The Hero’s Journey, Katabasis and the Shadow Aspect

The origin of monomyth archetype, or the hero's journey, can be attributed to American mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell. In his novel The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), he discusses this notion: "A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Immortality and Mermaids

UKIYO-E, 1808, NINGYO, KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI Immortality and consumption are often intertwined, the myth of Yaoya Bikuni (translated into the 800 year nun/priestess) is one such instance. The Japanese myth tells the story of a fisherman who catches a strange fish, he then serves it at a dinner he is hosting. There are different [...]

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Conspiracies and the Inability to Cope

"For one thing, conspiracy theories help us cope with distressing events and make sense out of them. Conspiracies assure us that bad things don't just happen randomly. Conspiracies tell us that someone out there is accountable, however unwittingly or secretly or incomprehensibly, so it's possible to stop these people and punish them and in due [...]

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TIM

TIM is a work by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye that sold for over 100,000 euros in 2008. The work took approximately 40 hours to complete and has been showcased in museums around the world including the Louvre and MONA. TIM is a tattoo. For now, a man named Tim Steiner is the frame for TIM. [...]

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The Last Question: Myth Making, the Body, and Immortality

The Last Question is a short story by Isaac Asimov that tackles concepts about whether or not entropy, the irreversible tendency for everything to die and deteriorate, can be stopped or reversed. In this work of science fiction, Asimov gives readers fleeting glimpses into the evolution of humanity as it learns to harness the power [...]

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The Price for Immortality in the Inca Empire

  In Inca culture they believed that man was first birthed from the waters of Lake Titicaca. The Inca god, Viracocha, was the creator of all life in the universe, and had a son named Inti, who was considered by the Inca to be the sun god. Inti also had two children, Manco Capac, and [...]

By | March 6th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Why are mummies monsters? Reverse-burial in Victorian England

The ancient Egyptians believed that a person's death indicated their departure to the next world. The soul would leave the body, if only for a short time. Death was a temporary interruption of living, and soon the soul would reunite with the body. This is why preservation or "mummification" were so central to the burial [...]

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Astral Projection

Astral projection is a phenomenon where the conscious mind transcends the human vessel during sleep and has out of body experiences. One is perfectly aware of their surroundings and their physical body during the event.  It is something you can exercise during a lucid dream or even while awake.   During these experiences, the physical [...]

By | March 5th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Cannibalism: The Body After Death

  Endocannibalism is a form of learned cannibalism, wherein human remains are ritually consumed by members of their kin. While endocannibalism is implemented and understood in many different contexts, I will be looking specifically at the practices of the Fore people in Papua New Guinea. I then want to compare practice of post-mortem ritual cannibalism [...]

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Nuclear semiotics, because our waste will outlive us all

  “This place is a message...and part of a system of messages...pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture. This place is not a place of honor...no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here...nothing valued is here.” -from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments