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Unclean Spirits (Black Sun's Daughter, Book 1) by M.L.N. Hanover

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Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, till she discovers truth isn't relatively what she proposal it used to be. while her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his property, simply to profit that it's all hers -- and vaster than she ever imagined. And besides houses the world over and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a special variety: his unfinished enterprise with a cabal of wizards often called the Invisible College.

Led by way of the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible university harnesses demon spirits for his or her personal ends of energy and domination. Jayné unearths it tough to think magic and demons may also exist, not to mention be liable for the dying of her uncle. yet Coin sees Eric's inheritor as a hazard to be eradicated in any respect -- magical or mundane -- so Jayné had higher begin believing in anything to avoid wasting her personal life.

Aided in her challenge by means of a bunch of not likely partners -- Aubrey, Eric's devastatingly appealing assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a deadly time table; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old guy who claims to be lower than a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical skills -- Jayné unearths that her new fact isn't just unforeseen, yet frequently unexplainable. And if she hopes to outlive, she'll need to research the hot ideas speedy -- or holiday them completely....

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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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