The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter"

Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays

Author: Helene P. Foley

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 140084908X

Category: History

Page: 320

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The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, composed in the late seventh or early sixth century B.C.E., is a key to understanding the psychological and religious world of ancient Greek women. The poem tells how Hades, lord of the underworld, abducted the goddess Persephone and how her grieving mother, Demeter, the goddess of grain, forced the gods to allow Persephone to return to her for part of each year. Helene Foley presents the Greek text and an annotated translation of this poem, together with selected essays that give the reader a rich understanding of the Hymn's structure and artistry, its role in the religious life of the ancient world, and its meaning for the modern world.


Author: Bruce Rimell


ISBN: 1326205307

Category: Religion

Page: 52

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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, 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.

On Vision and Being Human: Exploring the Menstrual, Neurological and Symbolic Origins of Religious Experience

Author: Bruce Rimell


ISBN: 1326337580

Category: Religion

Page: 342

View: 5579

Visionary and religious experiences are ubiquitous among human beings, but why do we experience them as coming from a hidden reality beyond the senses? Why should we believe in the existence of deities despite the mundane evidence of our own eyes? Why do we as intelligent primates ascribe any importance to these 'imaginary' realities at all? This creative and speculative thesis seeks to answer these questions in a new way, gazing into the content of visions themselves and exploring the various inner realities that gave rise to these transformative and meaningful aspects of our humanity. Focusing upon symbolic cognition as a fundamental organising principle of human experience, a diverse series of musings upon the nature of reality, consciousness, and our evolutionary origins seeks to transcend our modern artificial boundaries to arrive at a holistic, and delightfully playful, human image for the twenty-first century. An original visionary thesis illustrated with 30 beautiful drawings.

Selected Writings

Author: Paracelsus

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691018768

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 289

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Gathers the writings of the famous medieval alchemist on homeopathy, astrology, dreams, and ethics

Ariadne's Clue

A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind

Author: Anthony Stevens

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691086613

Category: Psychology

Page: 464

View: 9517

Symbolism is the most powerful and ancient means of communication available to humankind. For centuries people have expressed their preoccupations and concerns through symbolism in the form of myths, stories, religions, and dreams. The meaning of symbols has long been debated among philosophers, antiquarians, theologians, and, more recently, anthropologists and psychologists. In Ariadne's Clue, distinguished analyst and psychiatrist Anthony Stevens explores the nature of symbols and explains how and why we create the symbols we do. The book is divided into two parts: an interpretive section that concerns symbols in general and a "dictionary" that lists hundreds of symbols and explains their origins, their resemblances to other symbols, and the belief systems behind them. In the first section, Stevens takes the ideas of C. G. Jung a stage further, asserting not only that we possess an innate symbol-forming propensity that exists as a creative and integral part of our psychic make-up, but also that the human mind evolved this capacity as a result of selection pressures encountered by our species in the course of its evolutionary history. Stevens argues that symbol formation has an adaptive function: it promotes our grasp on reality and in dreams often corrects deficient modes of psychological functioning. In the second section, Stevens examines symbols under four headings: "The Physical Environment," "Culture and Psyche," "People, Animals, and Plants," and "The Body." Many of the symbols are illustrated in the book's rich variety of woodcuts. From the ancient symbol of the serpent to the archetypal masculine and feminine, from the earth to the stars, from the primordial landscape of the savannah to the mysterious depths of the sea, Stevens traces a host of common symbols back through time to reveal their psychodynamic functioning and looks at their deep-rooted effects on the lives of modern men, women, and children.


Urbild des unzerstörbaren Lebens

Author: Karl Kerényi

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 9783608916867

Category: Dionysus (Greek deity)

Page: 366

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Das göttliche Kind

eine Einführung in das Wesen der Mythologie

Author: Carl G. Jung,Karl Kerényi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783843602600


Page: 248

View: 5956


Homo Necans

Interpretationen altgriechischer Opferriten und Mythen

Author: Walter Burkert

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110808471

Category: History

Page: 390

View: 786



Author: Joanne Harris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783548252445

Category: Chocolate

Page: 331

View: 3812

Ist Vianne Rocher eine Magierin? Sie verzaubert die Menschen mit ihren selbstgemachten Pralines und Schokoladenkreationen. In dem französischen Städtchen, in dem sie sich niederläßt, gewinnt sie rasch Zugang zu allen Herzen. Mit einer Ausnahme: Pater Reynaud erklärt ihr, besorgt um das Seelenheil seiner Gemeinde, den Krieg.

Traum und Mythus

Author: Karl Abraham

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3864034957


Page: 80

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Nachdruck des Originals 1909. Karl Abraham (1877-1925) war Neurologe und Psychiater. Er war ein Sch ler Sigmund Freuds und nahm an dessen so genannter Mittwochsvereinigung" in Wien teil, bevor er sich 1908 in Berlin als Nervenarzt niederlie .

Kunst und schöpferisches Unbewusstes

Author: Erich Neumann

Publisher: Daimon

ISBN: 9783856306991

Category: Art

Page: 174

View: 2757

Dieser Band vereint drei klassische Aufsätze Erich Neumanns über die Beziehung des Künstlers zur Gesellschaft. In der künstlerischen Arbeit finden nach Neumann die ursprünglich formlosen archetypischen Inhalte für den jeweiligen kollektiven Zeitgeist einen Ausdruck.

Die Strahlen der Herrscher

Theomorphes Herrscherbild und politische Symbolik im Hellenismus und in der römischen Kaiserzeit

Author: Marianne Bergmann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783805319164

Category: Emperor worship

Page: 337

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Die Euro-Kids

unterwegs in Sachen Euro

Author: Rolf Schönlau

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783879095810

Category: Children

Page: 42

View: 2011