Yesterday, I finished reading a translation of Akka Mahadevi's vacanas for Shiva. Vacana seems to be a specific term for a free-verse form. I had never encountered writings from the Lingayat Shiva tradition, and it was very educational for me. It turns out that, for at least over a millennium, there has been resistance to … Continue reading The Body and the Beehives
At Phaedo 64a, Socrates — who will shortly be given hemlock by his executioner — begins one of many famous parts of this discussion by saying that “those who happen to have gotten in touch with philosophy in the right way devote themselves to nothing else but dying and being dead.” What follows is a … Continue reading Getting Close to the Body with the Phaedo in Tow
A few years ago, I wrote a post about menstruation and miasma after combing through sources trying to identify pieces of evidence about it. Unsuccessful in this search, I wrote a post about menstruation in which I discussed the lack of mentioning it in any written documents that I had seen. I have since been … Continue reading More On Menstruation and Miasma: Turning the Mirror Red
When I posted "On approaching polytheism as a system," I promised that I would start with a post on menstruation. This is that post, and its structure is as follows: Some term definitions and history Source materials and process Comparative praxis A look at the source materials Positional statement Note: Since posting this, I've found … Continue reading Menstruation is not miasmic.