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From Primitive Mentality to haecceity: the Unique Case in astrology and divination by Geoffrey Cornelius

From Primitive Mentality to haecceity: the Unique Case in astrology and divination by Geoffrey Cornelius

The question before us is the nature of divinatory intelligence,1 which is the mode of thought whereby meaningful interpretations are sustained in divination. This paper supports the view of some anthropologists that divination involves a distinctive mode of consciousness, mental pattern or cognitive faculty.

Chicane: Double-thinking and Divination amongst the Witch-doctors – Geoffrey Cornelius

Chicane: Double-thinking and Divination amongst the Witch-doctors – Geoffrey Cornelius

Most practices of the people we name as shamans, witch-doctors and medicine-men present our modern rational understanding with an impasse. The logic of much that is done defeats us, it is absurd and often disgusting. Treatments are offered that can have no empirical value, yet the simple primitives seem to believe in them.

Docere, Delectare, Movere, Soul-Learning, Reflexivity and the Third Classroom by Angela Voss

Docere, Delectare, Movere, Soul-Learning, Reflexivity and the Third Classroom by Angela Voss

‘It is as if we can study everything about religion, except what makes it fiercely religious’ observes Rice University religious studies professor Jeffrey Kripal. Well, what does make religion fiercely religious? Should this highly-charged, sensual, devotional, or emotive impulse indeed find a place in academic studies?

Eros by Angela Voss

Eros by Angela Voss

How do we interpret the word ‘erotic’ in our contemporary society? It usually conveys a sexual allure, a physical attraction, a suggestion of passion and exoticisim. But do we connect it with spirituality, or a sense of divinity? Not usually. In our secular world the sacred is not accessible through sex. We have separated human sexuality from religious experience, yet surely everyone can testify to the tremendous emotional power of the “longing for the beloved” and probably most have sensed what feels like an
immeasurable distance between the ideal of love, the perfect beauty, and the person sitting next to them at breakfast.

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