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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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Figure 3.1. Visit from Chief Joseph (Artist: Inés Hernández-Ávila, © 2015).

Figure 3.2. Singularity of being: after Lacan (Artist: Inés Hernández-Ávila, © 2015).

Figure 7.1. A Wak’a of the Pachapurichej on the Oruro–La Paz route. Sojourners, herders, and modern travelers stop to offer libations (Photo: Guillermo Delgado-P.).

Figure 7.2. Tío or Supay, placed 380 meters down in the Moroqoqala tin mine in Bolivia (Photo: Guillermo Delgado-P.).

Figure 7.3. A tin miner shows a sirqa or “vein” of ore. Moroqoqala mine, Bolivia (Photo: Guillermo Delgado-P.).

Figure 9.1. The two spectra of consciousness, according to Lewis-Williams (2002) (Reproduced from The Shamanic Odyssey by Robert Tindall with Susana Bustos, Ph.D., published by Inner Traditions International and Bear & Company, © 2012. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of publisher).

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