Bibliography: R


Reader's Digest
Unsolved Mysteries of the Past
The Reader's Digest Association, 1991
144 pp., colour illustrations
ISBN 0-89577-359-7

Keywords:
natural sacred sites, megaliths, mounds, petroglyphs, houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, vernacular architecture, archaeoastronomical observatories, astro-calendrical devices, labyrinths, symbolic landscaping, ley lines, feng shui, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, number symbolism, magic squares, astrology, occultism, UFOs, Atlantis, prehistoric, ancient, medieval, renaissance, modern, Asia, Crete, Egypt, Europe, Greece, Meso-America, Middle East, North America, Rome, South America

Comment:
A picture book; mixes fact and fiction; good illustrations, though. CY


Reader's Digest
The World's Last Mysteries
originally published in French as
Les Derniers Mysteres du Monde
The Reader's Digest Association, 1976
320 pp., colour illustrations
ISBN 0-89577-044-X

Keywords:
natural sacred sites, megaliths, mounds, petroglyphs, houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, vernacular architecture, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, Atlantis, prehistoric, ancient, medieval, Africa, Asia, Egypt, Europe, Meso-America, Pacific Islands, South America

Comment:
A pictorial survey of "lost" civilizations, with an emphasis on archaeological mysteries. Includes an entire chapter on Atlantis. CY


Reiche, M.
Mystery on the Desert: a Study of the Ancient Figures and Strange Delineated Surfaces Seen From the Air Near Nazca, Peru
[-], 1949

Keywords:
symbolic landscaping, religion, myth, cosmology, prehistoric, ancient, South America


Ritchie, Anna
Scotland B.C.
Crown Copyright [British Government], 1988
80 pp., colour illustrations
ISBN 0-11-493427-4

Keywords:
megaliths, mounds, petroglyphs, houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, archaeoastronomical observatories, labyrinths, symbolic landscaping, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, sacred site tourism, prehistoric, Europe

Comment:
Has good photograph of carving on Ballygowan rock at Argyll which is a simple labyrinth among many cup and ring marks. TL

Comment:
A concise, extremely well designed, beautifully illustrated, full colour guidebook to the megaliths, cairns, and petroglyphs of Scotland; essential for tourists. Demonstrates a regional megalith style in which recumbent stones flanked by pairs of uprights mark northerly and southerly solar or lunar rising extremes. CY


Rocco, Sha [pseudonym for Abisha S. Hudson?]
The Masculine Cross and Ancient Sex Worship
Asa K.Butts, 1874.
viii+65 pp.
Reprinted circa 1890 as part of the "Nature Worship and Mystical Series" by "Anonymous" (q.v.)
Reprinted by Commonwealth Co., 1904 (iv+65 pp. pp.)
Reprinted by Sun Publishing, 199- (65 pp., 20 b&w illustrations)

Comment:
I have not seen any of these editions, but an excerpt i read reveals that it is about phallic symbolism in various cultures, including "The Phallus in California," an early look at phallic charmstones of the California Indians. For companion volumes of the same era see Clifford Howard and Hargrave Jennings -- and see also under the letter "A" the anonymous nine-volume "Nature Worship and Mystical Series" on Phallism, Phallicism, Nature Worship, Serpent Worship, Temple Architecture, and Sex Worship privately printed in London from 1889-1891 and which bibliographers have attributed to Jennings and/or Rocco/Hudson. CY


Rocco, Sha [pseudonym for Abisha S. Hudson?]
Sex Mythology: Including An Account Of The Masculine Cross And Ancient Sex Worship
Privately printed, 1898, London; "Limited Edition Of 200 Copies"
64 pp.
Reprinted circa 1965, "Paris" [probably not Paris]

Comment:
I have not seen this book, but i very strongly suspect that it is merely a retitled reprint of the entry above. See also the entry above and the entry for the anonymous "Nature Worship and Mystical Series" books under the letter "A." CY


Ross, Anne and Cyprien, Michael
A Traveller's Guide to Celtic Britain
Routledge and Kegan Paul/Historical Times, 1985
128 pp., b&w photos
ISBN 0-918678-06-4

Keywords:
megaliths, mounds, petroglyphs, houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, vernacular architecture, archaeoastronomical observatories, labyrinths, symbolic landscaping, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, sacred site tourism, prehistoric, ancient, medieval, Europe

Comment:
Concise text by Ross, crisp b&w photograpghs by Cyprien, and complete topographic map co-ordinates combine to make this an excellent gazeteer and tour guide to 124 sacred wells, churches, megaliths, petroglyphs, and castles in Briatin. CY


Rossbach, Sarah
Feng-Shui: The Chinese Art of Placement
Penguin Books, 1983; Arkana Books 19--
ISBN 0-14-019353-7

Keywords:
feng shui, Asia

Comment:
Explains Asian geomancy from a Western mindset. LC


Rossbach, Sarah
Interior Design with Feng Shui
E. P. Dutton, 1987
ISBN 0-525-48299-7, also given as ISBN 0-14-019352-9

Keywords:
feng shui, Asia

Comment:
A practical guide but lacks theories to support the settings. ALTF


Rossbach, Sarah and Yun, Lin
Living Color
ISBN 1-56836-014-2

Keywords:
feng-shui, Asia


Rossman, Douglas A.
Where Legends Live: A Pictorial Guide to Cherokee Mythic Places
Cherokee Publications, 1988
ISBN 0-935741-10-0

Keywords:
natural sacred sites, mounds, houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, sacred site tourism, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, prehistoric, ancient, modern, North America


Rowland, Benjamin
Art and Architecture of India: Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain
[-], 1953; revised and updated several times, including:
Pelican Books (Pelican History of Art Series), 1977
LC 73-125676 (for Pelican edition)

Keywords:
houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, sacred site tourism, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, ancient, medieval, modern, Asia

Comment:
Benjamin Rowland, who died in 1972, was a professor of fine art at Harvard. He writes extensively here about the vushtu-purana-mandala or Hindu temple plan. For instance: "The plan [of a Hindu temple] is prescribed by the most elaborate geomantic rites designed to ensure the security of the shrine on the earth upon which it is built and to make it in every way a proper microcosm which the plan and shape are intended to reproduce. The plan is laid out in a square, the perfect magic diagram repeating the imagined shape of the world. The square or mandala is divided into a number of smaller squares dedicated to the gods concentrated around the central Brahma figure and with specific reference to the influence and positions of the earth and the heavenly bodies in the eight directions of space." And so forth. There is also great bit on the numerological symbolism of the Borobudor temple in Indonesia, and the book contains an excellent bibliography of choice source material. BC


Rudgley, Richard
The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age
The Free Press, 1999

Keywords:
natural sacred sites, megaliths, petroglyphs, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, archaeoastronomical observatories, religion, myth, religious iconography, prehistoric, Europe

Comment:
The author studied Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford and received a British Museum Award for a previous book he wrote on the use of psychoactive substances. The tone is excellent: passionate about the high achievements of Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures and rigorous enough to present a wide array of evidence for his insights. His chapter on the development of number symbols/writing out of the use of token objects for record keeping and accounting was all new to me. Very fascinating stuff. There is a chapter called 'The Signs of Old Europe: Writing or Pre-writing' on the Transylvanian Vinca script. There are also chapters on Stone Age surgery, mining science, Ocher -- the blood of the earth, and Venus figurines. I recommend it for content and as an example of good science writing. DW


Ruggles, Clive
Megalithic Astronomy: A New Archaeological and Statistical Study of 300 Western Scottish Sites
British Archaeological Reports (BAR British Series 123), 1984

Keywords:
megaliths, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, archaeoastronomical observatories, ancient, Europe


Ruggles, Clive (ed.)
Records in Stone: Papers in Memory of Alexander Thom
Cambridge University Press, 1988

Keywords:
megaliths, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, archaeoastronomical observatories, ancient, Europe


Ruggles, Clive (ed.)
Archaeoastronomy in the 1990s
Group D publications, 1993

Keywords:
archaeoastronomical observatories


Ruggles, Clive & Saunders, N.J. (eds.) Astronomies and Cultures
University Press of Colorado, 1993

Keywords:
archaeoastronomical observatories

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