What are the Heikhalot texts? Who wrote them, and to what end? For the last generation, the question of the purpose of the material has been debated. Broadly speaking, two positions have been defended. The first is that the Heikhalot literature describes otherworldly experiences especially ascents to heaven but also the summoning of angels to earth as well as the means to achieve them. The second is that the alleged experiences described in the texts again, especially the heavenly ascents are primarily literary constructions based on creative exegesis interpretation of scripture and rabbinic myth, and it is doubtful that any genuine experience lies behind them.
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Let him set his heart on his prayer, and let him seal himself with his seal and invoke twelve words. They shall ascend upon him and anyone who sees him says that he shall not be saved from this.
The voice of the third: Let him not gaze on various dyed things. Akiva descends to lietrature chariot to confirm the efficacy of the theurgical ascesis paras. Both macroforms, I would add, show a good deal of interest in the interaction between master and disciple. G8 refers a number of literaature to the teachings of Hekhalot mysteries to others, including future generations.
Igjugarjuk, a Caribou Inuit shaman, claims to have been isolated by his mentor in a small snow hut where he fasted and meditated in the cold, drinking only a little literarure twice, for thirty days. And if literatude adds or subtracts, his blood is on his own head. It describes the effect that the vision of God on his throne has on one who sees it:.
Views Read Edit View history. The anthropological approach used here has focused on descriptions of cultic praxes and revelatory experiences and the Hekhalot literature gives us much more information on these areas than any of the other corpora.
The Geniza magical texts were produced by professional scribes who did not have a rabbinic education. Let him not go out or come in, and he must neither eat nor drink.
HarperSanFrancisco, ] xviii-xx, After his initiatory vision see below he continued a rigorous regime involving a special diet and celibacy. The Hekhalot literature gives us enough extra information for our anthropological analysis to suggest that, at least for the descenders to the chariot, this transformation should be set in the context of shamanic initiatory disintegration and reintegration, and thus theoretically ought to be available on some level to many or all members of the esoteric group that transmitted the traditions.
Some of the Hekhalot texts are: In Japan, corrupt Sanskrit texts whose meanings are lost to all but a few scholars often serve in this category. Hekhalot Literature Research Papers — Sereptie, after his initiatory vision, healed people by propitiating the evil spirits tormenting them. It also seems to allude to a future leader of an bekhalot community in Babylon. Ishmael the twelve constellations and begins reciting a horoscope:. Two approaches have developed on this issue.
Initiatory disintegration and reintegration is much more common in Arctic Inuit and Siberian and Australian shamanism than in Native American shamanism. And in every hour that he finishes it let him stand on his feet and adjure by the servants and? The voice of the first: Thus the techniques of the descenders to the chariot as described in the Hekhalot literature conform well to the techniques used by shamans as established by anthropologists.
The voice of the fifth: In the Hekhalot Rabbati, when R. There is no one way that a person literrature convinced of his or her call to literatufe. When I saw him, my hands and feet were burned and I was nekhalot without hands and feet until PNYYWN the prince from among the heavenly attendants appeared to me before the throne of glory opposite the inner room of the seraphim, whose name is like His name, and it is one name. The Merkavah hymns, like shamanic hymns, may derive their power from their content, from the divine names recited in them, or from the unintelligible sounds pronounced in them.
Space permits only a few preliminary observations. And at the age of seven months and ten days he shall become sick and shall be in hot water. After his intiatory transformation he was returned to earth. God hrkhalot the attendants, And His name is declared holy over the attendants. TOP Related Posts.
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