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The Process of Mythmaking

Diana G. Tumminia

in When Prophecy Never Fails

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176759
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835720 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195176758.003.0004
The Process of Mythmaking

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Living myth is explored as a sacred narrative that is made and elaborated upon through a process of charismatic labor or interactional storytelling between leaders and followers of spiritual groups. The author considers the theories of Max Weber, Carl Jung, Rene Girard, Emile Durkheim, and Mircea Eliade. This mythmaking process is illustrated with examples from Unarius in the spiritual careers of Ernest Norman, Uriel the Archangel, Antares, and certain students. In addition to channeling messages and having visions, the filming of unscripted psychodramas helps produce and maintain myths in the group.

Keywords: myth; charismatic labor; channeling; psychodramas; leaders; theories; Max Weber; mythmaking; Uriel; Antares; Ernest Norman

Chapter.  7211 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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