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Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski

Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski

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A journey into the inner earth
A journey into the inner earth

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10/17/2011

 
BEASTS, MEN AND GODSby Ferdinand OssendowskiEXPLANATORY NOTEWhen one of the leading publicists in America, Dr. Albert Shaw ofthe Review of Reviews, after reading the manuscript of Part I ofthis volume, characterized the author as "The Robinson Crusoe ofthe Twentieth Century," he touched the feature of the narrativewhich is at once most attractive and most dangerous; for thesuccession of trying and thrilling experiences recorded seems inplaces too highly colored to be real or, sometimes, even possiblein this day and generation. I desire, therefore, to assure thereader at the outset that Dr. Ossendowski is a man of long anddiverse experience as a scientist and writer with a training forcareful observation which should put the stamp of accuracy andreliability on his chronicle. Only the extraordinary events ofthese extraordinary times could have thrown one with so manytalents back into the surroundings of the "Cave Man" and thus givento us this unusual account of personal adventure, of great humanmysteries and of the political and religious motives which areenergizing the "Heart of Asia."My share in the work has been to induce Dr. Ossendowski to writehis story at this time and to assist him in rendering hisexperiences into English.LEWIS STANTON PALEN.CONTENTSPART I. DRAWING LOTS WITH DEATHCHAPTERI. INTO THE FORESTSII. THE SECRET OF MY FELLOW TRAVELERIII. THE STRUGGLE FOR LIFEIV. A FISHERMANV. A DANGEROUS NEIGHBORVI. A RIVER IN TRAVAILVII. THROUGH SOVIET SIBERIA
 
VIII. THREE DAYS ON THE EDGE OF A PRECIPICEIX. TO THE SAYANS AND SAFETYX. THE BATTLE OF THE SEYBIXI. THE BARRIER OF RED PARTISANSXII. IN THE COUNTRY OF ETERNAL PEACEXIII. MYSTERIES, MIRACLES AND A NEW FIGHTXIV. THE RIVER OF THE DEVILXV. THE MARCH OF GHOSTSXVI. IN MYSTERIOUS TIBETPART II. THE LAND OF DEMONSXVII. MYSTERIOUS MONGOLIAXVIII. THE MYSTERIOUS LAMA AVENGERXIX. WILD CHAHARSXX. THE DEMON OF JAGISSTAIXXI. THE NEST OF DEATHXXII. AMONG THE MURDERERSXXIII. ON A VOLCANOXXIV. A BLOODY CHASTISEMENTXXV. HARASSING DAYSXXVI. THE BAND OF WHITE HUNGHUTZESXXVII. MYSTERY IN A SMALL TEMPLEXXVIII. THE BREATH OF DEATHPART III. THE STRAINING HEART OF ASIAXXIX. ON THE ROAD OF GREAT CONQUERORSXXX. ARRESTED!XXXI. TRAVELING BY "URGA"
 
XXXII. AN OLD FORTUNE TELLERXXXIII. "DEATH FROM THE WHITE MAN WILL STAND BEHIND YOU"XXXIV. THE HORROR OF WAR!XXXV. IN THE CITY OF LIVING GODS, 30,000 BUDDHAS AND 60,000 MONKSXXXVI. A SON OF CRUSADERS AND PRIVATEERSXXXVII. THE CAMP OF MARTYRSXXXVIII. BEFORE THE FACE OF BUDDHAXXXIX. "THE MAN WITH A HEAD LIKE A SADDLE"PART IV. THE LIVING BUDDHAXL. IN THE BLISSFUL GARDEN OF A THOUSAND JOYSXLI. THE DUST OF CENTURIESXLII. THE BOOKS OF MIRACLESXLIII. THE BIRTH OF THE LIVING BUDDHAXLIV. A PAGE IN THE HISTORY OF THE PRESENT LIVING BUDDHAXLV. THE VISION OF THE LIVING BUDDHA OF MAY 17, 1921PART V. MYSTERY OF MYSTERIES--THE KING OF THE WORLDXLVI. THE SUBTERRANEAN KINGDOMXLVII. THE KING OF THE WORLD BEFORE THE FACE OF GODXLVIII. REALITY OR RELIGIOUS FANTASY?XLIX. THE PROPHECY OF THE KING OF THE WORLD IN 1890There are times, men and events about which History alone canrecord the final judgments; contemporaries and individual observersmust only write what they have seen and heard. The very truthdemands it.TITUS LIVIUS.

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