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Mircea Eliade - On Abaris

Identifier

004959

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Hans Peter Duerr – Dreamtime

Aristeas flew to foreign lands ‘like a bird’, while his body lay, ‘as if dead’, according to the testimony of a Sophist, Maximos of Tyros.  Similar journeys were carried out by the Hyperborean Abaris, who would mount the arrow of Apollo or assume the shape of a raven

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

Carrying in his hand the golden arrow, the proof of his Apolline origin and mission, [Abaris] passed through many lands dispelling sickness and pestilence by sacrifices of a magic kind, giving warning of earthquakes and other disasters.  A later legend shows him flying through the air on his arrow, like Musaeus.  The arrow, which plays a certain role in Scythian mythology and religion, is a symbol of magical flight.  The occurrence of the arrow in many Siberian shamanic ceremonies will be recalled in this connection

The source of the experience

Abaris

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Arrow
Raven

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Activity not known

Commonsteps

References