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Out Of This World : Otherworldly Journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein - I.P. Couliano

Out Of This World

Otherworldly Journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein

Paperback Published: 19th December 1991
ISBN: 9781570626500
Number Of Pages: 304

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"This book takes the reader on a fantastic journey through a wide range of cultures and traditions to examine the phenomenon of ecstatic visionary experiences—from Sumerian Gilgamesh and the Taoist Immortals to the imaginative fiction of Jorge Luis Borges. The author provides a comprehensive tour of otherworldly journeys common from immemorial times among shamans, magicians, and witches, and illustrates their connection with such modern phenomena as altered states of consciousness, out-of-body experiences, and near-death experiences."

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. i
A Historian's Kit for the Fourth Dimensionp. 12
Free Spirit Seeks Free Spirit: An Outline of Shamanismp. 33
Dark Treasures: Otherwordly Journey in Mesopotamian Religionp. 50
Puppets, Playhouses, and Gods: Journeys through Other Worlds in Ancient Egyptp. 60
Crane Riding, Soul Raising, and Ghost Brides in Taoist Chinap. 71
Journeys through the Mind: Buddhism and Otherworldly Journeysp. 87
From Furor to Spiritual Vision: Ancient Iranian Ecstaticsp. 104
Greek Medicine Menp. 114
The Seven Palaces and the Chariot of God: Jewish Mysticism from Merkabah to Kabbalahp. 154
Interplanetary Tours: The Platonic Space Shuttle, from Plotinus to Marsilio Ficinop. 188
The Apogee of Otherworldly Journeys: From Muhammad to Dantep. 212
Conclusionp. 232
Notesp. 236
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9781570626500
ISBN-10: 1570626502
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 19th December 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 13.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1