By Wilford W. Spradlin, Patricia B. Porterfield (auth.)
Who are we? What are we? How will we healthy into the area? Or into the universe? those and different questions concerning ourselves and our environ ment are as compelling to us this day as they have been to our primitive ancestors. all through our heritage we've got constructed paradigms of suggestion that experience tried to respond to those questions, each one conceptual framework being par ticularly suitable to its age. we're, within the 20th century, witnessing an entire reorganization of our considering. we're now, through tech nology, in a position to collect either old and new styles of concept and to watch the emergence of a kaleidoscopic international view that's uniting the as soon as dissonant theories of philosophy, faith, and technology. This ebook sketches an historic photograph of 3 international perspectives that experience formed our rules approximately ourselves. those conceptual codecs that experience so encouraged us usually are not collectively unique and are found in we all simulta neously, even though to various levels based upon our person biases.
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Spirits and Gods • 27 Differentiation of Spirits into Polar Opposites The binary quality of language forced the anthropomorphic spirit creatures to be endowed with qualities that were polar opposites-good and bad, light and dark, loving and hating, friendly and hostile. Since each spirit was human with regard to its characteristics, it was rare to find one that was wholly good or wholly bad. The spirit selves were as unpredictable and quixotic as their human creators. " Seldom in myth is anything seen as wholly evil, for myth is very close to the unconscious, and the unconscious is ambivalent.
An ancient rule in divination by names was that the one in whose name the letters added up to the highest sum would be the happiest and most fortunate. [4:p. 429] Many religious rites centered around the use of names. Some early magicians specialized in psychomancy, or sciomancy, which is described as the art of calling up or raising the souls of the dead to predict events in the future. 40 . The Anthropomorphic World of Word! This form of magic is analogous to the seances regularly performed by many persons in the world today.
Later his bones were used to build mountains, so Ymir must have put some earth in the mix, as well as water and fire. [lO:p. 40] We can see from this passage that the elementals were also credited with the creation of the world or that they were used in some way to create 26 • The Anthropomorphic World of Words the mountains, the oceans, the plains, and the sands. Egyptian, Assyrian, and Greek legends describe elementals as the joint creators of the world . Another aspect of the story of the elementals is that in their attempt to enter our world, they created chaotic conditions because of their battles with each other.