Monday, July 2, 2007

New books in the store

I haven't updated my religion sections in a while. When I look for religion titles I like to look for books that don't preach dogma but are informative for the spiritual seeker about teachings from around the world. As I've said in previous posts, I'm Deist and/or Agnostic. As a teenager, I was a pretty fervent evangelical Christian. I've seen a lot of things since then. What I've seen has convinced me that I can never be comfortable saying there is no God. But I'm also uncomfortable pointing people towards any religion that says they have all figured out. No one has. (Anyone that tells you that they have all the answers is lying ... and dangerous.)

I've looked into Buddhism and have a friend who became a pretty serious Buddhist. I think that he is in a monastery in China now. (Hi Josh!) I didn't enjoy the passive nature of Buddhist study. The meditative quality of Buddhism fascinates me, though.

The Buddhist Handbook by John Snelling
This seems to be a pretty comprehensive book for westerner's on Buddhism. I carry a number of other books on Buddhism in the Eastern Religion Section of Indigo.

The Goddess in India: The Five Faces of the Eternal Feminine by Devdutt Pattanaik
This looks like a pretty fascinating book about the history of the Feminine in Indian mysticism.

In India it is said that there is a goddess in every village, a nymph in every lake. Demonesses stand guard on village frontiers, ogresses howl on crossroads, and untamed forests resound with the laughter of celestial virgins. It is a land of mysterious Apsaras and seductive Yakshinis, of terrifying Dakinis and wise Yoginis--each with a story to tell.

Aboriginal Men of High Degree: Initiation and Sorcery in the World's Oldest Tradition by A. P. Eikin

One of Australia's most eminent anthropologists details the secret and sacred practices of Australian Aboriginal shamans, documenting a rapidly vanishing indigenous culture.

I have a number of other titles to include in Indigo's collection but it's getting late and I'm pretty tired so I'll put them in tomorrow.


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