The Forge And The Crucible: The Origins and Structure of Alchemy by Mircea EliadeThe Forge And The Crucible: The Origins and Structure of Alchemy by Mircea Eliade

The Forge And The Crucible: The Origins and Structure of Alchemy

byMircea EliadeTranslated byStephen Corrin

Paperback | March 15, 1979

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Primitive man's discovery of the ability to change matter from one state to another brought about a profound change in spiritual behavior. In The Forge and the Crucible, Mircea Eliade follows the ritualistic adventures of these ancient societies, adventures rooted in the people's awareness of an awesome new power.

The new edition of The Forge and the Crucible contains an updated appendix, in which Eliade lists works on Chinese alchemy published in the past few years. He also discusses the importance of alchemy in Newton's scientific evolution.
Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) was the Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor in the Divinity School and professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His books published by the University of Chicago Press include Autobiography, Volume II; the novel The Old Man and the Bureaucrats; the three-volume Hist...
Title:The Forge And The Crucible: The Origins and Structure of AlchemyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:March 15, 1979Publisher:University of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226203905

ISBN - 13:9780226203904

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eliade at his Best While Eliade does repeat some of his major ideas in this work, he does an excellent job elucidating and presenting some new ideas as well. In this book, Eliade talks about sorcerers, shamans, and smiths, their relationship to alchemy, and the ideas the primitive peoples had regarding such professions. Truly an awesome read for anyone into symbolism, religion, or philosophy.
Date published: 2007-08-13

Table of Contents

Preface to the Phoenix Edition
1. Meteorites and Metallurgy
2. Mythology of the Iron Age
3. The World Sexualized
4. Terra Mater. Petra Genitrix
5. Rites and Mysteries in Metallurgy
6. Human Sacrifices to the Furnace
7. Babylonian Symbolisms and Metallurgical Rituals
8. 'Masters of Fire'
9. Divine Smiths and Civilizing Heroes
10. Smiths, Warriors, Masters of Initiation
11. Chinese Alchemy
12. Indian Alchemy
13. Alchemy and Initiation
14. Arcana Artis
15. Alchemy and Temporality