The 25 stones in this set are recreations of the Viking Runes, with perpendicular and oblique lines on each stone. Complete with 160-page, illustrated book, The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum. Includes drawstring pouch for holding rune stones.
Hardcover. 160 pages, 25 Runes in a Velvet Bag
Publisher: St. Martins Press, Published: November 2008
Size: 5.45 x 1.21 x 7.47 inches, Weight: 1.28 Lbs.
Ralph H. Blum
(1932 - 2016)
Ralph Blum (5/1932-) is a writer and cultural anthropologist who has been working with the Runes as a tool for self-counselling since 1977.
One of three children born to silent film star, Carmel Myers, during her second marriage to husband Ralph Henriques Blum, Sr. (1893-1950) Blum studied at Harvard University (1950-1957). During this time, he also spent a period of time in Italy as a Fulbright Scholar, returned to Harvard, where he did graduate work in anthropology with grants from the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and finally earning a BA in Russian Studies and Anthropology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
In 1982, the modern usage of the runes for answering life's questions was apparently originated by Ralph Blum in his divination book The Book of Runes: A Handbook for the Use of an Ancient Oracle, which was marketed with a small bag of round tiles with runes stamped on them. This book has remained in print since its first publication. The sources for Blum's divinatory interpretations, as he explained in The Book of Runes itself, drew heavily on then-current books describing the ancient I Ching divination system of China.
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