Can Witchcraft be seen merely as a Manifestation of a Society that feared ´Marginal´ Women?: Marion Luger
In 2000 Dennis O´Donnell was approached to work as an orderly in the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit of a large hospital in central Scotland. ´I don´t know if I´m the man you want,´ he told the Charge Nurse. ´I´m not a fighter.´ ´I don´t need fighters,´ the Nurse replied. ´I need people who can listen.´ The Locked Ward is an extraordinary memoir that sets out to reveal the true story of life in a psychiatric ward - the fear, the violence and despair, and also the care and the compassion. Recounting the stories of the patients he worked with, and those of the friends he made on the ward, O´Donnell provides a detailed account of day-to-day life behind the doors of the most feared and stigmatised environment in healthcare. In doing so, he examines the major mental disorders, their symptoms and manifestations, and how certain triggers such as religion, sex, wealth, health and drugs bear influence; the methods of treatment, by medication, therapy and conversation; the love and support of patients´ friends and family members; success stories and failures, and attitudes to psychiatric illness, both by the authorities, by those around him - and his own. Over seven years O´Donnell witnessed the day-to-day lives of people suffering from the most hair-raising illnesses. What emerges is a document of humanity and humour, a remarkable memoir that sheds light on a world that still remains largely unknown. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis O´Donnell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/001215/bk_rhuk_001215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows. For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see - monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair. And if there´s one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted - it´s the madness left in its wake. The shadowy Veil is Mal´s home. As Pestilence, he is the youngest - and most inexperienced - of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, immortal manifestations resurrected to serve - and cull - mankind. Invisible to all but the dead and insane, the Four exist between the Veil and the mortal world, bound to their nearly eternal fate. Feared by other immortals, the Horsemen live in near solitude, but Mal longs to know more than death, war and famine. Mal longs to be...more human. To interact with someone other than lunatics or the deceased. When Kismet rescues Mal from a shadowy attack, Pestilence is suddenly thrust into a vicious war - where mankind is the prize, and the only one who has faith in Mal is the human the other Horsemen believe is destined to die. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Tremblay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051576/bk_acx0_051576_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An audiobook in Tamil. The Vedas are the wellsprings of Hinduism, but unlike the majority of religions and scriptures, the origins of these extraordinary teachings are not recorded. No one knows when they came into being, who uttered them first. The Vedas are themselves without beginning or end, like the universe and the omnipresent they describe. Their cosmic reach rivals the grandeur of the most magnificent manifestation of God´s avatars: the Viswarupa. The bhakti movement of the sixth and seventh centuries represented a massive revival of Hindu religion and philosophy. At a time when powerful forces were trying to undermine the very foundation of Hindu thought, these singing sages touched the hearts and minds of millions of Indians with their profound spiritual messages. Their songs and the bhakti they generated rejuvenated Hindu dharma. They made it relevant to all times and all peoples. They embraced the great wisdom of the leading faiths of the world, while at the same time rejecting dogma and superstition. They revealed the glories of the Vedas in their pristine purity to the vast majority of people. They appealed to men and women, people of different languages and backgrounds. The alvars immersed themselves in the ocean of bhakti, they sang the lord´s praise in the most deeply felt lyrics. Full of devotion and humility, certain in their faith, and ecstatic in their fervor, the alvars feared none. If the pasurams or songs of the alvars are soaked in beautiful Tamil, their lives are pregnant with the meaning of life in this world and beyond; they are tales of sacrifice, utter surrender before God, and spontaneous effusion of the most magnificent poetry. Listen to the extraordinary stories of the lives of the 12 alvars, told in the bewitching words of author R. P. Sarathy. 1. Tamil. Jothi Aranga. http://samples.audible.de/bk/newh/000026/bk_newh_000026_sample.mp3.