Eros and the sacred in the Mediterranean

Kyriaki Frantzi

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The aim of this paper is to examine the dichotomy of erotic love and spirituality in the context of the cultural landscape of the Mediterranean. First triggered by a Zen Buddhist text, and later on by an Australian artistic exhibition on the theme of the Goddess energy in Eastern and Western art, it is an attempt to shed light on the reasons behind the portrayal of the vital concepts of sexuality and the sacred as separate, opposing or conflicting forces. The analysis is drawn from literary and artistic works of the Mediterranean region, as a crossroads of East and West and a meeting point of three monotheistic traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Traditional Mediterranean
Subtitle of host publicationessays from the ancient to the early modern era
EditorsJayong Che, Nicholas C. J Pappas
Place of PublicationAthens
PublisherAthens Institute for Education and Research ; Pusan University
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789609549219
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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