New Antiquities - Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond - Dylan Michael Burns

New Antiquities - Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond - Dylan Michael Burns

Binding Images: The Contemporary Use and Efficacy of Late Antique Ritual Sigils, Spirit-Beings, and Design Elements

New Antiquities - Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond - Dylan Michael Burns

Jay Johnston [+-]
University of Sydney
Jay Johnston is an interdisciplinary scholar (religion, art history, philosophy, gender and cultural studies) who investigates ritual and its use in identity formation, healing practice and cultural exchange. She is particularly interested in Late Antiquity; pre-1400 Scottish and Norse cultures, complementary and alternative medicine and its historical precedents, and human-animal-environment relations. Her publications include Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West (ed. with G. Samuel; Routledge, 2013) and Stag and Stone: Religion, Archaeology and Esoteric Aesthetics (Equinox, forthcoming 2017).

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This chapter investigates the legacy and 're-use' of image and design elements from Late-Antique ritual texts in contemporary magical practice. Examples are drawn from ‘The Theban Magical Library’ and The Books of Jeu (Codex Brucianus). The analysis includes consideration of epistemology, concepts of embodiment, and relation between image and text.

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Johnston, Jay. Binding Images: The Contemporary Use and Efficacy of Late Antique Ritual Sigils, Spirit-Beings, and Design Elements. New Antiquities - Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 254-274 Mar 2019. ISBN 9781781795040. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30644. Date accessed: 13 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30644. Mar 2019

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