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Doctors Of The Dreaming: How The Shamans Of 'primitive' Communism Offer Us A Key To The Communism Of The Future
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 18:45
Alan Cohen is part of a rare species, a marxist who has had a life-long interest in shamanism and the so-called 'mystical' traditions of humanity. Long ago, in 1976, he was awarded a Bachelor of Letters at Oxford for his thesis, 'The Small Grey Bird, a study of forms and patterns in shamanism and ecstatic experience' and, more recently, is the author of 'The Decadence of the Shamans: shamanism as a key to the secrets of communism', published as a booklet by the Radical Anthropology Group in 2012. The PDF of the original 1991 version can be found on the RAG website: http://radicalanthropologygroup.org/sites/default/files/pdf/pub_decadence.pdf
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Jesus of Nazareth was a revolutionary freedom fighter, leading a mass movement of Jewish resistance against the Roman occupation of his country. After the defeat of his uprising and his capture and crucifixion by the Romans, the memory of 'the Messiah' was preserved by diverse groups of followers. In one of these traditions, that of Saint Paul, the real Jesus became transformed into a sacrificial lamb. As in ancient traditions throughout the world, blessings were believed to flow from the shedding of blood. It is this mythologized 'Lamb of God' who is still revered by Christians today. In this talk, we will explore why the earliest Christian communities were organized along strictly communist lines.