By Mircea Eliade
Publish 12 months note: initially released in French below the identify Histoire des croyances et des idees religieuses. Vol. 2: De Gautama Bouddha au triomphe du christianisme Payot, Paris, 1978. First released in english in 1982
In quantity 2 of this enormous paintings, Mircea Eliade keeps his magisterial development in the course of the heritage of non secular rules. The religions of historic China, Brahmanism and Hinduism, Buddha and his contemporaries, Roman faith, Celtic and German religions, Judaism, the Hellenistic interval, the Iranian syntheses, and the start of Christianity—all are encompassed during this quantity.
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On the protohistory of this symbolism, see Carl Hentze, Tod, Auferstehung, Weltordnung, pp. , 160 ff. 106. See The Forge and the Crucible, pp. , and vol. 3 of the present work. 107. See The Forge and the Crucible, p. 119. This "return to the womb" is only the development of an earlier and more widely disseminated concept, already documented on archaic levels of culture: cure by a symbolic return to the origins ofthe world, that is, by reactualizing the cosmogony (see Myth and Reality, pp. ). The Taoists and the Chinese alchemists took up and perfected this traditional method; that is, instead of limiting it to curing various diseases, they applied it especially to curing man from the wear and tear of time, that is, from old age and death.
39. 51. Huai-nan-tzu, cited by Girardot, "Myth and Meaning in the Tao Te Ching," p. 307. , "Emperor Chaos" -was perforated in order that, like all men, he should have a face with seven orifices; but "Chaos succumbed on the seventh day, after the seventh perforation"; see James Legge, The Texts of Taoism, vol. 1 (SBE, vol. 39, p. 267). 52. Chapter 6, trans. Kaltenmark, Lao tseu, p. 50. 53. Cf. Girardot, "Myth and Meaning in the Tao Te Ching," p. 304. 22 THE RELIGIONS OF ANCIENT CHINA condition that existed before the triumph of civilization.
30 THE RELIGIONS OF ANCIENT CHINA "weakness," humility, nonresistance. "Know masculinity, but prefer feminiRity: you will be the ravine of the world. Be the ravine of the world and the Supreme Te will not fail you, and you can return to the state of infancy" (28. 1-2). From a certain point of view, the Taoist attempts to obtain the modality of the androgyne, the archaic ideal of human perfection. 68 But the integration of the two sexes makes it easier to return to the state of infancy, that is, "to the beginning" of individual existence; such a return makes possible the periodic regeneration of life.