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Read online Occultism, Witchcraft & Cultural Fashions: Essays in Comparative Religion.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Occultism, Witchcraft & Cultural Fashions: Essays in Comparative Religion In the period domoninated by the triumphs of scientific rationalism how do we account for the extraordinary success of such occult movements as astrology or the revival of witchcraft From his perspective as a historian of religions the eminent scholar Mircea Eliade shows that such popular trends develop from archaic roots and periodically resurface in certain myths symbols and rituals In six lucid essays collected for this volume Eliade reveals the profound religious significance that lies at the heart of many contemporary cultural vogues .

Since all of the essays except the last were originally delivered as lectures their introductory character and lively oral style make them particularly accessible to the intelligent nonspecialist Rather than a popularization i Occultism Witchcraft and Cultural Fashions i is the fulfillment of Eliade s conviction that the history of religions should be read by the widest possible audience by Mircea Eliade

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Occultism, Witchcraft & Cultural Fashions: Essays in Comparative Religion
Title:Occultism, Witchcraft & Cultural Fashions: Essays in Comparative Religion
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Number of Pages:158
Category:Non fiction, Religion, Philosophy, Mythology, Occult, History, Romanian literature
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In the classic text i The Sacred and the Profane i famed historian of religion Mircea Eliade observes that even moderns who proclaim themselves residents of a completely profane world are still unconsciously nourished by the memory of the sacred Eliade traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times in terms of space time nature and the cosmos In doing so he shows how the total human experience of the religious man compares with that of the nonreligious br This book of great originality and scholarship serves as an excellent introduction to the history of religion but its perspective also emcompasses philosophical anthropology phenomenology and psychology It will appeal to anyone seeking to discover the potential dimensions of human existence, This founding work of the history of religions first published in English in secured the North American reputation of the Romanian emigre scholar Mircea Eliade Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures amp drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages Eliade s The Myth of the Eternal Return makes both intelligible amp compelling the religious expressions amp activities of a wide variety of archaic amp primitive religious cultures While acknowledging that a return to the archaic is no longer possible Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding this view in order to enrich our contemporary imagination of what it is to be human, First published in Shamanism soon became the standard work in the study of this mysterious amp fascinating phenomenon Writing as the founder of the modern study of the history of religion Romanian emigre scholar Mircea Eliade surveys the practice of Shamanism over two amp a half millennia of human history moving from the Shamanic traditions of Siberia amp Central Asia where Shamanism was first observed to North amp South America Indonesia Tibet China amp beyond In this authoritative survey Eliade illuminates the magico religious life of societies that give primacy of place to the figure of the Shaman at once magician amp medicine man healer amp miracle doer priest mystic amp poet Synthesizing the approaches of psychology sociology amp ethnology Shamanism will remain for years to come the reference book of choice for those intrigued by this practice, p Set in s Calcutta this is a i roman clef i of remarkable intimacy Originally published in Romanian in this semiautobiographical novel by the world renowned scholar Mircea Eliade details the passionate awakenings of Alain an ambitious young French engineer flush with colonial pride and prejudice and full of a European fascination with the mysterious subcontinent br br Offered the hospitality of a senior Indian colleague Alain grasps at the chance to discover the authentic India firsthand He soon finds himself enchanted by his host s daughter the lovely and inscrutable Maitreyi a precocious young poet and former student of Tagore What follows is a charming tentative flirtation that soon against all the proprieties and precepts of Indian society blossoms into a love affair both impossible and ultimately tragic This erotic passion plays itself out in Alain s thoughts long after its bitter conclusion In hindsight he sets down the story quoting from the diaries of his disordered days and trying to make sense of the sad affair br br A vibrantly poetic love story i Bengal Nights i is also a cruel account of the wreckage left in the wake of a young man s self discovery At once horrifying and deeply moving Eliade s story repeats the patterns of European engagement with India even as it exposes and condemns them Invaluable for the insight it offers into Eliade s life and thought it is a work of great intellectual and emotional power br br i Bengal Nights i is forceful and harshly poignant written with a great love of India informed by clear eyed understanding But do not open it if you prefer to remain unmoved by your reading matter It is enough to make stones weep i Literary Review i br br Mircea Eliade was the Sewell L Avery Distinguished Service Professor in the Divinity School and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago Many of his scholarly works as well as his two volume autobiography and four volume journal are published by the University of Chicago Press Translated into French in i Bengal Nights i was an immediate critical success The film i Les Nuits Bengali i appeared in p