Mysteria Misc. Maxima: June 7th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.

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About Sarah Veale

Sarah Veale is a former journalist and current MA student of Greco-Roman religion at the University of Toronto. Her first peer-review article, "Orientalism in Iamblichus' The Mysteries," was recently published in The Pomegranate:The International Journal of Pagan Studies.
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9 Responses to Mysteria Misc. Maxima: June 7th, 2013

  1. Thanks as always for the great links Sarah. Too bad the Catholic church is running out of wine. I hear there is this guy in Cana who does weddings who can turn water into wine. And why not just skip to blood since through transubstantiation that’s what it ends up as anyway, lol. I saw that Masonic gaff on the Wild Hunt and here is a link to the original pagan source Only thing i disagree on is his vowing to the tribunal asking “He proceeded to ask me if I believed in a monotheistic God. I stated that I did. He then asked if I believed in the immortality of the soul with the resurrection to a future life. I concurred.” I have no problem with the word God as to me it represents the Universal Spirit male and female, but i assume by resurrection he was referring to either reincarnation on earth or in a god realm. Its funny how the Freemasons was to disassociate themselves from any esoterism when in reality they probably came from the Egyptian mystery religions through the Templars etc. and have always mostly been anti-established religion and hated by the church because they believe one can reach God directly without the aid of a priest. And i know there are Islamic Free-masonic groups too.

    • Sarah says:

      I think the degree of emphasis on monotheism is dependent on the particular Masonic body. Usually you just have to believe in a “Supreme Being” to be a mason. Pretty much anything other than atheist. This is first-hand speculation–The Husband is a Mason and I was there during his interview.

      I’ve heard the emphasis on esotericism also varies from lodge to lodge. But the old-school Judeo-Christian perspective can be pretty strong, nevertheless.

    • Well then, your husband being a Mason, he should know. Florida is one of the most conservative states in the south, so to be expected. A witch student there cannot even put out Halloween decorations without the Baptist’s coming by reminding him it is satanic, lol. Btw i can understand what man-scaping is, what what is mansplaining? Like using a wood plane on a man?

    • Sarah says:

      Mansplaining: It’s when someone talks down to you in a condescending way, especially if it is about a topic that you know much about.

      The term derives from an experience women in academia often have where men feel they have to “explain” things to them, even if the woman is considered to be a significant possessor of knowledge in the area.

    • Ha, a new word to add to my vocabulary, though i am sure women academics use it more. I am not an academic, but i love all history, the more ancient the better. I am especially enjoying your link to The History of the Ancient World and just finished listening to Peter Brown’s fascinating lecture on the Silk Road.

    • Sarah says:

      Glad to hear you are enjoying the links! Happy to be of service!

    • I saw it first outside of academia (most garishly, “Why X isn’t rape” for some varieties of well, rape). However, I have seen a couple of blogs devoted to the phenomenon in academia, so it is clear that the phenomenon is quite widespread there.

  2. “Scientists explain why rituals work.” This inevitably reminds me of mansplaining.

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