As much as the child fears the darkness, the deeply buried woman knows to
open herself to it. And it is from the embrace of the deeply buried woman and the
darkness that the divine child is born: it is only our intuition of the presence of
God in ...
Author: Laurie Brands Gagné
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess
Laurie Brands Gagné believes the image of God as stern Father or Judge has done much damage over the centuries and has engendered a sense of shame and guilt, especially in women. She sees our own civilization as one that is cut off from the natural world and from the precious part of ourselves that is earthy and sensual. In The Uses of Darkness: Women's Underworld Journeys, Ancient and Modern, Gagné explores women's journeys through the underworld to reclaim the wisdom and sensuality contained in these stories for heirs of the God the Father tradition. She looks at the ancient stories of Inanna, Demeter, and Psyche and the reflections of these archetypal figures in the work of women such as Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, Mary Gordon, Virginia Woolf, and Etty Hillesum to illustrate that the alternative tradition these journey stories represent has much to offer modern Christians. Gagné successfully demonstrates that only by turning to confront the mystery that has been obscured by the image of God as stern Father or Judge can a woman raised in the Christian tradition acquire a sense of self strong enough to integrate experiences of profound loss. Most importantly, by drawing on the wisdom of the goddess tradition, both men and women are able to effect a more meaningful reappropriation of Christianity. Gagné's examination of the dark experience of the underworld in the goddess tradition discovers the elements of all spiritual journeys: self-transcendence followed by self-transformation. Anyone who has struggled with love and loss and whose spirit has been suppressed by the image of God as Judge, yet who will not reject Christianity, will benefit from this work.
in chapter 7, followed by Mark Aldenderfer's synthetic chapter on the use and
meaning of caves in Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Concluding the section on Old
World ritual cave traditions, Paul Taçon and his colleagues Wayne Brennan,
Author: Holley Moyes
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Caves have been used in various ways across human society but despite the persistence within popular culture of the iconic caveman, deep caves were never used primarily as habitation sites for early humans. Rather, in both ancient and contemporary contexts, caves have served primarily as ritual spaces. In Sacred Darkness, contributors use archaeological evidence as well as ethnographic studies of modern ritual practices to envision the cave as place of spiritual and ideological power and a potent venue for ritual practice. Covering the ritual use of caves in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Mesoamerica, and the US Southwest and Eastern woodlands, this book brings together case studies by prominent scholars whose research spans from the Paleolithic period to the present day. These contributions demonstrate that cave sites are as fruitful as surface contexts in promoting the understanding of both ancient and modern religious beliefs and practices. This state-of-the-art survey of ritual cave use will be one of the most valuable resources for understanding the role of caves in studies of religion, sacred landscape, or cosmology and a must-read for any archaeologist interested in caves.
Heart of Darkness ” is an “ epiphany " story , in the sense used by James Joyce ,
who introduced the term into literary criticism . “ Epiphany ” is a rather surprising
word , the way Joyce uses it . The word comes from the language of salvation ; it
Author: Joseph Conrad
In Conrad's haunting tale, Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the enigmatic Kurtz. Travelling to the heart of the African continent, he discovers how Kurtz has gained his position of power and influence over the local people. Marlow's struggle to fathom his experience involves him in a radical questioning of not only his own nature and values but the nature and values of his society--From publisher's description.
writing in 1969 , twenty years later than Sartre , uses situations similar to Sartre's ,
the scene of the Nazi flag flying above the Hôtel Crillon and the impression it
made on an individual who had been shunted away from the mainstream of
Author: Frederick John Harris
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Looks at how French and German authors wrote about the World War II experience, and discusses their major themes and concerns
This book is about how the dark places in a person's life can be used to development and mature them.
Author: Samuel L. Black
This book is about how the dark places in a person's life can be used to development and mature them.
See Wallace , “ The Uses of Violence , " p . 14 ; Shapiro , White Violence and
Black Response , pp . 6 – 7 ; Gilles Vandal , “ The Origins of the New Orleans
Riot of 1866 , Revisited , ” Louisiana History 22 ( 1981 ) : 135 – 65 ; John Carver
Author: Bryan D. Palmer
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Peasants, religious heretics, witches, pirates, runaway slaves, prostitutes and pornographers, frequenters of taverns and fraternal society lodge rooms, revolutionaries, blues and jazz musicians, beats, and contemporary youth gangs--those who defied authority, choosing to live outside the defining cultural dominions of early insurgent and, later, dominant capitalism are what Bryan D. Palmer calls people of the night. These lives of opposition, or otherness, were seen by the powerful as deviant, rejecting authority, and consequently threatening to the established order. Constructing a rich historical tapestry of example and experience spanning eight centuries, Palmer details lives of exclusion and challenge, as the "night travels" of the transgressors clash repeatedly with the powerful conventions of their times. Nights of liberation and exhilarating desire--sexual and social--are at the heart of this study. But so too are the dangers of darkness, as marginality is coerced into corners of pressured confinement, or the night is used as a cover for brutalizing terror, as was the case in Nazi Germany or the lynching of African Americans. Making extensive use of the interdisciplinary literature of marginality found in scholarly work in history, sociology, cultural studies, literature, anthropology, and politics, Palmer takes an unflinching look at the rise and transformation of capitalism as it was lived by the dispossessed and those stamped with the mark of otherness.
According to Rosemary Ellen Guiely , “ The witch works within a magic circle and
uses four primary magical tools , which correspond to the elements : fire , earth ,
water , and air . -104 Each source , just quoted , was from pro - astrology ...
Author: Shawn Patrick Williams
Publisher: Advantage Inspirational
During this amazing journey we call life, God allows us the opportunity to meet people that are specially set apart by God. It was during a nine week outpouring of the Holy Spirit that began with one of my "Journey Through Rock" crusades that God allowed me to cross paths with an incredible young man. That young man's name is Shawn Patrick Williams. Little did I know that God would allow me to pour into an anointed young man's ministry all that the Holy Spirit had taught me throughout a quarter century of ministry. Our "Journey Through Rock" crusades have spanned the world, reaching over three million young people face to face. Hundreds of thousands were saved, healed, and delivered. Literally hundreds more today are themselves pastors, evangelists, music ministers, missionaries, and youth pastors. Shawn Patrick is one of those anointed ministers of the Gospel that I have had the privilege of personally mentoring over the last decade. Shawn Patrick is truly one of the most passionate anointed ministers of the Gospel that I know. He has an unquenchable hunger for God and a burning desire to reach a lost and dying generation with the uncompromising Gospel of Jesus Christ. Reverend Shawn Patrick is submitted to authority, committed to the call, and totally unashamed of the Gospel. He is in love with Jesus, his wife and co-laborer in the Gospel, Christy, as well as his two children! I sincerely believe that he is one of God's choice servants and a genuine end-time warrior for the Gospel of Christ. It is my honor and privilege to call Shawn Patrick Williams my brother, fellow minister, and spiritual son in the Lord. The mantel of ministry is now falling upon this new generation of prophets.Thank you Shawn for continuing my legacy of reaching this generation with the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Thank you for allowing the "Journey" that God birthed in me over a quarter of a century ago, to continue in even greater power. Thank you for leading an entirely new generation on a journey "Beyond the Darkness" and into the glorious Light of His eternal love!
... Edward R. Anti - Catholicism in Victorian England ( London , 1968 ) . Church
and Society in England , 1770-1970 : A Historical Study ( Oxford , 1978 ) . Oliver ,
W. H. Prophets and Millennialists : The Uses of Biblical Prophecy in England from
Author: Donald M. Lewis
A comprehensive and compelling study of the church and the complexities of nineteenth century London. Challenging our understanding of the culture in working London at this time, Lewis presents a well-structured and illuminated work that contributes substantially to the study of evangelicalism and mission in nineteenth century Britain.
The use of the term chele sonso ( white fool ) in the Teotepeque account ties
religious imagery to racial pride . In much the same way , the use of the disdainful
diminutive curita reflects a latent rage at any cultural or religious offense . And in
Author: Jeffrey L. Gould
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
An investigation of the January 1932 massacre of thousands of rural laborers in El Salvador and its long-term cultural and political consequences.