By Neil Gaiman

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First released in 2001, American Gods turned an speedy classic—an highbrow and creative benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of leading edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now realize the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary variation. Newly up-to-date and accelerated with the author’s most well-liked textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real occasion of a latest masterpiece by way of the only, the one, Neil Gaiman.

A typhoon is coming . . .

Locked at the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly awaiting the magic day while he may perhaps go back to Eagle element, Indiana. a guy now not afraid of what the next day to come may perhaps convey, all he sought after was once to be with Laura, the spouse he deeply enjoyed, and begin a brand new lifestyles.

yet simply days ahead of his unencumber, Laura and Shadow’s ally are killed in an coincidence. together with his existence in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a role from a beguiling stranger he meets at the method domestic, an enigmatic guy who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday turns out to understand extra approximately Shadow than Shadow does himself.

existence as Wednesday’s bodyguard, motive force, and errand boy is much extra fascinating and unsafe than Shadow ever imagined—it is a role that takes him on a dismal and unusual street journey and introduces him to a number of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined together with his personal. alongside the best way Shadow will research that the earlier by no means dies; that everybody, together with his liked Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that desires, totems, legends, and myths are extra actual than we all know. finally, he'll observe that underneath the placid floor of way of life a typhoon is brewing—an epic conflict for the very soul of America—and that he's status squarely in its direction.

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As the ancient Balinese lawbooks say, ruler and priest were to one another as a ship to its helmsman. Neither could reach its common destination-the creation of a negara, a cosmo­ logically based exem�plary state-without the other. There were two formal types of relationship between lords and priests. iestly house acted (padanda) tie with a particular as the major adviser in ritual matters for the noble or royal house. W:hen the royal house was the paramount one in a region, the at­ tached priestly house was usually referred to as hita, bagawanta, or '/Juro­ and considered to be the ranking Brahmana house of the re­ gio n (in � pure prestige sense only).

As a result, the broader the scope to which exemplary leadership aspired, the more fragile the political structure supporting it, for the more it was forced to rest on alliance, intrigue, caj olery, and bluff. The lords, pulled on by the cul tural ideal of the consummately expressive state, strove constantly to extend" their ability to mobilize men and materiel so as to hold larger and more splendid ceremonies and build larger and more splendid temples and palaces in which to hold them. In so doing, however, they were working directly against the grain of a form of political organization whose natural tendency, especially under intensified pressures for unification, was toward progressive fragmen tation.

20 GE O G R APHY A N D TH E B A L A N C E O F P O W E R -2To simplify the picture rather lengthw ise d rast i cally, there was a constant struggle between lords located higher up toward the mountains and those located lower down toward the sea for the set of spurs, and a crosswise one among the more successful participant� in these local contests compe ti ng for preeminence within the drainage as a whole. But to recomplicate i t immediately, the two sorts of processes, the one primary, small­ scale, and continuous, the other secondary, large scale, and sporadic, took place not only concurrent ly but -also in terms of one another.

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