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How Long Can We Survive Without Sleep?

 

The main characters in Soul Of The Beast  and Awakening 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 real 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 Thuggee. In the 1830s this Indian secret society strangled upward of 30,000 native people and travelers as a sacrifice to their goddess Kali…  Continue reading

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THE ANCIENT OCEAN

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 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. The elevation of the land is known today as the Himalayan Mountains. The land movement is called continental drift or tectonic shift.

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HOW OLD IS IT REALLY?

The age of old things is  taught as fact. What teachers and scientists don’t tell us is the techniques used to determine the age of old things use assumptions [educated guesses] that can be wrong.

You don’t think teachers and scientists do that? Some don’t, but many do. Below are some examples when they did: Continue reading

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How Different Cultures Deal With The 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 practices  we’re  familiar with are burial in the ground and placing the body inside a stone structure (mausoleum, tomb, pyramid, temple). SOBnewgrang

There are other ways of dealing with the dead that are less familiar to us:

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

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

Dropping the dead body into the sea. (Burial at sea)

SOB mummyMummification (preservation of the body to stop rotting) and placing it where it can be seen and worshiped.

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 stored separately or placed with other bones in an “ossuary”.  Wikipedia definition of ossuary a chest, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains.) 

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

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BEGGARS

BEGGARS

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 although the prevalence and exact form varies.

 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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HIMALAYAS

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

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Sir Edmund Hillary First person to climb Mt Everest

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First person to climb Mt Everest

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Mother Teresa and the Poverty of Calcutta

Mother Teresa was one of the greatest humanitarians of all time. She gave her life to comfort the people suffering from the horrific poverty of Calcutta. Below are excerpts from the online biography by Bio.TRUE STORY.

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SOBMother-Teresa12Baptized on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa taught in India for 17 years before she experienced her [call to care] for the sick and poor. Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony. [In 1979 she] received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work.

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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 David. 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

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The Lost Secret Of Greek Fire

Greek Fire plays an important part in Awakening The Beast.  It was such a devastating weapon that the recipe was a closely guarded secret. Actually, the secret was so well kept that the formula was lost and never rediscovered. Below is an excerpt from an online article about Greek Fire from www.lordsandladies.org/.

ATB Greek Fire12…There are several possible] formulas for creating Greek Fire. Some accounts suggest that petroleum and oil were used as an ingredient. Other … formulas which seems far more likely include a combination… of ingredients such as Quicklime, Saltpeter, Bitumen, Sulphur, Resin and Pitch. … This terrifying fiery substance stuck like glue to almost any surface and was nearly impossible to extinguish except with sand, salt, or urine. Throwing water alone on Greek Fire only fanned the flames. The history of Greek Fire [dates] back to the 7th century and was first used against the Arabs at their siege of Constantinople of 673. [Greek Fire was used in land and sea battles against the Arabs with devastating results.] Continue reading