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 called "the image of the Word" as an internetic Eros too ambitious for a single artist to manifest in a single lifetime. Here the catacombs do not warehouse a concatenation of corpses, named or anonymous, but an animated network that reaches to where God is not a given, and our species is again on the threshold of exhuming a further vision of itself.

 


(1) D. Thomas. From, "And Death 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 to 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. p.87.
(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 at the 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 to the 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 necessary 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 1986. p.25.
(7) http://web.pdx.edu/~pdx00282/cata/intro.htm
(8) Quoted in C. Gandelman, "Torn Pages of Deconstruction: The Palimpsests of Mireille W. Descombes. In, L. Edson, Editor, Conjunctions: Verbal-Visual Relations. 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.


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