III.2 Theoretical, Spiritual and Political Natality Versus Childbirth
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III.2 THEORETICAL, SPIRITUAL AND POLITICAL NATALITY VERSUS CHILDBIRTH
The symbolic pattern of childbirth labeled “The Supremacy of the Male,” presented itself as accentuating the importance of the man for the coming into existence of a child. In the symbolic pattern of childbirth entitled “Theoretical, Spiritual and Political Natality versus Childbirth,” the question of whether the male or the female plays a greater part in the generation of children is left aside. This question that informed “The Supremacy of the Male” becomes subordinate to the search for different kinds of “mortal immortalities” and new beginnings. What does this mean?
In his Rites and Symbols of Initiation, Mircea Eliade studied the religious rituals that may accompany and bring about a spiritual rebirth.279 Referring to tribal societies Eliade writes that “attaining to another mode of being – that of spirit – is equivalent to being born a second time, to becoming a new man. The most striking expression of newness is birth. The discovery of spirit is homologized to the appearance of life.”280 In the symbolic pattern “Theoretical, Spiritual and Political Natality versus Childbirth” such a homologization of the “discovery of spirit” and “the appearance of life” has fallen apart. Furthermore, the important feature of the symbolic pattern to be dealt with in this section is not only that the desire for a “mortal immortality” and a new beginning is fulfilled by a spiritual rebirth and detached from childbirth, but that “conception,” “procreation,” giving birth, and...
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