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Contemporary Voices from Anima Mundi

A Reappraisal

Edited By Frédérique Apffel-Marglin and Stefano Varese

This book is a reconsideration of spirituality as a lived experience in the lives of the contributors. The authors speak both as well-informed scholars and as individuals who experienced the lived spirituality they give voice to. The authors do not place themselves above and outside of what they are writing about but within that world. They speak of living psychospiritual traditions of healing both the self and the world; of traditions that have not disembedded the self from the wider world. Those traditions are from indigenous North and South America (5 essays), a Buddhist/Shakta from Bengal, an Indo-Persian Islamic psychoanalyst, and a mystical Jewish feminist rabbi. The book also includes a historical essay about the extermination of the Renaissance worldview of Anima Mundi.

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List of Figures

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Cosmic Dialogues

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin and Stefano Varese

Chapter One: Western Modernity and the Fate of Anima Mundi: Its Murder and Transformation into a Postmaterial Ecospirituality

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin

Chapter Two: Lost and Found: Gifts, Dreams, and Sanity

D. Ahmed

Chapter Three: Spirit Crossings: An Indigenous Cultural Perspective on Mortality, Death, and Dying

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