Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth [NOOK Book]

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Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind analyses techniques of searching for ultimate wisdom in ancient Greece. The Greeks perceived mental experiences of exceptional intensity as resulting from divine intervention. They believed that to share in the immortals' knowledge, one had to liberate the soul from the burden of the mortal body by attaining an altered state of consciousness, that is, by merging with a superhuman being or through possession by a deity. These states were often attained by inspired mediums, ...
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Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth

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Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind analyses techniques of searching for ultimate wisdom in ancient Greece. The Greeks perceived mental experiences of exceptional intensity as resulting from divine intervention. They believed that to share in the immortals' knowledge, one had to liberate the soul from the burden of the mortal body by attaining an altered state of consciousness, that is, by merging with a superhuman being or through possession by a deity. These states were often attained by inspired mediums, 'impresarios of the gods' - prophets, poets, and sages - who descended into caves or underground chambers. Yulia Ustinova juxtaposes ancient testimonies with the results of modern neuropsychological research. This novel approach enables an examination of religious phenomena not only from the outside, but also from the inside: it penetrates the consciousness of people who were engaged in the vision quest, and demonstrates that the darkness of the caves provided conditions vital for their activities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191563423
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 637 KB

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Yulia Ustinova is Senior Lecturer, Department of General History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix

Introduction 1

1 Caves and the Greek Quest for the Divine Truth 1

2 Inspired Prophecy 8

3 Methodology 10

1 Cave Experiences and the Human Mind 13

1 Altered States of Consciousness 15

2 Caves as Mental Images 28

3 Human Consciousness in the Cave 32

4 Near-Death Experiences 41

5 Altered States of Consciousness, Shamanism, and Ancient Greece 47

Conclusions 51

2 Oracles and Caves 53

1 Caves of the Nymphs and Pan 55

2 Entrances to the Netherworld 68

3 Oracles of Underground Dwellers 89

4 Apollo Shining in the Dark 109

5 The Delphic Adyton: Theories and Facts 121

Conclusions 153

3 Seers and Poets 156

1 Sibyls 156

2 Blind Seers 168

4 Sages and Philosophers 177

1 Early Sages 178

2 Pythagoras 186

3 Parmenides and the Eleatics 191

4 Empedocles 209

Conclusions 215

5 Near-Death Experiences, Real and Make-Believe 218

1 Chasm in the Mind 218

2 Mysteries 226

Conclusions 255

Retrospect 256

Bibliography 263

Index 303

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