The Quest: History and Meaning in Religion

In The Quest Mircea Eliade stresses the cultural functionality learn of the background of religions can play in a secularized society. He writes for the clever common reader within the desire that what he calls a brand new humanism "will be engendered through a disagreement of contemporary Western guy with unknown or much less wide-spread worlds of meaning."

"Each of those essays comprises insights so as to be fruitful and tough for pro scholars of faith, yet whilst all of them continue the type of cultural relevance and readability of fashion which makes them available to a person heavily excited by guy and his spiritual possibilities."—Joseph M. Kitagawa, Religious Education

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Those formulation are interchangeable; they represent conjOintly the cosmic and social rhythms. IIB The hostile choirs confront one another as shadow and lightweight. the sector the place they meet represents the totality of area, simply because the workforce symbolizes the totality of human society and of the realities belonging to average realm. ninety four A collective hierogamy ended the joyful celebration. As we've spotted, such ritual orgies are renowned in lots of components of the area. as a result, too, the polarity, accredited as a primary rule of existence throughout the 12 months, is abolished, or transcended, throughout the union of contraries. ninety. ninety one. ninety two. ninety three. ninety four. Ibid. , Ibid. , Ibid. Ibid. , Ibid. , p. 131. p. a hundred thirty five. p. 141. p. 143. PROLEGOMENON to spiritual DU ALISM 173 we don't have to bear in mind the elaboration of such different types, which was once performed within the systematic paintings of the philosophers. We may well simply upload that the comparability of the inspiration of tao with the several primitive formulation of the "third time period" as an answer of polarities, constitutes a desirable subject matter for the historian of principles. expectantly, this paintings can be undertaken quickly. ultimate feedback To finish. i want to come back to some degree which I reflect on decisive in any comparative research, specifically the irreducibility of the religious production to a preexistent method of values. within the mythological and spiritual universe, each construction re-creates its personal constructions, simply as each nice poet reinvents his language. the different sorts of bipartition and polarity, duality and alternation, antithetical dyads and coincidentia oppositorum, are to be stumbled on all over the global and in any respect levels of tradition. however the historian of religions is finally drawn to checking out what a selected tradition, or workforce of cultures, has performed with this fast datum. A hermeneutics which pursues the comprehension of cultural creations hesitates earlier than the enticements of lowering all of the species of dyads and polarities to a unmarried primary kind reflecting convinced subconscious logical actions. For, at the one hand, the dichotomies enable themselves to be labeled in a number of different types, and, nevertheless, a few ordinary platforms are weak of being entrusted with an awesome variety of capabilities and values. there is not any query of proposing right here an entire and specified morphology of all of the species and kinds of spiritual dichotomies, dyads, and polarities. in truth, one of these enormous venture may move a ways past our topic. however the few records which we now have analyzed, and which were purposely selected because the such a lot consultant, suffice to demonstrate our argument. approximately, you possibly can distinguish: (1) the teams of cosmic polarities and (2) these polarities similar on to the human . definitely, there's a structural harmony among the cosmic dichotomies and polarities and people hooked up with man's particular mode of being. however, our initial contrast comes in handy, for it really is generally the polarities of the second one variety that experience opened the way in which, in yes cultures and sure old mo- 174 PROLEGOMENON to non secular DUALISM ments, to systematic philosophical speculations.

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