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Web Resources on Being "Born Again"
B. Socio-religious rebirth
C. Psycho-behavioural rebirth
D. Developmental rebirth
E. Therapeutical rebirth
F. Cognitive perspective
G. Experiential rebirth

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A. Cultural rebirth

Mytho-poesis: comparative

Louise Cowan. Epic as Cosmopoesis. Dallas, TX: The Dallas Institute Publications, 1992

Epic bards are aware of an entire poetic tradition preceding them, to which they are accountable-a realm of fame, a permanent repository of values realized in time and preserved only in poetry, implicitly or openly speaking across the ages from bard to bard. The Greeks recognized in this timeless region of immortal fame (kleos) the achievement of spiritedness, enshrining such actions in a repository of valorous and comely deeds, whether or not successful.

Yet the real significance of KLEOS lies in its being a vision of things from a transcendent viewpoint. It is revealed to mortals through a break in time that we might call chairos, the opportune time, the prophetic time. The truth of such moments impels epic heroes to strive for the absolute, committing their deeds to kleos. And though poets can use only the vehicle of their own societies to express this eschatological sense, the epic action they depict has all of time in its purview: it remembers the sacred past, contends with the ambiguous present, aspires to the prophesied future.

One might go even further to say that the epic poet accomplishes in his cosmic image the spatialization of time. The poetic cosmos, which, as we have said, comes into being from the act of bringing the myth into consciousness-from shaping the past into memory-contains analogically not only a time-free place (kleos) for the deeds that can never die but also a time-bound place for the dead and lost events that cannot go forward (nekros). Epic poets relegate these negative things to an underworld, though they set apart a portion of that region, an Alyssum, for the virtuous and distinguished dead.

To discern most clearly the nature of the third feature of the epic cosmos-the masculine-feminine conjunctio- giving form to the myth of a people and by placing that myth within a larger myth, a moral universe. And, as in all genres, since an ideal form is the basis for establishing the kind of the grouping, a newly discovered epic that fits into the assembly may not only reaffirm the shared elements of the group but bring to the foreground and thus highlight aspects previously unnoticed. In this instance, the chief feature that illumines the world shared by other epics is the affinity of the feminine with the earth and the power of the feminine to affect the course of action.

If we read epic poems with attentiveness, putting aside preconceived ideas about the dominance of the patriarchal virtues, we see in them something of a palimpsest, indicating that nations are not only "twice-" but "thrice-born."

Mytho-poesis: thrice born

The Probert Encyclopaedia - Norse Mythology ... Gulltopr In Norse mythology, Gulltopr was the horse of Heimdall. Gullveig In Norse mythology, Gullveig was the thrice-born and thrice-burnt virgin.

Dionysos, to the Thrice-born God, returning from the Dead and bringing Life to human kind. The principle Orphic deity, Dionysos is killed, dismembered, boiled, and eaten by the Titans. But Dionysos is then reborn due to Athena having saved his heart and given it to Zeus. Dionysos is thus actually "thrice born," as the Orphic's first god, Phanes, who emerged from the Orphic egg wound with the spiral serpent, was also named Dionysos.3

Tritigena Thrice born or Born of Triton. Athena was sometimes known by her epithet, Tritogeneia - "thrice born", either because of Triton or because she grew up at Lake Tritonis, in Libya

The thrice-born maid whom the giants sent from Jotun-heim was Gulveig-Hoder, whose other name is Aurboda, Hag of Iarnvid and "The Mother of Evil",

The shining brow, thrice-born Taliesin bestows the gift of Awen, inspiration, so that our speech might be pleasing before the Gods

Thus is Taliesin thrice-born: once from the cauldron, once from the womb of the Goddess, and once from the coracle (Leigh Ann Hussey. Lady of the Depths: Primal Goddess of Celtic Shamanism, 1988)

Indeed, a few decades later, Christianity rose in Roma, with a very specific reference, shared by the Fathers of the Church, about a Hermes, who the Christians would call Trismegistus (meaning Thrice Born, or Thrice Great, Triple Magician).

In history there were three famous queens named Semiramis -- each one claiming to be a Queen of Heaven. The last Semiramis claimed to be thrice born. Each one of them was an Assyrian queen.

Hermes Triplex, alias Trismegistus, Thrice Great or Thrice Born - the Monotheist Egyptian King who had built a Solar City in Egypt and was related to the Hebrew Moses, and the Greek Orpheus - was the patron of the Alchemists (See: Hermetica, Emerald Tablets).

Toth incarnated into the bodies of men in the manner described in the tablets three times, his last being known as Hermes, the thrice born.

In Norse mythology, Gullveig was the thrice-born and thrice-burnt virgin.

Thrice born: an Initiate; a true Witch; born once from their mother, once from the Cauldron, and once from the God/dess.


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