The Sacred Pipe: An Archetypal Theology / Edition 1

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At the funeral of Rex Long Visitor in 1965, Paul B. Steinmetz prayed with the Sacred Pipe as an image of Christ. This prayer was the beginning of a thirty-year journey of intellectual discovery for Steinmetz as he found the true meaning of the Sacred Pipe. The result: a book of deep religious faith and brilliant analytic acumen. One of the most important ritual objects used by many tribes throughout North America, the Pipe can best be understood in the context of Christian theology. Steinmetz presents an extensive ethnography about the Sacred Pipe and demonstrates how its many associations, in essence, are images of Christ. To explain fully this archetypal synthesis intuited at Rex Long Visitor's funeral, Steinmetz draws heavily on, and critically compares, the works of Mircea Eliade, Carl Jung, and Karl Rahner.
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Steinmetz, a Jesuit priest who worked among the Oglala Lakota, presents an extensive ethnography about the Sacred Pipe, one of the most important ritual objects used by many tribes throughout North America. He demonstrates how its many associations, in essence, are images of Christ, and he draws heavily on, and critically compares, the works of Mircea Eliade, Carl Jung, and Karl Rahner to explain this archetypal synthesis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815605447
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1 The Phenomenology of Mircea Eliade 7
2 The Depth Psychology of Carl Jung 28
3 The Theology of Karl Rahner 49
4 Intuitive Identifications 74
5 The Ethnology of the Sacred Pipe 100
6 The Sacred Pipe as an Image of Christ 167
Epilogue 184
App Scholarly Evaluation 189
Works Cited 199
Index 215
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