From a Philosopher's Scrapbook
Out of print for over forty this collection years, of brief essays of philosophical and mystical interest first appeared in 1929. The seven chapters ... Show synopsis Out of print for over forty this collection years, of brief essays of philosophical and mystical interest first appeared in 1929. The seven chapters include: -- The Sand Magic of the Navahos -Explores these pictures as instruments of shamanism used for historical, ceremonial, or medical purposes. -- The Mystery of the Thunderbird -Presents the history and symbolism of the secret wisdom perpetuated by the Indian nations. -- Ju-Jutsu, A Secret of the Samurai -Talks of the "gentler art" learned from the willow tree known as the doctrine of nonresistance. -- The Whirling Dervishes -- Looks beyond the visible structure of Dervish mysticism. -- Java's Dancing Shadows -- Examines the pageantry of shadow forms. -- The Temple of Heaven -- Sketches the Confucian theory of cosmogony as a backdrop for a discussion of the Altar of Heaven in Peking. -- The Seven Days of Creation -- Reveals the meaning of the Creation myth in the light of the Qabbalistic teachings of the Hebrews and the secret doctrine of the Brahmans and the Greeks.