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Sunshine by Robin McKinley

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By Robin McKinley

Unique book: 2003

Winner of the Mythopoeic myth Award for grownup Literature: In an international the place darkness threatens, there's Sunshine . . .

even though it were commonly abandoned because the Voodoo Wars, there hadn’t been any hassle out on the lake for years. Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, head baker at her family’s busy and renowned café in downtown New Arcadia, wanted a spot to break out from all of the noise and confusion—of the clientele and her relations. only for a couple of hours. simply to be capable of listen herself think.

She knew concerning the Others, in fact. every person did. and several other of her family’s most sensible ordinary buyers have been from SOF—Special different Forces—which have been created to house the chance and the chance of the Others.

She drove out to her family’s outdated lakeside cabin and sat at the porch, swinging her ft and having fun with the silence and the silver moonlight at the water.

She by no means heard them coming. in fact, you don’t while they’re vampires.

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Nat pwes (various through the year) At gatherings such as the Brother Lords Festival in Taungbyon, music, dance, inebriation, and gambling are part of the day’s events as the 37 nat spirits are invoked, worshipped, and petitioned (see pp136–7). Taunggyi Balloon Festival (November) Balloons of all shapes and sizes are exhibited and flown during the day, while ear-splitting explosions rent the night sky over Taunggyi when elaborately decorated giant paper balloons packed with fireworks are let loose over the heads of cheering crowds (see p172).

Shortly after their coronation, to eliminate any potential threat to their rule, the couple oversaw the killing of scores of young royals in a massacre that outraged world opinion. The British called for regime change, but finally it was a dispute over timber taxes on Scottish teak importers that ignited the third, and decisive, Anglo-Burmese war of 1885. This time, the Konbaung king offered no more British soldiers at the Shwedagon Pagoda, First Anglo-Burmese War 1800 1825 1862 Exiled Bahadur Shah Zafar, India’s last Mughal emperor emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar dies in Rangoon 1850 1824 First Anglo- 1826 Treaty of Yandabo 1852 Second 1859 Mindon Burmese War between the British East India Company and the King of Inwa (Ava) Anglo-Burmese War; British seize and expand Rangoon moves capital to Mandalay T H E H I S T O R Y O F M YA N M A R than token resistance to the army that steamed up the Ayeyarwady.

Applying gold leaf Gold leaf is among the favorite donations of Burmese Buddhists. In some famous shrines, it is applied directly by pilgrims. However, only men are allowed to do this. Vipassana Literally “seeing through the veil of ignorance,” Vipassana is a form of meditation aimed at promoting insight and concentration. It had a great revival in Burma in the early 20th century. Merit making Merit (punya in Sanskrit) derives from all good thoughts and actions, and contributes towards a person’s spiritual liberation.

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