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Sacred Pain

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Why would anyone seek out the very experience the rest of us most wish to avoid? Why would religious worshipers flog or crucify themselves, sleep on spikes, hang suspended by their flesh, or walk for miles through scorching deserts with bare and bloodied feet?

In this insightful new book, Ariel Glucklich argues that the experience of ritual pain, far from being a form of a madness or superstition, contains a hidden rationality and can bring about a profound transformation of the consciousness and identity of the spiritual seeker.

  • Ariel Glucklich is Associate Professor of Theology at Georgetown University and the author of The End of Magic (OUP 1997) and The Sense of Adharma (OUP 1994).
  • Based on extensive research and written with both empathy and critical insight, Sacred Pain explores the uncharted inner terrain of self-hurting and reveals how meaningful suffering has been used to heal the human spirit.
  • Contents:
    • Religions Ways of Hurting
    • Pain and Transcendence The Neurological Grounds
    • The Psychology and Communication of Pain
    • Self and Sacrifice A Psychology of Sacred Pain
    • Ghost Trauma Changing Identity Through Pain
    • The Emotions of Passage
    • The Tortures of the Inquisition and the Invention of M
    • Anesthetics and the End of Good Pain
  • PASSIONAL Boutique & Sexploratorium warranties all non-sale products against defects for 30 days.Language: ‎English
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Item Weight: ‎13.3 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎6 x 0.23 x 9 inches
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (October 30, 2003)
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