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The Spiritual Quest: Transcendence in Myth, Religion, and Science

Robert Torrance


This study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature. The quest is not, as most have believed, a rare mystical experience, but a frequent expression of our most basic human impulses. Shaman and scientist, medium and poet, prophet and philosopher, all venture forth in quest of visionary truths to transform and renew the world. Yet this book is not trying to reduce the quest to an “archetype” or “monomyth.” Instead, it presents the full diversity of the quest in the myths and religious practices of tribal peoples throughout the worl ... More

Keywords: spiritual quest, shaman, prophet, visionary truths, tribal peoples, Henri Bergson, Jean Piaget, Arnold van Gennep, Karl Popper, Sigmund Freud

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780520081321
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520081321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Torrance, author

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