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Dismemberment

A type of rebirth experience in which the person having the spiritual experience feels themselves and usually sees themselves, to be cut up into pieces and then reconstituted.

There is usually a considerable amount of violence associated with this act, with swords, knives, hooks and all sorts of implement being used to hack the person – spiritually - into smaller and smaller pieces.  The person may disembowelled and also beheaded as part of the process.

The symbolism is the same as with all rebirth experiences in that it symbolically shows the reconfiguration of the person’s functions with the removal of unwanted function and the addition of new needed function.  The purpose is to make the person fit for a new role within the spiritual world connected with their destiny.

Instead of the process being a long slow gentle one however, it is completed within one visionary experience and is thus traumatic, as the removal of the functions and addition of new ones can be felt physically and real pain ensues.

The Composer simply adds images suited to the degree of reconfiguration that has had to take place.  If the person is lucky they simply become unconscious during the worst parts, if they are not lucky they symbolically see and experience every step of the process.

A Dictionary of Symbols – J E Cirlot
An important symbol lies beneath the act of tearing to pieces, or tearing limb from limb.  Let us begin with some examples of the way the symbol is used.  The best known is the myth of Osiris torn to pieces by Set, who scattered the fragments which Isis then diligently sought out and pieced together again, one piece excepted.  There are a great many legends and folk tales which tell much the same story; giants' bodies are cut to pieces and then magically put together again.  Siegmund's sword, in the Nibelungen saga, is broken in various places beyond repair; only Siegfried, his son, is capable of reforging it.

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