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W.Y. Evans-Wentz - Chalchatongo and Mictlan, the Aztec land of the dead

Identifier

014077

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries, by W.Y. Evans-Wentz, [1911]

The worship of Mithras, the Persian god of created light and all earthly wisdom, who in time became identified with the sun, was conducted in natural and artificial caves found in every part of the Roman Empire where his cult flourished until superseded by Christianity; and in these caves very elaborate initiations of seven degrees were carried out.

The cave itself signified the lower world, into which during the ordeals of initiation the neophyte was supposed to enter while out of the physical body, that the soul might be purged  by many trials.

In Mexico the cavern of Chalchatongo led to the plains of paradise, evidently through initiations; and Mictlan, a subterranean temple, similarly led to the Aztec land of the dead.

The source of the experience

Aztecs and the Mexica

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Underworld

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Overwhelming fear and terror

Suppressions

Sensory deprivation

Commonsteps

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