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Before You Hardcover – December 30, 2009
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Before You is a thoroughly enjoyable book and while at first glance it may be about Slovak burial customs, it also contains wonderful and insightful chapters devoted to getting in touch with your faith. Before You is filled with gems of insight like "Sometimes life is a struggle, but we can influence, directly or indirectly, our life by faith. You have to trust your belief systems one hundred percent: no matter what our belief systems, we are all in the same boat, and we have the same opportunities in our lives." Hlobil then goes on to expound on New Age thought on accompanying meditation exercises. Then, Hlobil invites his readers to a walk through the history of Slavic culture by way of its burial grounds, from the Stone Age through the Iron Age. Through their burial customs we see not only the advancement of the tools, art, and technology available to the Slovak peoples throughout the respective epochs, but also their societal structures and superstitions.
As Hlobili says "reverence for the dead is seen all over the world, partly out of respect and partly from the fear that the dead will walk again." Indeed, the reason many Slavic people practiced cremation was because they feared that the dead could come back as a vampire! Archaeologists have dug up evidence of how the ancient Slavic people went about preventing this most disastrous scenario, including decapitating the deceased and, for good measure, placing the head close to the feet, weighting the body down, and if that weren't enough, driving a stake through the heart.Read more ›