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Beyond the north wind : the fall and rise of the mystic north

Author: Christopher McIntosh
Publisher: Newburyport, MA : Weiser Books, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The North" is simultaneously a location, a direction, and a mystical concept. Although this concept has ancient roots in mythology, folklore, and fairy tales, it continues to resonate today within modern culture. McIntosh leads readers, chapter by chapter, through the magical and spiritual history of the North, as well as its modern manifestations, as documented through physical records, such as runestones and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher McIntosh
ISBN: 9781578636402 157863640X
OCLC Number: 1051668518
Description: xx, 234 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The search for the land beyond the north wind --
Midnight land, northern light --
Children of the polestar: Evidence for migration from the north --
The Nordic world and its legacy --
The runes --
The Vikings: Samurai of the west --
Northern mysteries resurrected --
Iceland: The northern sanctum --
Old gods, new age --
The east turns northward: Russia and the northern spirit --
A Russian hyperborea? --
The north in the age of mass communication --
Conclusion --
Appendix: Who's who in northern mythology.
Responsibility: Christopher McIntosh ; foreword by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.

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"The North" is simultaneously a location, a direction, and a mystical concept. Although this concept has ancient roots in mythology, folklore, and fairy tales, it continues to resonate today within modern culture. McIntosh leads readers, chapter by chapter, through the magical and spiritual history of the North, as well as its modern manifestations, as documented through physical records, such as runestones and megaliths, but also through mythology and lore. This mythic conception of a unique, powerful, and mysterious Northern civilization was known to the Greeks as "Hyberborea" - the "Land Beyond the North Wind" - which they considered to be the true origin place of their god, Apollo, bringer of civilization. Through the Greeks, this concept of the mythic North would spread throughout Western civilization. In addition, McIntosh discusses Russian Hyperboreanism, which he describes as among "the most influential of the new religions and quasi-religious movements that have sprung up in Russia since the fall of Communism" and which is currently almost unknown in the West.

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