Bhavacakra – The Wheel of Life

        Bhavacakra, or srid pa'i 'khor lo in Tibetan-- also known as the wheel of life or the wheel of becoming-- is a symbolic representation of saṃsāra, or cyclical existence, in Tibetan Buddhism. It is believed that the Buddha himself created the wheel in order to explain his teachings. Divided into various sections, the different parts of [...]

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

Dragon Ball and the Reinvention of Death

Dragon Ball, and its continuation Dragon Ball Z, is a manga/anime series written by Akira Toriyama that debuted in 1984 and ran until 1995 as a weekly feature in the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump. The story’s main character Son Goku was somewhat based off of the main character in a 16th century Chinese novel Journey [...]

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Reality and Unreality

In 1973 a study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion surveyed 434 people in the Greater Los Angeles area and found that approximately 44 percent of respondents had experienced some sort of encounter with the dead. Respondents reported contact through direct visits from the dead, séances and most often dreams, which accounted [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Bittersweet

Often times the memory of someone lingers on with us through material objects that they favor, or sensory information that we link with them, be it the scent of a certain perfume or the taste of their favorite food. Their persona lives on through the living, in the kind of afterlife that Sheffler touches on. [...]

By | February 26th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Aymara Natitas: Displaced People, and Displaced Souls

For the Aymara people they believe that a person’s being is comprised of seven souls. One of these souls stays with the skull of an individual when he or she dies, and has the power to provide protection, heal, and enter into a person’s dreams. These skulls are called natitas and every year to mark [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Yurei

  Maruyama Ōkyo by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.   Hauntings, spirits, our interaction with the departed has always been fascinating. Unexplainable happenings with ghosts or spirits has always been a part of my cultural background but it didn’t solidify until I had experienced something that could be defined as such. Recently I began reading a [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

A Recipe for Longevity

Due to a recent influx of information concerning the progress of the anthropocene, and its intersection with the continuing spiral of the health food and diet industries through the world market, it is easy to see concerns relating to immortality, sustainability, and livelihood that all contribute to notable changes in dietary behaviors as well as [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

FM-2030 & the politics of the future

“I am a 21st Century person who was accidentally launched in the 20th. I have a deep nostalgia for the future.” -FM-2030 FM-2030 was born Fereidoun M. Esfandiary in 1930. He is often credited as a foundational transhumanist. Broadly, transhumanism is a range of cultural, ideological, and political approaches to thinking about the future of [...]

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

Masculinity, Monogamy and Fascism

Widespread monogamy’s implementation into society first occurred in Germany during the fifteenth century and was catalyzed by the Italian Renaissance, as a practice whose popularity took hold as a type of cultural safeguard, such as the also popular persecution of witches during the Protestant Reformation. This reterritorialization of “taboo” behaviors, especially the sexuality of women, [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

A Satanic View of the Afterlife

    Satanism as a concept tends to bring to mind notions of evil , darkness, and perhaps even death. This a misconception, as very well-known examples of Satanism are not even concerned with devil-worship. Of course, there are religions existing today, whose philosophies and ideologies are centered around worshipping the devil, but not the [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments