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|2||The day of the wake||25|
|3||The Sigla Group at the Teamhur Feis||35|
|4||The fall of the all-father||91|
|5||The funeral games at valleytemple||134|
|6||The return of solsking the first||179|
|7||The etiological myths||209|
|8||The recovery of the dark tongue||219|
|Coda : the meta-celtic canon||237|
Posted May 26, 2009
Finnegans Wake is not just another book, and Wake Rites is not just another book on Finnegans Wake; it is The Book. The Wake is a cultural performance of the shift of Western Civilization from the linear and causally reductionist mentality of Galilean Dynamics to Complex Dynamical Systems. Written in Paris where science and art in parallel processing brought forth the emergence of the world first noetic polity, and where Poincare almost single handedly created the new science of complexity, Finnegans Wake is at once the cultural retrieval of a Celtic Hyperborean prehistory, the consummation of Western Civilization, and the prophetic annunciation of a new planetary culture. To achieve this project of cultural transformation, James Joyce took on Roman Catholicism and replaced religion with prophetic art. When we come out of our current dark era of religious fundamentalism and violence, we will understand that Joyce, the wounded healer, shamanically rescued the wounded and saved the day for the declining West. Thanks to George Cinclair Gibson's brilliant work of scholarship and spiritual intuition on the festival of Tara--the Teamhur Feis--and its central relationship to the architecture of Finnegans Wake, we can see how James Joyce worked to undo the damage done by St. Patrick and gave us a spirituality in which a more open and cosmic life is affirmed. If you have only time for one book on Finnegans Wake, read this one, for it shows that Joyce's ultimate work is not a roman a clef for academics, but a poem on Ireland written in the run-on, riverrun lines of a comic epic. As a filidh, Joyce became the bard who prophesied our new Gaian--which is merely the Greek for Ana--planetary consciousness.
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