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The Nexus Between Esotericism And Eroticism

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Most pertinent to the goals of this book are the studies of a mystical encounter between human and Divine when this encounter is contemplated along gender lines and in terms of physical erotic imagery. In this symbolic system the Divine is characterized in terms of light imagery, and the feminine element effects the visionary experience as the cloud that simultaneously conceals and reveals the Divine. The most relevant investigations of the link between esotericism and eroticism that would be instrumental to an investigation of the pornographic tales in the Mathnawī has been in the field of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. The entire enterprise of esotericism is deemed to be predicated upon the communication of secrets. The phallus is such an esoteric symbol, whose signification in the case of Rumī's Mathnawī has remained virtually unnoticed.

Keywords: Divine presence; eroticism; esotericism; Mathnawī; phallus



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