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Read Forgerons et alchimistes Free download º PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ë Mircea Eliade Mircea Eliade ë 5 Read & Download E follows the ritualistic adventures of these ancient societies adventures rooted in the people's awareness of an awesome new powerThe new edition of The Forge and the Crucible con. A thoughtful and insightful study of alchemy and metallurgy Eliade breaks the book into two sections 1 the structure of various myths and rituals of metallurgy and 2 the foundational structure of alchemy in the Western Chinese and Indian traditions What at first seems merely like a hodgepodge collection of myths and short essays comes together when Eliade finally gets to the meaning behind alchemical structurestenets Well written and deeply thought Eliade does away with the popular belief that alchemy is merely an antecedent to modern chemistry merely a secularization of a sacred science

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Read Forgerons et alchimistes Free download º PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ë Mircea Eliade Mircea Eliade ë 5 Read & Download Tains an updated appendix in which Eliade lists works on Chinese alchemy published in the past few years He also discusses the importance of alchemy in Newton's scientific evolutio. The best Eliade so far It shows how many realistic aspects one can find researching old metaphysics ideology and mysticism namely alchemical and metallurgic teachings Power is in secret of steel Conan anyone

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Read Forgerons et alchimistes Free download º PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ë Mircea Eliade Mircea Eliade ë 5 Read & Download Primitive man's discovery of the ability to change matter from one state to another brought about a profound change in spiritual behavior In The Forge and the Crucible Mircea Eliad. Alchemy cannot be reduced to a protochemistry states Eliade He writes as a historian of religion which means he writes about the human uest to influence and control and shape the physical world of matter People are also matter The uest embraces the renewal and the reshaping of the physical person The great mystery and power generated by this process becomes that which is spiritual The conuest of matter began very early perhaps in the palaeolithic age that is as soon as man had succeeded in making tools from silex and using fire to change the states of matter In any case certain techniues mainly agriculture and pottery were fully developed during the neolithic age Now these techniues were at the same time mysteries for on the one hand they implied the sacredness of the cosmos and on the other were transmitted by initiation the craft secrets Tilling or the firing of clay like somewhat later mining and metallurgy put primitive man into a universe steeped in sacredness It would be vain to wish to reconstitute his experiences too much time has elapsed since the cosmos has been desanctified as a result of the triumph of the experimental sciences Modern man is incapable of experiencing the sacred in his dealings with matter at most he can achieve an aesthetic experience He is capable of knowing matter as a natural phenomenon But we have only to imagine a communion no longer limited to the eucharistic elements of bread or wine but extending to every kind of substance in order to measure the distance separating a primitive religious experience from the modern experience of natural phenomena Not that man in primitive society was still buried in Nature powerless to free himself from the innumerable mystic participations in Nature totally incapable of logical thought or utilitarian labour in the modern sense of the word Everything we know of our contemporary primitives shows up the weakness of these arbitrary judgements But it is clear that a thinking dominated by cosmological symbolism created an experience of the world vastly different from that accessible to modern man To symbolic thinking the world is not only alive but also open an object is never simply itself as is the case with modern consciousness it is also a sign of or a repository for something else pp 143 144 Alchemy cannot be reduced to a protochemistry In fact when it became an elementary chemistry the alchemical world of meaning was on the verge of disappearing Everywhere we find alchemy it is always intimately related to a mystical tradition in China with Taoism in India with Yoga and Tantrism in Hellenistic Egypt with gnosis in Islamic countries with hermetic and esoteric mystical schools in the Western Middle Ages and Renaissance with Hermetism Christian and sectarian mysticism and Cabala Conseuently to understand the meaning and function of alchemy we must not judge the alchemical texts by the possible chemical insights which they may contain Such an evaluation would be tantamount to judging and classifying great poetical creations by their scientific data or their historical accuracy That the alchemists DID contribute also to the progress of the natural sciences is certainly true But they did this indirectly and only as a conseuence of their concern with mineral substance and living matter For they were experimenters not abstract thinkers or erudite scholastics Their inclination to experiment however was not limited to the natural realm the experiments with mineral or vegetal substances pursued a ambitious goal to change the alchemist s own mode of being pp 182 183

  • Paperback
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  • Forgerons et alchimistes
  • Mircea Eliade
  • English
  • 04 March 2019
  • 9780226203904