Out of This World: Otherworldly Journeys from Gilgamesh to by Ioan P. Couliano

By Ioan P. Couliano

This booklet takes the reader on an exquisite trip via quite a lot of cultures and traditions to envision the phenomenon of ecstatic visionary experiences—from Sumerian Gilgamesh and the Taoist Immortals to the imaginitive fiction of Jorge Luis Borges. the writer presents a accomplished journey of otherworldly trips universal from immemorial occasions between shamans, magicians, and witches, and illustrates their reference to such sleek phenomena as altered states of awareness, out-of-body reports, and near-death studies.

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After that, "reality gave ground on more than one point. " Tlon takes over, and the earth becomes Tlon, In Borges' own view, this fictitious ideological conspiracy, which takes on the traits of an artificial totalitarian takeover, has to do with the negative fascination human beings have with any system which gives the appearance of order, such as dialectical materialism, anti-Semitism, or Nazism. We could also read this story in a different way. It is true that a new world view has in fact surreptitiously taken over, a world view propounded by relativity and quantum physicists, mathematicians, biologists, and even historians.

Physicists today end the count with ten or eleven dimensions, enough to explain the forces operating in our universe; yet, mathematically, dimensions can come in any number. Hinton firmly believed that the fourth dimension was the conclusive explanation of mysticism, and he therefore believed mystical doctrines to be true, and mystical states and achievements to be real. For unknown reasons, he also believed in a separable (from the body) soul that can experience the fourth dimension, and also in the radical goodness of 4-0 beings.

The soul itself can turn into a bird upon death. If it is free from sin, a god leads it to heaven, where it is deified, which essentially means that it will never have to work again. 11 To understand how complex the problem of the soul is among the Oceanian people, it is enough to read the accurate survey given by Hans Fischer. " And, although there is no comparable survey for Africa or South America (despite enlightening remarks contained in L. E. Sullivan's lcatichu's Drum: An Onetitation to MeaninB in South American ReliBions 17 ) , the categories established by the Swedish school (Paulson, Hultkrantz) are sufficient to furnish us with a theoretical framework for the understanding of shamanism.

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