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Concluding Chapter When Magical Techniques and Mystical Practices Become Neighbors: Methodological Considerations

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This chapter provides concluding remarks for the book Apocalyptic and Merkavah Mysticism: Second, Revised Edition, which deals with Jewish Merkavah mysticism. It gives an example, assuming that the examples at hand and the manner in which they are presented have paradigmatic significance for a wide range of methodological issues. The vantage point in the chapter is that of ritual studies and ritual theory. In modern scholarship, the relationship between Merkavah mysticism and magic touches on three methodological issues. The chapter examines how the magical practices, done in the mystical and magical domains, are technically performed and to what extent they show similar structural forms of integration with a variety of spell-materials. "Theurgy" is often used to upgrade "Magic" in its application in the realm of mysticism. In essence, mysticism and magic evolve in experiential modes, which affect alternate states of consciousness.

Keywords: consciousness; Jewish Merkavah mysticism; magic; mystical practices; theurgy



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