The Body of Myth: Mythology, Shamanic Trance, and the Sacred Geography of the Body

The Body of Myth: Mythology, Shamanic Trance, and the Sacred Geography of the Body

by J. Nigro Sansonese


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892814091
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 06/01/1994
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

J. Nigro Sansonese teaches physics and mathematics and has practiced raja yoga for twenty years.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



Mythology Resurrected


1. The Sound of One Hand Clapping
2. Proprioception
3. Sublime Trance


Indo-European Myth
4. What is Myth
5. Greco-Roman Esoterism
6. Sisyphus and the Stone
7. Myth and Animals
8. Recapitulation
9. The Three Worlds
The First World
• The Second World
• The Third World
• Three-World Trance

10. The Number of the Beast
11. The Mantras of Myth
12. Sacred Geography
13. Sacred Architecture and Art
14. The Siege of Troy
15. The Crack in the Cosmic Egg
16. Dream, Death, Birth
17. The Mysteries of Eleusis
18. Jason and the Argonauts

Judeo-Christian Myth
19. Judeo-Christian Esoterism
20. The Myth of The Christ
21. Sin and Salvation

The Legacy of Myth
22. Myth: The Historical Foundation of Western Learning


Myth and Science
23. The Three ages of Man
24. On the Possibility of an A Priori Experience

25. Master Mechanic Isaac Newton
26. Clerk Maxwell Waves Goodbye
27. Heisenberg Isn't Sure
28. Darwin and the Temple of Solomon

Appendix A: Newton's Three Laws
Appendix B: Maxwell's Equations
Appendix C: Quantum Mechanics and Psychogeometry



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". . . a fresh and innovative view. What Sansonese has discovered and very nicely documented, is the symbolic presence of the human organism in those least 'physical' of all events, myth and dream. Even the very attentive and sophisticated reader will marvel at the detail and subtlety Sansonese has brought to his investigation."

"Much like a musical composition by Claude Debussy, this is an impressionistic book, full of mythological and physiological allusions that affect the reader with "Eureka"-type discoveries. The book's organization is unorthodox, yet it succeeds in convincing the reader that there is definitely a physical connection between the human body and mythologies. Sansonese, who has practiced raja yoga for years and here shows how yoga can be used as an effective means of attaining a deeper self-consciousness, reveals himself to be a natural successor to Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung. Readers in public and academic libraries who appreciate and delight in the juxtaposition of science and religion, East and West, will especially enjoy this esoteric volume."

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