Beasts, Men and Gods

Ferdinand OSSENDOWSKI (1876 - 1945)

“Beasts, Men and Gods” is an account of an epic journey, filled with perils and narrow escapes, in the mold of “The Lord of the Rings.”

The difference is: it’s all true.

Ferdinand Ossendowski was a Pole who found himself in Siberia and on the losing side during the Bolshevik Revolution. To escape being rounded up and shot, he set out with a friend to reach the Pacific, there to take ship back to Europe. During his journey he fell in with dozens of other military men who shared the same objective… but nearly every one of them perished on the way.

It’s up to you to decide whether Ossendowski was threatened most by the beasts, by the men, or by the gods, or indeed, by the severe and uncompromising landscapes of Siberia, Mongolia, and China. That he survived at all seems improbable. The mystical mysteries and magics of Buddhism, “The Yellow Faith”, were woven about and through his sojourn and had no little part in his survival. Time after time he was put in the delicate position of being the bargainer between warring groups, and ultimately, only incredible luck and his friendship with the Hutuktu of Narabanchi Monastery saw him through.

When published in the United States, this book caused a sensation and became a best-seller. (Summary by Mark F. Smith)

Genre(s): Travel & Geography, Memoirs, Modern (20th C)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - GLOSSARY Mark F. Smith
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Play 01 01 - Into the Woods Mark F. Smith
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Play 02 02 - The Secret of My Fellow Traveler Mark F. Smith
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Play 03 03 - The Struggle For Life Mark F. Smith
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Play 04 04 - A Fisherman 05 - A Dangerous Neighbor Mark F. Smith
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Play 05 06 - A River in Travail Mark F. Smith
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Play 06 07 - Through Soviet Siberia 08 - Three Days on the Edge of a Precipice Mark F. Smith
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Play 07 09 - To the Sayans and Safety Mark F. Smith
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Play 08 10 - The Battle on the Seybi Mark F. Smith
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Play 09 11 - The Barrier of Red Partisans Mark F. Smith
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Play 10 12 - In the Country of Eternal Peace Mark F. Smith
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Play 11 13 - Mysteries, Miracles and a New Fight Mark F. Smith
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Play 12 14 - The River of the Devil Mark F. Smith
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Play 13 15 - The March of Ghosts Mark F. Smith
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Play 14 16 - In Mysterious Tibet Mark F. Smith
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Play 15 17 - PART II, Mysterious Mongolia Mark F. Smith
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Play 16 18 - The Mysterious Lama Avenger Mark F. Smith
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Play 17 19 - Wild Chahars 20 - The Demon of Jagisstai Mark F. Smith
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Play 18 21 - The Nest of Death 22 - Among the Murderers Mark F. Smith
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Play 19 23 - On a Volcano Mark F. Smith
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Play 20 24 - A Bloody Chastisement Mark F. Smith
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Play 21 25 - Harrassing Days Mark F. Smith
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Play 22 26 - The Band of White Hunghutzes 27 - Mystery in a Small Temple Mark F. Smith
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Play 23 28 - The Breath of Death Mark F. Smith
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Play 24 29 - PART III, On the Road of Great Conquerors Mark F. Smith
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Play 25 30 - Arrested! 31 - Traveling by "Urga" Mark F. Smith
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Play 26 32 - An Old Fortune Teller 33 - Death From a White Man Will Stand Behind You Mark F. Smith
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Play 27 34 - The Horror of War 35 - In the City of Living Gods Mark F. Smith
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Play 28 36 - A Son of Crusaders and Privateers Mark F. Smith
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Play 29 37 - The Camp of Martyrs Mark F. Smith
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Play 30 38 - Before the Face of Buddha Mark F. Smith
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Play 31 39 - The Man With a "Head Like a Saddle" PART IV 40 - In the Blissful Garden of a Thousand Joys Mark F. Smith
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Play 32 41 - The Dust of Centuries 42 - The Book of Miracles Mark F. Smith
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Play 33 43 - The Birth of the Living Buddha 44 - A Page in the History of the Present Living Buddha 45 - The Vision of the Living Buddha Mark F. Smith
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Play 34 46 - The Subterranean Kingdom 47 - The King of the World Before the Face of God Mark F. Smith
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Play 35 48 - Reality of Religious Fantasy? 49 - The Prophecy of the King of the World in 1890 Mark F. Smith
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