Occultism, Witchcraft, and Cultural Fashions * Mircea Eliade (1978)

Towards the end of his life, Eliade (1907-1986) decided to slightly rewrite and bundle a few essays that were initially intended to grow into larger works but never did and texts with not the most common subjects. From the description I understood that this work would be more on contemporary subjects which would be very [...]

Essential Sacred Writings From Around the World * Mircea Eliade (1967)

Originally published as “From Primitives To Zen”, Eliade presented an anthology of sacred texts for his students.

The instigation for this anthology of religious texts came during my first years of teaching History of Religions at the University of Chicago. In discussing a specific problem, I expected my students to read at least some [...]

The Quest: history and meaning in religion * Mircea Eliade (1969/ 1984 midway reprint * isbn 0226203867)

I am a bit disappointed by this book by Eliade. The title would have better been “history and meaning in religionswissenschaft“. The field that Eliade operated in he prefered to give the German term religionswissenschaft. This term he usually gives the (not too good) translation “history of religion” or sometimes (somewhat better) “comperative religion”. The [...]

The Myth of the Eternal Return (isbn 0691017778) + Images and Symbols (isbn 069102068X * 1952) * Mircea Eliade * Mircea Eliade

I bought the Dutch translations of these books from the 1960′ies from one bookshop. The books appear to go together. Maybe I had too high hopes about these two books. I expected to get books with comparisons and explanations of symbols and symbology. In a way both books speak about these subjects, but not entirely [...]

Rites And Symbols Of Initiation * Mircea Eliade (1975)

birth and rebirth 1958

My 1975 copy doesn’t have an ISBN code, but since the book is still in print, I used the new cover and ISBN. This is another little book by Eliade, this time exploring the subject of initation. Eliade first speaks about puberty rites and later about “specialized initiations, which certain [...]

Dictionnaire Des Religions * Mircea Eliade & Ioan P. Couliano (isbn 0060621516)

The HarperCollins Concise Guide to World Religion: The A-to-Z Encyclopedia of All the Major Religious Traditions

I found a nicely priced second hand version of the Dutch translation of Dictionnaire Des Religions book (1990) which became Wereldreligies In Kaart Gebracht. I believe it is the first book of the Romenian scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) [...]

The Sacred And The Profane * Mircea Eliade (isbn 015679201X)

Another Eliade that I found second hand. This little book speaks about the religiosity of mankind. He compares known and less-known traditions and religious expressions, symbolism and mythology. Fairly interesting, especially on a few parts where he comes with new information (for me). Quite some stress on African religion, but also Germanic mythology and initiation [...]

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Three days to rise

When we spoke of the connection vat-heart, we also noticed how the content adjusted itself to the container: wine-blood. We here refer to the ancient Norse myth about the primal man Kvasir. This being came to be as peace treatise between the Gods of the skies, the Aesir, and the Gods of the earth, the [...]

Holy blood, sacred fluid

Further there are the many wordgames in which Saint Graal is being turned into Sang Réal, referring on the one hand to the real blood (réal – holy blood – the Divine fluidium) and the royal bloed, the new Divine body of the new legal king.

Koenraad Logghe in De Graal p. 618

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Evil is separateness from Go(o)d

But creation or radiation implies separation, and it is this ontological separation from the Source of all goodness that constitutes evil.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr in The Heart Of Islam

Only a new Revelation could fill the gap

One would think that the cycle of revelation would have been terminated in the Axial Age. But the decadence of the Greek and Roman religions around the Mediterranean Basin and the weakening of the northern European religions created a vacuum that only a new revelation could fill.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr in The Heart Of Islam

However degenerate the traditional form

The essential question to be asked is whether the traditional form one is thinking about does or does not, under present circumstances, actually provide the means for taking a man all the way in the spiritual life or not? In other words, are the formal limits such as to leave an open window looking towards [...]

The initiatic path is active

The initiatic path is active by definition and therefore an active attitude, in the face of difficulties that might even outlast a lifetime, is the proper prelude to entering that path—herein is to be seen the difference between hope, in the theological sense, and mere desire. The true seeker does not only wait for Grace [...]

Traditional attachment

For any human being, his “traditional attachment” can be regarded as a minimum condition defining him as human

Marco Pallis in Some Thoughts on Soliciting and Imparting Spiritual Counsel

Marco Pallis on extinct traditions

For a tradition to fulfill its purpose in any given case, it must be “viable” in relation to the circumstances of the person concerned, that is to say it must be sufficiently accessible in time and space, as well as assimilable in itself, to render participation “operative.” It would, for instance, be useless to try [...]

With the back to the Bride

Most of these people spend their lives in mosques and zawiyas sitting beside the Divine bride (the Truth, al-haqîqa), but alas they sit with her back to back!

Muhammad at-Tâdilî (quoted in The Essential Titus Burckhardt)

Upton on hurricane-names

Consequently, we no longer know what men and women are, When hurricanes were named after women only, this represented a knowledge that stretched back to the beginning of the human race, a knowledge the Hindus designate by the word Shakti: the feminine, self-manifesting power of the Transcendent God. (The Hebrew Shekhina, the glory of God [...]