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How Long Can We Survive Without Sleep?


The main characters in Soul Of The Beast  and Awakening Of The Beast, are forced to go without sleep for days.   Below are excerpts from the website SLEEPIO

[How long can we survive without sleep? We don't actually know. What we do know is sleep, like breathing] is a fundamental human requirement. It has even been said that one could survive for three times as long without food as one could without sleep. [One animal experiment] found that depriving rats entirely of sleep resulted in their death, or near-dying state, within 11-32 days…

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Are Thugs Real?

Thugs were very real.thuggee3 They were an Indian assassin cult. Their name for themselves was Thuggee, but the British called them Thugs. Here is what the Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained says about Thugs:

No organized cult of killers has ever murdered as many people as the Thuggees. In the 1830s this Indian secret society strangled upward of 30,000 native people and travelers as sacrifices to their goddess Kali…  Continue reading

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What Is A Prophet?

prophet-jeremiah3A prophet plays an important part in Awakening Of  The Beast, second book in the Beast Series. According to the online dictionary, Merriam-Webster, a prophet is:

…”a member of some religions (such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) who delivers messages that are believed to have come from God.”

[The messages spoken by prophets are frequently the repeating of the messages and prophesies ... already given by God through other prophets. Their words can also be new messages and prophesies from God.  There are multiple prophets in the Bible such as Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John, Elijah, Elisha and Daniel. Islam is based on the prophesies and teachings of the prophet Muhammad.]

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In SOUL OF THE BEAST, there is an ancient map that shows an ocean separating India from the Asian continent.The map is fiction, but the ocean was real and is called the Tethys Ocean.

The ancient ocean existed until the land mass of India shifted north and collided with Asia. When India and Asia came together, that eliminated the ocean and forced the land up. This elevation of the land is known today as the Himalayan Mountains. The movement of continents is called continental drift or tectonic shift and is still happening today.

Tectonic drift didn’t just happen between Asia and India. If you look at a map of the world, you’ll see that the continents of Europe, Africa, North America and South America  fit together like large pieces of a puzzle. That is because they were once part of a single and much larger land mass called Pangaea. (See the map above.) Unlike the collision of the Asia and India continents eliminating an ocean, here  the movement of tectonic plates created large bodies of water and  split the “super continent” into smaller continents.

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The age of old things is  most often taught as fact. What teachers and scientists don’t tell us (and often don’t know) is the techniques used to determine the age of old things are often based on assumptions [educated guesses] and can be wrong. Below are some examples of how old things are dated and how the dating can be wrong.

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How Different Cultures Deal With Their Dead

In Soul Of The Beast and Awakening Of The Beast, the bodies of the dead are cremated.  Cremation is the burning of a dead body until all that is left are ashes. This method of disposing of the dead is  used in many parts of the world, including the United States. Other common ways  in the US for dealing with the dead are burial in the ground and placing the body inside a stone structure (mausoleum, tomb, pyramid, temple). SOBnewgrang

Other practices for dealing with the dead that are less familiar or unknown in the United States and  Western cultures include:

Leaving the dead body on the ground for animals to eat.

Building a mound of earth or a pile of stones over the body.

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Sending the body out to sea on a burning ship (vikings).

Placement of the body inside a sealed cave to rot. After decomposition of the body is complete, all that remains are the bones. The bones are removed from the cave and stored separately or placed with other bones in an “ossuary”.  Wikipedia definition of ossuary is: a chest, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains.

Below are excerpts about additional  ways cultures deal with their dead. This information comes from the online website matadornetwork. Continue reading

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In Soul of the Beast, John encounters beggars in Calcutta, India. Below is a discussion about beggars with quotes from Wikipedia .

SOBbeggar_4Beggars and Begging “have existed in human society since before the dawn of recorded history.” Begging is still common in nearly every society today with a variation in  the prevalence and exact form.

 Beggars are typically people who are unable to work because of personal problems such as handicaps, injuries and mental illness or because of a lack of jobs. They beg to obtain the basics of life: food and money. 

In the past,  governments helped beggars by forcing them into workhouses, “a state-operated institution where those unable to obtain other employment were forced to work in often grim conditions in exchange for a small amount of food. The welfare state of the 20th century [has] greatly reduced the number of beggars by directly providing for the basic necessities of the poor from state funds.”

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The Himalayas play a major part in Soul of the Beast and Awakening of the Beast. The beauty of the Himalayan Mountains can not be communicated through words. Enjoy this photo essay. SONY DSC

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First person to climb Mt Everest

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Volcanoes are among the most amazing natural events on earth. They play a large part in Awakening of the Beast, the sequel in the Beast series. To make volcanoes come alive,  I’ve put together a photo essay on volcanic eruptions. Double-click the pictures to expand them.

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Social Classes of the British Empire


SOB Aristocrat boysAt the time of the Beast series, the British Empire had divisions between the social classes that were like impenetrable walls.  A person remained in the class into which she or he was born. Members of the upper social classes generally saw those in the lower classes as inferior and deserving of the struggles that came with their lower status.

John Sexton was born into the Knight class of the British social structure.  Mick Kelley’s father and family were in the laborer class, the lowest class.  It is sad to say, but without the extreme circumstances in his life, John would never have become mates with Mick or Zhong. There would have been no interaction between them.

Below are excerpts from Wikipedia that list the social classes of Great Britain in 1886. Continue reading