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Divine Play, Sacred Laughter, and Spiritual Understanding (Hardback)
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Divine Play, Sacred Laughter, and Spiritual Understanding (Hardback)

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Hardback 273 Pages / Published: 12/10/2005
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This study in the relationship between religion and the comic focuses on the ways in which the latter fulfils a central function in the sacred understanding of reality of pre-modern cultures and the spiritual life of religious traditions. The central thesis is that figures such as tricksters, sacred clowns, and holy fools play an essential role in bridging the gap between the divine and the human by integrating the element of disequilibrium that results from the contact between incommensurable realities. This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural series of essays is devoted to spiritual, anthropological, and literary characters and phenomena that point to a deeper understanding of the various mythological, ceremonial, and mystical ways in which the fundamental ambiguity of existence is symbolized and acted out. Given its interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective, this volume will appeal to scholars from a variety of fields.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403970152
Number of pages: 273
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm


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"Laude's great gift is to uncloak the sacred arena in which our laughter rises to heaven and beyond, for there are we returned to the most human, the free, exalted expression of our divine nature." - David Appelbaum, former editor, Parabola Magazine "How can laughter truly heal? Why are we longing to laugh? Patrick Laude's insightful study demonstrates that laughter can take place where the Absolute and Relative meet - at a perceived incongruity. The divine dimension of human laughter may be a spiritual door predicated on the ability for self-transcendance and is condusive to a detachment. In his upcoming work A Return to the Spirit, the august Martin Lings, as well, answers the question "What is the spiritual dimension of tears and laughter?" He explains: 'In both these spontaneous overflowings of the body the material realm is transcended. But at their highest level, which is indicated by the word "spiritual," the psychic plane is also largely surpassed. The Body is necessarily endowed with various means of escape from itself. Some of these are merely at its own level, not to speak of that which, by the very fact of its separation, necessarily sinks from being a living substance to a dead substance. But at the same time the escape in itself, as such, can in varying degrees afford access to a higher plane of existence.' How important for us to understand the deeper alchemical functions of these common emotions and thereby hopefully make transformative use from such gained awareness." - V. Gray Henry-Blakemore, Director Fons Vitae Press for World Spirituality

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