In The Uses of Darkness: Women's Underworld Journeys, Ancient and Modern, Gagné explores women's journeys through the underworld to reclaim the wisdom and sensuality contained in these stories for heirs of the God the Father tradition.
Author: Laurie Brands Gagné
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess
Category: Literary Criticism
Laurie Brands Gagné believes the image of God as stern Father or Judge has done much damage over the centuries and has engendered a sense of shame and guilt, especially in women. She sees our own civilization as one that is cut off from the natural world and from the precious part of ourselves that is earthy and sensual. In The Uses of Darkness: Women's Underworld Journeys, Ancient and Modern, Gagné explores women's journeys through the underworld to reclaim the wisdom and sensuality contained in these stories for heirs of the God the Father tradition. She looks at the ancient stories of Inanna, Demeter, and Psyche and the reflections of these archetypal figures in the work of women such as Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, Mary Gordon, Virginia Woolf, and Etty Hillesum to illustrate that the alternative tradition these journey stories represent has much to offer modern Christians. Gagné successfully demonstrates that only by turning to confront the mystery that has been obscured by the image of God as stern Father or Judge can a woman raised in the Christian tradition acquire a sense of self strong enough to integrate experiences of profound loss. Most importantly, by drawing on the wisdom of the goddess tradition, both men and women are able to effect a more meaningful reappropriation of Christianity. Gagné's examination of the dark experience of the underworld in the goddess tradition discovers the elements of all spiritual journeys: self-transcendence followed by self-transformation. Anyone who has struggled with love and loss and whose spirit has been suppressed by the image of God as Judge, yet who will not reject Christianity, will benefit from this work.
the prison of darkness in which he has been lying chained and blinded , sees a
dawn arising on the world , and feels the morning - breath of truth and liberty .
What we have said , in this general way , of human advancement , as connected
The universal air becomes filled with new ideas , and man looks out from the
prison of darkness in which he has been lying chained and blinded , sees a
dawn arising on the world , and feels the morning - breath of truth and liberty .
What we ...
in chapter 7, followed by Mark Aldenderfer's synthetic chapter on the use and
meaning of caves in Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Concluding the section on Old
World ritual cave traditions, Paul Taçon and his colleagues Wayne Brennan,
Author: Holley Moyes
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Category: Social Science
Caves have been used in various ways across human society but despite the persistence within popular culture of the iconic caveman, deep caves were never used primarily as habitation sites for early humans. Rather, in both ancient and contemporary contexts, caves have served primarily as ritual spaces. In Sacred Darkness, contributors use archaeological evidence as well as ethnographic studies of modern ritual practices to envision the cave as place of spiritual and ideological power and a potent venue for ritual practice. Covering the ritual use of caves in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Mesoamerica, and the US Southwest and Eastern woodlands, this book brings together case studies by prominent scholars whose research spans from the Paleolithic period to the present day. These contributions demonstrate that cave sites are as fruitful as surface contexts in promoting the understanding of both ancient and modern religious beliefs and practices. This state-of-the-art survey of ritual cave use will be one of the most valuable resources for understanding the role of caves in studies of religion, sacred landscape, or cosmology and a must-read for any archaeologist interested in caves.
John Gottman, a social psychologist and marital therapist, is a prime example of
someone who uses quantitative methods to study the dark aspects of family
communication. By assigning numerical codes to couples' conversations (e.g., ...
Author: Loreen N. Olson
Category: Social Science
This text provides for the first time in book form an exploration of the communicative aspects of the darker side of family life, ranging from, for example, severe acts of violence to more subtle forms of conflict. In addition to offering a working definition of the concept of the "dark side" in the family context, the authors propose the Darkness Model of Family Communication that integrates relevant literature in new and significant ways. Researchers, teachers and advanced students alike will benefit from the holistic and theoretical approach to the topic advanced through this volume. Readers are also encouraged to process the material by reviewing discussion questions and the case study of the Moore family at the end of each chapter. Chapter topics include: an overview of the "dark side" of family communication individual influences on the darkness of family communication the dark side of dyadic family life familial interaction structure and the dark side dark family communication in a context of darkness - socio-cultural influences on family life concluding reflections on the study of dark family communication The Dark Side of Family Communication offers an integrative understanding of the dark side of family communication and a theoretical mechanism for understanding related scholarship. It will be essential reading for all students and scholars of family communication.
... Philanthropy - Blundering Preachers — Great Blind Men — Value of
SightSummary of Blessings , Sweet are the uses ... Is fit for treasons , stratagems ,
and spoils ; The motions of his spirit are dull as night , And his affections dark as
Some burglars make their own outfit, but almost any blacksmith will furnish any
tool he is called upon to make, if its construction is within his capacity, without
asking any questions about the uses to which it is to be put, provided he gets his
Some burglars make their own outfit , but almost any blacksmith will furnish any
tool he is called upon to make , if its construction is within his capacity , without
asking any questions about the uses to which it is to be put , provided he gets his
... they sympathized in my gratitude , and taught me to apply all experience to the uses of wisdom ; when Envy and her dark train of misdirected thought sought to
distract my pathway , and tarnish a fame always most dear to woman , but doubly
Through their uses of the dark / light dichotomy , women writers both speak to the
gender politics of fairness and articulate their own relationship to the primarily
male arena of travel and adventure . Women writers provide ample evidence of ...
Author: Kim F. Hall
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The "Ethiope," the "tawny Tartar," the "woman blackamoore," and "knotty Africanisms"--allusions to blackness abound in Renaissance texts. Kim F. Hall's eagerly awaited book is the first to view these evocations of blackness in the contexts of sexual politics, imperialism, and slavery in early modern England. Her work reveals the vital link between England's expansion into realms of difference and otherness--through exploration and colonialism-and the highly charged ideas of race and gender which emerged. How, Hall asks, did new connections between race and gender figure in Renaissance ideas about the proper roles of men and women? What effect did real racial and cultural difference have on the literary portrayal of blackness? And how did the interrelationship of tropes of race and gender contribute to a modern conception of individual identity? Hall mines a wealth of sources for answers to these questions: travel literature from Sir John Mandeville's Travels to Leo Africanus's History and Description of Africa; lyric poetry and plays, from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest to Ben Jonson's Masque of Blackness; works by Emilia Lanyer, Philip Sidney, John Webster, and Lady Mary Wroth; and the visual and decorative arts. Concentrating on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Hall shows how race, sexuality, economics, and nationalism contributed to the formation of a modern ( white, male) identity in English culture. The volume includes a useful appendix of not readily accessible Renaissance poems on blackness.
The geographical space that the poem describes allows the ambiguity and
fluidity attached to darkness to operate upon those who come to inhabit it . Such
literally dark spaces abound in Byron ' s work . This chapter examines how Byron uses ...
Author: Geoff Payne
Publisher: Peter Lang
Category: Literary Criticism
What does it mean to say that poetry is dark? How does the presence of darkness give meaning to literary works? Such questions sit at the centre of this study of Lord Byron, a man who has been characterised as intrinsically dark by generations of scholars. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of Byron's darkness, producing new and innovative readings of his poetry by exploring how darkness (both literal and figurative) helps to structure his work's ideological topography and facilitates the exchange of ideas between its different ideological systems. Canvassing a variety of issues relevant to a number of different manifestations of darkness, the study explores such diverse topics as the relationship between sublime aesthetics and the gendering of desire, the connection between darkness and Byron's Scottish nationalism and the influence of blackness on his engagement with the Orient. With such a broad focus in mind, it also engages with texts that represent Byron's oeuvre in its broadest sense, engaging not only with canonical texts such as Manfred and Don Juan, but also selections from Byron's juvenilia, the Oriental Tales and his letters and journals, as well as surveying the critical reviews that helped to influence the colour of his work and its later reception.
There's too much baggage that comes along with a Tribe Prime coming in from
the dark. If a Tribe member is willing to renounce his culture and history, and
whole way of life, then the Clan scientists might let him use the drugs. After he's
Author: Susan Sizemore
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
When vampire hunter Eden Faveau mistakes Laurent, a renegade vampire of Tribe Manticore, for her new partner, he's not about to correct her. He's stolen a laptop full of sensitive files from the Tribe leader, Justinian, and needs help cracking the encryption. At first he wants sexy and intelligent Eden only for her computer wizardry -- but soon he wants her for much, much more. Working by night and growing closer every day, Laurent and Eden struggle with the passion that threatens to overwhelm them. But when Justinian captures Eden, and Laurent proves his loyalty to his Tribe in the most shocking of ways, Eden vows to kill Laurent for his deception. Can he find a way to prove his love for her before a full-on war breaks out between vampires and humans?
... The Uses of Enchantment, 145. Stanley Kubrick read this book and used it
extensively when working on A.I. See Harlan and Struthers, A.I. Artificial
Intelligence, 12–16. trying to instruct him to stay away from people. Both 198 DARKNESS IN ...
Author: James Kendrick
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category: Performing Arts
While there has been a significant outpouring of scholarship on Steven Spielberg over the past decade, his films are still frequently discussed as being paternalistic, escapist, and reliant on uncomplicated emotions and complicated special effects. Even those who view his work favorably often see it as essentially optimistic, reassuring, and conservative. James Kendrick takes an alternate view of Spielberg's cinema and proposes that his films-even the most popular ones that seem to trade in easy answers and comforting, reassuring notions of cohesion and narrative resolution-are significantly darker and more emotionally and ideologically complex than they are routinely given credit for. Darkness in the Bliss-Out demonstrates, through close analysis of a wide range of Spielberg's films, that they are only reassuring on the surface, and that their depths embody a complex and sometimes contradictory view of the human condition.
As an academic discipline, it has its roots in the numerous observations of
explorers and traders, missionaries, naturalists, anthropologists, and botanists
concerning the use of plants and animals by the seemingly exotic cultures of the
Author: Wade Davis
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Category: Social Science
In 1982, Harvard-trained ethnobotanist Wade Davis traveled into the Haitian countryside to research reports of zombies--the infamous living dead of Haitian folklore. A report by a team of physicians of a verifiable case of zombification led him to try to obtain the poison associated with the process and examine it for potential medical use. Interdisciplinary in nature, this study reveals a network of power relations reaching all levels of Haitian political life. It sheds light on recent Haitian political history, including the meteoric rise under Duvalier of the Tonton Macoute. By explaining zombification as a rational process within the context of traditional Vodoun society, Davis demystifies one of the most exploited of folk beliefs, one that has been used to denigrate an entire people and their religion.
If God is the destination, but God is darkness to the understanding, only
something equally dark to the understanding can serve as a means to God. Faith,
which is dark to the understanding, resembles God and can therefore serve as a
Author: Matthew C. Bagger
Publisher: Columbia University Press
In this groundbreaking comparative study, Matthew Bagger investigates the role of paradox in Western and Asian religious discourse. Drawing on both philosophy and social scientific theory, he offers a naturalistic explanation of religion's oft-noted propensity to sublime paradox and argues that religious thinkers employ intractable paradoxes as the basis for various techniques of self-transformation. Considering the writings of Kierkegaard, Pseudo-Dionysus, St. John of the Cross, N?g?rjuna, and Chuang-tzu, among others, Bagger identifies two religious uses of paradox: cognitive asceticism, which wields the psychological discomfort of paradox as an instrument of self-transformation, and mysticism, which seeks to transform the self through an alleged extraordinary cognition that ineffably comprehends paradox. Bagger contrasts these techniques of self-transformation with skepticism, which cultivates the appearance of contradiction in order to divest a person of beliefs altogether. Bagger further contends that a thinker's social attitudes determine his or her response to paradox. Attitudes concerning crossing the boundary of a social group prefigure attitudes concerning supposed truths that lie beyond the boundaries of understanding. Individuals who fear crossing the boundary of their social group and would prohibit them tend to use paradox ascetically, while individuals who find the controlled incorporation of outsiders enriching commonly find paradox revelatory. Although scholars have long noted that religious discourse seems to cultivate and perpetuate paradox, their scholarship tends to ratify religious attitudes toward paradox instead of explaining the unusual reaction paradox provokes. A vital contribution to discussions of mystical experience, The Uses of Paradox reveals how much this experience relies on social attitudes and cosmological speculation.
Now, the body has the use of mind and force, if it wants to use or act on this force.
Everything has the use of this mind and force, and they can utilize it according to
their structure, or capacity, to act on it. Now, man's intelligence and thought are ...
His use of darkness symbolism, however, is nuanced and paradoxical. He talks
of 'radiant darkness', and of 'the seeing which consists in not seeing'.115 And
within the darkness, Moses is vouchsafed a vision of the tabernacle. Gregory
Author: Ann Conway-Jones
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Integrating patristics and early Jewish mysticism, this book examines Gregory of Nyssa's tabernacle imagery, as found in Life of Moses 2. 170-201. Previous scholarship has often focused on Gregory's interpretation of the darkness on Mount Sinai as divine incomprehensibility. However, true to Exodus, Gregory continues with Moses's vision of the tabernacle 'not made with hands' received within that darkness. This innovative methodology of heuristic comparison doesn't strive to prove influence, but to use heavenly ascent texts as a foil, in order to shed new light on Gregory's imagery. Ann Conway-Jones presents a well-rounded, nuanced understanding of Gregory's exegesis, in which mysticism, theology, and politics are intertwined. Heavenly ascent texts use descriptions of religious experience to claim authoritative knowledge. For Gregory, the high point of Moses's ascent into the darkness of Mount Sinai is the mystery of Christian doctrine. The heavenly tabernacle is a type of the heavenly Christ. This mystery is beyond intellectual comprehension, it can only be grasped by faith; and only the select few, destined for positions of responsibility, should even attempt to do so.
Such are some of the numerous instances in the Old and New Testament of the use of night and darkness in preternatural ... laws for the government of both the
physical and spiritual worlds , and He respects his own laws , and uses them .
The word used is that which the Septuagint uses for revolt , or rebellion from God
, which , in the Old Testament , means nothing else than idolatry , or the serving
other gods . The instances of this use of the original in the Old Testament are ...
Like other forms of this type of literature, the book of Revelation uses many visual
images and symbols with regard to the topics of heaven, hell, good, evil, and end
of the age events or last things (eschatology). Apocalyptic literature is similar to ...
Author: M. Franklin Vance
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
What most people believe about hell is rooted in ancient legends as found in pagan religions and Greek mythology. The Blackness Of Utter Darkness compares the legend with the truth of Scripture. The legend says that man is immortal. Scripture says that immortality is conditional. The legend says the wicked suffer torment forever. Scripture says the wicked will perish. The legend says that good deeds must exceed bad deeds to avoid eternal torment. Scripture says that only those in Christ have eternal life. The Blackness Of Utter Darkness separates myth from reality regarding life, death, and the afterlife and is a must read for all who have been confused about the traditional view of hell as portrayed by Dantes Inferno.