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Thirteen Orphans (Breaking the Wall, Book 1) by Jane Lindskold

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By Jane Lindskold

As evocative and relocating as Charles de Lint's Newford books, with the younger protagonists and interesting motion of Mercedes Lackey's fantasies, Thirteen Orphans makes our global at the present time as excitingly unusual and strange as any myth realm… and promises readers a glimpse of a delusion global based by means of historical chinese language lore and magic.

As a long way as university freshman Brenda Morris is familiar with, there's just one Earth and magic exists simply in fairy tales.

Brenda is wrong.

A father-daughter weekend becomes a nightmare whilst Brenda's father is magically attacked prior to her eyes. Brenda quickly learns that her ancestors as soon as lived in global of smoke and shadows, of magic and secrets.

When that world's Emperor used to be overthrown, the 13 Orphans fled to our earth and concealed their magic approach within the online game of mah-jong. each one Orphan represents an animal from the chinese language Zodiac. Brenda's father is the Rat. And her polished, former child-star aunt, Pearl—that eminent girl is the Tiger.

Only a handful of Orphans stay to face opposed to their enemies. The Tiger, the chicken, the puppy, the Rabbit… and Brenda Morris. now not fairly the Rat, yet no longer relatively human both.

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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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