Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- The most valuable items of the Ritman Library are showing up on the private market, including Ficino’s Corpus Hermeticum. That sound you hear? It’s the sound of hundreds of occultists emptying their piggybanks. (Heterodoxology)
- Does your religion affect how you perceive death? How about whether or not you support the government? This study shows a correlation between the two. (Epiphenom)
- Ever wonder when to switch the cup and cake during the Gnostic Mass? Of course you did! Sabazius provides his interpretation of this awkward part of the ritual. (The Invisible Basilica)
- While you weren’t looking, a whole bunch of women threw their aprons away and became Roman Catholic Priests. Shit. Next thing you know they’ll want equality. (NPR)
- Brad Warner talks about polyamory, drug use and zen— though not necessarily at the same time! He also drops the bomb that zen isn’t about stilling the mind as much as experiencing it. But then that stills your mind. Or something. Buddhists, WTF, eh? (Reality Sandwich)
- Remember when it was cool for teenagers to spray-paint upside down pentagrams? So passé. These days, teenagers are tagging churches with the diabolical likeness of the of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I, for one, welcome our new pasta overlords. (KTVZ.com)
Photo by John Dill, art by Sarah Pierce.