ideological perspectives. But the new optics has also had its blind spots. The reception of Molé’s doctrine of cosmogonic sacrifice has been precipitous, without due care and examination of the sources. In his recent publications, Cantera uses the term ‘cosmogonic sacrifice’ of the primordial recitation of
A Vedic hymn (Rig Veda [RV] 10.129) contains allusions to a cosmogony that presents striking analogies to the initial phases of the configuration of the cosmos attributed to the Pythagoreans by Aristotle, Simplicius and Stobaeus. Our knowledge of the Greek cosmogony is only
Literalism in the Interpretation of Plato’s Cosmogony
The philosophical problem of the eternity of the world has Plato’s Timaeus as a fundamental starting point. From the point of view of doctrine, in contemporary scholarship on Plato the issue has been portrayed in terms of nuanced opposition between a
1. Cosmogonies (Gk., kosmogonía, ‘world-origin’) are explanatory models, developed by persons of nearly all times and cultures, describing the origin of the world around them, and of the conditions of life that they find there. Inasmuch, then, as cosmogonies not only refer to the genesis of
CONTENTS Articles R oslyn W eiss Natural Order or Divine Will: Maimonides on Cosmogony and Prophecy .................................................................................. 1 H arvey S hapiro Rabbi Hayyim of Volozhin’s Non-Messianic Vision of the Present and Future
Calendars of Mesoamerican civilisations are subjected to what is categorised as “ritual practices of time”. This book is a comparative explication of rituals of time of four calendars: the Long Count calendar, the 260-day calendar, the 365-day calendar and the 52-years calendar. Building upon a comparative analytical model, the book contributes new theoretical insights about ritual practices and temporal philosophies. This comprehensive investigation analyses how ritual practices are represented and conceptualised in intellectual systems and societies. The temporal ritual practices are systematically analysed in relation to calendar organisation and structure, arithmetic, cosmogony and chronometry, spatial-temporality (cosmology), natural world, eschatology, sociology, politics, and ontology. It is argued that the 260-day calendar has a particular symbolic importance in Mesoamerican temporal philosophies and practices.
lies the fascination.
This connectedness is evident among all kinds of texts but perhaps most of all in theogonies and cosmogonies, giving the impression that there is a strong family relationship between members of this literary genre. Behind the multiplicity of motifs, specific characters, and
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW? COSMOGONY AND MYSTICAL DECREATION ILKKA PYYSIAINEN Religious answers to the question of how the world has come into being fall roughly into two categories: mythical narratives and doctrinal formulations based on cosmogonical mythology. In explaining how the world has