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Hardcover Book Details
  • 11/2021
  • 9781039113664
  • 198 pages
  • $38.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2021
  • 9781039113657
  • 198 pages
  • $23.99
Stephen Martin
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Retaliation of The Cursed

Adult; History & Military; (Market)

Retaliation of the Cursed brings together history, archaeological finds, ancient religions and mythologies from all over the world to argue for their shared origins. It reveals the influence that rulers and priests had in altering religions throughout history to justify their own positions.
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Martin’s ambitious survey extrapolates the possibility of an “original universal belief system” from the complexly intertwined foundations of major religions and mythologies. Digging deep into common personages and events across cultures and belief systems—serpents, a great flood, the fascinating overlap between Zoroaster and the biblical Daniel, or between the trinity of Christianity and of Shiva, Vishnu, and Brāhma—makes an original and intriguing case, with an emphasis on the possibility that the divisions between religions come from rulers and priests who “acquire a monopoly over religion and claim to hold exclusive access to God.” Despite such interventions, though, Martin posits that aspects of that original universal belief system linger in different faiths today–while other elements have been tossed out or misinterpreted.

From Mesopotamia to Abraham to the “Great Spirit” of Native American lore, from Pagan beliefs to Jainism and shared doctrines of reincarnation and rebirth, Retaliation of the Cursed finds common ground across time and cultures, linking the gods of Mount Olympus to Hindu deities on mountaintops and examining the role of the zodiac and constellations in belief throughout history. Presenting this history in clear, approachable chapters, Martin finds believers in revolt (Siddhārtha Gautama, Mahavira, Confucius, Lao-Tse ) against the “corruption and greed” that distanced believers from “knowledge of true worship.”

Martin’s approach finds him vaulting across centuries and cultures, drawing on religious texts, literature, archeology, and other disciplines, picking apart beliefs present and past. At times the text is speculative, but invitingly so—his excitement at the material and the possibilities is infectious, even as he decries the “corruption” of that original universal faith. His surges of thought can at times can be a challenge to keep up with, and he occasionally leaps too quickly from one idea to the next. Still, his conclusion, in which he calls for a classic leap of faith, follows naturally from the investigation that precedes it.

Takeaway: An impassioned treatise arguing that an ancient universal belief system ties together disparate religious beliefs.

Great for fans of: Huston Smith’s Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World's Religions, E.J. Michael Witzel’s The Origins of the World’s Mythologies.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: A-
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 11/2021
  • 9781039113664
  • 198 pages
  • $38.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2021
  • 9781039113657
  • 198 pages
  • $23.99

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