Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to the Creatures by Bob Curran, Ian Daniels

By Bob Curran, Ian Daniels

What lurks available in the market within the fog? What used to be that eerie sound at the hours of darkness? What flitted via on the finish of the road, simply past the farthest road lamp? From earliest occasions, stories of the stressed lifeless and their fellow travelers have terrified mankind. even if round a distant campfire or in the midst of a bustling urban, the unquiet spirits and attendant creatures that experience tormented humanity because the prehistoric darkness haven't long gone away—they nonetheless have the persistent to strike worry in our hearts.

Encyclopedia of the Undead strains these shadowy entities—vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and monsters—that lurk simply open air the variety of human imaginative and prescient and inhabit our such a lot scary stories. Drawing on a variety of ideals and literature, it strains those horrors from their earliest recorded inceptions and charts their influence upon the human psyche. during this publication, historical past and terror combine to create the issues that lurk within the darkest corners of our minds. You'll locate particular descriptions of terrors from all around the world—from the mist-shrouded mountains of jap Europe to the sweltering jungles of the Caribbean islands, from the darkish, stone-lined tombs of the uncoffined lifeless underneath the distant New England hills to the darkish magics that lurk underneath the thriving, vibrant floor of a urban like New Orleans. as well as the extra traditional creatures, Encyclopedia of the Undead additionally info the various extra vague issues that gnaw on the edges of men's minds—Incubi and Succubi, the Mara, and the darkish legends that experience motivated writers from Sheridan Le Fanu to H.P. Lovecraft. this can be a ebook for all people who find themselves attracted to the darker part of the human mind—the aspect that examines or even embraces these ideals and imaginings that shape the root of our such a lot archetypical fears. this is often the booklet for these courageous adequate to plumb the depths of our worst nightmares!

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Whatever his eventual attainment of virtue or self-transcending knowledge, Gilgamesh remains a passionate and self-absorbed character throughout this episode of the epic, and probably throughout his search for Utnapishtim. , Vanstiphout 1990), in which case Gilgamesh’s refusal of her proposal is a dereliction of his royal duties. Instead of depicting Ishtar’s dangerous sexuality as a threat to one man’s masculinity, this interpretative approach places greater emphasis on Gilgamesh’s kingly responsibility, as the representative of his people, to pleasure the city goddess and procure her blessings for his reign.

Bell’s image of the “philosopher/whore” has heuristic value in identifying the multiple roles played by Shamhat in Enkidu’s acculturation, but this image should not obscure the social reality of prostitutes as liminal women in ancient Mesopotamia. Shamhat’s silence is thus explained by the patriarchal perspective that defines her existence and against which Bell is agitating. ” The prostitute will be further stigmatized and separated from proper female society in Enkidu’s curse: “May she not dwell in the young women’s banquet house” (VII 106; reading with Lambert 1992:129–30).

As foreseen in his dreams, Gilgamesh will love Enkidu and caress him like a wife. 61 Ishtar attempts to reduce him to an object of her libidinal desire, but Gilgamesh’s denial of the goddess privileges masculine appeal and the desire for male companionship. The heroes’ mutual devotion obviates any further consideration of feminine allure in the SB epic text. The heroic rejection of women THE ALLURE OF GILGAMESH 47 for the manly life of comrades is therefore easily read as code for same-sex male love rather than celibacy.

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