By Mircea Eliade
"No one has performed quite a bit as Mr. Eliade to notify literature scholars within the West approximately 'primitive' and Oriental religions... each person who cares in regards to the human event will locate new info and new angles of vision."—Martin E. Marty, manhattan occasions e-book evaluate
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28 In other words, he is able to penetrate even into the source of animal life, the bony element. That we here have an experience fundamental for a certain type of mystic is proved, among other things, by the fact that it is still cultivated in Tibetan Buddhism. 26. H. Kirchner, .. Ein archaologischer Beitrag zur Urgeschichte des Schamanismus," pp. , 279 ff. In this connection we may cite the fact that bone drumsticks have been found on the island of Oleny in the Barents Sea, in a site dated ca.
Then the shaman tries to lift the body, giving the impression that it is too heavy; he does not succeed until the ninth attempt. The body is laid with its head toward the East, and "the house is closed," that is, the excavation is filled up. Other ritual movements around the grave 11. It should be noted that other scholars hold that the number of authentic "documents" found in graves is much larger. 12. C. Reichel-Dolmatoff, "Notas sobre el simbolismo religioso de los Indios de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria," Razon y Fabula, Revista de la Universidad de los Andes, no.
To judge by the ethnographic parallels, this religious complex is able to coexist with belief in supernatural beings or Lords of Wild Beasts. There seems to be no reason why the idea of mythical ancestors should not form part of the religious system of the Paleolithics: it is bound up with the mythology of origins-origin of the world, of game, of man, of death-that is typical of hunting civilizations. In addition, it is a religious idea that is universally disseminated and mythologically fertile, for it has survived in all religions, even the most complex (with the exception of Hinayana Buddhism).
A History of Religious Ideas: From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries by Mircea Eliade