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Rites and Symbols of Initiation

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Organizing data from cultures the world over, Eliade lays out the basic patterns of initiation: group puberty rites, entrance into secret cults, shamanic instruction, individual visions, and heroic rites of passage. The vast information, assembled so beautifully, transcends usual scholarship. Eliade always affirms the greater experience in all initiations - the ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by Spring Publications (first published 1959)
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Philippe Malzieu
Eliade is a key to understand religion and spirituality. In this book, he describes the rite of passage in different country, in no occidental people. It's surprising to discover that the rites of passage to adult are at the same dimension in Africa or Oceania. And it's also the same in secret society where initiation begin by a symbolic death, for exemple in Free Mason.
It appears to be so important that we can be anxious that this phenomena desappeared in our countries.
Nick Mather
As one of the primary figures in comparative religion, Eliade's work is always foundational. He pulls together information from anthropological reports to piece together patterns that seem to be inherent in initiation rites the world over. The emphasis on this book is on small-scale socieites (he uses the term "primitive" which has since been dropped by anthropologists). Despite the possibly dated and problematic anthropological reports, Eliade does ask a good question: Do we lack any meaningful ...more
Oct 11, 2013 Ali rated it really liked it
A beautiful research on mysteries of birth and rebirth, folk heroes and magicians, tribal ritual ceremonies and so on ...
What ever written by Mircea Eliade about Myth, religion, ritual and traditional ceremonies, is highly knowledgeable and worth to read ...
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Interesting, but repetitive and cursory.
Author set out to show the similar themes in many world initiation rites. In the end, there was not that wide a spectrum of themes, so he proved his point, but the study listed same examples over and over.

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Romanian-born historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, professor at the University of Chicago, and one of the pre-eminent interpreters of world religion in this century. Eliade was an intensely prolific author of fiction and non-fiction alike, publishing over 1,300 pieces over 60 years. He earned international fame with LE MYTHE DE L'ÉTERNAL RETOUR (1949, The Myth of the Eternal ...more
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