New PDF release: A History of Ideas About the Prolongation of Life

By Gerald Gruman MD PhD

ISBN-10: 0826118747

ISBN-13: 9780826118745

ISBN-10: 0826118755

ISBN-13: 9780826118752

Textual content examines attitudes towards durability and loss of life in Islamic and chinese language societies in addition to in Western civilizations. offers an knowing of the origins of drugs, own hygiene and public wellbeing and fitness, and the underlying mental and social matters surrounding getting older. Softcover.

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As is usual in abode-of-the-blest legends, the status of the Uttarakurus remains ambiguous, for in some respects they seem identified with certain rather ordinary tribes of the Himalayas, but, at the other extreme, they become supernatural beings whose land is absolutely inaccessible to mortal men. 29 A span of three hundred years is granted to the inhabitants of the "Land of Yima," which ancient Persian lore locates somewhere in the North, perhaps underground. Also in the North and probably underground is the Teutonic "Land of Living Men," but here there is no age or death at all, and the residents are a race of giants who welcome daring mor tais.

Went to Florida in search of the River Jordán . 41 Besides illustrating the legend of the fountain of youth, the story of Ponce de León itself represents something of a legend. "44 Although we cannot be certain to what degree, if any, Ponce de León's expedition was stimulated by the desire to find a fountain of youth, there is no reason to exclude such a motivation. Interest in the fountain of youth had reached an apex in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and the discovery of America gave a new Ímpetus to the tradition in the early years of the sixteenth century.

The bargain is sealed, and the Asvins take Cyavana to the Pool of Youth. Thereupon Cyavana quickly entered the water in his desire for beauty. The Asvins also then went into the stream. 48 This Hindú fable probably was transmitted to medieval Europe by either the Arabs or the Nestorian Christians of the Near East. Blending easily with this Hindú motif of rejuvenation was the ancient Hebrew legend of a River of Immortality which conferred eternal life, although not necessarily renewed youth. 44 At the same time, these Biblical words inspired a legend that there existed a real fountain flowing, out of the Terrestrial Paradise to come within the reach of mortal men.

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