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Feast of the Beast – Bride/Sacrifice of the beast, rescued.

This post is Pt 2 of my Cinderella post HERE.

Easter is not just a couple of days each year, it’s a procession of events on multiple religious and luni-solar calendars in March/April.

For some reason I thought the Feast of the Beast was an annual event, as part of the usual March/April sacrifices but it seems it’s once every 28 years. The last was was in 2010 and I just ‘happened’ to visit the most important masonic lodge in the UK at that time (someone from work suggested we visit that day).

1982 was the year of the previous Feast of the Beast and coincidentally my birth year, I was 27 turning 28 when I visited in the Grand Lodge which turned to be ‘perfect’ timing given the significance of the numbers 28 and 82 to these people, as explained below. The Grand Lodge in London is on Great Queen Street (notice how it’s not Great King or something masculine) beind Covent/Convent/Covenent Garden previously known as ‘the garden of the Abbey and Convent’. Spring seems to be a thing for me, pretty much all of the voices I’ve heard have been/started in Spring.

The number 28 and 82 importance from the link below:

FEAST OF THE BEAST
By Fritz Springmeier
http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/feast_of_the_beast.htm

In my investigations into the Illuminati, I was provided information from several ex-Illuminati members about an important ritual called The Feast of the Beast. I’ve made references to this ritual occasionally and this attracted some attention by some of my readers. I’ve been asked to write about this ritual over the years, and always found more pressing things to do. My various sources gave their testimony independent of each other and this led me to conclude that the ceremony did indeed exist. A lot of pressure has come down on me, and I felt that I should go ahead and write this article rather than presume that I shall have the chance later.

In simple terms, the Feast of the Beast is a yearlong event that occurs every 28 years and is attended by Illuminati leadership from around the world. It is a very high level ceremony, and would not be recognized at the anarchy ritual level [my comment: the lower levels who think they’re the movers and shakers and decision makers in society] of the Illuminati.

Ritual is very important to Satan, and to the Illuminati. There are a number of reasons to this. One, it provides an excuse to carry out horrible things without having to feel any guilt. A person can explain away things as “It was time for that.” or “That’s the way things are done.” Or, “we must protect these traditions”.

The Feast of the Beast is associated with the number 28 (as well as its reverse 82, and as well as the combination 7 times 4). One of the best books on providing the occult world’s meanings of numbers is Aleister Crowley’s books Gematria and Tables of Correspondences. On page 58 of Crowley’s Table of Correspondences under the Orders of Qliphoth, we’re informed that 28 is the number of the Beast, that is Bahimiron which is Bestial. Crowley also teaches that the number 28 is associated with the unicorn, the peacock, the peacock & the rainbow, artificial glass (& chalcedony which suggests clouds), astrology in general, a number of perfumes such as Rhubarb and Stammonia, and a 3 headed beast (heads of a bull, man & ram) riding a dragon. In his book Gematria, about the numerology of mystic numbers, we are told that in the static universe 28 means power (Netzach, also spelled netsach), and in the world the magician makes it means “My victory, my power.”

(By the way, Netsach is used in the Word of God at 1 CHR 29:11 “Thine, O Lord [YHWH], is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory [netsach], and the majesty…” Netsach means a bright object like a star that one travels toward, it is a shining goal, which has been achieved.)

There is no question that Cabalists view 28 as a very powerful number. Further, when we realize that 28 is also a combination of 7 (perfection) and 4 (also considered completeness or perfection), we can appreciate that 28 on a Magical calendar system is powerful. Accordingly, the Illuminati made note in their rituals in 1982, that 82 is the reversal of 28. According to some, the year long Feast of the Beast occurred in 1982, and the previous one occurred in ’53 or ’54. The next one is to occur in 2009 or 2010.

At the Feast of the Beast, a beautiful bride is trained and presented to Satan, and she may well be a virgin. This ceremony is most likely held at a castle or palace, and is also likely to be held over in Europe for the principle ceremony. Lesser ceremonies may be held here in the states. Witnesses claim that Satan appears and interacts with his human leadership. He provides them with detailed instructions for what he wants done until the next Feast of the Beast. In other words, he provides the top Illuminati hierarchy with their future long-range plans. The actual Feast of the Beast is a yearlong ceremony.

However, there is also a small ceremony performed before the autumn equinox approximately around the 5th to the 7th of September, which is a Marriage to the Beast ceremony, that can also be called The Feast of the Beast. It is a microcosm of the large ceremony. Or perhaps one could call it an imitation. [My comment: it’s Harvest basically, goes with the ‘fertility’/ life and death cycle of the year.]

It was also claimed by one informant that the Feast of the Beast in 1982 was the 13th from 1618, and that the Feast of the Beast in 1618 had been a significant event.

The Illuminati have certain people assigned to focus on spiritual power. Some readers may remember that I have explained that the Collins family was brought into the hierarchy because they were so powerful magically. The Rothschild’s have the financial power, but the Collins family has been very powerful witches. Women are spiritually very powerful in the Illuminati, and some women in the Illuminati are very important in planning and making the rituals successful. I write this because those Illuminati members who are part of the spiritual section of the Illuminati are going to be better informed than other sections (say the political, scientific or financial sections) on ritual background of the Feast of the Beast. The number 28 is said to come from Babylonian magic, the lunar calendar, and a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Ancient Babylon divided their day into 12 hours (each of their hours is two of ours). And each Babylonian hour was divided into 30 minutes (so their minute was 4 of our minutes. The Lunar month was 30 days. Seeing how all these 12’s and 30’s occur, it is not surprising that they used a base 60 numbering system. That means you counted to 60 before you got to 10. This is called a sexagesimal system or base 60 system. I was told that the number 28 played a role in the Babylonian calendar but what it was is not clear to me. Anyway, it is likely the number 28 has occult connotations that go back to Babylonian magic. The powerful Rothschild’s love Babylonian magic, so it is no surprise that witnesses have seen the leadership of this bloodline at the Feast of the Beast ceremonies.

This has been a look at one of the most important secret Illuminati ceremonies, a ceremony based on Babylonian and Cabalistic Gematria, where important policy is planned, and having as its participants Satan (who appears as a man/shape shifting reptile) and the leadership of the Illuminati.

I visited a library in the Grand Lodge and was espied by someone who found me interesting. When it comes to masonic symbolism there are three main levels depicted; the gate/outer wall, the inner and the temple/house/city whatever imagery (the mountain/pyramid/triangle and inner levels is going further). The man who saw me met met afterwards and said “you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve seen here, who are you?” I didn’t answer and left, then I saw him in my dreams. We were outside the gates of a lodge and he asked me again who I was, I can’t remember what I said to him before I just slipped through the gates easily as I’ve always done, past the main door and into the inner sanctum. You see it doesn’t matter whether you’re a member or not or what level you think you are, the Earth was made not made to be sectioned off nor given political boundaries. You can not tell a part of the Earth* that some are welcome and some are not from the indigenous and expect the Earth to comply, you have to alter the landscape and build divisions to forcibly keep creatures in and out, then have enforcement to give yourselves authority to decide who can pass. The same goes for ‘spiritual’ or ‘other physical’ layers which many masonic buildings represent or an eruv for example, anyone can pass through as long as they’re capable or enabled by a higher level. So whilst he was left outside the gates, clinging to them and calling to me I went through and have always done in any simulation as well whether floors/ceilings, doors, walls, windows, barriers, stairs, lifts (remember how Alice got through the door/wall to get to Wonderland) or whatever are used.

That said, he didn’t give up straight away. I saw him again once or twice, the most vivid time I was dress in a White gown in what looked like a forest or woodland somewhere on a path/dirt road and apparently I was in danger from some kind of beast, when in this damsel in distress scenario he suddenly like a knight in shining armour. He grabbed me in his arms and swept me into the air carrying me over a hole in the ground (I’ve been in similar situations before like huge holes in the ground surrounded by steep spiraling stairs, usually I get myself out) thus saving me from the beast, whatever it represented. I really hate these theatrical games, but masons and their employees love them so and have embedded them into law from falsifying lore.

*any section above, in between or below us and remember it is not actually ‘as above so below’ i.e. us mere mortals going through what the ‘gods’ ‘above’ are experiencing (remember not all of them live above or in space) they choose through their minions what it is we go through.

Possible Annual ‘Feast of the Beast’?:

Occult Holidays and Sabbats – from http://www.cuttingedge.org/
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/cienciareal/cienciareal20.htm

2. Spring Equinox – 13 weeks – Minor sabbath but does require human sacrifice
a. March 21-22 – Goddess Ostara – Note: Easter is the first Sunday after the first new moon after Ostara. March 21 is one of the Illuminati’s Human Sacrifice Nights
b. April 1 – All Fool’s Day, precisely 13 weeks since New Year’s Day!
c. April 19 – May 1 – Blood Sacrifice To The Beast. Fire sacrifice is required on April 19.
d. April 30 – May 1 – Beltaine Festival, also called Walpurgis Night. This is the highest day on the Druidic Witch’s Calendar. May 1 is the Illuminati’s second most sacred holiday. Human sacrifice is required

Possible Apocalypse ‘Feast of the Beast’?:

http://www.texemarrs.com/032017/feast_of_beast.htm

In the Gospels we are told that Jesus our Lord has prepared a future great marriage supper, or feast, of the Lamb. Invited will be all who believe in Christ Jesus. It will be a glorious time of celebration and fellowship.

In Judaism, Jesus is despised and he and his followers are cursed. Instead of the marriage supper of the Lamb, the Jews say there will come a great Feast of Leviathan. At this Feast, the Jews will, it is claimed, literally be served a great sea serpent beast, the Leviathan. Righteous Jews will eat of this Beast while Gentiles, simultaneously, are punished. Those who agree to give the Jews all their wealth and possessions will be spared. However, even the Gentiles who do this will be forced to become slaves of Jewish Masters. Those who refuse will be beheaded. They must die.

Feast of Leviathan

This great Feast of Leviathan—I call it the Feast of the Beast in my new book—will take place on the Jewish Day of Purification. Other prophetic events will also transpire on the Day of Purification. The Holy Serpent of the Jews will crown the Jews as “gods” and reward them the entire earth as their fiefdom. They will be collective rulers of the world, so powerful that no-one will dare oppose them. Furthermore, on that Day, evil and good shall be united. That is, good shall become evil and evil good.

The Holy Serpent, as I carefully document in my explosive new book, Holy Serpent of the Jews, is Leviathan. He is worshipped by many Talmudic and Kabbalistic rabbis as their Deity. Leviathan is the One to whom many Jews pray. They believe he is the Light of the World, the Most Holy. It is the Holy Serpent that gives the Jews their miraculous power to conquer all other peoples and subjugate them.

Gods and Goddesses

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

In their Tree of Life, as depicted in the Kabbalah, the Holy Serpent is woven throughout. He reigns over all the deities, including the Mother Goddess, Binah, and the Daughter Princess, Malkuth. He enjoys sex with both the Mother and the Daughter and thus regenerates the earth. All the deities in the Tree of Life are his divine sparks, and the Jews often pray to the individual deities.

For readers who are unaware of the multiplicity of gods and goddesses in Judaism, what I report here may seem incredible. Nevertheless, it is true. The Jews have many deities but, for convenience, they group these deities together. The Jews, in their successful attempts to deceive the curious among the Gentiles, slyly evade their questions. Remember, in the Talmud, the Jews book of Law, the Jews are warned not to reveal its teachings. To reveal these things to a Gentile, warns the Talmud, is punishable by death.

Their Serpent God and Angel of Help

The Jews’ Holy Serpent is to ordain the deadly Feast of the Beast. His name is Leviathan, and Rabbi Michael Higger, in his fascinating book, The Jewish Utopia, speaks of Leviathan, the “piercing serpent.” Interestingly, the Jews choose Leviathan as their “God” and companion, even as their “Angel of Help.”
They do so in spite of—or perhaps because of—the fact that Job 41:34 proclaims that Leviathan is king of the proud: “He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.”

The Holy Bible tells us that Satan is father over the arrogant and the proud and that it is the meek that shall inherit the earth. Jesus looks for a humble heart. He abhors the prideful. But the Jews’ religion in vastly different, and they believe their pride shall gain for them their kingdom when that momentous Day of Purification arrives.

Destiny of the Children of Pride

As Jesus testified to the Jews, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:33) Thus, in my revealing new book, Feast of the Beast, I convincingly prophesy the future fate of the people whom God identifies as the “Children of Pride.” God says that they and their Serpent King shall suffer a horrible torment in hell. We read in Isaiah 27:1:

“In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.”

Why would they eat their god? Unless of course to get power like those who purposely invoke ‘others’ to have sex with but either way that’s not the actions of a devotee/worshipper, it’s that of someone who wants something like most people who when they worship something/one they usually ask for a blessing/prosperity/help and in more extreme cases there’s sex magick (which is also in religions).

Remember, when thinking about the leviathan one should think of the behemoth. In some circles the bethemoth was/is masculine and the leviathan feminine (even though you don’t oft find reference to the leviathan’s sex). What I don’t agree with is that the leviathan and the behemoth will fight to the death at the end of time nor that since they’re alike that only the leviathan is related to ‘Satan’ but then the bible does confuse ‘devil’ vs ‘satan’ (terms which have their roots in pre-Vedic ‘Hinduism’) and ‘lucifer’ types of ‘angels’ and other species. Apparently the behemoth was separated from the leviathan at the beginning of creation such as Ialdabaoth from Sophia (when he claimed to the be the creator) in Gnosticism who was later called Samuel who some think of as ‘Satan’ in the bible. Or the later (but based on earlier) four classical great novels of China where a character called the Monkey King or the Sun King (typical – a male ‘sun’ deity seen as the highest god) acts like he’s greater than Buddha and then has to travel to India for ‘Buddhist’ scrolls.* By separating the behemoth from the leviathan it’s easy to call one masculine and the other feminine and in the apocalypse both will come together to kill each other becoming ‘nothing’ or ‘one’ again so in a way two sexes coming together [again] to make a single sex, androgyny. That does tie into root cultures that claim in the beginning there were only females or feminine creatures and they were divided to make female and male and in current times people are looking to artificial intelligence and singularity. Many like to think we’re in the end times.

However both creatures are seen as monsters, like the division of land and sea i.e. the separation, shifting, rise and fall of the continents one is a sea creature and one a land animal, so why is one seen as related to ‘Satan’ and not the other and why given that both creatures are destructive (which is seen as bad in the bible unless ‘God’ is doing it) is the leviathan/female considered evil? Demonizing the feminine and typically making it serpentine and serpents/snakes as evil such as the snake in the Garden of Eden and the separation of the sexes their i.e. most commonly Eve being made from Adam’s side. There is confusion there with the snake representing knowledge and wisdom with evil, or older goddesses with the newer form of ‘the’ ‘devil’/’Satan’. (Sidenote – for those who think ‘Satan’ is reptile though it represented by both remember that snakes and reptilians are different races though there is crossover and snakes are not always seen as evil whereas reptilians generally are. Snakes are often associated with ancient goddesses and gods whether ‘good’ or ‘bad’.)

*Budda the person is based on an Indian noble who sought to extend the version of Hinduism at the time to the East and somehow he came the centralized fat male Buddha we see today even though it is actually female and based on on the Taras and Mahavidyas from pre-Vedic ‘Hinduism’ (an assortment of Indian subjects that later became modern/post-Vedic Hinduism). He and those who helped him did a great job on continuing masculine monotheism.

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Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange – Disappointing

The First English Translation of a Medieval Arab Fantasy Collection

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange

Published: Penguin Classics, Nov 2014
Hardback, 496 pages
Translated by Malcolm C. Lyons

This is a collection of 18 short stories found in an incomplete manuscript in Istanbul and presented in 1933, it is thought to be dated between the 14th-16th centuries but the authorship of the stories go back as early as the 10th century and the content is sometimes backdated further still or at least referring to earlier times. The title and apparently second half of the anthology are missing so the title of the translation was taken from the first title found within and as such is a book featuring many marvels from moving statues to treasure to a mermaid.

This is not a religious work but the author(s) assume that the reader is so there’s lots of mention of God, the Prophet, relatives of and general praising plus a introductory praise at the beginning of each story. That said, there is also Christian content because this is sufficiently old enough to include Christianity as it is and was, a close relative and part derivative of Islam rather than something different and so the integration of Muslims and Christians is normal and interestingly there is almost no conflict but mostly respect and even crossover. For example Gabriel and the sage Simeon appears and are not out of place to the Muslim cast, they are treated with deference but of course the people of the religions were not equal and as usual society was not anywhere equal either. There is less credit given to the older cultures Islam supplanted and incorporated/morphed into itself but the main areas of the world these stories are based are Western Asia and Northern Africa probably focused on Persia, Syria and Egypt. At times it does read like Islam had always been there and that is typical of world cultures in general especially empires (I have come across many that think of and refer to Ancient Egyptian things as Arabic.)

It’s sounding very religious but even parts of the world that are/were thought of mainly in terms of their main religion(s) still have extensive culture, everything from art to science. Yep science, science and technology have historically been very important even in religious dominated society and that’s because they weren’t seen as opposing or separate like they are today. Bear in mind that the bulk of orthodox scientific theory taught as truth in schools – even if not uniformly believed nor always used as basis for other theories by scientists – was put together, fought for, supported by Christian and Muslim administrators. Society from economy to education was governed by religious bodies so even with the continued Graeco-Roman and flourishing teachings in maths, science and philosophy – those with influence still had to take some form of religious study and/or occupation e.g. cannon law and so both the tools and theories were developed by Christian and Muslim clerics and university tenured/lecturers, many were acting ministers. Yes they weren’t always appreciated, there are always in-house battles especially at regime change times – and the Inquisition – but ultimately what we think of as the pillars or foundations of scientific thought were accepted and not barred by religion and ruling elite akin to the necessity and sometimes conditions of sponsorship and peer support.

My point is that I borrowed this from the local library without prejudice and misconception out of historical interest but I did make an assumption due to the look and sound of the book and now I’m disappointed. I chose this over Mayan, Tibetan and Christian fiction because I thought it’d be an enjoyable and lighter read to those ones that were decidedly crime thriller.

Note – this book is not family or child friendly.

Misogyny, Racism and Classism

Females are definitely objectified and thought of in terms of their sexual value. Rape, incest, blaming and ‘devaluing’ the victim are normal – previously valued females can be deemed worthless/not worth being ‘kept’ and given to their rapists. Even ones that their family were extremely possessive over keeping separate and unknown to society until someone deemed worthy came along and could pay the dowry of course (and in the subverted way of paying it to brides male family instead of them giving her money as a nest egg or backup.) Sometimes the victims are described as not minding being attacked if the male is handsome and others will accept ‘pity marriage’ as an honour. Multiple wives are normal of course and virginity highly prized but chastity and hiding are not expected of males and if one of your females is raped it’s acceptable revenge (I say ‘revenge’ and not ‘retribution’) to rape a female belonging to the enemy in return and that enemy doesn’t have to be an enemy afterwards especially if they become family. In many cases I was reminded of ‘Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded’ by Samuel Richardson (1740) and the section of the Kama Sutra that explains how to rape and marry at the same time.

Love is described aplenty but it’s more like lust and infatuation.

Light skin is better. That is not exclusive to the Muslim culture of that time and place; from the ‘English Rose’ to Japanese White makeup, Eastern Asia has plenty of darker and Brown skin natives but they’re not put on a pedestal and some places equate dark skin to dirtiness and poverty. In modern times if you went by Bollywood and Latin American films you may think dark females don’t exist and that a larger population than realistic has non-Brown eyes, male actors aren’t expected to be light or attractive by default but the heroes and popular ones do tend to fit that bill. With Western Asians I’ve come across many who are adverse to tanning not for health or cultural reasons but purely cosmetic. So basically most of the ‘good’ characters in the book are fair skinned, the females in particular likened to the moon without further symbolic context. Physical beauty also means that a female is either a prize or untrustworthy but is a mark of integrity in a male.

Servants and slavery are normal, typically female servants are just as attractive when youthful as their mistresses and the slaves are Black people (given the later conflicts between Islam, Judaism and Christianity having and trading Black slaves is a mutual point particularly in Muslim and Jewish history). As usual for servants and slaves their masters due not limit their ‘duties’ to domestic and guarding, they are owned entirely in body if not soul.

Many of the stories are devoted to the rich who are generally made even richer to the point of ‘disgustingly/filfthy rich’. They are extremely decadent and it seems more likely to have the ‘finer feelings’ than their poorer counterparts.

Moral of the Stories?

As aforementioned these are not religious stories/parables but they are not fables either that have moral points; some do focus on piety and humility (especially for the poor and the poor have to suffer more to get relief) so you could say “don’t emulate the indulgent rich folk… For it’d be harder for them than for a camel to get through the eye of a needle” but then the rich folk are often the heroes and their masses of wealth a reward… Even if given by demons. It’s not about good and evil either because characters described as heroic (remember nobility are often heroic by default) or criminal and any type of behaviour can lead to a ‘happy ending’ (which is more like relief than happiness for some). These are short tales, though of great variance in shortness, that just tell a story so they could be likened to partial-biographies if the characters were real.

Jinn

Jinn or in singular form jinni (later and more commonly but incorrectly thought of as ‘genie… In a bottle’) it wouldn’t be accurate to describe them as ghosts or ghouls, perhaps more like spirits bearing in mind that many cultures have spirits that manifest in 3D and hence shape shift. Jinn are a race of beings that live alongside humans and other animals and most noted for guiding or interfering with them – they were not thought of as good or bad as a race like the word ‘daemon’/demon is often used interchangeably with ‘spirit’. Races like or even the same as them are seen in many cultures from fallen angels, nephilim/demi-gods, monsters and aliens. Nowadays the word demon is often interchangeable with ‘devil/s’ as in plural of the Devil (who is also mentioned in this book) but lesser demons can serve that or not, some even serve and are most pious to the one(s) called God(s) – to me that (and other things) explains why despite all the praise and description of God or gods it/they are not omnipotent or omnipresent because its/their enemies can bring a damned tough and even direct fight with masses of suffering and people treat all around unethically.

It is not unusual or seen as undesirable for humans and jinn to interbreed and marry.

Inconsistencies

The authorship and dates of the stories are unknown, according to the introduction some or parts of some were found in later collections and as always with changing times and editing there are inconsistencies. For example in one story the hero’s nurse is described as being so close that she’s like a mother and then after she’s described as his mother. In another the protagonist meets a sorceress at the beginning and then near the end meets her again for the first time.

This is not uncharacteristic of literature or history in general, bear in mind that what I call ‘modern Hinduism’ shows deviation from original or earlier pre-vedic/diluvian based Hindusim and that modern Hinduism is a collection of scriptures that were translated by Muslim and British scribes, conflict of interest. Similarly early Buddhism is a streamlined version of Hinduism with different names and that makes sense given who started it, but modern Buddism is even more streamlined and has a centralised masculine Buddha (even though some claim genderless). There are many scriptures and literature in India are not transliterated or translated and so in the same line of thought I wonder what the difference is between the language of the manuscript and the English in this book, especially in the poetry which manages to rhyme in places. I’m not doubting or disputing the translator’s ability but there is always room for error or compound errors over time and version.

The titles

I’m not going to summarize any of the stories as the titles are already telling.

1. The Story of the King of the Two Rivers, Saihun and Jaihun, his son Kaukab and his experience with the Chamberlain Ghasb. An astonishing tale.

2. The Story of Talha, the Son of the Qadi of Fustat, and What Happened to Him with His Slave Girl Tuhfa and How She Was Taken Away from Him and What Hardships Befell Until There Was Relief After Grief.

3. The Story of the Six Men: The Hunchbacked, the One Eyed, the Blind, the Crippled, the Man Whose Lips Had Been Cut Off and the Seller of Glassware.

4. The Story of the Four Hidden Treasures and the Strange Things That Occurred.
The First Quest.
The Story of the Second Quest, with its Marvels and Terrors.
The Story of the Third Quest, for the Crown.
The Story of the Fourth Quest, for the Golden Tube.

5. The Story of the Forty Girls, and What Happened to Them with the Prince.

6. The Story of Julnar of the Sea and the Marvels of the Sea Encountered by Her.

7. The Story of ‘Arus al-‘Ara’is and Her Deceit, As Well As the Wonders of the Seas and Islands.

8. The Story of Budhur and ‘Umair Son of Jubair al-Shaibani with al-Khali’ the Damascan, with News and Poetry about Them.

9. The Story of Abu Disa, Nikcnamed the Bird, and the Marvels of His Strange and Comical Story.

10. The Story of Sul and Shumul with Reports and Poetry, and How Shumul Was Abducted, As Well As What Ordeals Her Cousin Sul Faced and How the Two Were Reunited. It Is a Marvellous Tale.

11. The Story of Abu Muhammed the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As The Marvels of the Seas and Islands.

12. The Story of Miqdad and Mayasa, Together with Poetry and Reports, and the Conversation of Miqdad and Mayasa at the Hand of ‘Ali Son of Abu Talib, the Exalted by God.

13. The Story of Sakhr and al-Khansa’ and of Miqdam and Haifa’. With Poetry and Prose.

14. The Story of Sa’id Son of Hatim al-Bahili and the Marvels He Encountered at Sea and with the Monk Simeon.

15. The Story of Muhammed the Foundling and Harun al-Rashid.

16. The Story of Ashraf anf Anjab and the Marvellous Things That Happened to Them.

17. The Story of the Talisman Mountain and Its Marvels.

18. The Story of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle. It Contains Strange and Marvellous Things.

Recommended?

For those with an interest in Islamic and Christian history though interestingly enough I’d say not for people into general fantasy and fairytales as these are not as engagingly written, atmospheric or epic feeling as those genres generally are – at times I felt even the poetry a chore. The narration seems detached to me and author(s) don’t really describe the other species as much as I’d like other than that they can do things humans wish they could but are actually very human like in behaviour.

I’d say to definitely read the introduction by Robert Irwin, one of the best reviews/intros to a book I’ve read in a long time and more educational to cultural aspects with lots of references.

There is a glossary at the back for Islamic words but a good English dictionary may also be needed and by that I mean 20+ years old (I’ve found most modern editions almost useless over the years as well as detrimental when playing Scrabble and they certainly wouldn’t help here.)