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Mircea Eliade - On caves

Identifier

006583

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

The legend of Epimenides of Crete must also be cited.  He ‘slept’ for a long time in the cave of Zeus on Mount Ida; there he fasted and learned prolonged ecstasies.  He left the cave a master of ‘enthusiastic wisdom’, that is of the technique of ecstasy.

Retirement to a cave = descent to Hades – is a classic initiatory ordeal, but it is not necessarily shamanic.  It is in his ecstasies, his magical cures, his divinatory and prophetic powers that Epimenides approaches the shaman

The source of the experience

Mysteries, the

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Cave

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Fasting
Visit sacred sites

Commonsteps

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