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A Burmese book of myths

Identifier

007956

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A number of tarot cards symbolically show the destruction of the Tower of Knowledge, or the 'Fall' caused by the acquisition of memory.

The card can, if our own Tower of Knowledge is being described show the punishment for pride, the downfall of anyone who attempts to discover the ‘mystery of the spiritual world’ without being invited or who considers their knowledge superior to the wisdom of the spiritual world.  And on a larger scale it can also show the more generic punishment meted out by the spiritual world for the same thing an attempt to challenge the authority of the spiritual world.

We may think that ‘the Fall’ is a Biblical idea.  But this illustration is from a Burmese book of myths from the Buddhist tradition [bought in Burma and written in Burmese] which shows man being expelled from heaven by the Buddhist or Burmese equivalent of an angel having also got too 'high'.

A description of the experience

The source of the experience

Buddhism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

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Activities and commonsteps

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