Forge and the Crucible The Origins and Structure of Alchemy

ISBN-10: 0226203905
ISBN-13: 9780226203904
Edition: 2nd
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Description: 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 Eliade follows the ritualistic adventures of these ancient societies,  More...

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List price: $34.00
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/15/1979
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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 Eliade follows the ritualistic adventures of these ancient societies, adventures rooted in the people's awareness of an awesome new power. The new edition of The Forge and the Crucible contains 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 evolution.

Born in Bucharest, Rumania, Mircea Eliade studied at the University of Bucharest and, from 1928 to 1932, at the University of Calcutta with Surendranath Dasgupta. After taking his doctorate in 1933 with a dissertation on yoga, he taught at the University of Bucharest and, after the war, at the Sorbonne in Paris. From 1957, Eliade was a professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago. He was at the same time a writer of fiction, known and appreciated especially in Western Europe, where several of his novels and volumes of short stories appeared in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Two Tales of the Occult "to relate some yogic techniques, and particularly yogic folklore, to a series of events narrated in the genre of a mystery story." Both Nights of Serampore and The Secret of Dr. Honigberger evoke the mythical geography and time of India. Mythology, fantasy, and autobiography are skillfully combined in Eliade's tales.

Foreword
Preface to the Phoenix Edition
Meteorites and Metallurgy
Mythology of the Iron Age
The World Sexualized
Terra Mater. Petra Genitrix
Rites and Mysteries in Metallurgy
Human Sacrifices to the Furnace
Babylonian Symbolisms and Metallurgical Rituals
'Masters of Fire'
Divine Smiths and Civilizing Heroes
Smiths, Warriors, Masters of Initiation
Chinese Alchemy
Indian Alchemy
Alchemy and Initiation
Arcana Artis
Alchemy and Temporality Postscript
Appendices
Index

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