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The End Of Whiteness - Satanism & Family Murder In South Africa (Paperback): Nicky Falkof The End Of Whiteness - Satanism & Family Murder In South Africa (Paperback)
Nicky Falkof 2
R250 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R35 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 work days

The End Of Whiteness aims to reveal the pathological, paranoid and bizarre consequences that the looming end of apartheid had on white culture in South Africa, and overall to show that whiteness is a deeply problematic category that needs to be deconstructed and thoughtfully considered.

This book uses contemporary media material to investigate two symptoms of this late apartheid cultural hysteria that appeared throughout the contemporary media and in popular literature during the 1980s and 1990s, showing their relation to white anxieties about social change, the potential loss of privilege and the destabilisation of the country that were imagined to be an inevitable consequence of majority rule.

The ‘Satanic panic’ revolved around the apparent threat posed by a cult of white Satanists that was never proven to exist but was nonetheless repeatedly accused of conspiracy, murder, rape, drug-dealing, cannibalism and bestiality, and blamed for the imminent destruction of white Christian civilisation in South Africa.

During the same period an unusually high number of domestic murder-suicides occurred, with parents killing themselves and their children or other family members by gunshot, fire, poison, gas, even crossbows and drownings. This so-called epidemic of family murder was treated by police, press and social scientists as a plague that specifically affected white Afrikaans families. These double monsters, both fantastic and real, helped to disembowel the clarities of whiteness even as they were born out of threats to it. Deep within its self-regarding modernity and renegotiation of identity, contemporary white South Africa still wears those scars of cultural pathology.

The Four Horsemen - The Discussion That Sparked An Atheist Revolution (Hardcover): Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel C.... The Four Horsemen - The Discussion That Sparked An Atheist Revolution (Hardcover)
Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett, Christopher Hitchens; Foreword by Stephen Fry 3
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 work days

Known as the `four horsemen' of New Atheism, these four big thinkers of the twenty-first century met only once. Their electrifying examination of ideas on this remarkable occasion was intense and wide-ranging. Everything that was said as they agreed and disagreed with one another, interrogated ideas and exchanged insights - about religion and atheism, science and sense - speaks with urgency to our present age.

Questions they asked of each other included:

  • Is it ever possible to win a war of ideas?
  • Is spirituality the preserve of the religious?
  • Are there any truths you would rather not know?
  • Would you want to see the end of faith?

The dialogue was recorded, and is now transcribed and presented here with new introductions from the surviving three horsemen. With a sparkling introduction from Stephen Fry, it makes essential reading for all their admirers and for anyone interested in exploring the tensions between faith and reason.

The Storm Is Upon Us - How QAnon Became A Movement, Cult And Conspiracy Theory Of Everything (Paperback): Mike Rothschild The Storm Is Upon Us - How QAnon Became A Movement, Cult And Conspiracy Theory Of Everything (Paperback)
Mike Rothschild
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 1 work day

In 2017, President Trump made a cryptic remark at a gathering of military officials, describing it as 'the calm before the storm'-then refused to explain himself to puzzled journalists. But on internet message boards, a mysterious poster called 'Q Clearance Patriot' began an elaboration all of their own.

Q's wild yarn hinted at a vast conspiracy that satisfied the deepest desires of MAGA-America. None of Q's predictions came to pass. But did that stop people from clinging to every word, expanding Q's mythology, and promoting it ever more widely? No.

Conspiracy culture expert Mike Rothschild is uniquely equipped to explain QAnon, from the cults that first fed into it, to its embrace by Trump and the right-wing media. With families torn apart and with the Capitol under attack, he argues that mocking the madness of QAnon will get us nowhere. Instead, he argues that QAnon tells us everything we need to know about global fear after Trump-and that we need to understand it now, because it's not going away.

Accidental Gods - On Men Unwittingly Turned Divine (Hardcover): Anna Della Subin Accidental Gods - On Men Unwittingly Turned Divine (Hardcover)
Anna Della Subin
R768 R636 Discovery Miles 6 360 Save R132 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Earthcraft Oracle - A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook of Sacred Healing (Cards): Juliet Diaz, Lorriane Anderson The Earthcraft Oracle - A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook of Sacred Healing (Cards)
Juliet Diaz, Lorriane Anderson; Illustrated by Danielle Boodoo-Fortune
R311 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R27 (9%) Ships in 1 work day

Connect with Mother Earth's love and discover the healing wisdom of nature through the unique spells, rituals and beautiful, diverse illustrations in this sacred 44-card oracle deck. Mother Earth is our sacred home. We rely on her for everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink. She gives us so much and yet we can sometimes take her magic for granted. But it is not too late. We may have stopped listening, but she has not stopped communicating. Each card message in this deck is an invitation to listen to Mother Earth's guidance; each spell, ritual or invocation an opportunity to bring these lessons off the pages and into your daily practice; and each illustration a reminder that we are part of nature, not outside of it. With bodies of every shape, size, skin tone and hair texture represented, this deck affirms we are all Mother Earth's children.

I Am Sound - Fathom Science rewarding Metaphysics and Esoterism (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Alex Red Kenaton I Am Sound - Fathom Science rewarding Metaphysics and Esoterism (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Alex Red Kenaton
R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A unique essay about Science and Metaphysics in which the author Alex Red Kenaton shifts the readers awareness by disclosing precious information. It is a stream of consciousness depicting many reflections and dialogues revealing a loose interior monologue connection characterised by some associative leaps in thought. This uncommon book is held together by the author's passion for science, spirituality and an unrelenting search for truth. Alex Red Kenaton is a multifaceted scholar working in different fields of study: Humanistic Social Sciences, Physical Natural Sciences, and Metaphysical Philosophical Sciences. These areas have allowed him to acquire a broad interdisciplinary understanding of human life. As a new author, he compares the latest scientific discoveries in physics to spiritual and religious texts, often finding commonalities. One of his deeps beliefs is that people have been searching for a way to understand if they have power in their lives for centuries. He thinks that this mastery exists, is real, and is located, not just metaphorically, in our hearts. Alex Red Kenaton inspires people to step into joy, to live fully and with life's presence, without fleeing or getting caught in protective bubbles. He trusts that by assuming responsibilities, it is possible to live all the aspects of life without separation, always knowing that the external reality reflects our consciousness and nothing more.

The Little Book Of Spiritualism (Hardcover): Tracie Long The Little Book Of Spiritualism (Hardcover)
Tracie Long
R135 R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 Save R27 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 work days

The Little Book of Spiritualism is your spiritual guide. This mini manual provides the perfect introduction to spiritualism and the spirit world, full of techniques, thoughts, terminology and quotes to guide you in your own spiritual journey. From spirit guides to mediums and angels to affirmations, this little book is a fascinating insight into spirituality and how it can transform your life. The Ranks of the Angels In total, there are said to be nine levels of angels, and this is a brief summary and hierarchy of the angels, from highest to lowest. Seraphim Seraphim are the highest order of the hierarchy of angels. These angelic beings spend their time worshipping and praising God. Cherubim Cherubim are the second highest order. They are depicted on the Ark of the Covenant as its guardians. God sent them to guard Eden after the expulsion of Adam and Eve.

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Julian Baggini Atheism: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Julian Baggini
R233 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R41 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Atheism is often considered to be a negative or pessimistic belief which is characterized by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. This Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism, arguing that most western atheism is so-named only because it exists in a tradition in which theism is the norm. Julian Baggini instead asserts that atheists are typically naturalists, who believe that meaning and morality are possible in a finite, natural world. This second edition includes a new chapter covering the impact and legacy of 'New Atheism', a powerful new movement in atheism in the early twenty first century, driven by books from authors such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, and which is having a profound impact across the Western world. Baggini also considers whether East Asia has been historically atheist, and atheism in recent European history, before exploring the position of atheists around the world today. Throughout, the book presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much upon positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion. Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The King in Orange - The Magical and Occult Roots of Political Power (Paperback): John Michael Greer The King in Orange - The Magical and Occult Roots of Political Power (Paperback)
John Michael Greer
R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Explores the role of magic and the occult in the rise of the ultra-conservative right * Details the magical war that took place behind the scenes of the 2016 election * Examines in detail the failed magical actions of Trump's opponents, with insights on political magic from Dion Fortune's war letters * Reveals the influence of a number of occult forces from Julius Evola to chaos magick to show how the political and magical landscape of American society has permanently changed since the 2016 election Magic and politics seem like unlikely bedfellows, but in The King in Orange, author John Michael Greer goes beyond superficial memes and extreme partisanship to reveal the unmentionable realities that spawned the unexpected presidential victory of an elderly real-estate mogul turned reality-TV star and which continue to drive the deepening divide that is now the defining characteristic of American society. Greer convincingly shows how two competing schools of magic were led to contend for the presidency in 2016 and details the magical war that took place behind the scenes of the campaign. Through the influence of a number of occult forces, from Julius Evola to chaos magicians as well as the cult of positive thinking, Greer shows that the main contenders in this magical war were the status quo magical state--as defined by the late scholar Ioan Couliano--which has repurposed the "manipulative magic" techniques of the Renaissance magi into the subliminal techniques of modern advertising, and an older, deeper, and less reasonable form of magic--the "magic of the excluded"--which was employed by chaos magicians and alt-right internet wizards, whose desires coalesced in the form of a frog avatar that led the assault against the world we knew. Examining in detail the magical actions of Trump's opponents, with insights on political magic from occultist Dion Fortune's war letters, the author discusses how the magic of the privileged has functioned to keep the comfortable classes from being able to respond effectively to the populist challenge and how and why the "Magic Resistance," which tried to turn magic against Trump, has failed. Showing how the political and magical landscape of American society has permanently changed since the 2016 election cycle, Greer reveals that understanding the coming of the King in Orange will be a crucial step in making sense of the world for a long time to come.

The Spirit Engineer (Hardcover): A.J. West The Spirit Engineer (Hardcover)
A.J. West
R401 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R108 (27%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

'A fiendishly clever tale of ambition, deception, and power.' DERREN BROWN Belfast, 1914. Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, high society has become obsessed with spiritualism, attending seances in the hope they might reach their departed loved ones. William Jackson Crawford is a man of science and a sceptic, but one night with everyone sitting around the circle, voices come to him - seemingly from beyond the veil - placing doubt in his heart and a seed of obsession in his mind. Could the spirits truly be communicating with him or is this one of Kathleen's parlour tricks gone too far? Based on the true story of Professor William Jackson Crawford and famed medium Kathleen Goligher, and with a cast of characters including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, The Spirit Engineer conjures a haunted, twisted tale of power, paranoia and one ultimate, inescapable truth... PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT ENGINEER 'I adored this book. Haunting, witty and deeply moving, The Spirit Engineer is surely set to become a gothic classic. I was instantly drawn into the mystery and swept along by the shocking twists and turns. A beautifully written novel.' JODIE WHITTAKER, ACTOR 'A.J. West has history at his fingertips and writes brilliantly - so clever it makes your head spin! The Spirit Engineer is a work of true invention and drama that moves at a cracking pace from the very first page and keeps you guessing. A compelling and daring book.' JEREMY VINE, BROADCASTER 'Set in a historical moment where science and spiritualism meet, The Spirit Engineer is an ingeniously plotted debut novel.' SARAH BURTON, AUTHOR OF THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF H 'A marvellous and menacing gothic chiller, filled with secrets and soaked in atmosphere, in which the ghouls and fiends are not of the other world, but this one...' NEIL BLACKMORE, AUTHOR OF THE INTOXICATING MR LAVELLE 'A spooky tale of frustrated ambition, hidden loyalties, and desperation, told with wit, charm and devastating twists. A gothic novel that also manages to make you laugh, even if you shouldn't.' JONATHAN HARVEY, PLAYWRIGHT 'With a skilful misdirection that any Edwardian spirit medium would be proud to demonstrate, A.J. West soon turns the screw in this fascinating novel... Obsession builds until the stunning climax of the final shocking seance and its awful repercussions. Was William rights to be convinced? Did he prove ghosts exist?' ESSIE FOX, AUTHOR OF THE SOMNAMBULIST 'A gripping, gothic story anchored in the political and spiritual chaos of Edwardian Belfast. Part horror, part history, The Spirit Engineer is a chilling and thought-provoking tale of exploitation, faith, deception, fraud, seances, hubris, and prejudice... accomplished and page-turning. Fans of Penny Dreadful and The Nevers will love it.' GARETH RUSSELL, HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR OF THE SHIP OF DREAMS: THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC AND THE END OF EDWARDIAN BELFAST

Memento Vivere (Paperback): Gabriel Harrison Memento Vivere (Paperback)
Gabriel Harrison
R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In a time unremembered, this author was found washed up on the shores of Lake Titicaca. In his possession was this book. This book is a map, it tells you where you've come from, it tells you where you're going, it tells you where you are. It tells you what is hidden and what will be revealed, and it tells you how to get out alive if only youa d remember

A Supernatural War - Magic, Divination, and Faith during the First World War (Paperback): Owen Davies A Supernatural War - Magic, Divination, and Faith during the First World War (Paperback)
Owen Davies
R346 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

A Supernatural War reveals the surprising stories of extraordinary people in a world caught up with the promise of occult powers. It was a commonly expressed view during the First World War that the conflict had seen a major revival of 'superstitious' beliefs and practices. Churches expressed concerns about the wearing of talismans and amulets, the international press paid considerable interest to the pronouncements of astrologers and prophets, and the authorities in several countries periodically clamped down on fortune tellers and mediums due to concerns over their effect on public morale. Out on the battlefields, soldiers of all nations sought to protect themselves through magical and religious rituals, and, on the home front, people sought out psychics and occult practitioners for news of the fate of their distant loved ones or communication with their spirits. Even away from concerns about the war, suspected witches continued to be abused and people continued to resort to magic and magical practitioners for personal protection, love, and success. Uncovering and examining beliefs, practices, and contemporary opinions regarding the role of the supernatural in the war years, Owen Davies explores the broader issues regarding early twentieth-century society in the West, the psychology of the supernatural during wartime, and the extent to which the war cast a spotlight on the widespread continuation of popular belief in magic.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic (Paperback): Owen Davies The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic (Paperback)
Owen Davies
R549 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R94 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

This richly illustrated history provides a readable and fresh approach to the extensive and complex story of witchcraft and magic. Telling the story from the dawn of writing in the ancient world to the globally successful Harry Potter films, the authors explore a wide range of magical beliefs and practices, the rise of the witch trials, and the depiction of the Devil-worshipping witch. The book also focuses on the more recent history of witchcraft and magic, from the Enlightenment to the present, exploring the rise of modern magic, the anthropology of magic around the globe, and finally the cinematic portrayal of witches and magicians, from The Wizard of Oz to Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

More Money, More Power? - Uncover Your Unique Money Design to Discover the Key to Your Innate Power and Wealth (Paperback):... More Money, More Power? - Uncover Your Unique Money Design to Discover the Key to Your Innate Power and Wealth (Paperback)
Darcie Elizabeth
R418 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R63 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Valkyries (Paperback, New): Paulo Coelho The Valkyries (Paperback, New)
Paulo Coelho
R328 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R52 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

A Magical Tale About Forgiving Our Past and Believing in Our Future

The enchanting, true story of The Valkyries begins in Rio de Janeiro when author Paulo Coelho gives his mysterious master, J., the only manuscript for his book The Alchemist. Haunted by a devastating curse, Coelho confesses to J., "I've seen my dreams fall apart just when I seemed about to achieve them." In response, J. gives Coelho a daunting task: He must find and speak with his guardian angel. "The curse can be broken," he replies, "if you complete the task."

Rising to the challenge, Paulo and his wife, Cristina, drop everything, pack their bags, and take off on a forty day adventure into the starkly beautiful and sometimes dangerous Mojave Desert--where they encounter more than they bargained for. A masterful blend of the exotic locales, dramatic adventure, and magical storytelling for which Coelho's fictional works are renowned, this true-life account is at once a modern-day adventure and a metaphysical odyssey.

The Spell Book for New Witches - Essential Spells to Change Your Life (Hardcover): Ambrosia Hawthorn The Spell Book for New Witches - Essential Spells to Change Your Life (Hardcover)
Ambrosia Hawthorn
R520 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R75 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Man's Unconscious Passion (Paperback): Lay Man's Unconscious Passion (Paperback)
Lay
R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Arcana of Spiritualism - a Manual of Spiritual Science and Philosophy (Paperback): Hudson Tuttle Arcana of Spiritualism - a Manual of Spiritual Science and Philosophy (Paperback)
Hudson Tuttle
R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Code Of Christ (Paperback): Michael Feeley The Code Of Christ (Paperback)
Michael Feeley
R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Alchemy Of The Gods (Paperback): Michael Feeley Alchemy Of The Gods (Paperback)
Michael Feeley
R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Why I Left the Moonies - How One Former Member of the Unification Church Found Freedom in Christ (Paperback): Beth Axton Why I Left the Moonies - How One Former Member of the Unification Church Found Freedom in Christ (Paperback)
Beth Axton
R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul - A Celtic Guide to Listening to Our Souls and Saving the World (Hardcover): John Philip Newell Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul - A Celtic Guide to Listening to Our Souls and Saving the World (Hardcover)
John Philip Newell
R390 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R46 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A leading spiritual teacher reveals how Celtic spirituality -listening to the sacred around us and inside us - can help us heal the earth, overcome our conflicts, and reconnect with ourselves. John Philip Newell shares the long hidden tradition of Celtic Christianity, explaining how this earth - based spirituality can help us rediscover the natural rhythms of life and deepen our spiritual connection with God, with each other, and with the earth. Newell introduces some of Celtic Christianity's leading practitioners, both saints and pioneers of faith, whose timeless wisdom is more necessary than ever, including: Pelagius, who shows us how to look beyond sin to affirm our sacredness as part of all God's creation, and courageously stands up for our principles in the face of oppression. Brigid of Kildare, who illuminates the interrelationship of all things and reminds us of the power of the sacred feminine to overcome those seeking to control us. John Muir, who encourages us to see the holiness and beauty of wilderness and what we must do to protect these gifts. Teilhard de Chardin, who inspires us to see how science, faith, and our future tell one universal story that beings with sacredness. By embracing the wisdom of Celtic Christianity, we can learn how to listen to the sacred in nature and within one another, but our culture - at the times even our faiths - have made us forget what each of us already know deep in our souls but have learned to surpress. Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul offers a new spiritual foundation for our lives, once centered on encouragement, guidance, and hope for creating a better world.

La Sorciere (Paperback): Jules Michelet La Sorciere (Paperback)
Jules Michelet
R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Karma (Paperback): Annie Besant Karma (Paperback)
Annie Besant
R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Hi, I'm an Atheist! - What That Means and How to Talk about It with Others (Paperback): David G. McAfee Hi, I'm an Atheist! - What That Means and How to Talk about It with Others (Paperback)
David G. McAfee
R313 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R47 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
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