'This volume comes when we need it most - just when the body is coming back into the core of spiritual and religious concern. Organ by organ, from the heel of Achilles to the circumcision of Christ...an essential handbook for today's thought'. In these archetypal images is seen: 'an essential human engagement with sacred symbols over thousands of years. The passionate devotion and commitment of psychic energy manifest in the rituals, beliefs, and artifacts of each tradition testify to the numinosum...that resides at the heart of our engagement with the sacred.' - p.ix.. Bones : p27-47.. Skin : p49-77.. Head and hair, p79-131.. The eye, p133-177.. Ear, p179-199.. Hand and arm, p201-237.. Respiratory and digestive systems, p239-283.. Heart and blood. 'The heart is a living symbol', archetypal commentary, p288, p285-305.. Sex organs, p307-351.. Foot and leg, p353-393.. Symbolism of Transformed Body : Transformed body, p395-423.. Man (Theology) : 'Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age' - quoted from William Blake, Marriage of Heaven and Hell, on page xvi of this volume.
Written by George R. Elder.. Preface by Charles H. Taylor.. Intro. by George R. Elder.. Ed. note by Annmari Ronnberg.
Primordial Body. Bones. Skin. Head and hair. Eye. Ear. Hand and arm. Respiratory and digestive systems. Heart and blood. Sex organs. Foot and leg. Transformed Body
The second volume of the ARAS Encyclopedia series focuses on the human body as a carrier of deep psychological insights and sacred meanings. This beautiful and readable work uses a wide range of sacred images to show the relation of the body to consciousness, spirit, and divine essence.