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Lonely Planet Zambia, Mozambique, and Malawi Travel Guide by Mary Fitzpatrick, James Bainbridge, Trent Holden, and Brendan Saisbury

Lonely Planet Zambia, Mozambique & Malawi is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you.  Visit the largest waterfalls on earth at Victoria Falls, canoe past swimming elephants in Lower Zambezi, or hike the dramatic scenery of Mt Mulanje -all with your trusted travel companion.  Get to the heart of Zambia, Mozambique & Malawi and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely PlanetZambia, Mozambique & Malawi Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, economy, religion, music & dance, literature, environment, wildlife, cuisine
  • Over 50 maps
  • Covers Lusaka, Chipata, Zambezi River, Kafue National Park, Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Mozambique Island, Maputo, Quirimbas Archipelago, Lake Niassa, Chimanimani Mountains, Lake Malawi, Mt Mulanje, Lilongwe and more

The Perfect Choice:  Lonely Planet Zambia, Mozambique & Malawi, our most comprehensive guide to Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know by John Campbell and Matthew T. Page

As the "Giant of Africa" Nigeria is home to about twenty percent of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa, serves as Africa's largest producer of oil and natural gas, comprises Africa's largest economy, and represents the cultural center of African literature, film, and music.  Yet the country is plagued by problems that keep it from realizing its potential as a world power.  Boko Haram, a radical Islamist insurrection centered in the northeast of the country, is an ongoing security challenge, as is the continuous unrest in the Niger Delta, the heartland of Nigeria's petroleum wealth.

There is also persistent violence associated with land and water use, ethnicity, and religion.

In Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know®, John Campbell and Matthew Page provide a rich contemporary overview of this crucial African country.  Delving into Nigeria's recent history, politics, and culture, this volume tackles essential questions related to widening inequality, the historic 2015 presidential election, the persistent security threat of Boko Haram, rampant government corruption, human rights concerns, and the continual conflicts that arise in a country that is roughly half Christian and half Muslim.

With its continent-wide influence in a host of areas, Nigeria's success as a democracy is in the fundamental interest of its African neighbors, the United States, and the international community.  This book will provide interested readers with an accessible, one-of-a-kind overview of the country.

The South American Table: The Flavor and Soul of Authentic Home Cooking from Patagonia to Rio de Janeiro with 450 Recipes by Maria Kijac

Award-winning collection of 450 authentic recipes from South America.

Fodor’s Essential South Africa: With the Best Safari Destinations by Fodor’s Travel Guides

Written by local experts, Fodor's travel guides have been offering advice and professionally vetted recommendations for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Everything about Africa that stirs the imagination is concentrated in its southernmost country.  Lions freely roam vast game reserves such as Kruger National Park; vineyards stretch across the Cape Winelands; and mountains cascade into the sea along miles of beaches.  In addition to dream safaris and romantic honeymoons, South Africa offers modern cities with thriving arts and dining scenes.  South Africans are welcoming, and the country’s emergence from a turbulent past provides a dramatic history lesson and the promise of something new every time you visit.

This travel guide includes:

•SAFARI PLANNING: Reviews of new safari camps, Safari-planning tips, and recommended tour companies

•DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS:Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks

•ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE contains a brief introduction and spectacular color photos that capture the ultimate experiences and attractions throughout South Africa

•MULTIPLE ITINERARIES to help make the most of your time exploring the top attractions

•INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Each chapter opens with an orientation spread that includes a map, short descriptions of each region, and the top reasons to go

•COVERS: Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Johannesburg, Durban, The Garden Route, Kruger National Park, The Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Little Karoo, The Kalahari, The Sunshine Coast, The Drakensberg, Mpumalanga, Sabi Sand

Decoding Maori Cosmology: The Ancient Origins of New Zealand’s Indigenous Culture by Laird Scranton

An exploration of New Zealand’s Maori cosmology and how it relates to classic ancient symbolic traditions around the world

• Shows how Maori myths, symbols, cosmological concepts, and words reflect symbolic elements found at Göbekli Tepe in Turkey

• Demonstrates parallels between the Maori cosmological tradition and those of ancient Egypt, China, India, Scotland, and the Dogon of Mali in Africa

• Explores the pygmy tradition associated with Maori cosmology, which shares elements of the Little People mythology of Ireland, including matching mound structures and common folk traditions

It is generally accepted that the Maori people arrived in New Zealand quite recently, sometime after 1200 AD. However, new evidence suggests that their culture is most likely centuries older with roots that can be traced back to the archaic Göbekli Tepe site in Turkey, built around 10,000 BC.

Extending his global cosmology comparisons to New Zealand, Laird Scranton shows how the same cosmological concepts and linguistic roots that began at Göbekli Tepe are also evident in Maori culture and language.  These are the same elements that underlie Dogon, ancient Egyptian, and ancient Chinese cosmologies as well as the Sakti Cult of India (a precursor to Vedic, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions) and the Neolithic culture of Orkney Island in northern Scotland.  While the cultural and linguistic roots of the Maori are distinctly Polynesian, the author shows how the cosmology in New Zealand was sheltered from outside influences and likely reflects ancient sources better than other Polynesian cultures.  In addition to shared creation concepts, he details a multitude of strikingly similar word pronunciations and meanings, shared by Maori language and the Dogon and Egyptian languages, as well as likely connections to various Biblical terms and traditions.  He discusses the Maori use of standing stones to denote spiritual spaces and sanctuaries and how their esoteric mystery schools are housed in structures architecturally similar to those commonly found in Ireland. He discusses the symbolism of the Seven Mythic Canoes of the Maori and uncovers symbolic aspects of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha in Maori cosmology.

The author also explores the outwardly similar pygmy traditions of Ireland and New Zealand, characterized by matching fairy mound constructions and mythic references in both regions.  He reveals how the trail of a group of Little People who vanished from Orkney Island in ancient times might be traced first to Scotland, Ireland, and England and then on to New Zealand, accompanied by signature elements of the global cosmology first seen at Gobekli Tepe.

The Warm Heart of Africa: An Outrageous Adventure of Love, Music, and Mishaps in Malawi by Jack Allison

When Jack Allison joined the Peace Corps in 1967, he never intended to write the number one hit song in Malawi or be described by Newsweek as more popular than Malawi’s own president.  A poor Southern white boy with a deep love of music, Jack only wanted an answer to one burning question:  Should he become a minister or a doctor?  In the end, the answer Jack found was that he would choose medicine as a career.  And, living in extreme circumstances in the world’s then-poorest country, he would find even more—that he had the inner resources that allowed him to not only thrive but give the best of what he had to those who needed it the most.

Lonely Planet Nepal by Bradley Mayhew, Lindsay Brown, and Paul Stiles

Lonely Planet's Nepal is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you.  Explore the historic temples of old Kathmandu, search for rhinos and tigers in the dawn mist of Chitwan National Park, and trek in the shadow of the world's highest mountain on an Everest Base Camp expedition - all with your trusted travel companion.  Get to the heart of Nepal and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Nepal:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics
  • Covers Kathmandu, Around the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara & Around, The Terai & Mahabharat Range

The Perfect Choice:  Lonely Planet's Nepal is our most comprehensive guide to the country, and is designed to immerse you in the culture and help you discover the best sights and get off the beaten track.

Sweet, Savory, Spicy: Exciting Street Market Food from Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and More by Sarah Tiong

Explore the street food stalls, night markets and hawker centers of Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and more without ever leaving home thanks to chef and Masterchef Australia finalist Sarah Tiong’s satisfying Southeast Asian recipes.

Sarah opens up a fantastic world of flavor to try, from Malaysian Chicken Satay to Vietnamese Crispy Spring Rolls (Cha giò) to Hokkien Noodles (Hokkien Mee) to Khmer Beef Curry.  These hearty snacks, barbeque bites and shared plates encompass the most popular street foods of Southeast Asia, gleaned from her Malaysian family recipes and her own travels throughout the region.  And in Sarah’s opinion, the secret to incredible Southeast Asian food is all in the sauce, so she also shares an entire chapter of sweet, savory, salty, and spicy options to top off your meal, including Thai Sweet Chili Sauce (Nam Jim Gai), Creamy Malaysian Peanut Sauce and family secrets like her Mum’s “Everything” Sauce.

Whether it’s steamed, fried or barbecued, every recipe in this book will fill your table with delicious, unforgettable dishes― so what are you waiting for?

Malawi: A Place Apart by Asbjørn Eidhammer

This book traces the origins and historical background of the Malawi we meet today.  Progress, constraints, and setbacks in political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the lives of Malawians are captured alongside an analysis of the country's present situation and prospects for the future.  Dialogue, and the lack of it, between Malawi and its main development partners is discussed and overall, the study highlights the change required in the collaboration between key actors in order for the country to consolidate its achievements and to move towards the new Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 agreed by world leaders.

The Great Canoes in the Sky: Starlore and Astronomy of the South Pacific by Stephen Robert Chadwick and Martin Paviour-Smith

Presenting spectacular photographs of astronomical objects of the southern sky, all taken by author Stephen Chadwick, this book explores what peoples of the South Pacific see when they look up at the heavens and what they have done with this knowledge.  From wives killing brothers to emus rising out of the desert and great canoes in the sky, this book offers the perfect blend of science, tradition, and mythology to bring to life the most famous sights in the heavens above the southern hemisphere. The authors place this starlore in the context of contemporary understandings of astronomy.  The night sky of southern societies is as rich in culture as it is in stars.  Stories, myths and legends based on constellations, heavenly bodies and other night sky phenomena have played a fundamental role in shaping the culture of pre-modern civilizations throughout the world.  Such starlore continues to influence societies throughout the Pacific to this day, with cultures throughout the region – from Australia and New Zealand in the south to New Guinea and Micronesia in the north - using traditional cosmology as a means of interpreting various aspects of everyday life.

Nollywood: The Creation of the Nigerian Film Genres by Jonathan Haynes

Nigeria’s Nollywood has rapidly grown into one of the world’s largest film industries, radically altering media environments across Africa and in the diaspora; it has also become one of African culture’s most powerful and consequential expressions, powerfully shaping how Africans see themselves and are seen by others.  With this book, Jonathan Haynes provides an accessible and authoritative introduction to this vast industry and its film culture.

Haynes describes the major Nigerian film genres and how they relate to Nigerian society—its values, desires, anxieties, and social tensions—as the country and its movies have developed together over the turbulent past two decades.  As he shows, Nollywood is a form of popular culture; it produces a flood of stories, repeating the ones that mean the most to its broad audience.  He interprets these generic stories and the cast of mythic figures within them:  the long-suffering wives, the business tricksters, the Bible-wielding pastors, the kings in their traditional regalia, the glamorous young professionals, the emigrants stranded in New York or London, and all the rest.  Based on more than twenty years of research, Haynes’s survey of Nollywood’s history and genres is unprecedented in scope, while his book also vividly describes landmark films, leading directors, and the complex character of this major branch of world cinema.

The Diplomat’s Travel Guide to Festivals, Holidays, and Celebrations in India: How to Gain More from Your Visit with the Sound and Color of Festive India by Mohan Pandey

Have you ever wanted to take that leap and travel to India?  Are you unsure of where to even start?  Immerse yourself in the authentic culture of India, away from the resorts and tourist areas, when you participate in one of the many vibrant festivals that are hosted every year.  There are so many festivals observed in this amazingly diverse land that you are sure to find one that’s convenient for your itinerary.

India is like nowhere else on earth - thrilling, frustrating, and incredibly diverse.  While understanding its many festivals and holidays, you can gain a greater understanding of this exotic and exciting land.  Many of their celebrations are rooted in religion and local folklore, yet all are welcome to participate in their own way.  When you gain a better understanding of the many festivals in this vast land, you can better appreciate the culture.  When you appreciate the culture of a country that further enriches your visit!

A tourist may find it advantageous to plan their trip around the many festivities of some of the more widely celebrated festivals.  In this book, I will outline what the festival is, when it usually falls, and how society observes the celebration.  Not only will I outline famous festivals, but I will also cover a wide variety of helpful topics such as:

  • Why festivals in India are so unique and what makes them special
  • When the season of festivities is
  • How learning about and participating in festivals can be enriching
  • Some practical advice about the proper festival and cultural etiquette
  • A specific and detailed outline of 28 different festivals in India
  • Information about weddings, Christian festivals, and a few other regional festivals
  • A lesson about the Indian calendar
  • More information beyond the festivals in regards to the many religions in India

Tales from Old Japan: Folktales and Legends from the Land of the Rising Sun by Christopher Kincaid

This collection of over 170 stories provides a glimpse into Japan’s rich folk literature.  Japanese folktales include mysterious creatures often familiar to those of us in the West, such as kappa and foxes.  But the tales also include stories about tools acquiring spirits and trees that marry men.  Some stories undermine gender roles of their time, featuring female characters that defy their families’ wishes.  Still others provide moral lessons and face the fleeting nature of life.  Many stories follow the adventures of historical figures with the added twists of legends.  Ghosts and spirits abound in these stories, but they remain vulnerable to the steel of a sword.  But the rarest of stories end happily.  Japanese folktales prefer to take a realistic view of life, embracing the reality of death and separation.  Willows face the axes of men, and men must accept the reality of aging.  Despite the age of many of these stories, they remain fresh and often poignant for today’s readers.

Taste of Nepal

The landlocked nation of Nepal is tucked into the Himalayan mountains between India and Tibet.  Nepali cuisine is surprisingly diverse for such a small country, with influences from both neighboring countries.  In this cookbook, the popular staple daal-baat-tarkaari (rice served with lentils and vegetables) is showcased in all its healthful variations, as are a variety of potato, meat, and fish dishes.

With more than 350 authentic, easy-to-follow recipes, Taste of Nepal is a complete culinary journey with guides to Nepali ingredients, kitchen equipment, and planning traditional meals, a Nepali-English glossary of terms, and delightful illustrations by a Nepali artist.

The Complete Ramadan Guide: The Comprehensive Guide For Making Most Out Of The Holy Month Of Ramadan by Abdullah Sulaimon

During the holy month of Rаmаdаn, whісh оссurѕ оn the nіnth mоnth оf the lunаr-bаѕеd Iѕlаmіс саlеndаr, all Muѕlіmѕ аrе rеԛuіrеd to аbѕtаіn frоm fооd аnd drіnk frоm dаwn tо dusk for 30 dауѕ.  Bесаuѕе Rаmаdаn ѕhіftѕ аррrоxіmаtеlу 11 days еаrlіеr еасh уеаr оn thе ѕоlаr-bаѕеd Grеgоrіаn саlеndаr, Muѕlіmѕ еxреrіеnсе Rаmаdаn in different ѕеаѕоnѕ thrоughоut thе соurѕе оf thе lіvеѕ.  The асt оf fаѕtіng іѕ meant tо rеmіnd Muslims оf thе lеѕѕ fоrtunаtе аnd to rеіnfоrсе thе nееd tо bе thankful.  Aѕ оnе оf thе fіvе ріllаrѕ, оr dutіеѕ, оf Islam, fаѕtіng during thе mоnth оf Rаmаdаn іѕ mаndаtоrу fоr аll hеаlthу аdult Muѕlіmѕ. Chіldrеn whо hаvе nоt rеасhеd рubеrtу, thе еldеrlу, thоѕе whо аrе рhуѕісаllу оr mеntаllу іnсараblе of fаѕtіng, рrеgnаnt women, brеаѕtfееdіng mоthеrѕ аnd trаvеlеrѕ аrе exempt.

A Diamond in the Desert: Behind the Scenes in Abu Dhabi, the World's Richest City by Jo Tatchell

Tatchell takes us on a tour of the city with an outlook that’s part native, part critic, part wide-eyed traveler.  The result is a truly original collage of perspectives and images, from a regal expatriate whose husband was one of the first Brits to settle in Abu Dhabi to young Emirati artists celebrating their newfound freedom of expression.  A compelling piece of history told with an intimate narrative voice, A Diamond in the Desert is an eye-opening and often haunting perspective on just how much this fascinating city has changed—and, for better or for worse, how much it has stayed the same.

Nigeria’s Book of Firsts: A Handbook of Pioneer Nigerian Citizens, Institutions, and Events by N. Nik Onyechi

First published in Nigeria in 1989, this book was described by its author as his 'humble contribution toward filling the yawning information in Nigeria as well as uplifting the level of national consciousness and patriotism among fellow Nigerians'.  As a reference work – laboriously compiled in a pre-Internet age and now available in a new and revised edition – it stands the test of time as an invaluable guide to landmarks in Nigerian political, economic, social and cultural history.  A bewildering array of 'firsts' are recorded in the book, ranging from the first official visit to Nigeria by a British monarch, to the establishment of Nigeria's first insurance company, to the first Nigerian to win a world junior cruiserweight boxing championship.

Short Stories Set in Malaysia: The Days Filled With Joy, Laughter And Good Memories by Buena Nettik

Malaysia is located on a strategic sea lane that exposes it to global trade and various cultures.  Strictly, the name "Malaysia" is a modern concept, created in the second half of the 20th century.  However, contemporary Malaysia regards the entire history of Malaya and Borneo, spanning thousands of years back to prehistoric times, like its history, and as such, it is treated on this page.  An early western account of the area is seen in Ptolemy's book Geographia, which mentions a "Golden Khersonese," now identified as the Malay Peninsula.  Hinduism and Buddhism from India and China dominated early regional history, reaching their peak during the reign of the Sumatra-based Srivijaya civilization, whose influence extended through Sumatra, Java, the Malay Peninsula, and much of Borneo from the 7th to the 13th centuries.  The book covers three decades of Malaysian social history based on actual persons, true events, and genuine stories.  Those were the days filled with joy, laughter, and good memories…

This collection comprises 50 short stories set in Malaysia from the 1950s to the 1970s. Carefully constructed and delivered with a lot of heart, these uplifting stories are still relatable today.

Tales from Manus Island: Papua New Guinea by Geneva Ensign

Tales from Manus Island is a compilation of legends told to Geneva Ensign in 1971 while conducting research fifty years ago on the educational system and Indigenous school teachers.   Divided into three sections, there are tales told by adults with ink sketches by Matthew Bill, Indigenous school teacher.  A middle section portrays a few scenes from around the island, and the third section contains stories written and illustrated by Manus 6th graders.

Throughout the pages of this book, you will "hear the voices" of Manus Islanders, young and old, sharing the tales that have been told and retold over thousands of years.  These age-old legends are filled with the stuff of life --death and birth, joy and fear, love and hate, monsters and masalai.

Lonely Planet Brazil by Regis St. Louis, Robert Balkovich, Gregor Clark, Anthony Hamm, Anna Kaminski, Kevin Raub, and Andy Symington

Lonely Planet's Brazil is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you.  Party at Carnaval in Rio, come face to face with monkeys and other creatures in the Amazon, and snorkel the natural aquariums of Bonito - all with your trusted travel companion.  Get to the heart of Brazil and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Brazil:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, food, drink, sport, politics
  • Covers The Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Salvador, Bahia, Pernambuco, Paraiba, Rio Grande de Norte, Parana, Ceara, Piaui, Maranhao, Santa Catarina, Mato Grosso and more.

The Perfect Choice:  Lonely Planet's Brazil is our most comprehensive guide to Brazil, and is perfect for discovering both popular and off-the-beaten-path experiences.

Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: A New Zealand Story by Christina Thompson

An extraordinary love story between a Maori man and an American woman, that inspires a graceful, revelatory search for understanding about the centuries-old collision of two wildly different cultures.

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All is the story of the cultural collision between Westerners and the Maoris of New Zealand, told partly as a history of the complex and bloody period of contact between Europeans and the Maoris in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and partly as the story of Christina Thompson's marriage to a Maori man.  As an American graduate student studying literature in Australia, Thompson traveled on vacation to New Zealand, where she met a Maori known as "Seven."  Their relationship was one of opposites:  he was a tradesman, she an intellectual; he came from a background of rural poverty, she from one of middle-class privilege; he was a "native," she descended directly from "colonizers."  Nevertheless, they shared a similar sense of adventure and a willingness to depart from the customs of their families and forge a life together on their own.

In this extraordinary book, which grows out of decades of research, Thompson explores the meaning of cross-cultural contact and the fascinating history of Europeans in the South Pacific, beginning with Abel Tasman's discovery of New Zealand in 1642 and James Cook's famous circumnavigations of 1769–79.  Transporting us back and forth in time and around the world, from Australia to Hawaii to tribal New Zealand and finally to a house in New England that has ghosts of its own, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All brings to life a lush variety of characters and settings.  Yet at its core, it is the story of two people who, in making a life and a family together, bridge the gap between two worlds.

City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas by Roger Crowley

The New York Times bestselling author of Empires of the Sea charts Venice’s astounding five-hundred-year voyage to the pinnacle of power in an epic story that stands unrivaled for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty.  City of Fortune traces the full arc of the Venetian imperial saga, from the ill-fated Fourth Crusade, which culminates in the sacking of Constantinople in 1204, to the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499–1503, which sees the Ottoman Turks supplant the Venetians as the preeminent naval power in the Mediterranean.  In between are three centuries of Venetian maritime dominance, during which a tiny city of “lagoon dwellers” grow into the richest place on earth.  Drawing on firsthand accounts of pitched sea battles, skillful negotiations, and diplomatic maneuvers, Crowley paints a vivid picture of this avaricious, enterprising people and the bountiful lands that came under their dominion.  From the opening of the spice routes to the clash between Christianity and Islam, Venice played a leading role in the defining conflicts of its time—the reverberations of which are still being felt today.

Infinite Threads: 100 Indigenous Insights from Old Maori Manuscripts by Mariko B. Ryan

100 ancient Maori wisdoms that are powerful, profound, and timely plus an astute narrative on the fascinating history and culture of the Maori people in New Zealand/Aotearoa.  Infinite Threads takes you on an epic, eye-opening journey through a series of 100 interpretations of the wisdoms, stories and words of old Maori Sages.

For thousands of years, the Maori tohunga, sages, passed closely guarded knowledge to new generations of sages, using only an orally coded system.  Two hundred years ago, they started recording that knowledge into secret manuscripts.

Why did they suddenly abandon their oral traditions?  Who were they writing for?  Can this indigenous knowledge provide us with a beacon in our time?  Infinite Threads presents rare excerpts and concepts from old manuscripts, interprets them, and reveals their insights through the voices of the old sages.  Their words, by turns, are gritty, loving, blunt, funny, rousing.  Their writings are eloquent expressions for what moves us—love, rage, compassion, grief, joy, fear, and identity.

Read about the oceanic voyages, creatures in their lairs, love trysts, living cosmos, deeds of all kinds, and how they teach you to connect with others, the world, and universe.  Learn about the colonial history that nearly obliterated an indigenous esoteric knowledge system—how the sages saved it and why it matters.

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