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Myth and ritual in Christianity (edition 1960)

by Alan Watts

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"Our main object will be to describe one of the most incomparably beautiful myths that has ever flowered from the mind of man, or from the unconscious processes which shape it and which are in some sense more than man.... This is, furthermore, to be a description and not a history of Christian Mythology.... After description, we shall attempt an interpretation of the myth along the general lines of the philosophia perennis, in order to bring out the truly catholic or universal character of the symbols, and to share the delight of discovering a fountain of wisdom in a realm where so many have long ceased to expect anything but a desert of platitudes." --from the Prologue… (more)
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Title:Myth and ritual in Christianity
Authors:Alan Watts
Info:New York : Grove Press, 1960.
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Watts was an Anglican priest before looking East; this is his magnificent telling of the Christian myth. ( )
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One of the special delights of my childhood was to go and see the case of illuminated manuscripts in the British museum, and to walk, as ever child can, right into their pages--losing myself in an enchanted world of gold, vermilion and cobalt arabesques, of palaces, gardens, landscapes and skies whose colors were indwelt with with light as if their sun shone not above but in them.
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"Our main object will be to describe one of the most incomparably beautiful myths that has ever flowered from the mind of man, or from the unconscious processes which shape it and which are in some sense more than man.... This is, furthermore, to be a description and not a history of Christian Mythology.... After description, we shall attempt an interpretation of the myth along the general lines of the philosophia perennis, in order to bring out the truly catholic or universal character of the symbols, and to share the delight of discovering a fountain of wisdom in a realm where so many have long ceased to expect anything but a desert of platitudes." --from the Prologue

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