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GGS 560SEM - Special Topics-History Of Sex Magic
Special Topics-History Of Sex Magic SEG Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   19518   Enrollment Capacity:   8
Section:   SEG   Enrollment Total:   5
Credits:   1.00 - 3.00 credits   Seats Available:   3
Dates:   02/01/2021 - 05/07/2021   Status:   OPEN
Days, Time:   R , 3:55 PM - 6:35 PM
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
Sex Magic is the practice of a ritualized sexuality to access cosmic power. Western sex magic operates on some key religious assumptions: first, the idea that God, human beings, and the cosmos share a deep connection, and second that it is possible to use the body to act on the cosmos. Thus the study of sex magic, while interesting in itself, opens big questions about the nature of religion and its understandings of affect, embodiment and power. And as we explore the growth of myths and rituals of sacred sexuality, we also observe firsthand the processes of mythical and ritual innovation. This class will trace the development of mystical experience into contemporary sex magic, from its earliest sources in ancient Jewish and Middle Eastern texts to its medieval kabbalistic sources, and finally to its contemporary use in New Age Religion.
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