Black Rain: A Novel (Japans Modern Writers) by Masuji Ibuse

By Masuji Ibuse

Black Rain is situated round the tale of a tender girl who used to be stuck within the radioactive "black rain" that fell after the bombing of Hiroshima. lbuse bases his story on real-life diaries and interviews with sufferers of the holocaust; the result's a ebook that's loose from sentimentality but manages to bare the value of the human discomfort because of the atom bomb. The lifetime of Yasuko, on whom the black rain fell, is modified endlessly by means of periodic bouts of radiation disorder and the suspicion that her destiny kids, too, should be affected.

lbuse tempers the horror of his topic with the light humor for which he's recognized. His sensitivity to the complicated net of feelings in a standard neighborhood torn asunder through this old occasion has made Black Rain probably the most acclaimed remedies of the Hiroshima story.

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Crowley, Levi, and the magicians of the Golden Dawn spent their lives trying to bend the natural world to their will. While their ceremonial sorcery remains controversial, it has become an accepted part of occult practice and remains a force in the New Age world of modern magic. 42 Sorcery C HAPTER 3 T Charms, Potions, and Powders he sorcerer’s craft relies on the use of various herbs, gems, minerals, and other items that are believed to possess power of some sort. Foods such as apple seeds, lemon juice, and vanilla are thought to possess the power of love, so they are used in potions to attract romance.

Ghede acts as an intermediary between the living and the dead, guiding newly deceased souls into the afterlife. During voodoo rituals, worshippers get in touch with Ghede through a potion made from rum and extremely hot habenero peppers. Voodooists drink or rub the mixture on their bodies, writhing in pain as they inquire about their own impending deaths or the spirits of relatives who have already died. Voodoo is among many belief systems that are based on communication with the spirits of the dead.

Whatever the source of the Cipher Manuscripts, by the mid1890s the Golden Dawn had attracted over 100 members recruited from nearly every level of English society. The order had an unusual policy for the time—it was committed to treating men and women as equals. As the leading spokesperson for the Golden Dawn, Israel Regardie, wrote in 1937: [The membership] was represented by dignified professions as well as by all arts and sciences, to make but little mention of the trades and business 36 Sorcery occupations.

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