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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
  ...it must be true!
Q (aka Stephen) quoted Mircea Eliade:
In the presence of the naked woman, one does not find in one's inmost being the same terrifying emotion that one feels before the revelation of the cosmic mystery. There is no rite, there is only a secular act, with all the familiar consequences ….
Mircea Eliade, Yoga: Immortality and Freedom
He comments drolly:
Eliade never experienced fear in the presence of a naked woman?
Something about this quote did not ring true, I followed Q's link to his source (the Quelle of Q?), and found a post Dangling Listicles dealing with magazine covers (never a strong field of my interest, I read from the "back" like any good Hebraist ;-) Their version of the quote looks even more "wrong", so I checked with Google books (nul return) and Amazon online reader (p.259). Bingo! The quote should read:
The ritual nudity of the yogini has an intrinsic mystical value: if, in the presence of a naked woman, one does not find in one's inmost being the same terrifying emotion that one feels before the revelation of the cosmic mystery, there is no rite, there is only a secular act, with all the familiar consequences…
Much less entertaining, but more accurate I suspect...

And all of it read on the Internet, so "it" must be true!

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