By John Burgess
A poignant glimpse into the everyday life of 12th Century Cambodia. need to know who have been the folk who equipped the temples, grew the rice and served within the palace defend? learn a girl of Angkor.
– sunrise Rooney, writer of Angkor – Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples
A superb and compelling tale that vividly conjures up the honor, violence, and wonder of the vanished Khmer empire, as advised during the testimony of 1 extraordinary girl. this can be a genuine page-turner of a story within which Burgess brings us into the damaging global of palace intrigues and into the lives of Angkor’s usual people.
– Michael D. Coe, writer of Angkor and the Khmer Civilization
A girl of Angkor is a robust paintings of mind's eye that takes the reader to a far flung time and position and makes the tale vividly actual. in the course of the voice of his heroine, Sray, John Burgess conjures a narrative of a Khmer family members whose lives are interwoven with the development of the paranormal, mysterious temple of Angkor Wat. this is often historic fiction with a distinction – a couple of humans whose background has been obscured and deserted just like the incredible shrine that for therefore many centuries lay hidden within the jungle.
– David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington put up and writer of Bloodmoney
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The animated corpse came so close, however, that the sorcerers reported Summoning the Dead 63 Preparing to Summon a Spirit I n his pioneering book on ceremonial magic, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, Eliphas Levi described preparations a sorcerer should take to summon the spirit of a deceased friend or relative: We must collect, in the first place, carefully the memorials of him or her whom we desire to behold, the articles he used, and on which his impression remains; we must also prepare an apartment in which the person lived, or otherwise one of similar kind, and place his portrait veiled in white therein, surrounded with his favorite flowers, which must be renewed daily.
And the magic books published during that era often contained horrid methods for concocting potions. Sorcerers were instructed to create deadly substances from snake venom, amphibian parts, and saps from poisonous plants and fungi. They fed frogs and snakes highly toxic plants like foxglove and hemlock. After the creatures died they were dried near a fire. ”33 “The Composition of Death” Whether such a potion would actually have killed a person is unknown. Even so, it would have commanded a high price from those wishing to frighten, harass, or harm their foes.
Even so, it would have commanded a high price from those wishing to frighten, harass, or harm their foes. And some recipes were truly deadly. A formula from the 1555 Grand Grimoire called “The Composition of Death” contains a detailed recipe that consists of boiling highly noxious nitric acid and arsenic in a cauldron along with sawdust from oak bark, rose water, and other ingredients. The resulting drink, with the power to dissolve an iron nail, would instantly kill anyone who consumed it. Those who created poisons and powders were said to have sold their souls to the devil.
A Woman of Angkor by John Burgess