What this discussion suggests
is an aesthetics of reincarnation that involves short-circuiting
the loop of one's limited life, in order to generate what St. Clement
image of the Word" as an internetic Eros too ambitious for a
single artist to manifest in a single lifetime. Here the catacombs
warehouse a concatenation of corpses, named or anonymous, but an
animated network that reaches to where God is not a given, and our
again on the threshold of exhuming a further vision of itself.
(1) D. Thomas. From, "And
Shall Have No Dominion."
(2) "Even after the fracturing of this language,...some of us can still
return to it.
Shamans are alleged to return to it with some regularity." A. Weston, Back
Earth: Tomorrow's Environmentalism. Philadephia, PA., 1994. p.55.
(3) G. Cowan, "The Sacred Womb." In, M. Tobias and G. Cowan, Editors, The
Soul of Nature. New York, 1994. pp.189-196.
(4) T. E. Feinberg, Altered Egos: How the Brain Creates the Self.
New York, 2001.
(5) Catholic Encyclopedia. www.newadvent.org/cathen/03417b.htm.
(6) Michel Foucault was wrong when he wrote that "it is only from
the start of the nineteenth century that cemeteries began to be located
outside border of
cities." In this same essay he also—wrongly, again—wrote: "Basically
it was quite natural that, in a time of real belief in the resurrection of
bodies and the immortality of the soul, overriding importance was not accorded
body's remains. On the contrary, from the moment when people are no longer
sure that they have a soul or that the body will regain life, it is perhaps
to give much more attention to the dead body, which is ultimately the only
trace of our existence in the world and in
language." M. Foucault,"Of Other Spaces." Diacritics, Spring
(8) Quoted in C. Gandelman, "Torn Pages of Deconstruction: The Palimpsests
Mireille W. Descombes. In, L. Edson, Editor, Conjunctions: Verbal-Visual
San Diego, CA., 1996. pp.29-41.
(9) J. Hillman, The Dream and the Underworld. New York, 1979. p.82.
(10) Descombes. Ibid., Gandelman, p.29.
(11) Charlottesville, VA., 1987.
(12) Ibid.; 1993.
(13) Ibid.; 1997. For more information on Stevenson's work see: www.childpastlives.org/stevenson.htm
(14) P. Edwards, Immortality. New York, 1992.
(15) R. Almeder, Death and Personal Survival. Lanham, MD., 1992.