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The forge and the crucible

Author: Mircea Eliade
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1978.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2d edView all editions and formats
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Primitive man's discovery of the ability to change matter from one state to another brought about a profound change in spiritual behavior. In The Forge and the Crucible, Mircea Eliade follows the ritualistic adventures of these ancient societies, adventures rooted in the people's awareness of an awesome new power. The new edition of The Forge and the Crucible contains an updated appendix, in which Eliade lists works  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mircea Eliade
ISBN: 0226203905 9780226203904
OCLC Number: 4873250
Notes: Translation of Forgerons et alchimistes.
Subtitle on cover: The origins and structures of alchemy.
Description: 238 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Meteorites and metallurgy --
Mythology of the Iron Age --
The world sexualized --
Terra Mater. Petra Genitrix --
Rites and mysteries in metallurgy --
Human sacrifices to the furnace --
Babylonian symbolisms and metallurgical rituals --
'Masters of Fire' --
Divine smiths and civilizing heroes --
Smith, warriors, masters of initiation --
Chinese alchemy --
Indian alchemy --
Alchemy and initiation --
Arcana Artis --
Alchemy and temporality.
Other Titles: Forgerons et alchimistes.
Responsibility: Mircea Eliade ; translated from the French by Stephen Corrin.
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Primitive man's discovery of the ability to change matter from one state to another brought about a profound change in spiritual behavior. In The Forge and the Crucible, Mircea Eliade follows the ritualistic adventures of these ancient societies, adventures rooted in the people's awareness of an awesome new power. The new edition of The Forge and the Crucible contains an updated appendix, in which Eliade lists works on Chinese alchemy. He also discusses the importance of alchemy in Newton's scientific revolution. -- from back cover.

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