Mircea Eliade from “Shamanism; Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy”

“The myth of ascent to the sky by a ladder is also known in Africa, Oceania, and North America. But stairs are only one of the numerous symbolic expressions for ascent; the sky can be reached by fire or smoke, by climbing a tree or a mountain, or ascending by way of a rope or vine, the rainbow, or even a sunbeam, for example.”

-It’s a long read, but this entire book is amazing. The more I read about religions, the more I see how tightly the myths, legends, and rituals are interconnected, religion to religion, country to country, era to era.

Citation: Eliade, Mircea, and Willard R. Trask. Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy. New York: Bollingen Foundation; Distributed by Pantheon, 1964. Print.

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