Book listings.)
Magical Journeys in Bohemia. Remember Dr. Dee and Edward Kelly? Michal Prober gets it all together with background on the rich stew of esoteric currents that are the inheritance of Bohemia and related areas.
Have a look at this excellent exhibition of Magic in Late Antiquity from the University of Michigan.
If youíre interested in Gnosticism and Early Christianity, youíll probably want to check out this report on a newly-discovered Gnostic GospelÖ
Have a look at David Ulanseyís homepage. Amongst other useful materials, thereís a couple of unpublished appendices to his book on the Mithraic Mysteries.
Systran Translation Service Got some material in French,
German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese and you need it in
English? Try this page where you can translate (a bit of it) for
free.You can also translate from English into these
Do you prefer your apocalypticism laced with a few laughs? Try out Hal Suntís Trailer-Park of the Apocalypse! Also, heís got I Enoch online.
Hereís some links to some more general resources, where the emphasis is not necessarily on scholarly materials.
Here are a couple of resources which will greatly enhance your surfing and searching experience. Iím not (moreís the pity ;-) getting anything for giving them a plug: but I think you will find, like me, that they do genuinely enhance the quality of information youíre looking for ó unlike most of the trashy add-ons out there!
Hereís a new search engine, Google. Although itís still in beta, it turns up very high-quality searches. It does this by a sophisticated method of following high-value links. I think youíll find itís worth a try...
Iíve also been impressed by Alexa, especially in its new version. It follows you around as you surf, and provides useful information and links to the sites youíre visiting in a sidebar. It does still have some bugs, and seems to have problems in updating its database, but itís definitely worth the brief download. Once youíve downloaded it, you could try it out by giving this site a vote and a review ;-)
One of the very few magazines I actually read from cover-to-cover is Fortean Times. Itís a fascinating mix of the bizarre and the unorthodox, and never fails to give me a few laughs....
The Encyclopedia Britannica Online can be a useful resource, unfortunately itís rather difficult to get the presumably over-worked editors to come and review sites.....
Pilgrims Mind Body Spirit Store & Link
This is a New Age site, with many useful links.
The following, supplied by the kindness of Melanie Mineo, are apparently answers given in US sixth-grade history tests.....
1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
2. The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of their children, Cain, asked, "Am I my brotherís son?"
3. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went to mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.
4. Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.
5. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldnít have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.
6. Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but by another man of that name.
7. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.
8. In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the Java.
9. Eventually, the Romans conquered the Greeks. History calls people Romans because they never stayed in one place for very long.
10. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: "Tee hee, Brutus."
11. Nero was a cruel tyrant who would torture his subjects by playing the fiddle to them.
12. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was cannonized by Bernard Shaw.
13. Finally Magna Carta provided that no man should be hanged twice for the same offense.
14. In midevil times most people were alliterate. The greatest writer of the futile ages was Chaucer, who wrote many poems and verses and also wrote literature.
15. Another story was William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple while standing on his sonís head.
16. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah."
17. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking. And Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100-foot clipper.
18. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564 supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroicouplet. Romeoís last wish was to be laid by Juliet.
19. Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.
20. During the Renaissance America began. Christopher Columbus was a great navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic. His ships were called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Fe.
21. Later, the Pilgrims crossed the ocean, and this was called Pilgrimís Progress. The winter of 1620 was a hard one for the settlers. Many died and many babies were born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all this.
22. One of the causes of the Revolutionary War was the English put tacks in their tea. Also, the colonists would send their parcels through the post without stamps. Finally the colonists won the war and no longer had to pay any taxis.