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Learning Magic and Animism in a Global Context -

Jun 12, 2024

Gregory Shaw, Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College, joins the show to discuss, theurgy, the work of Iamblichus, and how we have probably got the Neoplatonists' attitude to the body quite wrong.


We discuss


  • The DESCENT of rather than ASCENT TO the gods.
  • The theurgic imagination and how it relates to the spirit world.
  • The role of divination in the development of the soul.
  • How Imablichus can teach us a better way to compare between cultures.
  • The necessity for ceremony.


Professor Shaws joins us to discuss his latest book, Hellenic Tantra, which I am pretty sure is the best book I've read this year. Get it here.