Initiation


 
Mircea Eliade discussed initiation as a principal religious act by classical or traditional societies. He defined initiation as “a basic change in existential condition,” which liberates man from profane time and history. “Initiation recapitulates the sacred history of the world. And through this recapitulation, the whole world is sanctified anew… [the initiand] can perceive the world as a sacred work, a creation of the Gods.”
]Reasons for and functions of Initiation
“this real valuation of ritual death finally led to conquest of the fear of real death.”
“[initiation’s] function is to reveal the deep meaning of existence to the new generations and to help them assume the responsibility of being truly men and hence of participating in culture.”
“it reveals a world open to the trans-human, a world that, in our philosophical terminology, we should call transcendental.”
“to make [the initiand] open to spiritual values.”

Mircea Eliade discussed initiation as a principal religious act by classical or traditional societies. He defined initiation as “a basic change in existential condition,” which liberates man from profane time and history. “Initiation recapitulates the sacred history of the world. And through this recapitulation, the whole world is sanctified anew… [the initiand] can perceive the world as a sacred work, a creation of the Gods.”

]Reasons for and functions of Initiation

  • “this real valuation of ritual death finally led to conquest of the fear of real death.”
  • “[initiation’s] function is to reveal the deep meaning of existence to the new generations and to help them assume the responsibility of being truly men and hence of participating in culture.”
  • “it reveals a world open to the trans-human, a world that, in our philosophical terminology, we should call transcendental.”
  • “to make [the initiand] open to spiritual values.”
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