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Welcome to the portal for Xibalba Books, Bruce Rimell's unique publishing imprint and an outlet for his research essays on Visionary Humanism, and occasional collections of poetry and art. Each book is beautifully presented, and designed with an artist's eye so as to delight the reader. From here you can purchase research titles such as On Vision and Being Human and Eleusis as well as poetry volumes like Minver Stories. Future publishing plans are for two books per year to be released: one research title and an art/poetry collection.

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Liminal Contact
A Cognitive and Anthropological Response to the 'Death' of Painting

340 Pages: B&W with 30 Illustrations
Release Date: October 2016
Price: £12.95 excluding P&P

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The artistic notion of the ‘death’ of painting has shaped the course of twentieth century art, but the model of the human mind upon which it rests has largely been discredited: the 'blank slate' underlying Modernism has been replaced with a content-rich evolved mind which radically transforms how we view cultural behaviours such as painting. This eclectic and creative thesis takes in a diverse series of case studies tracing the prehistory of painting in light of our innate cognitive propensities, from the beginnings of human culture in Southern Africa to abstract designs and hand-prints in the Palaeolithic caves, from Bushman rock art depicting swift-people to the reported experiences of painters living today, to uncover a perennial and foundational function for painting which cannot die: the ubiquitous sensation of an ‘otherworld’ beyond the surface of the canvas or rock face. This simultaneously new and ancestral approach to painting demands a rehabilitation of the medium as both a humanising self-expression and as beyond-the-self exploration, encouraging a direct approach to an image-based communion with our rich human nature.

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ON VISION AND BEING HUMAN
Exploring the Menstrual, Neurological and Symbolic Origins of Religious Experience

340 Pages: B&W with 30 Illustrations
Release Date: November 2015
Price: £16.95 excluding P&P

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A wide-ranging exploration into the nature of visionary experience, its evolutionary origins and the problems it presents to a modern world whose science is governed by quantum mechanics and Darwinism but whose society is riven with antagonism between faith and reason. Centred around the idea of symbolic cognition as a fundamental organising principle of human experience, a diverse series of musings upon reality, neurology and consciousness, as well as the evolutionary origins of ritual behaviour, uncovers a Darwinian origin for our expectations of hidden worlds as part of a wider and more holistic image of the human being in the twenty-first century as living in two different worlds, one of scientific evidence and one of imaginative colour. This beautifully-presented 340-page book features 30 beautiful monochrome visionary illustrations, as well as endnotes and detailed annotations.

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ELEUSIS
52 pages:
16 Full Colour & 10 B&W Illustrations
Release Date: August 2012, republished March 2015
Price: £19.95

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A visionary and artistic exploration through the greatest of the Mystery traditions of Antiquity, 'Eleusis' follows the winding path that leads from the kidnap of Persephone and Demeter's grief at her loss to the transformation of mankind through the Epiphany of an Ineffable Female Godhead. Drawing from several years of mythological, experiential and visionary research, and delightfully enfolded with 25 colour and monochrome art images (including several profound and moving visionary Eleusinian icons), Bruce attempts to move beyond the Eleusinian veil of secrecy to enter into the very Heart of the Mystery. A final illustrated essay also explores the meaning of the Eleusinian Mysteries for the modern day.

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Minver Stories

MINVER STORIES
114 Pages:
B&W with Illustrations
Release Date: August 2012
Price: £10.95 excluding P&P

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Playful, archaic and confusing, this illustrated collection of bizarre song-chant poems narrates in riddling language the story of Minver, a flashing-eyed sprite who became for the author the very embodiment of ecstasy. Emerging from the dance club culture of the late 90s, but set in an archetypal landscape, Minver Stories is a deeply idionsyncratic take on the MDMA experience. Delightfully designed with 20 illustrations and commentaries.

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Xibalba Songs

XIBALBA SONGS
74 Pages:
B&W with Illustrations
Release Date: February 2011
Price: £7.95 excluding P&P

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From cosmogonies and half-remembered memories to mythical mandalas from the ancient past, this collection of surreal and unsettling poetry charts the soul's journey from daylight into the dark recesses of Xibalba, the Realm of the Dead and the Archetypal, mirroring the demise of the mythical and archetypal from our own lives. Xibalba Songs asks simply - should we allow our mythological heritage pass quietly into the night...?

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Ink & Marker Visions

INK & MARKER VISIONS - Images Of Playful Archetypes 2004-2009
128 Pages:
50+ Full Colour Illustrations
Release Date: May 2010
Price: £32.95 excluding P&P

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In 1997, after suffering visionary migraines for many years, Bruce Rimell made the momentous decision to become an artist. This book charts what happened next. Following his artistic development from inspired outsider to professional artist, Bruce narrates his career from nascent shamanic images to the vibrant psychedelic works he now produces, focussing on the ink & marker medium which has become his staple method. Ink & Marker Visions is a journey both visual and textual into this unique artist's world, into the domain of the 'watcher behind the eyes', and is delightfully presented with over 90 full colour illustrations and accompanying texts which capture the essence of his work. Come and see, look within: what will you find?

 

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