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I'd like to know bibliography on serious academic studies (transcultural, anthropological, comparative history of religion, psychological & psychiatric) about ASC related to so-called Mystical phenomenology, known as Ecstasy,religious stigmata, bleedings of statues or other objects, important physical phenomenologies, seen in the western religious tradition , catholic mainly, compared with those of other religious traditions. I know, for example, of similar phenomenologies in relation to bleedings of the goddess Pattini. What kinds of relationship are supported besides to the well known symbolical and archetypal feature of the blood itself ?

If you know other students with the same interest , I'd be ulteriorly grateful if you could give me their address and email.

Thank you very much

Eldo Stellucci, M.D.
Via Roma, 14 P.O.Box 51
Alba (Cn) 12051 - Italy

Glad to see the new journal. Many thanks.

A question that perhaps someone can help with: The "Old Testament" uses many names for God. -- e.g. Gen I uses Elohim, Gen II adding JHVH,; Job calls out to Shaddai, and David to Adonai, etc. In all bibles I've seen--even translations by Jewish authors, it all gets washed into "God". Was this also done in the initial Jewish translation into Greek? Is there any source that given the various Hebrew names in their original contexts and, equally importantly, gives information on the various possible interprtetations of the Hebrew name? (Talking with a Jewish colleague on this I asked what Elohim meant. He initially said "It's one of the names of God." I asked but what does the word mean--he was almost thunderstruck because he had never thought further, to discover that the name is a masculine plural on a feminine singular form of the root word for God, then associated with a masculine singular verb, so that it unpacked as "When the Goddess and Gods he began to create the Heavens and the Earth, etc." I have also heard of correlations between Adonai, Adon, and Adonis, but with debate over which is the earlest and what the original might mean if it was the Hebrew that came first. Or, that Shaddai, who usually seems so distant in Job, could actually have something to do with a Hebrew word for breasts, so that Job could have been calling out to a feminine understanding of the forces of creation, to a cosmic mother. Then there's Moses' Ehiyeh--I am--or is it closer to I am Becoming...and does s/he show up anywhere else? Is it possible that ancient Judaism is actually polytheistic, even in the Bible, with monotheism imposed by subsuming everything under the one translation "God"--or whatever word is used in the Greek? Of course this is of interest not only to understanding what this increasingly dominant religion is all about--especially since the most rapidly spreading forms of it tend to be so dogmatic and oppressive--, but also to understanding the Kaballah. I would appreciate any suggestions anyone can offer. Is anyone with sufficient linguistic ability working on such questions? Many thanks.

Ben Page,
Box 163
Quinnipiac College,
Hamden, Conn., 06518

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